Everyone who follows Kentucky Basketball enjoys a good thumpin'. And by the comments on the game thread, most of you missed a "good old-fashioned outhouse butt kickin'" tonight, to quote kydamcat. And to be honest, that's putting it lightly. Yeah, lots of smaller schools get those kinds of beatings early on in the year. Lower Miami State plays the #1 team in the country for a big payday and they get taken to the woodshed. But this is an SEC team folks. The SEC is the #1 conference in Women's Basketball. And UK just sent one of their conference opponents home with a 53 point loss. I have said it all year long and I will say it again. I hope the UK MEN are watching these games. Matthew Mitchell's ladies are playing textbook defense and pretty good offense and combining the two for some serious clinics in how to play the game.
So, you want details? well they are pretty easy to tell. UK made (37) almost as many shots as Miss St. took (39). And although MSU had some great shooting % (46.5 FG 75% 3PT)they simply were not allowed to shoot often enough to score enough points. I am no genius with these efficiency ratings, but even though UK had way too many TO's (19) they forced 35. They out rebounded the Lady Bulldogs 46-20, and UK scored 46 points off those turnovers listed above. I mean, come on folks, this was flat out amazing. DeNesha Stallworth put up 25 pts, and A'Dia Mathies added 21. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, and everyone but transfer Jelleah Sidney scored. Mississippi State trailed from the opening tip, and UK played their subs quite a bit in the second half, so there was no running up the score for fun here. It was just a truly well played game by the whole team against one of the better defenses in the SEC. MSU had only allowed 1 opponent to score mote than 66 points all year.
MSU was led by Carnecia Williams and Kendra Grant with 10 and 11 points respectively. They were just out hustled, out-manned (or out-womaned), and outgunned. I know that is kind of cliche', but it is the truth. Each game this team gets better and better each time out, and they are making a point of working on things every game. The fun never ends with watching these ladies take hard work and determination to a new level. Next game Kentucky is back on the TV against Auburn at 2:00 on Sunday. We will have the game thread and preview here on A Sea Of Blue.