No. 13 Kentucky (8-1) vs. Alabama A&M (4-4)
After an exam week filled with ho-hum practices, No. 13 Kentucky put together a humdinger of a win 84-58 over Alabama A&M on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
Cats Coach Matthew Mitchell wasn’t sure what he was going to see against the Bulldogs, who earned their biggest win in school history last time out at Minnesota.
But early on, UK (8-1) didn’t leave much doubt how the game was going to end, grabbing a 33-8 lead, which saw eight different players score.
It was Kentucky’s 22nd straight win at home and their 18th straight here over a non-conference opponent.
Victoria Dunlap led all scorers with 22 points and five rebounds. The senior forward also had four steals.
She was one of four Cats in double figures, including A’dia Mathies’ 16 points and Keyla Snowden’s 15 points.
Mathies also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win, Kentucky’s third straight. Brittany Henderson added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.
In the first half, the Bulldogs didn’t get into double digits until 13 minutes had gone by. Against UK’s heavy pressure, they turned the ball over 10 times in that timeframe.
Kentucky’s lead ballooned to 28 points with 2:40 to go in the first half on a Keyla Snowden three-pointer. UK held the Bulldogs (4-4) without a field goal the final 4:26 of the first half and forced them into 18 turnovers before the break.
The 22-point advantage was Kentucky’s largest halftime lead of the season so far.
Kentucky used a similar big run early in the second half, this time it was 17-1 behind three three-pointers from Snowden. Her final three-pointer with 10:24 to go gave the Cats their largest lead of the game 67-33.
Alabama A&M turned the ball over 31 times against the Kentucky pressure.
- A 17-1 run, including three three-pointers from Keyla Snowden, put UK up 67-33 with 10:20 to play. It’s gotten a little sloppy here late, but Cats still up 68-42 with 7:37 left.
- Cats’ lead has ballooned to 30 points 62-32 and the run is 10 in a row.
- UK up 57-32 with 13:10 to go in the game. Cats are in the middle of a 7-0 run.
- At the half, the Bulldogs have turned the ball over 18 times, equaling 18 points for Kentucky. UK is outrebounding the bigger Bulldogs 20-12 behind four each for Maegan Conwright and Dunlap.
- Kentucky leads 42-20 at the break. Eight different players have scored for the Cats, including a game-high 10 points for A’dia Mathies.
- First time in nearly four years of covering her that I’ve seen Dunlap get angry. She tossed a ball out of bounds after having an over the back call called against her. She cooled off quickly and went to the top of the press again. It seems like she was upset that there were no calls on her previous four shot attempts. UK still up 35-14 with 3:49 to play in first half.
- Cats lead 33-10 with 7:06 to go in first half behind six points Victoria Dunlap.
- OK now everyone has played at least a minute and UK is up 27-6 with nine minutes to go in half.
- All eligible players have seen game action so far for UK except Samantha Drake. UK has a 23-6 lead with 11:50 to play in first half.
- Cats grab a quick 11-2 lead with points from four different starters.