UK Hoops blast Auburn Tigers 68-50

Freshman A'dia Mathies scored all of her game-high 11 points in the first half against the Tigers, as she led a balanced Wildcat scoring in a 68-50 victory over the Auburn Tigers. Six Wildcats scored seven or more points each in the victory in Memorial Coliseum in front of 6,784 fans, the second largest of the season.

Kentucky built a 20-point lead with 3:56 left in the first half thanks to a 26-9 run over a span of 10:38. The Wildcats extended a 10-7 lead at 15:22 to 36-16 thanks in part to the play of A'dia Mathies. The freshman from Louisville scored all 11 of her game-high points during the run. Reserve forward Brittany Henderson added six points. The Wildcat defense caused headaches for Auburn, forcing nine of the Tigers' 11 first half turnovers during the run.

Senior Amani Franklin scored 10 points to go with five rebounds and a career high-tying four steals. Franklin has scored in double figures six times on this season. She was perfect on the day with 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line.

Senior Lydia Watkins scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 shooting from the foul line to go along with three rebounds and two steals. It marks her fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort. She is averaging 10.5 points during SEC play.

Junior Victoria Dunlap finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals. Her double-digit scoring streak ends at 23 games. She has recorded at least one steal in 26 consecutive games. She has 960 career points and is on track to join the 1,000-point club this season.

Junior guard Amber Smith scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. She is averaging 13.0 points during SEC play.

Freshman Brittany Henderson came off the bench for seven points, the most by the freshman forward in an SEC game this season.

Kentucky improves to 16-3 overall, 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference with the win. Auburn falls to 11-9 overall, 2-5 in the SEC.

Kentucky next travels to Baton Rouge, La., to battle LSU Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. The contest will be broadcast by Neil Price on the Big Blue Sports Network.

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