Mathies named WBCA All-Region nominee for second straight season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky women’s basketball senior standout A’dia Mathies has been named an All-Region 3 nominee for the 2013 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team, the WBCA announced.

There were a total of 52 candidates named from the eight regions, all of whom will be in the running for selection to the 10-member WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team. The All-America Team will be announced at 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday, April 6 during NCAA® Women's Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in New Orleans Arena.

Mathies, the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Year by the Southeastern Conference coaches, has been a key cog in the Wildcats’ success again this season. UK won a school-record tying 13 games in conference play, and finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 of both national polls for the first time in school history. The Wildcats, heading into their school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on Sunday, are just one win shy of tying the school record for wins with a 27-5 overall mark.

The Louisville, Ky., native leads No. 7 Kentucky in scoring (15.9 ppg), 3-point field goals made (64), 3-point percentage (.408) and field goals made (185). She is second on the team in assists (2.3 apg) and steals (1.9 spg), and third in rebounds (4.5 rpg). She has reached double figures in 30-of-32 games this season, including 23 in a row. She ranks in the top 10 on four UK single-season lists, including third in 3-point field goal percentage (.408), tied for sixth in 3-point field goals made (64), tied for ninth in scoring (510) and eighth in 3-point field goals attempted (157).

In SEC-only games, Mathies ranked second in scoring (18.2 ppg) and 3-point FG percentage (.447), third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.4), fifth in free-throw percentage (.810) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.417).

In addition to being named the SEC Co-Player of the Year, Mathies also was named to the All-SEC first team and SEC All-Tournament team. She is the first player to earn back-to-back SEC Player of the Year titles from the league coaches since Seimone Augustus of LSU did it in 2005 and 2006.

Mathies, who was named an All-Region 3 nominee last season, is also a finalist for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. She is the third player in school history and second player under head coach Matthew Mitchell to be named on the All-Region Team. Valerie Still was a three-time All-American from 1981-83 and Victoria Dunlap earned All-Region honors in 2010 and 2011.


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