Despite the 36-point margin of victory two days earlier, Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell saw some things on the film from his team's win over Morehead State that irked him.
But after Kentucky's drubbing of South Carolina Upstate on Sunday, Mitchell conceded he might have to be especially eagle-eyed to find the flaws on this game tape.
The shooting barrage began early and continued non-stop for a relentless UK as it won 100-34 in Memorial Coliseum.
Whatever the visiting Spartans (2-5) were steeling themselves for against ninth-ranked Kentucky, the reality of the day's outcome quickly became stark for the Atlantic Sun Conference squad.
Four of the first seven field goals UK made were three-pointers, including back-to-back bombs from Bria Goss less than three minutes in. Things only got uglier for USC Upstate as the Cats (4-1) dominated their challenger in every category, shooting 50 percent from the field — including 12-for-30 from three-point range — and forcing 38 turnovers that they converted into 52 points.
"I thought we gave a better effort today," Mitchell said. "Friday (a 73-37 win against Morehead) we played a really physical game, and after looking at our film, I just thought we didn't have a great effort there. "I'll have to look at the film to see but it just felt like we gave a more energetic performance today. I just felt like it was a lot closer to where we're trying to get."
Whether it was working the ball around the perimeter, driving the lane or establishing themselves underneath, the Cats looked like a team with free rein to do as it pleased against the Spartans' defense.
After Lauren McRoberts hit a pair of foul shots to bring USC Upstate to within 26-12 with 10:53 left in the opening half, the Cats proceeded on a 26-3 run that featured six consecutive points by Maegan Conwright to effectively put their 24th consecutive home win in the books.
"A game like this is very important to us. Even if it is against a team that is not ranked, it shows us where we are mentally," said Goss, who finished with eight points and six rebounds. "Physically and talent-wise we can get the job done. But coming out here and bringing your energy, we need to do that or we can get beat at any time of the season. So we really want to focus in on these games and make sure we come out with a lot of energy."
With the final outcome in little doubt, the Cats were free to work on fine tuning in the second half.
Senior A'dia Mathies, who came into the contest needing just 11 points to move up to seventh all-time on UK's scoring list, reached that milestone with a layup that made the score 56-15.
Mathies was one of four players in double figures for UK, which got everyone involved in the confidence-boosting effort, finishing with a game-high 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Mathies passed Sarah Elliott on UK's career scoring list and now has 1,508 points.
Junior forward Samarie Walker had 13 points and four steals while Jelleah Sidney registered the put-back that gave UK its 100th point with 18.7 seconds left.
"I think we're very confident, we know we all can make shots," Mathies said. "I think this will carry over into our next game."