The No. 7 Kentucky women's basketball team has returned from its holiday break, looking to keep its home winning streak intact when it hosts Alcorn State on Friday
The Wildcats' 27-game streak is the second-longest in school history and ties for third nationally with Ohio State. With two home games this weekend — Alcorn State on Friday and Marist on Sunday — and the Southeastern Conference opener against Florida on Jan. 3, the Wildcats have a chance to tie the school record of 30 consecutive wins set from Feb. 12, 1980 until Jan. 31, 1982.
"We have two important games coming up this weekend," Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "It's another great opportunity for us to handle that situation of playing two games back-to-back with just one day in between of preparation."
UK is 10-1 overall this season and has won its last nine games after defeating Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara last week.
Junior center DeNesha Stallworth impressed in the return to her home state of California as she led the Wildcats with 17 points against Pepperdine. Sophomore Bria Goss recorded a season-high 16 points.
Against the Gauchos, All-America candidate A'dia Mathies scored a season-high 19 points and tied a season best with four three-pointers. Junior Samarie Walker followed with her third double-double of the season, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Alcorn State is 0-8 after falling to Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 21.