By playing a pressuring style of defense and a relentless attacking offense, Coach Matthew Mitchell's Lady Cats have been a surprise team most of this year. Their season of success has led to several post-season honors, but even with a victory over top seeded Nebraska, the Lady Cats aren't ready to celebrate.
"It's not time for us to attach meaning to or significance to this win," said Mitchell. "There will be a time for that. What we need to do is put our energy into whatever confidence we can gain from tonight. We need to get that and take it into the next game."
Nebraska was the second best team in the country most of the season, going undefeated until losing in the Big 12 Semi-finals to Texas A&M.
However Kentucky's style of play had been a problem for Nebraska, as seen in the Texas A&M loss. The Lady Cats quickness and ball pressure proved to be a big factor in the game.
"We are not tall. We don't have a lot of size. We do have good, well-conditioned athletes, so that's our whole method of playing. We have to play with quickness. We have to use the speed to our advantage," said Mitchell.
Kentucky's speed forced 16 Nebraska turnovers and most importantly, took the Huskers out of their rhythm. Nebraska shot 47 percent from the field, but took eleven less shots that Kentucky and missed their first six shots of the second half. Kentucky, who led by nine at the half, had been on an 11-1 run during that stretch.
Nebraska managed to cut the lead to seven with less than one minute left in the game, but they would get no closer.
Kentucky was led by freshman guard A'dia Mathies who had 21 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists. SEC Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap had 18 points and seven rebounds as well. Keyla Snowden also added 14 points, including three first half three-pointers.
"I love this team," said Mitchell. "But it's not time to celebrate now. When the time comes, obviously this will be a significant victory," he continued.