Kentucky women taking aim at more records

December 29, 2012 

Kentucky Pepperdine Basketball

Kentucky center Samarie Walker drove to the basket past Pepperdine guard Ea Shoushtari in the first half Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)


The seventh-ranked Kentucky women's basketball team is dominating with defense, and the Wildcats' performance is beginning to break records.

The Cats' 90-23 win over Alcorn State on Friday night set a UK record for fewest points allowed. The 67-point margin of victory was the fifth-largest in school history.

Another record is at stake Sunday when Marist visits Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky is looking for its school record-tying 11th win in a row.

Marist, located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Red Foxes have posted nine consecutive 20-win seasons and made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances but have gotten out of the gate slowly against a taxing non-conference schedule. The Red Foxes have played three top-25 teams this season, falling to No. 11 Purdue (71-50), No. 2 Connecticut (81-39) and No. 18 Oklahoma (68-55). Marist was picked to finish first in the MAAC pre-season coaches' poll.

The Wildcats are riding a 28-game home winning streak, which is the second-longest in school history. The record is 30 set from Feb. 12, 1980, to Jan. 31, 1982.

UK has held all but one opponent (then top-ranked Baylor) to .403 percent shooting or less. The Wildcats rank third nationally in turnover margin at plus-11.9.

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