Mitchell on verge of breaking UK all-time wins mark

LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 8/7 Kentucky women’s basketball puts its four-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., for a Sunday afternoon matinee with LSU at 3 p.m.

The Wildcats (23-3, 11-2), who currently sit in a tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference standings with No. 10/13 Texas A&M, travel to Baton Rouge, La., for the second of three straight road trips after defeating the Aggies on Monday 70-66 in College Station, Texas.

“This is a very important game for us Sunday in Baton Rouge,” UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “LSU has an outstanding team. We will have to prepare well to beat them. We had a tough game with them here in Lexington. The final margin was not indicative of how difficult the game was. We will have our hands full, another real tough road test for us and we will have to respond to get a victory.”

In the Jan. 27 matchup in Lexington, Ky., sophomore reserve center Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) was crucial to the 73-60 win as she came off the bench for a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in just 20 minutes of action. Junior forward Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) also shined as she captured her ninth career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while senior guard A’dia Mathies added 15 points.

“They are very, very talented and they have some explosive scorers at really three positions with Theresa Plaisance, and two of their guards, (Adrienne Webb) and (Danielle Ballard) are really, really just difficult players to deal with,” Mitchell added. “They are three of the better offensive players in the league, they can put it on the floor and so I thought the first game they did a great job in trying to find some weak links in us and we had some struggles that day, so it will be imperative that we have great defensive preparation.

This game could also be significant in the UK record books as Mitchell, who has 137 wins in just six seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats, needs just one more to tie Terry Hall’s record of 138 wins set from 1980-87. His winning percentage of 69.9 percent (137-59) already ranks first. Mitchell was just the third coach in UK Hoops history to record 100 wins and he earned that milestone in just 151 games, becoming the second-fastest coach to reach 100 victories.

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