BATON ROUGE, La. — Kentucky's players have eight days to ponder the ins and outs of this loss to Louisiana State.
They have eight days to shake off the defeat before facing No. 8 Tennessee in Knoxville, a place sixth-ranked Kentucky hasn't won since 1985.
The Cats cling to a one-game lead over the Lady Vols in the Southeastern Conference race after Tennessee beat Auburn on Sunday.
Some might see it as a perfectly placed bye week for the Cats to recover from having their 10-game winning streak snapped, but it won't be restful for their coach.
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"The players may enjoy the time off, but I won't enjoy it very much," Coach Matthew Mitchell said after falling at LSU 61-51 on Sunday. "After getting beat like this, you'd like to get back at it."
In some ways, the Cats already seemed gone, he said.
"The players are really looking forward to time off," Mitchell said. "I think they were looking forward to it before the game even started."
Kentucky has plenty of film to examine after the loss, which saw the Cats score a season-low 51 points. Their previous low was 57 points in a win over Florida.
Junior guard A'dia Mathies said there is plenty to work on while the Cats wait for Monday night's nationally televised game against the Vols, whom the Cats upset 61-60 in Lexington on Jan. 12.
"We have to focus on all the things we did wrong," Mathies said. "We had too many turnovers in this case. We have to bump up our pressure and work on the right fundamentals. ... We have a lot to work on and a lot to improve."
No guards? No problem
Louisiana State has had a bad bit of luck this season. The Tigers lost senior point guard Destini Hughes for the season to a knee injury five games ago.
Junior guard Bianca Lutley was sitting out Sunday for a violation of team rules.
So sophomore guard Jeanne Kenney and 6-foot-2 senior forward LaSondra Barrett were left to carry the ball-handling load.
"We were thinking their lack of guards would work to our advantage," Mitchell said.
But it didn't. UK forced 26 turnovers, yes, but it was only able to score 19 points off of those, not enough to overcome the Tigers.
That frustrated Mitchell.
"We are an aggressive, attacking defense, and LaSondra Barrett is a great player and has been for four years," he said. "I'm not sure how great of a point guard she is, and (today) she looked like one of the best of all time. We couldn't take the ball from her. We couldn't affect her; we couldn't speed her up."
Barrett had 12 points and Kenney nine points for the Tigers, who snapped a three-game losing streak to Kentucky.
They were happy to do as told and slow down the game.
"We had a game plan of wanting to control the tempo," Kenney said. "We didn't want to play a running game with Kentucky."