Matthew Mitchell maybe couldn't have drawn up a better win.
From the Kentucky sideline, the coach would see a play develop and then see his players make the correct pass or cut.
"In your mind as a coach you are talking through, 'Well, I hope she sees this and does that' and they do it," he said. "It makes you really happy."
All of the ball sharing and play making equaled a near-record performance for Kentucky in its 116-49 victory over Lipscomb on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.
The Cats (5-0) scored 116 points, the most in the Mitchell era and just five points off the school record of 121 set against Kentucky State back in 1989.
Behind 22 assists — its fourth straight game with 20 or more assists for the first time since the 1982-83 season — good things happened to Kentucky, which hit a season-best 52.3 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.
UK did manage to claim one record in the big win with eight players in double figures, paced by Bria Goss' season-best 18 points.
"We have worked on our offense this summer," Goss said. "We did a lot of offensive execution during the offseason and pre-season and we are still doing a lot of offensive fundamentals, getting in the gym outside of practice. It's kind of showing up now."
Sophomore guard Janee Thompson added 16 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky, which is now averaging a Southeastern Conference best 97.2 points a game. UK has scored 90 points or more in four of its first five games this season.
Bernisha Pinkett added 15 points off the Kentucky bench, which nearly outscored Lipscomb on its own with 46 points (to 11 for the Lady Bisons bench).
DeNesha Stallworth added 14 points and Linnae Harper had 12 points and seven rebounds in the victory. Samarie Walker had her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Proof of how well his team is sharing the ball, UK has had four different leading scorers in five games, and in each of those five games UK has had 10 or more players with an assist.
"There were times where the players just made really beautiful plays that showed they focused mentally and executed it physically," Mitchell said. "So, it is a lot of fun on a night like tonight to watch your players play well."
Goss guaranteed her coach is going to have a lot more fun this season.
"Eight players in double figures and 20 assists, it is only going to get better from here," Goss said. "We still have a long way to go and a lot more games to play. I am excited to see what the team does from here."
Kentucky led by as many as 69 points in the rout with four minutes to play. It was tough for Mitchell to slow down his team with 11 players on the active roster, including seven who were McDonald's All-Americans.
He did what he could, trying to hamper the pace with a zone defense in the second half.
Behind its season-high 57 boards, UK outrebounded the Lipscomb 57-30.
At least 40 of Kentucky's points came off of 32 Lipscomb turnovers (to just 13 for the Cats).
"That's what Kentucky does, they mentally drain you," Lipscomb Coach Greg Brown said. "I don't think it's as much physically as it is mentally draining. ... It's going to be difficult for anyone in the SEC, as well. They can put waves of pressure on you and then force those turnovers."
UK signs Slovakian junior college player
Kentucky confirmed Thursday night that it has added Ivana Jakubcova of Slovakia to its signing class. The 6-foot-6 junior college player is the Cats' first international player since Melissa Langelier of Quebec, Canada.
Jakubcova is averaging 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in seven games this season for Murray State College in Oklahoma.
She's rated the No. 20 overall junior college player, and the fourth-ranked post player by one service.
Kentucky at Middle Tennessee St.
When: Sunday, 5 p.m.
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
Nov. 21 LIPSCOMB W, 116-49
Date Opponent Time
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.