The No. 10 Wildcats didn’t return the gesture once the game started.
Aided by Mathies’ game-high 20 points, UK spoiled the Lady Rebels’ festivities by cruising to a 90-65 victory at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
Almost from the opening tip, Kentucky (24-4 overall, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) dominated the game.
UK mauled the Lady Rebels (9-19, 2-13) on the boards and turned a 57-38 advantage into 21 second-chance points.
Kentucky’s season-high 57 rebounds are also the most Ole Miss has allowed this season.