Posted: Mar 3, 2013 3:35 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Mar 3, 2013 5:48 PM
Terrific senior day for two Cats who have given a ton to UK.
A'Dia Mathies, who will be one of UK's greats 30 years from now and the dependable Brittany Henderson were honored before the game.
UK was trying to send the seniors out with an amazing 64-3 home record if they could beat Tennessee.
UK couldn't miss coming out of the gate. They hit their first four shots from downtown. Jennifer O'Neill and Bria Goss both hit two each. UK goes up 18-8. UK's defense was so good that with 12:51 to go in the half, Tennessee had only taken 5 shots.
UK leads 23-13 after A'Dia Mathies makes a tough three point play with 7:28 to go in the half. UK is shooting 32%. Tennessee is at 31%.
With UK leading 30-17, Tennessee wakes up and makes it close. UK leads 36-32 at the half.
UK's defense has forced Tennessee into 19 turnovers. UK has turned it over 6 times.
Jennifer O'Neill has 3 3's to lead UK with 9 points.
Terrific start of the second half for UK. A'Dia Mathies hits a three to finish a 9-0 run as UK goes up 45-32.
It takes A'Dia 26 seconds to hit two more 3's. That makes it 55-38 UK.
The 3 was UK's friend. O'Neill hits her fourth and UK is in control 70-55 with 4:09 to go.
UK wins 78-65.
Matthew Mitchell becomes the winningest coach at UK.
UK scores 33 points off turnovers.
Tennessee had 31 turnovers. UK had 9.
A'Dia Mathies and Jennifer O'Neill both had 16 to lead UK.