Score: No. 10 Kentucky 78, No. 8 Tennessee 65
Star(s): UK: A'dia Mathies 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Stl, 4 Ast, 2 Blk. UT: Megan Simmons 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl.
Story: Kentucky defeated Tennessee in a game that meant more to the Big Blue Nation than just another victory.
After three straight road games, the Cats took the floor in Memorial in front of a sold-out crowd. The crowd was the biggest this season and it couldn't have come at a better time.
Not only was this a huge rivalry game but it was also Senior Day for two Cats; A'dia Mathies and Brittany Henderson.
Both Henderson and Mathies have been with Kentucky for four years. According to Coach Mitchell, the Kentucky women's basketball program wouldn't be what it is today without the two of them. Mathies said it felt to great to walk out Memorial for the last time because it was with a victory. "(The culture) has definitely changed. We made it a national powerhouse," Mathies said.
Coach Mitchell couldn't emphasize enough how much the players and the program means to him. "I wasn't in the mood for anything but a victory," Mitchell said. "Nobody would want to be around me today if we lost."
Although this rivalry win meant a lot to both Coach Mitchell and the team, Mitchell was disappointed that they didn't win the SEC regular season title. Thursday, Tennessee became the SEC regular season champions with a 14-2 SEC record while Kentucky ended up 13-3. "I desperately wanted to win the title," Mitchell said.
But the Cats have room for revenge with the SEC tournament right around the corner. Kentucky will take on the winner of Vanderbilt and Missouri on Friday with tip-off at 6 p.m.