UK Hoops falls to No. 1 Baylor


Kentucky forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers takes a moment before driving towards the basket during the second half of the UK Hoops vs Pikeville at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. KY., on Thursday, November 4, 2014. Photo by Jonathan Krueger

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New-look No. 6 UK Hoops fell to defending undefeated national champion No. 1 Baylor 85-51 in the teams’ first ever meeting in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.

Leading the Cats was senior A’dia Mathies with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal before fouling out late in the second half. Sophomore Bria Goss recorder 11 points and seven rebounds, while junior Samarie Walker pulled down a team high eight rebounds. All three players are preseason All-SEC selections, with Mathies on the first team (and also receiving preseason SEC Player of the Year distinction), and Goss and Walker on the second team.

Baylor’s Brittney Griner was prolific with 27 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and three steals. She was joined by Oddysey Sims, who had 18 points, six assists and three rebounds, as well as Destiny Williams, who led all players with 12 rebounds. In all, four Baylor players scored in double digits.

After a Mathies bucket cut Baylor’s lead to 19-13 midway through the first half, the Lady Bears went on an extended 23-2 run, capitalizing on a five-minute UK scoring drought. The Cats trailed 46-19 at the half and were not able to recover in the second half, dropping to 1-1 on the season as Baylor extended their win streak to 42 games stretching back to last season.

Statistical lows for the Cats were 27.1 percent shooting overall (UK’s lowest since 2008) and 18.5 percent shooting from three-point range, as well as losing the rebounding battle 48-32.

On the other side of the court, Baylor shot 50.8 percent, but were held to 0-3 three-point shooting by the Cats’ defensive pressure.

Both teams forced 22 turnovers.

UK plays next at home, hosting High Point on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.