Kentucky prepares for Delle Donne, Delaware

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013
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"She's only a part of what they do because they have team chemistry," Mitchell said of Delle Donne. "You make a big mistake if you put it solely on one player. She's very important obviously to what they want to do because she's so talented, but we'll be really trying to make this more about our team and how we do what we do well. I think that'll be very important to make our tempo a factor, our defensive pressure a factor."

The Wildcats' execution in those areas in their tournament wins should give the Blue Hens something to think about.

Kentucky forced 48 turnovers while rolling past Navy 61-41 and Dayton in Queens, N.Y., to earn its way into the round of 16 for the second straight year. Another win puts the Wildcats in the regional finals for the third time in four years, where either Connecticut or Maryland will be waiting.

The Wildcats say it's not who they play, it's about how they play.

A red-hot Mathies hit 6 of 7 from 3-point range and 13 of 17 overall in Kentucky's win over Dayton to advance to the round of 16. DeNesha Stallworth added 14 points, while Jennifer O'Neill and reserve Bria Goss each added 11 for Kentucky, which shot 47 percent.

Nearly everyone contributed for the Wildcats, who needed a team effort considering how a stomach virus hit the team during their win against the Flyers. Even Mitchell was affected, jokingly using words such as "gutty" and "gutsy" to describe how the Wildcats fought through illness.

They'll need another "gutsy" performance against the Blue Hens.

"We've prepared very well throughout the season and knowing we have to use our preparation now," said guard Kastine Evans, a Salem, Conn., native. "We've had a lot of big games, we've played against great players and just need to understand that all the games we've played, we can pull from that and use our potential."