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It was another tough loss for Kentucky today as they fell to South Carolina 81-63. UK Hoops started off the game 6-of-13 from the field. An early three from No. 4 Maci Morris helped Kentucky come out strong in the first period. The score at the end of the first period was 19-18, with South Carolina holding a slight lead over the Cats.
The second period found UK Hoops lacking in their offense. Kentucky started off the period 0-4 from the field, with five turnovers. The Gamecocks were able to score their biggest lead of the game on a 13-0 run. The Cats only scored 2-of-11 from the field and had eight turnovers in the second period. The score at halftime was 38-26.
South Carolina scored 29 points in the third period, including 11 from the free throw line. Kentucky just wasn’t able to stop the Gamecocks, who were scoring 54% from the field and had hit 5 threes by the end of the third period. The score at the end of the third period was 67-44.
In the fourth period, UK Hoops hit a season high of 18 turnovers. The Cats were shooting 36%, their worst field goal percentage in a game since their game on January 15 against Vanderbilt. But, it wasn’t all bad news for Kentucky: Morris hit a career-high 35 points. The final score was 81-63.
“Great game for South Carolina today,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said in the post-game press conference. “They out-hustled us today.” As for Morrison’s career-high 35 point, Coach Mitchell had this to say: “She has worked really hard and we executed. Her teammates helped her get open with some good screens but she really gave it a great effort. Tough kid.”
UK Hoops will play the University of Mississippi at Mississippi on Thursday, February 22, at 8:30 pm. Kentucky will be back at Memorial Coliseum to take on Mississippi State University on Sunday, February 25 at noon.
While you were watching some basketball game last night, one Kentucky swimmer was earning a gold medal at the SEC Championships. Sophomore Asia Seidt brought home a first place finish for UK in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with a new school record-breaking time of 50.86 seconds. She out-touched a Missouri swimmer, who finished second by just five-hundredths of a second.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” said Seidt. “I got third last year at SECs and I just wanted to come in and see what I could do. [Coach] Lars [Jorgensen] and I talked at the beginning of the year, and we really wanted to focus on being able to take it out in the 100 back and then bring it back even faster. That was something I was able to do tonight and I was really excited about it.”
Fellow sophomore Madison Winstead also made her way onto a podium last night, finishing third in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Lexington native also got her name in the Kentucky record books, posting a school-best time of 59.38.
More Cats will hit the deck today for the final day of competition. The meet will air live on SEC Network at 7 p.m., with events including the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, women’s platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay.
Cats by 90!
By Maggie Davis on ©February 18th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
After a dominate 78-57 victory over Arkansas Thursday, the Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to stay in the win column this afternoon. The team is back on the road to play No. 8 South Carolina inside Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks have won seven straight games against Kentucky, including their 81-64 defeat over the Wildcats earlier this season.
The Cats fell to the then-No. 10 South Carolina inside Rupp Arena back in January. Junior Maci Morris scored 19 points and Taylor Murray added 17, but the duo was not enough to overcome South Carolina’s 60 percent field-goal shooting.
In order to compete with the Gamecocks today, Kentucky will need to recreate their balanced offense from last Thursday. Against Arkansas, the Cats had five players score in double figures: Morris joined Alyssa Rice, Keke McKinney, Tatyana Wyatt and Dorie Harrison. UK had the 32-7 advantage in bench points and a 38-12 edge in points in the paint.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats will have their hands full with the reining SEC Player of the Year A’ja Wilson, who is averaging 22.5 points per game and adding an average of 11.6 rebounds. On the season, she’s shooting 54.9 percent from the field. Wilson is currently on the watchlist for National Player of the Year – she needs just 36 more points to hit 1,000 points in SEC regular-season games.
Coach Matthew Mitchell knows the road ahead is a tough one.
“Victories right now are important there is no doubt about that, but we have a very difficult final three games,” Mitchell said. “Two out of the three are against top ranked teams that are at the top of our conference and then another road game. So it is a difficult stretch.”
Luckily, the Cats found some mojo during their shoot around this morning:
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) February 18, 2018
The game is USC’s annual Pink Game for breast cancer survivors. Tip is set for 3 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC network. Check back in following the game for more UK Hoops coverage!
Kentucky’s Simidele Adeagbo becomes first African woman in history to compete in skeleton event in the Winter Olympics
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 16th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
A Kentucky Wildcat made history on the Olympic stage this afternoon.
UK graduate Simidele Adeagbo became the first Nigerian, African and/or black woman to compete in the Skeleton event in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Despite finishing 20th overall, Adeagbo managed the third-fastest push time of the day at 5.06 seconds and a personal best down time of 54.19 seconds.
Check out the historical run from the Wildcat below:
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) February 16, 2018
Adeagbo will have another chance in the Skeleton event tomorrow afternoon in heats three and four.
Congratulations to the former Wildcat on the incredible accomplishment!
It was a victory for UK Hoops against the University of Arkansas on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum 78-57. After being honored as the 33rd member of the 1,000 Point Club, Maci Morris started the game off right for Kentucky with a 6-0 run. But Arkansas was able to gain eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter, giving them a slight advantage by the time the buzzer sounded. The score at the end of the first quarter was 20-19, with Arkansas holding the lead.
The Cats managed to grab their lead back in the second quarter with a three from No. 3 Keke McKinney and a putback from No. 45 Alyssa Rice. Kentucky had an eleven point lead but two threes from the Razorbacks trimmed UK’s lead to seven. The score at the end of the half was 39-32.
UK Hoops regained their eleven point lead early in the second half, but an 11-0 run and back-to-back threes from Arkansas tied the game at 45-45 with less than five minutes left in the third quarter. Two free throw points from Morris and a three from No. 14 Tatyana Wyatt gave Kentucky a five-point lead. The Cats were able to increase this lead to ten with a 12-2 run to end the quarter. The score at the end of the third quarter was 57-46.
Points from Wyatt and Rice helped the Cats secure their biggest lead of the game in the fourth quarter, with the score 64-39 halfway through the last period. Rice scored an and-one with less than five minutes left in the game. The final score was 78-57. It was a 20-point game for Morris, with McKinney, Rice, Wyatt, and No. 20 Dorie Harrison all scoring in the double digits.
“Proud of our players,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said in the post game press conference. “It was tied there at 45-45 and we executed down the stretch and were able to get Arkansas to miss some points.”
Kentucky will be on the road this weekend to take on the University of South Carolina on Sunday, Feb 18, at 3 pm. UK Hoops will be back in Memorial to play Mississippi State University on Sunday, February 25, at noon.
The Kentucky women’s basketball team fell behind early and, despite 21 points from Maci Morris, could never catch up to the No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Cats lost 74-55 on the road, dropping their record to 12-14 on the season and 4-8 in the conference. Mississippi State remains undefeated: 26-0 and 12-0 in the SEC.
The Bulldogs dominated the Wildcats right out of the gates. By the end of the first quarter, Mississippi State had already built a 22-8 lead. And Kentucky’s immediate foul trouble did not help their comeback effort. UK was called for nine team fouls in the first period, sending MSU to the line, where they went 7-for-10. The foul trouble continued throughout the remainder of the first half, and the Cats entered the locker room at the break with four players with two fouls and two players with three fouls.
Because of said foul trouble, the Cats had to go deep into their bench – all nine players who checked into the game played at least ten minutes, while only six of Mississippi State’s eight players saw more than seven minutes of floor time. Kentucky’s long lineup gave them the 21-1 advantage for points off the bench.
UK also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 39-33, a stat Coach Matthew Mitchell was impressed with given the Bulldog’s physicality.
“To outrebound this team is a really tough task,” Coach Mitchell said. “[It] shows how hard we played.”
Kentucky tried to stage a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-16 to cut Mississippi State’s lead to nine. Maci Morris got hot, scoring 13 points during the third period alone. But it wasn’t enough, and the Bulldogs pushed the lead back to 13 points by the end of the quarter.
Both Morris and Taylor Murray picked up their fifth and final foul during the fourth quarter, and any Kentucky momentum checked out of the game with them. Dorie Harrison made strong contributions for the Wildcats today, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds. Her performance earned her praise from Coach Mitchell after the game.
“I loved the way that [Harrison] presented herself in practice this week and think she played so well today,” Mitchell said.
Despite the final score, Coach Mitchell was impressed with his team’s effort today, which is a change from previous games when Mitchell said his players lacked the energy needed to win.
“I think that we did some good things today and really found some stuff that worked there in the second half,” Michell said. “We will be better because of this game.”
Today’s loss marked the third consecutive loss for the Wildcats. Kentucky will return to action inside Memorial Coliseum this Thursday, February 15 to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.
By Alex Holder on ©February 09th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
The Hockey Cats took care of business in their first-ever SEC Tournament game with a win over the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Kentucky came out hot in the first period with a 2-0 lead with goals from freshman center Brandon Spindlow and senior forward Beck Schultz. The Wildcats came out sluggish in the second period after being on a bus for threes hours from Lexington to the Ford Ice Center in Nashville. The Cats allowed the Gamecocks to score two quick goals midway through the second period after freshman defender Ryan Duffy had to go to the box for two minutes for hooking, which made it four on three hockey.
With 8:30 to go in the second Schultz scored a goal which put the Cats up 3-2, but not even 10 seconds later USC answered the bell with a goal at 8:21 to tie the score 3-3.
The senior Schultz knew the Cats came out a little flat in the second period, thinking it was caused by a combination of first-time nerves and being on a bus for three hours.
“This game was no doubt different for us,” Schultz said. “This is our first year in the SEC and our first time ending the year with the SEC tournament. The team, myself included were definitely nervous and didn’t really know what to expect. We went out and popped a couple goals in the first, but when they tied it up in the second period, we knew that we had a game and that it wasn’t going to be a simple walk in the park.”
The third period was a way different story to tell, as Kentucky came out firing on all cylinders. Carolina did score the first goal in the third period which made the score 4-3, but that would be their last goal of the game. Schultz knotted it up at four with 15:40 to go in the game and it was smooth sailing from there.
Two minutes later DeAngelis scored to put the Cats back on top 5-4. The Wildcats went on the power play at 12:49 and couldn’t seem to stop putting the puck in the net after that.
Kentucky would go onto win 9-4, and Schultz knew that positive attitudes in the third would lead this team to a victory.
“The most impactful thing that made a difference in the third period was our positivity,” Schultz said. “We got into the locker room between the second and third period and all looked at each other and knew that we couldn’t change what had happened during the first and the second period, but we knew that we could make a difference in the third. Instead of getting down, we picked one another up and went to work. We were positive going into the third period with our heads looking up and our minds moving forward. That is how we came out in the third period and did so well!”
Freshman forward Jordon Shannon, who has been an enormous impact on the Cats this season, had two huge goals in the third period and loved being part of UK’s first ever SEC Tournament win.
“It’s always nice to help the team win, regardless of whether I score or not,” Shannon said. “Getting the job done is important to me, I’m just glad the boys came together in the third period to get the big win! It felt great being apart of UK hockey history and starting the tournament off well!”
Head coach of the Wildcats, Tim Pergram, thought the boys came out with “nervous energy,” but kicked it into gear in the third period.
“We had road legs and still had nervous energy from playing first SEC tourney game,” Pergram said. “In the third, we decide to play, pass, skate and score. It felt great for the boys, coaches and GM’s (to win the first SEC Tournament game in school history) our record is 20-7-1 and 7-0 in the SEC these guys were 3-20 last year.”
This one was all @Kentucky_Hockey in the third period! Cats win this one 9-4!! Game tomorrow will be at 5 pm CST against the winner of No. 2 Arkansas or No. 7 Vanderbilt! Playing for this bad boy! pic.twitter.com/vjOdyzAek3
— Alex Holder (@Alex_Holder_KSR) February 9, 2018
The Cats will play the winner of No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 2 Arkansas at 5 pm CST at the Ford Ice Center tomorrow for a chance to play in their first ever SEC Championship game on Sunday.
Both teams started the game strong, with UK Hoops starting 4-of-10 from the field, while Mizzou scored 5-of-8. Kentucky found themselves lacking defensively shortly in to the first period and the Tigers were able to take their biggest lead of the game at 18-11. Mizzou scored 11-of-14 during the first period, while the Cats found themselves only scoring two field goals in the last five minutes of the quarter. The score at the end of the first period was 26-15.
The second period started with the Tigers gaining a 16-point lead over Kentucky, but the Cats were able to turn up the heat defensively. The Tigers had a clear advantage in paint points at the beginning of the second quarter, going 14-4 against the Cats, but by halftime, UK Hoops had brought that number to 16-12. A shot from No. 24 Taylor Murray at the buzzer cut the Mizzou’s lead to 9. Mizzou was 16-of-25 from the field, while Kentucky was 13-of-29 by halftime. The score at halftime was 41-32, with the Tigers still holding the lead.
No. 45 Alyssa Rice started the second half with her second block of the game, ranking her at the 10th all-time in program history in career blocks with 81. The Cats trimmed Mizzou’s lead to five with a 4-0 run early in the quarter, but the Tigers responded with a 10-2 run that put the score at 51-38 halfway through the third period. The Tigers found success with scoring in the third quarter, hitting 63% of their shots. The score at the end of the third period was 59-46.
It was another nail biting finish for UK Hoops. Kentucky was trailing 73-65 with two minutes left in the game, but a free throw from No. 4 Maci Morris cut Mizzou’s lead to seven. Three free throws from No. 14 Tatyana Wyatt, along with two free throws and a three from Murray, helped the Cats to hang on in the final moments of the game. With 7.2 seconds left, the score was 81-78 with the Tigers holding a small lead. Two free throws from the Tigers helped Mizzou secure their win. The final score was 83-78.
The Cats will be on the road again to play Mississippi State University on Sunday, Feb 11 at 2 pm. UK Hoops will be back in Memorial on Thursday, Feb 15 at 7 pm to take on the University of Arkansas.
By Alex Holder on ©February 05th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
What a HUGE weekend it was for Kentucky Hockey in the bluegrass state. Coach Tim Pergram and the Cats went into the weekend with an overall record of 17-7-1-1, but two consecutive victories have led to incredible momentum heading into their first-ever SEC Tournament.
Kentucky put a pounding on Tennessee Friday night, and then on Saturday, they took down No. 1 seed and reigning SEC champion Georgia.
Friday was Senior Night for the Hockey Cats, where they absolutely dominated the Vols not only in scoring, but also in winning the physical battle. Kentucky put up 11 goals with UT just scoring one the whole night. Seniors Beck Schultz, Aaron Bickle, Cory Day, Francis Eble, Remi Paine, and Vikram Dudee were celebrated at the beginning of the game as part of a Senior Night ceremony.
Senior winger Cory Day was not only thrilled to score the first goal of the game, but to play in front of his family on such a special night.
“Senior night was special,” said Day. “My fellow seniors and I have had a couple of long years leading up to our senior season and this season has been beyond what anyone could’ve expected. It was also nice to have my family in town to celebrate, as well. Scoring that first goal was awesome, it got the crowd in the game early and got the boys going and we never looked back from that point on. I have to credit Spindlow for finding me wide open and getting the puck across the ice to me for the tap in.”
— Alex Holder (@Alex_Holder_KSR) February 3, 2018
Another huge part of the win over UT was the sophomore forward and newcomer Patrick Lehmann, finishing the night with a hat-trick. Patrick joined the team at the start of the second semester just like basketball players, similar to basketball players Tai Wynyard and Hamidou Diallo in the past. The 6-5, 270 lb forward has been a huge impact for coach Pergram through his first six games as a Wildcat.
“I love being apart of the Kentucky hockey program,” said Lehmann. “We have a great team, great coach, and a great brotherhood that I was fortunate enough to be brought into. It felt awesome to score the Hattrick against Tennessee especially on Senior Night and to be able to do that in front of our awesome fans was amazing.”
After the opening blowout, the Cats had to rest up all day Saturday to take on the No. 1-seed Georgia Bulldogs at midnight. Georgia has an incredible hockey program, winning the SEC Tournament two years in a row in 2016 and 2017.
The game was so big that former quarterback for the Wildcats Stephen Johnson was at the Lexington Ice Center to catch the Cats in the massive matchup, and even took part in dropping the first puck to start the game.
Johnson has grown to be a huge supporter of the program and loves the crazy midnight atmosphere.
“I think the program is definitely on a come up,” Johnson said. “The leadership within the team and by the coach is unmatched. The games being at midnight is really cool, you don’t get to see that at most places. I want to thank the team for letting me drop the puck before the game. That was a really cool experience. I’m just glad I didn’t fall on the ice when I walked out there.”
THE CATS BEAT GEORGIA!!!!?? pic.twitter.com/WjJhDza5qr
— Kentucky Hockey (@Kentucky_Hockey) February 4, 2018
As far as the game goes, the back-and-forth contest was invigorating. UGA was up at the end of the first period 1-2, but UK answered in the second to knot it up at three going into the second intermission. Cats went up early in the third period with a power-play goal by the defender Ryan Duffy to put UK up 4-3 with 16:05 left in the game. Georgia then tied it up with 11 minutes to play at four, but the Cats wouldn’t go away easily.
Not even a minute later, freshmen forward Jordan Shannon scored a goal assisted by the senior forward Beck Schultz to make it 5-4. With a minute left, Georgia pulled their goalie and the Cats put the icing on the cake with 39.4 seconds left with an open net goal from Schultz. Cats hung on to win 6-4.
The Senior Schultz was ecstatic to go out with a bang winning such a huge game on home ice to end the season and to end his career at home wearing the blue and white.
“The last game on our home ice against Georgia was definitely bittersweet,” Shultz stated. “At the beginning of the game I didn’t necessarily want to think about it too much because I didn’t want it to affect the way I play. But as the periods went by and as the clock ticked down the end was inevitable. For as long as I played at UK, the seniors have never been able to win the last home game until this year. That was a huge accomplishment and definitely a memorable moment that my fellow seniors and I will share forever. Stepping off that ice I couldn’t help but to break down in tears and reminisce on all the memories and accomplishments that this organization has made during my career.”
After the win, Schultz also knew that this was a huge step for the program in regards to competing with the best of the best in the SEC.
“Going up against the number one seed in the SEC, we knew we were going to have to put in work,” Schultz said. “Playing against Georgia gave us a little preview of what the SEC Tournament is going to look like next weekend. At the end of the game, my coach and I made eye contact and knew that we had a TEAM who would be able to compete in the SEC.”
The SEC Tournament which will be held down in Nashville next weekend at the Ford Ice Center, which is also the Nashville Predators practice facility. Kentucky, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will play the No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks at 2 pm CST on Friday. If the Cats pull it out over the Gamecocks, they will then take on the winner of No. 2 Arkansas and No. 7 Vanderbilt on Saturday at 5 pm.
If the Cats can march on to the SEC Championship game and win at 2:30 pm on Sunday, it’ll be their first SEC Hockey Championship in SCHOOL HISTORY.
Freshman defenseman Ryan Duffy is excited to play in the schools first-ever SEC Tournament and at the possibility of maybe bringing some hardware back to Lexington.
“I’m very excited,” Duffy said. “It’s a huge step for the program and coming in after the win against Georgia gives us a lot of confidence. Hopefully we end the year on a high note and bring back a championship.”
Coach Pergram believes the boys are ready to play, but that they need to take it one game at a time.
“This weekend the boys played great against UGA,” said Pergram. “We finally played three solid periods of hockey. UGA is back-to-back SEC champs and has a great program with talented players. This weekend we will play one game at a time.”
CATS WIN A HUGE ONE TONIGHT!!!!!!!! @Kentucky_Hockey beats Georgia 6-4!!! SEC Tournament next weekend in Nashville at the Ford Ice Center!! I'll be covering the whole thing!! Cats face South Carolina at 2pm on Friday!! pic.twitter.com/WWDu8vUJ3T
— Alex Holder (@Alex_Holder_KSR) February 4, 2018
To follow the Cats for coverage of the whole SEC Tournament, you can follow me and the official page of the official Kentucky Hockey twitter account, which is listed below. There will also be a live stream of the game that will be posted on the UKHockey.com website.
All you have to do is click on Media, and then Gameday Broadcast to view the live stream.
Last but not least, GO CATS and let’s bring home the CHAMPIONSHIP!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
Both the men’s and women’s Kentucky track and field teams picked up the team Ws this weekend in the the 2018 Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field meet. Both teams looking to improve their already impressive national rankings, the #9 women’s team won with 172 points, which was more than 80 points better than the second place team, and the #12 men’s team won with 143 points, 46 points better than the next best team.
The Wildcats dominated their home event in the Nutter Field House, winning 13 individual events overall, including 8 for the women’s team as well as 5 for the men’s. Kentucky even posted 6 marks that rank inside the NCAA top-10 at publication time.
Take a look at the full story from UK Athletics here.
Good work Cats. Keep making us proud.
By Maggie Davis on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
After winning three consecutive conference games, the Kentucky women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain the heat, falling 72-70 to LSU inside Rupp Arena. The Cats are now 12-12 on the season and 4-6 in the SEC. You can catch up on the nitty-gritty of the game by reading Karly’s article here, but first, read up on why Kentucky didn’t come up with the W.
Cats couldn’t finish in fourth
The Wildcats have become accustomed to bringing their best in the fourth quarter, and they did so again today. After shooting woes in the first half – Kentucky hit just 13.3 percent from the field in the first quarter – the Cats entered halftime trailing 38-26. At the beginning of the final period, LSU led by eight points, which Kentucky slowly chipped away at throughout the quarter. With just 18 seconds remaining, the Cats were down by one, setting up Maci Morris for the game-tying shot. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the junior’s shot rimmed out at the last second.
But, according to Coach Matthew Mitchell, Morris’ long-two wasn’t the plan.
“When she missed that one, what I was hoping was that Taylor [Murray] could go to the bucket, but I will have to look and see where that was, but we kind of kicked it over flat,” Mitchell said. “What we wanted is if she turned the corner and laid it up it’s on the attack. If she couldn’t do that, get into a dribble hand-off so Amanda [Paschal] is now going off the attack. We kind of dribbled it in, kicked it into a standing-still to Amanda. So, it wasn’t that great of a look.”
Morris finished with a team-high 17 points, but that missed bucket at the end was the one that really mattered.
And although the fourth quarter was a strong one for the Cats, it just came too late.
“One thing we’ve been trying to do in the past couple of games is come out with a lot of energy, and we just didn’t have that in the first quarter,” point guard Taylor Murray, who finished with 16 points and six assists, said after the game. “Once you do that, you have to make up for all that, so we need to do a better job coming up and sticking with that energy and playing like we did in the third and fourth quarter.”
Speaking of energy…
Statistically speaking, Kentucky finished the game fairly evenly with the Tigers, and, in some aspects, the Cats even showed more efficiency than their opponent. On the game, UK shot 52 percent from the field, while LSU hit just 44 percent. From behind-the-arc, the margin of victory for the Wildcats was even greater: Kentucky went 7-18 for 39 percent, while the Tigers finished 2-15 for 13 percent. Both teams hit 82 percent from the free-throw line.
So how’d Kentucky lose? According to Mitchell, his team was “out-hustled.”
“[LSU] played a lot harder than we did, looked like they wanted the game a little bit more than we did and that is a bitter pill to swallow looking at where we’re at in our season in trying to make some progress forward,” the head coach said. “I’m a little bit disappointed today because the game came down to effort and we didn’t give everything that we had.”
The Cats’ lack-luster spirit began at tip-off, when the Tigers capitalized off of Kentucky’s 0-9 early shooting performance to build a quick 6-0 lead. Though they eventually cut the lead to just one point, the Cats never controlled this game.
“We were getting outrebounded and outhustled from the jump ball,” Mitchell said. “On the boards, it was just a day where there was no mystery to this game. They are a good team: strong, big and have some great athletes, and your effort had to exceed theirs. We didn’t get that done which makes it very disappointing.”
The boards did show a huge disadvantage for the Cats: Kentucky got outrebounded 35-23, including 18-5 off the offensive glass. And while the team’s turnover numbers are fairly close (15 for the Cats, 12 for the Tigers), it was LSU’s ability to capitalize off of these miscues that pushed them ahead. The Tigers scored 21 points off of Kentucky turnovers, while the Cats only earned 13 such points.
It was definitely a game they could have won and should have won,” Mitchell said. “So, we need to build on that, we’re definitely a lot better than we were a month and a half ago. We need to come back tough and see if we can strengthen our minds in what will be a very physical and tough game Thursday night.
Like Coach Mitchell said, the Cats will be back in action on Thursday to visit Missouri. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 04th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Last night, Kentucky Hockey took down the Georgia Bulldogs by a final score of 6-4 in the final regular season matchup of the season.
CATS WIN A HUGE ONE TONIGHT!!!!!!!! @Kentucky_Hockey beats Georgia 6-4!!! SEC Tournament next weekend in Nashville at the Ford Ice Center!! I'll be covering the whole thing!! Cats face South Carolina at 2pm on Friday!! pic.twitter.com/WWDu8vUJ3T
— Alex Holder (@Alex_Holder_KSR) February 4, 2018
Before the game, former UK quarterback Stephen Johnson had the honor of dropping the opening puck.
— Regina Rickert (@acrphoto) February 4, 2018
The former Wildcat quarterback wasn’t the only one rocking Kentucky’s new threads.
ESPN’s John Buccigross repped UK Hockey on a live edition of SportsCenter last week.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) January 31, 2018
Even University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto got in on the action:
— Kentucky Hockey (@Kentucky_Hockey) February 1, 2018
Here are all of Kentucky Hockey’s new uniform combinations:
OFFICIAL #UNVEIL! @Kentucky_Hockey redesigned ALL-NEW #uniforms for 2017-18! Extremely #humbled to have a program like #Kentucky choose us to put their new-look together! #GrowTheGame @UniWatch @achahockey pic.twitter.com/afP0AVRms1
— Rebirth Sports (@RebirthSports) January 30, 2018
KSR’s Kentucky Hockey reporter Alex Holder will be releasing an entire recap of the Cats’ big weekend of games tomorrow night, including player and coach interviews. He will also be following the team down in Nashville next weekend to cover the SEC Hockey tournament for KSR, so be on the lookout for some interesting stories in the coming days.
Until then, well done, and Go Cats!
UK Hoops faced off against the LSU Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Kentucky started the game struggling offensively, landing zero of their first eight field goal attempts. An and-one from No. 20 Dorie Harrison had the crowd at Rupp on their feet about halfway through the first quarter. But by the end of the period, the Cats were only 2-of-15 from the field, and hitting only 33% of their free throws. LSU held a significant lead by the time the buzzer sounded, with the score 16-5.
The Cats turned up the heat offensively, making 90% of their field goals in the second period. Kentucky worked to cut LSU’s lead to seven points, but a three by LSU brought their lead back up to 12 by the end of the first half. The score at the end of the second period was 38-26.
While the third period started with UK Hoops in possession of the ball, the Cats struggled with two missed threes from No. 4 Maci Morris. A three from No. 3 Keke McKinney cut LSU’s lead to eight, but three straight turnovers from Kentucky helped the Tigers on a 7-0 run. Morris scored a three with less than a minute left on the clock, and UK Hoops ended the period on a 7-0 run. The score at the end of the third period was 51-43 with the Tigers still holding a big lead over the Cats.
The third period was all about threes and free throws for Kentucky. After two threes from Morris and a three from No. 12 Amanda Paschal, the crowd at Rupp was on their feet for the last two minutes of the game. Murray was sent to the line and hit both of her free throws, cutting LSU’s lead to 69-66. The Tigers increased their lead to 70-66 with a free throw, but a field goal from Murray brought the score to 70-68, with 27.2 seconds left in the game. The crowd was brimming with nervous energy and excitement as LSU was sent back to the line, making another shot. The Cats were down by three when Morris was fouled. She made both of her free throws, bringing the score to 71-70 with less than 12 seconds left in the game. A last attempt at a shot to tie the game from Morris didn’t land, and LSU walked away with a win. The final score was 72-70.
“I’m real disappointed today because the game came down to effort and we didn’t give everything we had and that was really, really disappointing,” Coach Mitchell said in the post-game press conference. “The progress we’ve made is what makes it so disappointing. We’re definitely a lot better than we were a month and a half ago.” Kentucky is now 12-12 this season.
UK Hoops will play the University of Missouri at the Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Feb 8, at 9 pm. The Wildcats will be back in Memorial at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb 15, to take on the University of Arkansas.
As expected, Sydney McLaughlin is one of the fastest runners in America.
The Kentucky track team’s freshman phenom is off to a fast start in the indoor season. At today’s McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet, she ran 400m in 51.44. The time leads the NCAA and set a UK school and freshman record.
Sydney’s performance was one of many that helped the Kentucky women win the meet. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won the 200m hurdle, the 60m hurdle and the 200m.
— Nathan Schwake (@NathanSchwake) February 3, 2018
Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile won the triple jump and long jump, Nicole Fautsch won the shot put and Olivia Gruver did this:
Olivia Gruver is over the bar on FIRST ATTEMPT at 15’3″/4.65m.
That’s a two-inch PR for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Champion pic.twitter.com/VlMuN5QmGU
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) February 3, 2018
In other news, the mens’ team also got a home victory. For more, click here.
The Kentucky women’s basketball team came through with a big win tonight over Auburn. The Wildcats defeated the Tigers 65-48 inside Memorial Coliseum and clinched their third consecutive double-digit win over an SEC opponent. Savannah has a game recap for you here, but first, take a look at the three main takeaways from the victory:
Cats come up huge in the 4th
Kentucky struggled offensively for the duration of the first three quarters. Although they were leading by four (42-38) at the end of the third period, the Wildcats had hit just 11-36 (31 percent) from the field. But when the Cats got the ball to start the final quarter, they came out firing.
Kentucky scored the first 13 points of the quarter, leading to a 17-point cushion for the Wildcats. Maci Morris drained her fifth three-pointer of the game, and Kentucky continued to expand their lead. The Cats finished the quarter on a 24-3 run, outscoring the Tigers 23-10 in the fourth period.
Coach Matthew Mitchell was obviously happy with his team’s effort in the final ten minutes.
“Beautiful fourth quarter,” Mitchell said. “People just flying all over the place and making plays. Excited about that.”
Maci Morris hits 1,000
After inching closer and closer over the past several games, the Bell County native finally made it official tonight. Morris hit her 1,000th point early in the first quarter after back-to-back three-pointers. She just needed four points to secure a place in the club, but she finished the night with 18, including five buckets from behind-the-arc. She’s the 33rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
“That’s a great accomplishment for her,” Coach Mitchell said. “She really, really lit it up from the 3 for us and kind of steadied the ship when we were having a hard time figuring out how to beat that zone. She made some big, big shots. So proud of her. She’s an absolute warrior.”
Defense stole the show
While Kentucky’s surge in the fourth quarter looks like the result of a strong offensive effort on paper, the team’s tough defense is the real reason for the run. The fourth quarter was the Cats’ highest-scoring quarter of the game, but it was also the Tiger’s lowest. Auburn scored just 10 points in the final quarter, and they took just 15 shots.
The Wildcats out-rebounded their opponent 36-27, including 23 defensive rebounds, while grabbing 16 steals.
Kentucky forced 25 Auburn turnovers, and they were able to convert these miscues into 32 points. Tonight marked the Cats’ fourth consecutive game in which the team scored 20 or more points off turnovers.
“We’re trying to find ways to win games, trying to find ways to get better,” Mitchell said. “Tonight was a good night as far as forcing turnovers. So, proud of them and we just need to come back to work tomorrow really humble and hungry and try to get better tomorrow.”
Check out all of the night’s highlights below, courtesy of KY Wildcats TV.
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— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) February 2, 2018
The Cats will be back in action Sunday at 7 p.m. to host LSU. The game will be played inside Rupp Arena, but if you can’t make the trip to Lexington, you can catch it on the SEC Network.