In his Senior Day preview of the Kentucky Wildcats hosting the Tennessee Lady Vols, Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's Kentucky site A Sea of Blue pays tribute to each of the seniors, including A'Dia Mathies and her impressive standing in the Wildcats program.
The day she signed her Letter of Intent to come to Kentucky over her hometown Louisville squad, this program changed. The die was cast that she would be the one to lead UK from mediocrity to excellence.
Overall this season, Mathies leads Kentucky in scoring and ranks second in the SEC averaging 18.3 points per game. As the preseason SEC Player of the Year, Mathies currently ranks in the top 15 of six SEC statistical categories, including second in scoring (18.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (.443), and third in 3-point field goals made (2.3). She also ranks No. 2 in scoring and No. 3 in steals. She is the first player in Kentucky history (men or women), to accumulate over 1,800 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals in her career. Mathies needs just one more steal to become the third player in school history with 300 or more and 10 more to tie the UK steals record of 309 set by Stacey Reed (1991-95).
So what does that mean for her WNBA draft chances? Discuss in our WNBA draft open thread.
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