UK Women's Hoops Travels to Detroit

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team travels to the Motor City, the hometown of current Wildcats Chante' Bowman and Samantha Mahoney, Saturday to take on the Detroit Titans at 2 p.m. in Calihan Hall.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team travels to the Motor City, the hometown of current Wildcats Chante' Bowman and Samantha Mahoney, Saturday to take on the Detroit Titans at 2 p.m. in Calihan Hall. The game will be carried live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio) with Neil Price.

The Cats, who defeated Georgetown University on Thursday in Memorial Coliseum, are looking for their eighth consecutive victory.

The Wildcats held the Hoyas scoreless for nearly 13 minutes in UK's last outing and out-rebounded them 47-29 en route to the 63-47 victory. Senior forward Jennifer Humphrey (Memphis) posted her seventh career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Mahoney led the Cats in scoring with 14 points, while sophomore center Sarah Elliott (McKee, Ky.) and junior guard Jenny Pfeiffer (North Vernon, Ind.) added 12 points apiece.

This is Kentucky's third game in five days and its first true road game of the season. The Cats also defeated North Carolina A&T on Tuesday in Lexington, tying the NCAA record for blocks in a game with 19.

"Detroit is a scrappy and physical team that is playing very well at home," UK Coach Mickie DeMoss said. "It is an important game for us in this three-game stretch before finals. I expect it to be a high-energy, physical game."

The Cats are 7-0 for the first time since the 1982-83 campaign. Kentucky is one of three Southeastern Conference squads still undefeated. Top-ranked Tennessee (7-0) and No. 3 LSU (4-0) also are unbeaten. Kentucky's best start in school history is 9-0 during 1980-81.

Pfeiffer leads the Wildcats in scoring with 11.6 ppg, having hit at least two three-pointers in four consecutive games. The reserve has made significant contributions off the bench in each of the Cats' seven games this season. Mahoney follows with 11.3 ppg, while sophomore Eleia Roddy (Columbus, Ohio) is UK's leader on the boards, averaging 7.4 rpg. The Wildcats lead the Southeastern Conference in three categories, including scoring defense (49.3), three-point field goal percentage (40.4) and defensive rebounds (27.86)

Elliott and Humphrey have dominated in the post in the past two games, combining for 32 points, 38 rebounds and 12 blocks. UK's depth and bench have also come up big for Kentucky this season. The bench makes up 41.6 percent of the Cats' overall scoring. The reserves are outscoring the opponents' reserves 210-70.

Kentucky and Detroit meet for the first time since 1994 but this will be the teams' seventh meeting overall. UK leads the all-time series 6-0, including a 2-0 advantage when playing in Detroit. UK won the last outing 71-48 on Dec. 1, 1994 in Lexington. The Cats are 11-0 all-time vs. teams from Detroit's Horizon League.

The Titans enter Saturday's game with a 2-6 record after falling to No. 13 Michigan State on Wednesday, 77-52. Detroit is led by Lindsey Pasquino, who is averaging 12.9 points per game. Shawanna Stubblefield follows in the scoring column with 11.9 ppg. Kandace Evans is the squad's leading rebounder with 4.3 boards per game.

After Saturday's game, the Wildcats will have a week off for final exams before playing host to No. 3 LSU on Sunday, Dec. 18 in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised on FSN South. Live audio and statistics for all UK Hoops games this season are available on ukathletics.com.


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