UK women's basketball team head shots for the 2011-12 season. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics
University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard A’dia Mathies has been selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as its Women’s National Player of the Week after her performance in Kentucky’s 72-65 victory over No. 6/5 Duke on Thursday.
Mathies, who was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday and is a member of the Naismith preseason watch list, led Kentucky to a win over Duke at Rupp Arena, marking the first time the Wildcats (10-0) had ever won back-to-back games against top-10 ranked opponents. Kentucky defeated intrastate rival No. 10 Louisville 74-54 on Dec. 4.
The Louisville, Ky., native paced the Wildcats with a season-high 23 points, including a career-high tying four 3-pointers, four rebounds and four steals against the Blue Devils.
Mathies’ four steals against Duke give her 201 for her career, tying her with UK great Valerie Still at No. 9 on the UK all-time steals list. Mathies is just the 10th player in UK history to amass 200 or more steals during her UK career.
Mathies leads Kentucky in scoring with 16.8 points per game, and in steals with 3.7 per game. Mathies is second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game. In the conference, Mathies ranks third in scoring and is first in steals. Mathies also ranks seventh nationally in steals per game.