Women's NCAA Tournament: UK-Navy matchup

March 18, 2013 

KENTUCKY (27-5)

Tournament record: 11-9, nine appearances Last appearance: 2012 (advanced to Elite Eight)

Scoring leaders: A'dia Mathies, 15.9 ppg; DeNesha Stallworth, 12.7 ppg, Jennifer O'Neill, 10.5 ppg; Bria Goss, 9.2 ppg

Rebounding leaders: Samarie Walker, 8.3 rpg; Stallworth, 5.9 rpg, Mathies 4.5 rpg

Assists leaders: O'Neill, 2.8 apg; Mathies, 2.3 apg; Stallworth, 2.1 apg

Three-pointers: Mathies, 64; O'Neill, 58; Goss, 28

Last 10 games: 8-2

The skinny: Kentucky advances to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time, including a school-record fourth straight. Kentucky is 0-3 in Elite Eight games and has its eyes on getting to the first Final Four in school history behind SEC Co-Player of the Year A'dia Mathies, who has totaled 1,945 career points, 651 rebounds, 343 assists and 311 steals. Kentucky is sixth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 76.4 points a game, and eighth overall in scoring margin, besting opponents by 19.3 points a game. UK is No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin.

NAVY (21-11)

Tournament record: 0-2, two appearances

Last appearance: 2012 (lost in first round)

Scoring leaders: Jade Gief, 13.1 ppg; Alix Membreno, 11.4 ppg; Kara Pollinger, 10.8 ppg; Chloe Stapleton, 9.5 ppg

Rebounding leaders: Geif, 7.9 rpg; Membreno, 6.8 rpg

Assists leaders: Pollinger, 3.8 apg; Membreno 3.5 apg

Three-pointers: Audrey Bauer, 67; Pollinger, 64

Last 10 games: 8-2

The skinny: Navy advances to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season and just the third time in school history. The Mids are a junior-dominated team, led by forward Jade Geif and 5-9 guard Alix Membreno. Their five regular starters all average 29 minutes or more and none is taller than 6-foot. They are active from long range, averaging 7.4 three-pointers a game (21st in nation). They are 13th in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 51.7 points. The Mids have a former Cat on their coaching staff in Jenerrie Harris, formerly Jenerrie Everette.

Jen Smith

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