UK Women beat Gators in SEC Tourney

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Samantha Mahoney and Sarah Elliott scored 20 points each Friday as Kentucky benefited from No. 23 Florida's cold shooting and moved into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament with an 88-70 victory over a Gators.


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Samantha Mahoney and Sarah Elliott scored 20 points each Friday as Kentucky benefited from No. 23 Florida's cold shooting and moved into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament with an 88-70 victory over a Gators.

Kentucky (21-7) on Saturday will play No. 3 LSU, which beat the Wildcats by 30 in December. Florida, which gave coach Carolyn Peck her first SEC tournament win Thursday night, fell to 21-8.

Elliott scored 10 first-half points and Mahoney had nine as the Wildcats built a 44-34 lead on 54 percent shooting. The Gators, meanwhile, hit only two of their next 17 field goal attempts after holding a 17-16 lead with 11:29 left.

By the time shots started falling again, Florida trailed 44-34, but the Gators fell into shooting trouble again and, after making only 13-of-39 shots in the first half, made only 11-of-36 shots in the second. For the game, Florida missed 16 of 18 3-point tries.

Five minutes after halftime, Mahoney hit a 3 to give Kentucky a 59-44 lead, but Brittany Davis's free throw and a Sha Brooks 3-pointer cut the margin to 63-55 with 10:51 left. From then on, the Wildcats had an answer every time the margin fell into single digits.

Nastassia Alcius hit a 3 with 6:23 remaining to make the lead 72-60 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining, then added a pair of free throws as the margin hit 85-68 entering the final minute.

Alcius finished with 13 points while Jenny Pfeiffer scored 11. Jennifer Humphrey had 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Brooks finished with 22 points, Danielle Santos scored 11 and Sarah Lowe scored 10 for Florida, while Davis had 12 rebounds.


2005-06 UK Hoops

Kentucky vs. Florida

March 3, 2006

North Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)


Post-game Notes


FINAL SCORE: No. 4-seed Kentucky 88, No. 5-seed Florida 70


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Fourth-seeded Kentucky improves to 21-7 on the season and advances to Saturday’s semifinal match-up with top-seeded LSU at 7:30 p.m. EST Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on FSN South and the Big Blue Sports Network (radio) with Neil Price.
  • Florida drops to 20-8 with the loss.
  • Kentucky’s 21 wins are its most since the 1998-99 team went 21-11 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Wildcats have won six of their last seven games overall.
  • Florida continues to lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 20-17, but Kentucky has taken two of three meetings with the Gators this season.
  • The Gators and Wildcats are tied 2-2 in SEC Tournament meetings.
  • The Wildcats are 40-159 all-time vs. ranked opponents and 3-3 vs. opponents who are ranked this season. The Gators have been ranked both times that Kentucky has beaten them.


SEC Tournament Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 17-26 overall in Southeastern Conference Tournament action.
  • The Cats improve to 6-11 in second round games all-time.
  • The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak in SEC Tournament games with the win.
  • Kentucky’s last win in the SEC Tournament came in 2002 vs. Mississippi State in the first round (75-72).
  • UK Coach Mickie DeMoss improves to 2-4 in the SEC Tournament in her coaching career.
  • The Wildcats improve to 1-1 when playing in Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.
  • UK’s semifinal appearance marks its highest SEC Tournament appearance since advancing to the semifinals in 1992 and 1999. The Wildcats won the SEC Tournament in 1982.


Team Game Notes

  • Key run: Trailing 17-14 at the 12:11 mark of the first half, the Wildcats went on a 19-5 run over the next 7:08 to go ahead 33-22 with 5:03 left in the opening half and the Cats would not trail the rest of the way.
  • Kentucky hit six of its eight three-pointers in the opening half, tying a season best. The Cats also nailed six three-pointers in the opening stanza vs. South Carolina on Jan. 8, 2006. The Wildcats have now hit at least one three-pointer in 84 consecutive games.
  • The Wildcats shot the season’s second-highest field goal percentage at 56.7 percent (34-of-40), including a remarkable 60.0 percent (15-of-25) in the second half. The season high was 60.3 percent vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 22, 2005.
    • It marked the fifth time this season Kentucky has shot 50 percent or better. UK improves to 4-1 when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
  • Kentucky held Florida to 32.0 percent (24-of-75) shooting from the field. The Cats have held 32 of their last 36 opponents to 50 percent shooting or less. It marked Florida’s lowest shooting performance of the season.
  • Kentucky’s 88-point scoring performance is its second-highest scoring output of the season. UK has scored 80-plus points in two consecutive games.
  • The Cats improved to 237-18 (93.0 percent) all-time (since 1974) when scoring 80 or more points, including a 17-2 mark under head coach Mickie DeMoss. The Wildcats are 7-0 this season when scoring 80 or more.
  • The Wildcats out-rebounded the Gators 42-39 in the game. Kentucky has out-rebounded its opponent in all but seven games this year. The Cats have won the rebounding battle in seven of the last eight games.



Individual Game Notes

  • Sophomore guard Samantha Mahoney scored a team-high 20 points. Mahoney has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and the Wildcats improve to 19-3 this season when Mahoney registers double figures.
  • Junior reserve guard Jenny Pfeiffer made 3-of-5 three-pointers. She is currently tied for fifth place all-time on UK’s career three-pointers made list. She needs seven more three pointers to tie Kristi Cushenberry for fourth-place with 110 career treys. Pfeiffer turns 22 years old tomorrow.
  • Senior forward/center Jennifer Humphrey finished with a team-high 10 rebounds. She has tallied double-figure rebounds in 12 games this season.
    • Humphrey now has 249 rebounds this season, moving her to seventh place all-time on UK’s single-season rebounding charts.
  • Sophomore center Sarah Elliott tied a season-high with 20 points in the game. Elliott also registered 20 points against Alabama last Sunday. Elliott has six 20-plus point scoring games in her career.
    • Elliott finished the game with two blocks and currently ranks fourth all-time on UK’s career blocks chart. With the two blocks, Elliott broke into UK’s all-time single-season top 10 list.
    • Elliott needs 11 more to tie Laura Meadows (1997-00) at No. 3 on the career blocks list with 95.
  • Junior reserve guard Nastassia Alcius tallied 13 points in the game, tying a career-high with six made free-throws on 6-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe.

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