Even after a big win a couple of games back, the mere mention of the loss at South Carolina made Kentucky's Amani Franklin bristle.
"That was not us," the senior forward said of the team's defensive effort. "That's not the team that we've been all season or the team we want to be in the future."
In that loss to the Gamecocks, the Cats allowed 23 points and nine rebounds to 6-foot-5 freshman center Kelsey Bone.
The Cats, ranked No. 25 in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, might get a do-over of sorts against Auburn on Sunday to close out a three-game home stretch in Memorial Coliseum.
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The Tigers have their own impressive inside presence in 6-foot-7 senior KeKe Carrier.
"They have probably the most powerful — and the statistics bear this out — post player in the league in KeKe Carrier," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "She's someone of great concern for us."
It could be a test for UK to see if it learned some important defensive lessons from that loss at South Carolina.
Carrier, who is questionable for Sunday's game with a hamstring injury suffered Thursday against Vanderbilt, would be a big test for Kentucky, which doesn't have a player in its main rotation taller than 6-2.
Before the hamstring injury, Carrier was leading the Southeastern Conference with 19 points a game.
Even though she played only three minutes against Vanderbilt, Carrier comes into Sunday's game averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game in SEC play.
The senior has hit 59.6 percent of her shots from the field this season.
The key with Carrier won't be who guards her individually, but how UK's other four players do, Mitchell said.
"The main thing is to try to put pressure on the basketball," he said. "The last time we played somebody of this stature or this size was South Carolina and that didn't turn out very well for us."
UK probably won't be able to stop a healthy Carrier, but it will try to do things to contain her and front-court mate Jordan Greenleaf.
"Against these really big post players, we're probably going to give up some points to them because you just can't play it perfect every time," Mitchell said.
He's OK with that as long as UK does the other things correctly.
"What you need to be able to do over the course of 40 minutes is to limit their touches, and the only way you can do that is to play tremendous on-ball defense," he said.
Auburn is looking to rebound from a two-game losing streak.
UK is trying to win its 13th straight game at home before going on the road for two.
Autographs from UK stars
Before the game, UK will have three former student-athletes on the concourse of Memorial Coliseum to sign autographs in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Stacey Reed Sheppard (women's basketball), Ashley Trimble (track and field) and Mallory Blackwelder (women's golf) will join current student-athletes from each of UK's female sports teams for a pre-game autograph session beginning at 1 p.m.
■ Sunday is also the annual Alumni Day for women's basketball. Former players will be introduced at halftime.