2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team

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2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.svg
2012 SEC Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 8
AP No. 12
2011–12 record 27-6 (13-3 SEC)
Head coach Matthew Mitchell (Fourth year)
Assistant coach Kyra Elzy (fourth year)
Assistant coach Matt Insell (fourth year)
Assistant coach Shalon Pillow (third year)
Home arena Memorial Coliseum
Seasons
2011–12 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Kentucky 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
#9 Tennessee 12 4   .750     27 9   .750
#20 Georgia 11 5   .688     22 9   .710
LSU 10 6   .625     23 11   .676
Arkansas 10 6   .625     24 9   .727
#25 South Carolina 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
Vanderbilt 9 7   .563     23 10   .697
Florida 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
Auburn 5 11   .313     13 17   .433
Mississippi State 4 12   .250     14 16   .467
Alabama 2 14   .125     12 19   .387
Ole Miss 2 14   .125     12 18   .400
2012 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team represents the University of Kentucky in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Wildcats, coached by Matthew Mitchell, are a member of the Southeastern Conference, and play their home games on campus at Memorial Coliseum—unlike UK's famous men's program, which plays off-campus at Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

Pre-season outlook[edit]

This season, Kentucky returned three starters, including Victoria Dunlap, A'dia Mathies and Keyla Snowden, while adding one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.[1] Kentucky was picked by the leagues coaches to finish second in the SEC behind Tennessee. Victoria Dunlap, a 6-foot-1 forward from Nashville, Tennessee, enters her senior season as one of the most decorated players in UK basketball history. She was named the 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by The Associated Press and the league's coaches and was one of the 10 State Farm All-Americans named by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association last year, becoming UK's first All-American since Valerie Still in 1983. She is also on the Wade Trophy watch list awarded to the nation's top player. Dunlap was also picked to repeat as SEC Player of the Year by the league coaches, collecting eight of the twelve votes. Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies made the All-SEC first team. The Lady Wildcats also have a large freshman class this season, and will look to it to provide some depth for later in the season. Carly Marrow, a returning senior that usually comes off the bench, will also be relied upon to provide some much needed experience to an otherwise young second string.

2011–12 roster[edit]

From the official UK women's basketball site:

# Name Height Position Class Hometown Previous team(s)
Scholarship players
0 Jennifer O'Neill 5'6" G So. Bronx, New York Saint Michael Academy
1 A'dia Mathies 5'9" G Jr. Louisville, Kentucky Iroquois
3 Chrystal Riley 5'5" G Sr. Memphis, Tennessee Hillcrest/LSU
4 Keyla Snowden 5'7" G Sr. Lexington, Kentucky Lexington Catholic/Akron
10 Bernisha Pinkett 5'7" G So. Washington, District of Columbia Howard D. Woodson
11 DeNesha Stallworth 6'3" C Jr. Richmond, California Pinole Valley/California
13 Bria Goss 5'10" G Fr. Indianapolis, Indiana Ben Davis
20 Maegan Conwright 5'8" G So. Arlington, Texas Timberview
23 Samarie Walker 6'1" F So. West Carrollton, Ohio Chaminade-Julienne/Connecticut
24 Amber Smith 5'6" G Sr. Winter Haven, Florida Winter Haven
31 Samantha Drake 6'3" C So. Bardstown, Kentucky Nelson County
32 Kastine Evans 5'8" G So. Salem, Connecticut Norwich Free Academy
40 Brittany Henderson 6'2" F Jr. Pasadena, California John Muir
50 Azia Bishop 6'3" F Fr. Toledo, Ohio Start

2011–12 schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Exhibition
November 6*
2:00 PM
No. 12 Coker College W 86–44 
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
Non-conference regular season
November 11*
7:00 PM
No. 10 at Morehead State W 96–60  1–0
Johnson Arena 
Morehead, Kentucky
November 15*
11:00 AM
No. 17 Jacksonville State W 100–25  2–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 17*
7:00 PM
No. 17 Northeastern W 81–47  3–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 19*
3:00 PM
No. 17 Southern Miss W 88–71  4–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 23*
5:30 PM
No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha W 81–48  5–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 25*
7:00 PM
No. 14 Sam Houston State W 73–52  6–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
November 27*
1:00 PM, BBSN
No. 14 Mississippi Valley State W 90–51  7–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
December 4*
1:00 PM, BBSN
No. 12 No. 10 Louisville W 74–54  8–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
December 8*
2:00 PM, BBSN
No. 10 No. 6 Duke W 72–65  9–0
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
December 11*
1:00 PM, BBSN
No. 10 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 101–43  10–0
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
December 18*
1:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 8 at No. 3 Notre Dame L 83–92  10–1
Edmund P. Joyce Center 
South Bend, Indiana
December 21*
7:00 PM
No. 8 at Samford W 90–61  11–1
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
December 28*
8:00 PM
No. 6 at Middle Tennessee L 58–70  11–2
Murphy Center 
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
SEC regular season
January 1
1:00 PM, CSS
No. 11 at Florida W 59–56  12–2 (1–0)
O'Connell Center 
Gainesville, Florida
January 5
6:00 PM, BBSN
No. 11 Arkansas W 84–72  13–2 (2–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
January 8
3:30 PM, FSN
No. 11 Mississippi State W 88–40  14–2 (3–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
January 12
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 9 No. 6 Tennessee W 61–60  15–2 (4–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
January 15
3:00 PM
No. 9 at South Carolina W 66–58  16–2 (5–0)
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, South Carolina
January 19
7:00 PM
No. 6 at No. 15 Georgia W 69–64  17–2 (6–0)
Stegeman Coliseum 
Athens, Georgia
January 22
2:00 PM, SEC Network
No. 6 Florida W 57–52  18–2 (7–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
January 26
7:00 PM
No. 6 at Auburn W 66–48  19–2 (8–0)
Auburn Arena 
Auburn, Alabama
January 29
2:00 PM, CSS
No. 6 Alabama W 82–68  20–2 (9–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
February 2
7:00 PM
No. 6 Ole Miss W 82–41  21–2 (10–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
February 15
3:00 PM, Cox Sports
No. 6 at LSU L 51–61  21–3 (10–1)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 13
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 No. 11 Tennessee L 54–91  21–4 (10–2)
Thompson-Boling Arena 
Knoxville, Tennessee
February 17
7:00 PM
No. 7 at Alabama L 75–77  21–5 (10–3)
Coleman Coliseum 
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
February 20
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 13 Vanderbilt W 70–61  22–5 (11–3)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
February 23
9:00 PM
No. 13 South Carolina W 53–50  23–5 (12–3)
Memorial Coliseum 
Lexington, Kentucky
February 26
1:30 PM
No. 13 at Mississippi State W 76–40  24–5 (13–3)
Humphrey Coliseum 
Starkville, Mississippi
SEC tournament
March 2
1:00 PM
No. 10 vs. Florida
2012 SEC tournament quarterfinals
W 71–67  25–5 (13–3)
Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, Tennessee
March 3
6:30 PM, FSN
No. 10 vs. LSU
2011 SEC tournament semifinals
L 61–72  25–6 (13–3)
Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, Tennessee
NCAA tournament
March 17
4:20 PM, ESPN2
No. (2) vs. No. (15) McNeese
2012 NCAA tournament first round
W 68–62  26–6 (13–3)
Hilton Coliseum 
Ames, Iowa
March 19
9:45 PM, ESPN2
No. (2) vs. No. (7) Green Bay
2012 NCAA tournament second round
W 65–62  27–6 (13–3)
Hilton Coliseum 
Ames, Iowa
March 25
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. (2) vs. No. (11) Gonzaga
2012 NCAA tournament "sweet 16"
W 79–62  28–6 (13–3)
Ryan Center 
Kingston, Rhode Island
March 27
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. (2) vs. No. (1) Connecticut
2012 NCAA tournament "elite 8"
L 65–80  28–7 (13–3)
Ryan Center 
Kingston, Rhode Island
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern time.

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