UK Women's Basketball

UK women's notes: UK's Mathies held in check by Florida's defense

With six seconds left, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies (1) intercepted with a pass intended for Florida's 
Jennifer George.  Mathies was held to two points Sunday.
With six seconds left, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies (1) intercepted with a pass intended for Florida's Jennifer George. Mathies was held to two points Sunday.

The last time A'dia Mathies was on the Memorial Coliseum floor, she scored a career-high 34 points in a win over Tennessee.

The junior guard followed it up Sunday with her least productive performance as a Wildcat, scoring just two points in Kentucky's 57-52 win over Florida.

Mathies made just one of her seven shot attempts.

Coach Matthew Mitchell said he expects more from his star player, who had never scored fewer than five points in a UK uniform until Sunday.

"A'dia just went back to a place that we have seen her go back to many times," he said. "It wasn't going to be easy because they tracked her a lot and they were very physical with her at the bucket. I just didn't think that she showed very much patience today. She just didn't have a good game."

Mathies admitted that she was in her own head some.

"Any player is going to be frustrated (if they) don't make shots," she said. "When a shot goes down, it boosts your confidence."

Mathies' only shot that fell was a driving layup to open the second half and start a 17-2 UK run that would help seal the victory.

Florida keyed on Mathies, but not only Mathies, Coach Amanda Butler said.

"I told our players she's the best player in the SEC, but you can't get too carried away with A'dia Mathies," Butler said. "We just wanted to play tough team defense and be super aggressive on the defensive end."

Mathies, who uncharacteristically missed two key free throws with a minute to play and turned the ball over three times, said UK is more than just one player.

"We've got a very balanced team," Mathies said. "I don't need to put up big numbers for us to win. We can win in a variety of ways."

Defenses clearly have been focusing on Mathies since her record-breaking performance against the Lady Vols.

Since then, she has scored just 17 points in three games, shooting 28 percent (7-for-25) from the field.

Smith will be fine

Kentucky had more than just a few scary moments against the Gators.

The 7,888 at Memorial Coliseum went silent when guard Amber Smith went to the floor clutching her right knee and wincing in pain.

The fifth-year senior has had two reconstructed knees in her time at UK, including one that sidelined her last season for what should have been her senior season.

But she got up off the floor with help and walked off the court to a standing ovation.

The guard, who had five points, three rebounds and two assists in the win, took a knee to the muscle above her knee and is expected to be fine.

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