UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women expect tougher test Saturday

Kentucky Keyla Snowden (#4) and Bernisha Pinkett (#10) pressured Northeastern Jamie Conroy (#15) in the first half of the game at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.  Thursday Nov. 17, 2011.  Photo by Joseph Rey Au
Kentucky Keyla Snowden (#4) and Bernisha Pinkett (#10) pressured Northeastern Jamie Conroy (#15) in the first half of the game at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. Thursday Nov. 17, 2011. Photo by Joseph Rey Au

The University of Kentucky women's basketball team plays its third game in five days and its fourth in nine days Saturday, but the Wildcats are showing no signs of slowing down.

The level of competition is about to pick up, though, Coach Matthew Mitchell said.

"We are heading into a game tomorrow that will be very challenging to us," Mitchell said Friday. "Southern Miss is a team that has some very high-level players. I am extremely impressed with the players they have in their backcourt. This is a very short preparation period for us, and we are going to have to rely on our defensive fundamentals to carry us through to tomorrow."

Kentucky (3-0) has won its first three games over Morehead State, Jacksonville State and Northeastern by an average of 48.3 points, forcing an average of 38.3 turnovers in the process.

Southern Miss (1-1) travels to Lexington for the first time in program history after back-to-back home games to open the season. The Lady Eagles defeated William Carey 62-46 in their season opener and fell to Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday, 88-69. Southern Miss committed a total of 40 turnovers in the two games.

Three players score in double figures for Southern Miss, led by junior guard Tanecka Carey (22 points per game) and sophomore point guard Jamierra Faulkner (21 ppg). Senior forward Rachel Vigers, a pre-season All-Conference USA selection, averages 18 points and six rebounds.

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