Mike Bozeman grimaced and sighed when asked about Kentucky's 20-rebound advantage over his George Washington team on Sunday.
"I can almost recite each and every one of them," the coach said of the rebounds. "Those were hustle plays. It was a sign that Kentucky wanted it more than we did."
Kentucky did want something: revenge over a George Washington team that beat it by 10 points last season.
"We wanted blood," senior Eleia Roddy said after the Cats' convincing 67-48 win over the Colonials in front of 3,813 in Memorial Coliseum.
Roddy was one of four UK players in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
"It's definitely payback," sophomore Victoria Dunlap added. "This lets people know we're stronger this year and that they need to be ready to battle. ... We're a strong rebounding team and you better box us out."
Dunlap had her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds, which tied her career high. UK outrebounded George Washington 50-30, outscoring the Colonials 16-4 on second-chance points and 24-10 in the paint.
The Cats were led by Amani Franklin's season-high 16 points, including her perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Roddy made all eight of her free throws.
Franklin said the win got her out of a slump of sorts.
"I was kind of in a funk," she said. "My shots weren't falling and it put me down, but this game definitely helped me out a lot."
Sophomore Amber Smith added 12 points and five rebounds. Seven UK players had three or more rebounds against a bulkier, bigger Colonials team.
"It's just people working hard and playing hard," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "A lot of players contributed."
A double team contributed to the nullification of GW star Jessica Adair, who is on the Wooden watch list this season.
After hanging 29 points on UK last season, she was held to just one field goal Sunday. She finished with nine points and four rebounds.
Antelia Parrish led the Colonials, who made just 28.6 percent of their shots, with 13 points and five rebounds.
Kentucky clinged to a 23-22 lead at halftime, but came out swinging in the second half.
After sitting much of the first half in foul trouble, Roddy led the way with 10 of her 12 points in the second half.
"The team dynamic changes when she's on the floor," Mitchell said. "She's just so athletic and so physical and so tough."
Midway through the second half, UK had a five-point lead and kept increasing it. Mitchell called a timeout and set up a three-pointer for Carly Ormerod, which started a 12-0 run that included UK making eight of its nine free-throw attempts. In that same four-minute span, GW went scoreless.
"We have a lot of growing and learning to do, especially on the road in hostile environments," Bozeman said.
UK takes its show on the road next week in the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kentucky will meet first-time opponent Yale on Friday.
Sanders may be reinstated
Junior college transfer Jackie Sanders, who has been suspended for two weeks, might be allowed to rejoin the Kentucky team if all goes well at a meeting on Monday, Mitchell said. If she is reinstated after the morning meeting, she will practice with her teammates in the afternoon.
Date Opponent Time/result
Nov. 5 x-KY. STATE W, 99-28
Nov. 9 x-BELLARMINE W, 72-69
Nov. 15 MICHIGAN L, 70-60
Nov. 17 CINCINNATI W, 58-55
Nov. 23 GEORGE WASHINGTON W, 67-48
Nov. 28 a-Yale 4 p.m.
Nov. 29 a-TBA 2 or 4 p.m.
Dec. 2 at Xavier 7 p.m.
Dec. 4 at Western Kentucky 8 p.m.
Dec. 6 FURMAN 2 p.m.
Dec. 12 EAST TENNESSEE ST. 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Louisville 2 p.m.
Dec. 19 ALABAMA A&M 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 at Cal-Santa Barbara 2 p.m.
Dec. 20 IUPUI 7 p.m.
Jan. 1 NORTH CAROLINA A&T 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Miami (Ohio) 2 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Tennessee 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 ARKANSAS 2 p.m.
Jan. 15 at Alabama 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 MISSISSIPPI ST. 4 p.m.
Jan. 25 LOUISIANA ST. 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 at Florida 7 p.m.
Feb. 1 at Mississippi 3 p.m.
Feb. 5 SOUTH CAROLINA 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 VANDERBILT 1 p.m.
Feb. 12 at Auburn 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 TENNESSEE 7 p.m.
Feb. 22 at Louisiana St. 3 p.m.
Feb. 26 GEORGIA 7 p.m.
March 1 at South Carolina 3 p.m.
x-exhibition; a-Long Island Turkey Classic at Brooklyn, N.Y.