UK Women's Basketball

Kentucky women trying to stay dominant against Sam Houston St.

The Kentucky women's basketball team will look to extend its season-starting winning streak to six when it hosts Sam Houston State on Friday night. Sam Houston State is averaging 79 points a game and forcing 22 turnovers through three games this season.

"Those two stats are making us focus on our defense and ball security during our preparation," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "When I review video on their team, I see a team that has some firepower and athleticism. We need to come focused and prepared to play 40 minutes of Kentucky basketball."

Kentucky is known for its defensive pressure. The Wildcats lead the Southeastern Conference in turnover margin (plus-20.2) and steals (18.2). UK forces 37.6 turnovers per game and holds its opponent to 50.2 points per game.

Junior guard A'dia Mathies leads the team in steals with 4.6 per game. The All-SEC first-team selection had a career-high of nine against Nebraska-Omaha, the second most in school history.

The Cats also have scored at least 80 points in all five games and lead the SEC in scoring offense (89.2). Mathies averages 17.0 points, followed by sophomore Kastine Evans (12.6) and freshman Bria Goss (10.6). Sophomore center Samantha Drake is the team's leading rebounder at 7.2 per game.

Sam Houston State, of the Southland Conference, is 2-1 after falling at Vanderbilt 79-56 on Tuesday.