Cats sweep SEC honors, move up in poll

Two straight wins over top 10 opponents Louisville and Duke and then a blowout over Arkansas Pine Bluff helped two Kentucky players earn top honors from the Southeastern Conference this week. A’dia Mathies was named Player of the Week for the second straight week and Bria Goss was named Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

Mathies leads unbeaten UK (10-0) in scoring (16.8 ppg) and steals (4.6 spg) and she had a season-high 23 points in its win over Duke last week. Goss is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points.

Kentucky’s two big wins moved it up to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll this week with a game at No. 3 Notre Dame looming on Sunday. The No. 8 ranking is UK’s highest since the third week of the season last year. But it’s the highest rating the Cats have achieved since the 1982-83 season when they went as high as No. 4.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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