No. 10 Kentucky 90, Mississippi 65

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell reached a milestone in his home
state.

A’Dia Mathies scored 20 points and No. 10 Kentucky routed
Mississippi 90-65 on Thursday night as Mitchell tied the school
record for victories.

”It’s certainly has been an incredible effort from so, so many
people,” Mitchell said. ”My name is on the wins but it just
wouldn’t happen. … the players are the people who really get the
job done. I’m just so fortunate to be at Kentucky. It’s really,
really special and I hope we have a lot of wins in our future here
at Kentucky.”

Mitchell, a native of Louisville, Miss., tied Terry Hall
(1980-87) as Kentucky’s winningest women’s basketball coach with
138 victories. Mitchell will get a chance to break the record
Sunday against No. 8 Tennessee.

Kentucky (24-4, 12-3 SEC) dominated Ole Miss (9-19, 2-13) the
Lady Rebels on the boards and turned a season-high 57 rebounds –
Ole Miss had 38 – into 21 second-chance points.

”I thought we had an energetic performance and I thought that
we were really able to wear Ole Miss down,” Mitchell said. ”It
was real tough on Ole Miss to get anything going until the game was
really out of reach. Those kids played real hard tonight but I just
thought our energy was just too much for them to handle.”

Janee Thompson added 11 points for the Wildcats and Bria Goss
chipped in 10.

Tia Faleru had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Rebels
and Danielle McCray had 12.

During his six years at Kentucky, Mitchell has been particularly
tough on his home state’s two Southeastern Conference schools,
compiling a 12-2 record against Ole Miss and Mississippi State, his
alma mater.

Thursday’s victory was Kentucky’s fourth consecutive win against
the Rebels.

Kentucky entered the game with a league-best plus-20.6 scoring
margin. The Wildcats nearly matched that in the first half,
building a 37-18 lead.

Kentucky’s pressure defense led to 21 Ole Miss turnovers, which
the Wildcats turned into 23 points.

Samarie Walker did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats
with 13 rebound, nine points, two blocks and two steals in 19
minutes.

Eleven players got into the game for Kentucky at played at least
12 minutes.

”I think it was great that everybody was able to get into the
fire tonight and get some game experience because just the ability
to call on talented players at important times, and they have this
experience fresh in their mind, I think that’s great,” Mitchell
said.

Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss’ leading scorer, averaging 11.4
points per game, was held to just six points.

”I thought we did a super job against McFarland. She is a
dynamic and explosive player,” Mitchell said. ”She can do a lot
of things. She can create off the dribble and has a lot of
talent.”

Ole Miss seniors Courtney Marbra and Maggie McFerrin were
honored before their last home game.

Marbra fouled out with 6:08 remaining after scoring five points,
with three rebounds and a team-high two blocks in 15 minutes.
McFerrin scored three points in her lone start of the season.

Ole Miss coach Brett Frank credited to the two for helping lead
the team through a trying season.

”It obviously starts with our seniors. They’re our leaders and
our captains and our stabilizing force of this program,” he said.
”This program was in a position where the team and players could
have gone in a variety of directions and I feel like the leadership
they provided kept everybody motivated, encouraged and really
bought in to going from being teammates to being sisters.”

Because of self-imposed sanctions, which include a post-season
ban, Ole Miss’ season ends Sunday at Arkansas.