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.
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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.
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
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).
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.