UK Women's Basketball

Complete game has coach beaming

Kentucky had a little extra giddyap in its step Tuesday night, and that left Matthew Mitchell borderline giddy.

After UK's dominant 82-60 win over IUPUI at Memorial Coliseum, Mitchell did things coaches rarely do.

He beamed.

He complimented.

"That's the best I've seen them play in a while," Mitchell said. "This is as close to a complete game as I've seen us play. We competed in a real complete fashion tonight, and we haven't done that a lot this season."

Kentucky's players will resolve this new year to make their coach say those kinds of things more often.

"Everything was clicking," guard Amani Franklin said. "It feels good to do that. As a team we have to continue to do that."

With her 12 points and career-best 13 rebounds, Franklin was one of five UK players to finish in double figures.

Eleia Roddy had 15 points and 10 boards. The senior's five straight double-doubles are the most since Valerie Still recorded seven during the 1981-82 season.

"She's a machine," Mitchell said of Roddy, half jokingly. "She's a double-double machine. You can't stop her. You can only hope to contain her."

Roddy sat at nine rebounds for much of the second half before collecting her 10th late. She said she gave up a few to teammates during the game.

"I knew I'd get it eventually," she said.

After a few close minutes early, Kentucky ended the first half on a 21-4 run led by Brittany Edelen, who had six of her 10 first-half points in that span. The junior reserve had a career-high 14 points.

"For us to put the pedal to the metal and get that kind of lead at halftime, I was extremely happy with that," Mitchell said.

But UK hit the brakes early in the second half. The Cats missed their first 10 shots and turned the ball over twice.

In that span, IUPUI went on a 10-1 run to pull within single digits on a Jernisha Cann shot in the lane. Cann had 16 points and 12 boards.

With 11:07 remaining, IUPUI cut Kentucky's lead to 10 before the Cats used a 12-3 run to go up for good. Five players scored in that spree.

"We've talked all season about a balanced scoring attack, and we're finally getting there," Roddy said. "We can pass the ball inside; we can pass it out and believe that whoever's there is going to knock down the shot."

Carly Morrow had 11 points for UK, which shot 42 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range. Victoria Dunlap added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Amber Smith was one point shy of being the sixth Kentucky player in double digits. She had nine points and three assists but was limited to 23 minutes because of foul trouble.

UK outrebounded IUPUI 51-32, getting 17 points off second chances.

"As a team, we have to keep it up, playing the way we played today," Franklin said. "That's the kind of team we can be."

Notes

■ Lydia Watkins did not dress but was on the bench for the game. Mitchell said the junior sat out for "very personal reasons," but would not comment further.

■ Carly Ormerod dressed for the game and warmed up for the first time since the Xavier game on Dec. 2, but she did not play. At a pre-game news conference, Mitchell said Ormerod had another injection in her injured foot and that she was pain free. He gave no timetable for her return.

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