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Volleyball looks to capitalize on season

h/t Regina Rickert

h/t Regina Rickert

The Volleyball Cats are coming off its best win this season after defeating Mississippi State Sunday 3-0. The Cats held the Bulldogs to the fewest points in a set by a UK opponent this season with 25-10 first set.

After recording its best game of the season with Mississippi State Sunday, Kentucky is looking to end a strong season with two wins this week. The Cats will travel to Auburn (12-17) for a match tomorrow at 6 p.m with video. Then the Cats will return to Lexington for a Saturday match against Arkansas (14-15) at 7 p.m. Both matches will air on the Sec Network+.

After the completion of the matches, ESPNU will host a selection show Sunday at 8:30 to release the bracket for the 2014 Volleyball tournament. The first round of the tournament starts Dec. 5. Last year, No. 16 Kentucky fell 3-1 to Michigan State in the second round of the tournament. The Cats are currently ranked No. 15 in the coaches poll.

It isn’t expensive to go to volleyball games, so after the Louisville game make sure to head out to memorial on Saturday to support the Cats in the final match of the season.

@Sealey_KSR

 


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Kentucky Women Hang On to Escape Central Michigan On The Road

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Playing in their first road game of the season, the 13/9th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team watched a once 20 point lead dwindle down to two , but the Cats hung on to win 71-68. Senior Jennifer O’Neill led the way offensively with 19 points on five three-pointers followed by Makayla Epps with 12 and Linnae Harper with 10.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, and a road win at that. The Cats are now 4-0 with a win over top-10 Baylor under their belt, and now an impressive victory of the predicted winners of the MAC on the road.  CMU is a perennial mid-major power in women’s college basketball, and Coach Mitchell is sure to be happy to have his Cats tested early on. There is plenty of film to watch and plenty to improve upon and Kentucky will do just that as the season progresses.

These two teams faced each other in Lexington a year ago, and Kentucky ran away with the 22 point win. It looked to be more of the same this year as the Cats were able to build an 18 point lead at halftime, but then things fell apart. The Chips switched to a trapping 2-3 zone which rattled the rhythm of Kentucky’s offense, and CMU cut the lead all the way down to just two points before the Cats were able to seal the victory.

The Cats will gear up for a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the Virgin Islands next week, as Kentucky will face up against Illinois on Turkey Day, followed by Oklahoma and South Florida on Friday and Saturday. Let’s all agree that we’re extremely jealous and would do anything to be in the Virgin Islands on the beach, or is that just me?

Cats.

@WilderTreadKSR


UK Hoop Cats take on Central Michigan at 8 PM EST tonight

The UK women’s team takes on the Chippewas of Central Michigan in an away game for the Cats tonight. The game is live streaming on ESPN3 and will also be broadcast on the UK Radio Network. 

The Cats are led by senior guard, Jennifer O’Neill, who had 22 points against Baylor on Monday in what was the second-largest crowd ever to watch a UK Hoops game. This is UK’s first road game of the season and the Cats are looking to come back to Lexington with a 4-0 record for the second straight year.

Go Cats!

@kaansoloKSR

 


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Cats Clip the Eagles, Down MSU by 29

Courtesy: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Courtesy: Britney Howard UKAthletics

The 13/9th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team used a quick start and a strong final push to dismantle the Morehead State Eagles this morning in Memorial Coliseum 91-62. The Wildcats remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season before heading to Central Michigan this Saturday. It was “Class of 2021″ Day as almost 2,000 6th graders from around the city of Lexington were in attendance to a see a balanced attack from UK. Janee Thompson led the way with 15 points, but every UK player on the roster recorded at least three biguns.

Good day for the Wildcats. Glad to win after a very tough stretch we just came out of. Very very happy we were able to get the victory today. Want to compliment MSU, they played very hard and made it tough for us. That place means a lot to me and we wish them well,” said Coach Mitchell.

Mitchell is excited for a few days off for some tough practice time, as Kentucky has played three games in six days. “You start to see some game slippage, they aren’t boxing out, they aren’t in great position. We need to get back to the fundamentals. They need the reps.

Thompson not only led the team in points today, but Mitchell said the junior point guard has done a great job in leading the team in intangibles. “I was telling the assistant coaches after the game today, Janee has come a million miles since the day she stepped on campus.” After a rugged, head-butting freshman year, Mitchell said she has understood the role she needs to play and the sacrifice she has made to the program and the team. “You have to stick to your guns,” said Mitchell.

After the Cats built a 30 point lead in the first half, both the 6th graders in the crowd and the team seemed to fall asleep a little, allowing the Eagles (2-1) to cut it all the way down to 13 later in the game before UK realized: “Oh yeah, we’re supposed to be playing,” and turned on the jets again.

It was a big double-double day for Kentucky players as sophomore Linnae Harper recorded the first one of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds while senior center Azia Bishop recorded the fourth of her career today with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Jaycee Coe also recorded the first points of her career, coming off a screen to drain a 3-pointer in the first half.

MSU’s Coach Greg Todd is in his first year at the helm for the Eagles after stints at Transylvania and Lexington Catholic High School. He was pleased with the effort of his team and that they made Kentucky play a full 40 minute game. When Morehead was able to cut the lead to 13 he said, “We made shots in the half court and took what Kentucky gave us. They were a little bit cold and we did a better job rebounding. They wore us down towards the end of the game but we were pleased that they had to keep competing.”

This is Kentucky’s last game in Memorial Coliseum for a while, as they travel up north to take on Central Michigan this Saturday at 8 before departing for the Virgin Islands for a Thanksgiving tournament where Kentucky will play Illinois, Oklahoma and South Florida. Till next time…

@WilderTreadKSR


Photo by Britney Howard|UK Athletics

UK Hoops Live Diary: Elementary Day at Memorial

Photo by Britney Howard|UK Athletics

Photo by Britney Howard|UK Athletics

Welcome to the first of many live diaries for the UK Hoops 2014-2015 season!  Today’s game is being played against Morehead State, and yes, it is tipping off abnormally early.  Kentucky is fresh off their defeat of the #8 Baylor Bears, and will be looking to extend their record to 3-0 with a win over the Eagles.  So why is the game so early, you ask?  It’s elementary day! The best and worst day ever.  It’s great that we get to start teaching kids to love the Hoops team at this young of an age, but it’s a LOT to handle at 11AM.

Morehead State’s head coach, Greg Todd, is in his first season with the Eagles, after coaching eight years at Transylvania.  In his 22 years as a head coach, he is 548-144, giving him a winning percentage of .791.  With stats like that, hopefully he’ll be able to help this team become competitive again. As some of you may know, Coach Mitchell was the head coach for the Eagles before coming to Kentucky, so a victory this afternoon would probably be that much sweeter.

#13/9 Kentucky v. Morehead State

FINAL- Hayley: Kentucky 91, Morehead State 62. What a predictable ending.  Kentucky now extends their overall record to 3-0 with today’s win.  Not for one single second today did I think that Morehead could come back, would comeback, really would do anything except lose to Kentucky.  Statistically, they had a decent game.  This is not a bad team, Ladies and Gents.  The Eagles only had 24 turnovers, which comparatively speaking, is not bad.  They shot 45% from the field, and collectively had 35 rebounds.  This team will fair nicely in the OVC. Four Wildcats scored in double figures this afternoon, and Azia Bishop had a double double.  This and more in the post game… coming soon.

2nd Half: 7:15 -Wilder: The pace of this game has definitely slowed of late. Kentucky is thoroughly dominating all phases of the matchup with the Eagles, but their field goal percentage has been low this half shooting just 39%. Mitchell has been using this game to test out a few different lineups and gear his team up for a few challenging road tests in the weeks ahead. Cats leading 68-48.

2nd Half: 11:59 Hayley: Kentucky and Morehead should have just played through halftime, because this all looks awfully familiar.  There were minimal adjustments made by each team at the half.  Morehead State looked like they could chip away at the score for a few seconds, but it’s stayed pretty consistently spread at Kentucky with a 20 point lead.  For every Eagle basket, the Cats respond.  The most interesting thing here right now is certainly the prepubescent dancing to old Kentucky favorites, such as “Blue and White.”  Kentucky 60, Morehead 40.

Halftime: Hayley: Kentucky 45, Morehead State 24. Well this game has really gotten out of control.  Kentucky is dominating in every way possible.  Kentucky has kept the turnovers (pigtails) to a very reasonable three, while Morehead has 12.  The Wildcats are out rebounding the Eagles, offensively and defensively, for a grand total of 31-24 boards, respectively.  Every single player on the Kentucky roster, minus Ivana Jakubcova, who is injured, has scored today.  Coach Mitchell has been quick subbing all afternoon.  Janee Thompson is leading the scoring efforts with eight points, while Azia Bishop is leading defensively with seven rebounds.  Hopefully today’s halftime entertainment is the kids taking a nap. zzzZZZzzzz

1st Half: 3:31 -Wilder: The rout is on. The best thing about this is: Morehead isn’t even some awful team. They came into today’s game with Kentucky with a 2-0 record, notching two road wins over Norfolk State and George Mason to start the season. The Eagles will probably be competitive in the OVC, but against the taller, more athletic Wildcats, they don’t stand a chance. Cats are running over MSU 43-16. Janee Thomposon has eight, followed by seven for Jen O’Neill and six for Linnae Harper.

1st Half: 8:13 -Wilder: Morehead definitely has an interesting mix of players on their team. The majority of them are from either Kentucky, Tennessee or Ohio but starter Maiki Viela hails all the way from Hawaii, transferring to MSU after a previous stint at Gonzaga. She also has a tattoo sleeve so that’s…cool? Kentucky’s size is really hurting the Eagles early on, as the Cats lead the rebounding battle 25-15. and UK widens the lead 32-10. 

1st Half: 11:59 -Wilder: It’s nice to be back in live diary mode after a summer-long break KSR fans. Kentucky has looked sharp this morning, picking right up where they left off against Baylor on Monday night. The Cats have still only turned the ball over once, an improvement Coach Mitchell was anxious to see. Eight Kentucky players already have at least two points, comparable to Coach Cal’s platoon system. Look for UK to hit triple digits today…Cats lead 21-6.

1st Half: 15:57 -Hayley: So far, this game has started off exactly how we expected.  Kentucky has taken a 12-0 lead on Morehead, and we’re already getting somewhat ADD.  When the games are no where near close, we prefer to talk about people in the crowd, players on the bench, you know, just analyze everything.  So far, the Eagles have three turnovers, to our one turnover.  They’re beating us in blocks, two to our zero, but they’re 0-9 from field goal range.  Yikes.

10 Til’ Tip- Hayley: Well guys, it’s pretty shrill in here.  There’s such a distinct noise of hundreds of middle school kids screaming at the same time.  It’s not something I would wish on my worst enemies.  But I do love the fact that all these kids are here.  How cool is it that Kentucky <3 basketball so much that these guys and gals got to miss a couple hours of school to come support?? When we got here, I was a bit tired from last nights’ celebration, but I’m wide awake now.  There’s a girl on the Morehead State team with a full sleeve.  Just saying.  Here we go Cats.

 


Kentucky Edges Baylor

Kentucky Edges Baylor

Courtesy Mark Zerof- USA Today Sports

Courtesy Mark Zerof- USA Today Sports

The Kentucky Women’s Basketball team had a nice big plate of revenge tonight in Rupp Arena as they defeated Baylor 74-64.  Baylor knocked Kentucky out of the NCAA Tournament in the sweet 16 last year, when they beat us 90-72.  The Bears virtually dominated the first half of the game, and were up by 10 at the half.  Early in the second half, Baylor was up by 14.  The Wildcats were able to dig in their claws, no thanks to the Refs in any single way, and come out with the victory.  There were several key moments that worked for and against us, and several players who also worked for and against us.  Let’s discuss. 

 

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The first half of this game was… rough.  For both teams.  Baylor had 16 turnovers, and Kentucky had 15, which gives us a grand total of 31 pigtails (the liveblog gets it).  It was a slop fest.  Ladies sliding all over the mid-court, racking up stupid choppy fouls, and shooting the ball way too fast in transition.  Four Wildcats went into halftime with two fouls a piece, and knowing that this team is always more intense in the second half, that was troublesome.  Jennifer O’Neill was 0-6 from the 3-point arc… yikes.

 

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Let’s talk Jennifer O’Neill.  It is finally her senior season, and it seems like the pressure of being a leader may have caught her tonight.  In the past, when O’Neill plays well, the team wins, and when she plays poorly, they lose.  This was always a double edged sword for the team because she usually does play fantastically and leads us to victory, but there’s always one game a year that she leads us down.  Tonight, we saw this program develop.  Jennifer O’Neill played horridly in the first half, and the team was still able to keep their heads up and pick up the slack.  O’Neill missed her first 10 attempted 3’s, and only had 4 points going into halftime, but finished the game with 22 points and three rebounds.

 

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Tonight’s shining star? Makayla Epps.  She was a leader not only offensively, finishing second in scoring with 12 points, but led the team in rebounding with eight boards.  When the team was experiencing some serious foul trouble (three starters with three fouls, one starter with four fouls), Epps was there to be a super versatile… everything.  She played not only the point position, but also the wing, AND even the post.  Tell me who else can do that?  After the game, Makayla Epps told the press that the Rupp game is her favorite regular season game, and that being able to “look up a couple times and see [her] dad meant alot to [her].”

 

UKIt’s not hard to notice that this year’s team doesn’t quite measure up to last years team… yes, I’m making height jokes.  The loss of our post players, Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth, was something that I expected to feel a lot more of tonight.  Kentucky may have 5 girls who are over six feet tall, but Baylor has eight, and it was easy to find ourselves in situations when a few more inches could have helped.  But guess what?  I was pleasantly surprised to see that Baylor only out-rebounded the Hoops by TWO! Can you believe that?  Baylor was able to grab just two more offensive rebounds than the Hoops, but defensively, we kept it even.  You don’t have to be the tallest, just jump the highest.

 

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Tonight was so much more than basketball for this program.  From a marketing point of view, every win for this team is another chance to sell Kentucky to recruits.  While Kentucky was not able to break the attendance record tonight, having tens of thousands of people show up, IN THE SNOW, to pack Rupp Arena, says so much about the university as well as the fans.  This team could not have been more gracious for the opportunity to play in front of a great home crowd, and said that they fed off the energy of the atmosphere like a zombie feeds on brains… OK maybe that was me who said that, but y’all have no idea how much energy the live blog demands from me.  The power of the #BBN never ceases to amaze.

 

 

Kentucky’s next game is on Wednesday afternoon at 11am.  Yes it is the elementary game, and yes, I’ll keep an eye out for popcorn boy.  The Hoops will tip off against Morehead State in the highest pitched game of the year.  Thanks for all of those who followed along in the live blog, as well as through snapchat and twitter.  See you Wednesday!


“We’re just so tickled that we were able to win.”

“We’re just so tickled that we were able to win.”

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Coach Mitchell was a happy man tonight. His squad took down a top-10 Baylor team at home Clinging on to a one-point 61-60 lead with just over four minutes left, senior Jennifer O’Neill was 0-10 from behind the arc, but she hit her eleventh to give the Cats a 64-60 lead to give the Wildcats the cushion it needed to bring home the victory. “I was telling her every time out to shoot the ball,” said Coach Mitchell.

“I don’t know how Baylor feels but from how I was looking at it, all the hard work we had done in the offseason played a factor at the end of the game. I think this game does a lot for our brand. We’re gonna try to have some fun, get out there, run up and down and make some plays.”

Mitchell added: “We have the makings of a very good time. We have a long way to go to be the team we want to be. We turned it over too much. But we’ll get those things corrected. It’s a process. Great to be able to win while we’re still learning.”

@WilderTreadKSR


“They ducked their head and took it right at us”

“They ducked their head and took it right at us”

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Following Kentucky’s victory over the Baylor Bears I was expecting a fiery Coach Kim Mulkey, but the head woman for BU was fairly mellow. She cited the loss to the inexperience of her players and Kentucky’s ability to duck their head and force up shots in the second half.

I’m sure you remember last year’s Icemaggedon against Baylor in Dallas, when Kentucky won in 4OT. This year in Lexington it’s currently snowing and Mulkey said “You’re right, another snowstorm. That must mean we’re both gonna have a good year (wink).” I like her…

@WilderTreadKSR


13th Ranked Kentucky Defeats 8th Ranked Baylor in Rupp Arena

13th Ranked Kentucky Defeats 8th Ranked Baylor in Rupp Arena

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After being down by as many as 14 points, Kentucky women’s basketball team rallied to defeat the 8th ranked Baylor Bears in Rupp Arena 74-64. 22,075 fans were in attendance for the big win, marking the second highest crowd for a women’s basketball game in school history. O’Neill led the way with 22 points, including a clutch 3-pointer to separate Kentucky from Baylor in the waning minutes.

Stay tuned, more to come…

@WilderTreadKSR


@Rupp_Arena

Previewing UK Hoops’ Pack the House Matchup with Baylor

@Rupp_Arena

@Rupp_Arena

The day has come. The Kentucky women’s basketball team moves their talents to the hallowed halls of Rupp Arena for a top-10 battle with the Baylor Lady Bears tonight at 7 on ESPN2. This is the 3rd time the Wildcats and the Bears have met in the past two seasons, with the two teams splitting their games a season ago. In case you forgot, the Cats took down the Bears in Dallas in 4OT almost a full-year ago 133-130, part of a double-header with the men’s and women’s teams of both universities. That game is regarded as one of the greatest women’s college basketball games of all times. Jennifer O’Neill scored a record 43 points, and a lot of players fouled out. Baylor got their revenge in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in March however, taking down the Cats 90-72.

Tonight is UK Hoops’ annual “Pack the House” game in Rupp Arena. A year ago, Kentucky set the school and state record for a women’s basketball game, as 23,706 fans were in attendance in Lexington. Sadly, without star post-player DeNesha Stallworth available, the Cats fell to the top-5 ranked Duke Blue Devils 69-61. Looking for an even better performance this year (in both attendance and game result), the Cats welcome a team who is known as women’s basketball elite. As you can see in the picture above, free t-shirts have been placed on the seats of everyone in the lower arena, forming a “blue and white striped” effect. I like it.

The season is young, as this is only the second game for both the Bears and the Wildcats. Both teams have a lot of youth, but I think the result will be decided by the backcourt, which is heavily in favor of Kentucky with O’Neill, Thompson and Goss all with a myriad of minutes in their toolbelt. Here a few of the key matchups for the game tonight…

Jennifer O’Neill vs Niya Johnson

After a monstrous 43 point output in Kentucky’s 4OT win against Baylor last December, O’Neill struggled against the Bears in the post-season, only totaling a mere eight points in the Sweet 16 loss. The Cats will need O’Neill to lead the Cats in scoring tonight for Kentucky to have a solid chance, and they’ll also need her to heavily guard Baylor junior Niya Johnson, forcing turnovers aplenty. Johnson only scored seven points in the Bears season-opener, but dished out eight assists: a number Kentucky will need to reduce tonight to walk away with a victory.

Kentucky’s Post vs Nina Davis

Sophomore Nina Davis scored 20 points apiece in her two career games against the Wildcats last season. She was able to successful score and rebound against the talented veteran duo of Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth, and with those two seniors gone, the Cats are very young in the paint. Senior Azia Bishop gets the starting nod and has the height, but often times struggles against the better teams with her lack of athleticism. Mitchell will most likely rely on sophomore Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and freshman Alexis Jennings, both of whom scored in double-figures in the Cats first game against Appalachian State. It will take a village to stop Baylor’s Davis inside, but hopefully Kentucky can offset that with their strong play in the backcourt.

                                                                     

Coach Mitchell vs Coach Mulkey

Coach Kim Mulkey of the Baylor Bears is in her 15th season and has amassed a Hall of Fame record. With a total record of 405-86, she has won two national championships at BU, including a perfect 40-0 record a few years ago. Coach Matthew Mitchell has already accomplished a lot in his short time at the University of Kentucky, already the school’s all-time winningest coach. To see how these two interact and battle each other tonight will be one of my personal favorite parts of the game. Mulkey is known to have a hot temper (getting suspended in the past for crazy tirades on the sideline) and also an outrageous wardrobe (see above). If she doesn’t wear something metallic, I’m gonna be disappointed.

If you aren’t going to the game tonight (shame on you), tune in on ESPN2 at 7 as part of ESPN’s 24-hour college basketball #TipoffMarathon in celebration of the start of the season.

Cats.

@WilderTreadKSR


Pack The House tonight, get a t-shirt!

The UK Athletics staff was working hard to distribute these UK Hoops’ “Pack The House” t-shirts when I left Rupp Arena after yesterday’s men’s game. It’s a quick turnaround for Rupp and everyone involved as the women host No. 8 Baylor tonight at 7:00 pm. The game will be televised on ESPN2 — that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go — and, hopefully, it won’t go into four overtimes this time, although that game last year was a classic.

As of yesterday there were a little over 21,000 tickets sold; do your part in selling it out by purchasing yours here.

Beat Baylor.


Women’s soccer starts NCAA Tournament tonight

(h/t @UKathletics)

(h/t @UKathletics)

The University of Kentucky Wilcats open NCAA Tournament play tonight at 7:30.

If you aren’t doing anything in Lexington you should head over to the Bell Soccer Complex to support the girls as they take on SIU Edwardsville.It overlaps with football a little, but there is nothing stopping you from heading over after the game.

Kentucky is the No. 3 national seed in the Charlottesville, Va., regional, which features (2) Virginia, High Point, LaSalle, Rutgers, Arizona State, Northern Arizona and SIUE.The Wildcats appearance in the NCAA Tournament is its fourth-straight season in the postseason, and fourth-straight season hosting an opening round match. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students (2-18 years old), $3 for senior citizens (65+). Of course, UK Students get in free with a student ID.

Be there and support the other Cats!

@Sealey_KSR


Photo UKAthletics, Britney Howard

Kentucky Throttles Appalachian State in Season Opener

Photo UKAthletics, Britney Howard

Photo UKAthletics, Britney Howard

On the first night of college basketball across the country, the 11/10th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team took down the Appalachian State Mountaineers 111-74 in Memorial Coliseum. Seven players finished in double-figures for the Wildcats, led by senior Jennifer O’Neill with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

“The players started the game with a lot of energy and I think you can see we have the potential to have an explosive season.  I wanted to compliment Appalachian State, they tested us, fantastic opportunity to learn from this game tonight,” said Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell.

After jumping out to an 18-2 lead within the first media timeout, the Mountaineers got settled and were able to linger around the 20-point margin for the majority of the game until around the seven-minute mark of the second half when the gas ran out.

Kentucky had a whopping 24 assists on 39 field goals, which is staggering considering the last season the season-high for assists was 26. Senior Jen O’Neill says her team’s chemistry is the reason for the unselfishness, and Linnae Harper says passing is an emphasis in practice for the Wildcats.

With a triple-digit outpouring from the offense, Mitchell was clearly pleased on that side of the ball, but 74 points is a little more than the Wildcats are hoping to give up, especially to the likes of Appalachian State. “Our defense will be a work in progress. They did what a lot of teams will do which is put their head down and try to drive the basketball.”

All three sophomores finished in double-figures highlighted by Linnae Harper’s 17 on 50% shooting from the field. “I think she’s really turned a corner attitude-wise,” said Coach Mitchell. “She still has room to grow but tonight every time I coached it was ‘Yes coach, I got it coach, I’ll get it done coach.’ That is where she has allowed herself to grow, not battling me every time and trying to be right every time. Now she just is accepting and is a real weapon.”

While senior Bria Goss has the potential to explode on offense any given night, she finished with six points on 2-5 shooting against the Mountaineers.”She’s the kind of player that is whatever is needed in that game she will step up and get it done. I think she’ll have night when she scores a bunch and maybe not so much the next night, but she’ll sense what needs to be done and she’ll do it,” said Mitchell.

In a much anticipated debut after a redshirt freshman season, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers recorded her first points in the regular season for Kentucky, finishing with 11 for the game.

The do-everything player for Appalachian State was Maryah Sydnor, who finished last season averaging over 19 points a game and had a game-high 33 tonight for the visiting Mountaineers.”This was the best back court that we were going to face all season. To be able to face that backcourt was a great experience for our team,” said ASU Coach Angel Elderkin.

The Wildcats return to action on Monday in Rupp Arena as the top-1o ranked Baylor Bears come to town. It’s not too late to get tickets on Ticketmaster as Kentucky attempts to Pack the House for the second straight year. See ya there!

@WilderTreadKSR


Women’s soccer earns a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Congrats to the women’s soccer team on earning a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The ladies will host Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex in the first round. The match will be shown live on the SEC Network+, as well as ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

For more details, check out the full release from UK after the jump.

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Women’s Soccer advances to SEC Championship Match

(h/t @UKAthletics)

(h/t @UKAthletics)

UK Women’s Soccer defeated Tennessee 3-2 tonight to advance to the SEC Championship! The Cats will face Texas A&M Sunday after the Aggies toppled South Carolina in its match.

In tonight’s matchup, the Cats struck first with a goal from Kelli Hubly off an assist from Cara Ledman in the 28th minute. The goal was Hubly’s second of the tournament. With an assist from Kaitlin Miller,  Arin Gilliland scored the Cats’ second goal, putting them up 2-0 before the half.

After the break, Kaitlin Miller struck in the 64th minute after converting from the Penalty kick stripe to give the Cats a 3-0 lead. Tennessee finally responded with Hannah Wilkinson scoring with just 15:25 to go.  Wilkinson netted another goal 11 minutes later to make it a one-score game.

The Wildcats were able to hold on, however, and won the match.

Kentucky’s journey began by winning its first tournament win under head coach Jon Lipsitz Wednesday after downing the Auburn Tigers, 2-1. Now, the Cats will face top-seeded Texas A&M Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

 

@Sealey_KSR