Kentucky women piling up points early in season

November 20, 2013 

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell talked with his team during a time-out in the second half Nov. 17, when the Cats beat Central Michigan. They are looking for their third 7-0 start under Mitchell on Wednesday, when the Cats host 2-3 Bradley.

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  • Thursday

    Lipscomb at Kentucky

    When: 7 p.m.

    Records: Kentucky 4-0, Lipscomb 0-3

    Series: Kentucky leads 1-0

    Last meeting: Kentucky won 76-55 on Nov. 25, 2007, at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630

    Lineups

    KENTUCKY

    Starters — Bria Goss, 5-10, Jr., G (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg); Kastine Evans, 5-9, Sr. (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Janee Thompson, 5-6, So., PG; (8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg); Samarie Walker, 6-1, Sr., F (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg); DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3, Sr., F (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 spg)

    Key reserves — Jennifer O'Neill, 5-6, Jr., G (9.5 ppg, 3.5 apg); Azia Bishop, 6-3, Jr., F (7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Linnae Harper, 5-8, Fr., G (5.5 ppg); Makayla Epps, 5-10, Fr., G (3.7 ppg, 2.7 apg); Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7, Sr., G (8.0 ppg, 1.5 spg); Jalleah Sydney, 6-2, Jr. (3.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

    LIPSCOMB

    Starters — Maya Dillard, 5-6, Fr., G (8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Chandler Cooper, 5-11, Jr., G (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Ashley Southern, 6-1, So., F (17.7 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 2.7 apg); Kelli Smith, 5-5, So., G (4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Sara Bliss, 5-8, Jr., G (9.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg).

    Key reserves — Elise Spann, 5-9, Fr., F (2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Faith LeGate, 5-11, Fr., F (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Jess Reece, 6-3, Sr., C (3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

    UK Scores, schedule

    Home games in capital lettersAll times p.m. and Eastern

    Date Opponent Result

    Nov. 8 At Marist W, 75-61

    Nov. 10 At Wagner W, 96-57

    Nov. 13 GEORGIA SOUTHERN W, 103-38

    Nov. 17 CENTRAL MICHIGAN W, 96-74

    Date Opponent Time

    Nov. 21 LIPSCOMB 7

    Nov. 24 At Middle Tennessee State 5

    Nov. 27 BRADLEY Noon

    Dec. 1 LOUISVILLE 1

    Dec. 6 a-Baylor 7:30 Dec. 12 At DePaul 7

    Dec. 15 EAST TENNESSEE STATE 2

    Dec. 22 b-DUKE 3

    Dec. 29 GRAMBLING STATE 2 Jan. 2 At Alabama 8

    Jan. 5 FLORIDA 3

    Jan. 9 At South Carolina 7

    Jan. 12 MISSOURI 5

    Jan. 19 At Auburn 2

    Jan. 23 ALABAMA 7

    Jan. 26 ARKANSAS 1

    Jan. 30 At Georgia 9

    Feb. 2 LSU Noon

    Feb. 9 At Florida Noon

    Feb. 13 MISSISSIPPI 7

    Feb. 16 At Tennessee 1

    Feb. 20 SOUTH CAROLINA 7

    Feb. 23 At Texas A&M 2

    Feb. 27 At Mississippi State 8

    Mar. 2 VANDERBILT 4

    Mar. 5-9 d-SEC Tournament TBA

    a-At AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas; b-At Rupp Arena; c-At Duluth, Ga.

Coach Matthew Mitchell said before the season began that his Kentucky women's basketball team spent a lot of time during the off-season fine-tuning its offense.

Based on numbers alone, that work is yielding results. UK has scored 90-plus points in three straight games, marking the first time that's happened since the 1990-91 season.

The seventh-ranked Wildcats (4-0) will attempt to build on their statistical good fortune Thursday night when they take on Lipscomb (0-3) in Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky is coming off a 96-74 victory over Central Michigan on Sunday. That win was preceded by a 103-38 rout of Georgia Southern and a 96-57 victory at Wagner.

Despite the fast start offensively, Mitchell said defense is on his mind for Thursday's matchup.

Sophomore Ashley Southern averages 17.7 points and 16.0 rebounds for Nashville-based Lipscomb.

"Lipscomb is a team that is going to try and use their skill level to make some plays against us and we have to work really hard defensively and communicate tomorrow," Mitchell said. "They have some really good set-actions in the halfcourt and really make good decisions with the basketball and have a player right now that is averaging a double-double. We will have to be ready for them."

The Lady Bisons went 3-26 last season, including 2-16 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Lipscomb returns six letter winners and three starters from last season.

■ During the Wildcats' next two home games, Thursday vs. Lipscomb, and Wednesday vs. Bradley, fans are asked to bring unused toiletry items.

The items will be donated to Bluegrass Hospitality Group's Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate.

Fans may donate travel size or regular size toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc.

Fans who donate items will receive a voucher for a free box of popcorn. Fans can bring their toiletry items to any of the UK Marketing gazebos inside Memorial Coliseum.


Thursday

Lipscomb at Kentucky

When: 7 p.m.

Records: Kentucky 4-0, Lipscomb 0-3

Series: Kentucky leads 1-0

Last meeting: Kentucky won 76-55 on Nov. 25, 2007, at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Radio: WLAP-AM 630

Lineups

KENTUCKY

Starters — Bria Goss, 5-10, Jr., G (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.0 apg); Kastine Evans, 5-9, Sr. (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Janee Thompson, 5-6, So., PG; (8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg); Samarie Walker, 6-1, Sr., F (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg); DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3, Sr., F (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 spg)

Key reserves — Jennifer O'Neill, 5-6, Jr., G (9.5 ppg, 3.5 apg); Azia Bishop, 6-3, Jr., F (7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Linnae Harper, 5-8, Fr., G (5.5 ppg); Makayla Epps, 5-10, Fr., G (3.7 ppg, 2.7 apg); Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7, Sr., G (8.0 ppg, 1.5 spg); Jalleah Sydney, 6-2, Jr. (3.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

LIPSCOMB

Starters — Maya Dillard, 5-6, Fr., G (8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Chandler Cooper, 5-11, Jr., G (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Ashley Southern, 6-1, So., F (17.7 ppg, 16.0 rpg, 2.7 apg); Kelli Smith, 5-5, So., G (4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Sara Bliss, 5-8, Jr., G (9.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg).

Key reserves — Elise Spann, 5-9, Fr., F (2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Faith LeGate, 5-11, Fr., F (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Jess Reece, 6-3, Sr., C (3.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

UK Scores, schedule

Home games in capital lettersAll times p.m. and Eastern

Date Opponent Result

Nov. 8 At Marist W, 75-61

Nov. 10 At Wagner W, 96-57

Nov. 13 GEORGIA SOUTHERN W, 103-38

Nov. 17 CENTRAL MICHIGAN W, 96-74

Date Opponent Time

Nov. 21 LIPSCOMB 7

Nov. 24 At Middle Tennessee State 5

Nov. 27 BRADLEY Noon

Dec. 1 LOUISVILLE 1

Dec. 6 a-Baylor 7:30 Dec. 12 At DePaul 7

Dec. 15 EAST TENNESSEE STATE 2

Dec. 22 b-DUKE 3

Dec. 29 GRAMBLING STATE 2 Jan. 2 At Alabama 8

Jan. 5 FLORIDA 3

Jan. 9 At South Carolina 7

Jan. 12 MISSOURI 5

Jan. 19 At Auburn 2

Jan. 23 ALABAMA 7

Jan. 26 ARKANSAS 1

Jan. 30 At Georgia 9

Feb. 2 LSU Noon

Feb. 9 At Florida Noon

Feb. 13 MISSISSIPPI 7

Feb. 16 At Tennessee 1

Feb. 20 SOUTH CAROLINA 7

Feb. 23 At Texas A&M 2

Feb. 27 At Mississippi State 8

Mar. 2 VANDERBILT 4

Mar. 5-9 d-SEC Tournament TBA

a-At AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas; b-At Rupp Arena; c-At Duluth, Ga.

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