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UK Hoops loses to Florida Gulf Coast University 70-64

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UK Hoops suffered their second loss of the season 70-64 on Friday against Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, Florida.

UK Hoops held a small lead in the beginning of the game, but FGCU ended the first quarter with a 14-4 run to grab a four-point lead. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-18, and the Cats’ struggles only continued from there.

While Kentucky averages 7.8 threes per game, by halftime they were 0-of-4 from the three-point line and had only scored 32% from the field. FGCU ended the final four minutes of the half with a 9-0 run to give them their biggest lead of the game, giving them a 35-26 lead at the break.

A 5-0 run by UK’s Tatyana Wyatt late in the third quarter helped the Cats offensively. Kentucky hit seven of their last eight points in the third quarter, bringing the score to 44-52. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Maci Morris hit Kentucky’s first three of the game. A fast-break layup from Alyssa Rice helped UK Hoops tie the game 57-57.

A 6-0 run by FGCU gave them a lead the Cats struggled to catch up with.

In a nail-biting ending, the score was 64-66 with 39 seconds left in the fourth. A missed three from Wyatt gave FGCU the momentum they needed to win the game with a final score of 64-70.

With the loss, UK Hoops is now 8-2 on the season, with both losses occurring on the road.

UK Hoops will be on the road again next Sunday, Dec 10, at 1 pm, when they play the University of Miami.

The Cats will be back in Memorial on Dec 17 at 3 pm to play the University of Louisville.


UK Volleyball comes back to advance to Elite Eight

UK Volleyball comes back to advance to Elite Eight

Congratulations to the UK Volleyball team, which just came back to beat BYU in five sets to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Tomorrow at 4 p.m., they’ll face the winner of Colorado/Nebraska, which is about to get underway at Memorial Coliseum.

After going down two sets to one, the ladies stormed back to force a fifth set, which they dominated. Sophomore Leah Edmond was unbelievable, keeping the Cats in it with a team-high 21 kills. Here’s match point:

And the celebration afterwards:

Check out Stephen Johnson’s video of the football team watching the match from the training facility:

And Craig Skinner in the locker room afterwards:

Comeback Cats indeed.


Get Your Tickets to UK Volleyball’s Regional Tournament at Memorial Coliseum

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Craig Skinner’s Kentucky volleyball team could reach historic new heights this weekend, but it will not be easy.  That’s why the team needs YOUR help to get them over the top.

This weekend the No. 4 overall seed is hosting the Regional Tournament at Memorial Coliseum.  To make it to the program’s first Final Four, they’ll have to beat a pair of powerhouses.  Friday at noon the Cats take on BYU, who is in their third straight Sweet 16 after advancing all the way to the National Championship in 2014.  If UK advances to Saturday’s final, they’ll likely face Nebraska, a eleventy-gazillion time National Champion that’s essentially the face of college volleyball.

Help out the Cats and get your tickets here.

The timing is odd, but if you can make it to the noon game tomorrow, UK is helping out fans by opening up the Limestone Parking Garage at 10:00 a.m. and offering free parking.  If the garage is full, there will be free parking in the Green Lot at Kroger Field with a free shuttle to the Coliseum.  Pack Memorial Friday to help the volleyball team play for history at 4:00 on Saturday.


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A Few Leftovers From UK Hoops’ Blow Out

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It was another big win here in Memorial as UK Hoops demolished the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62. Yup, that’s right your Cats scored 100 points tonight. It was a fun game for those in blue, for those in purple? A bloodbath. Maggie’s got a game recap for you here and as usual, I’ve got your leftovers.

1. It was the “Maci Morris Show” again.

I wrote about Maci’s huge game on Sunday and she showed up again tonight. Morris finished with 20 points and only missed one 3 pointer. One of those 3’s right at the buzzer at the half. Maci said she wants this to be a “fun” shooting team.

“I just had confidence in myself that it’ll go in,” said Morris.

Morris shot 9 threes in a row and when she’s open, she wants to knock it down.

2. It was also the “Tatyana Wyatt Show.”

A huge congrats to Freshman Tatyana Wyatt for recording her first UK Hoops double-double tonight. Wyatt finished with and achieved her double-double before the game even ended. Wyatt, who missed the first five games had quite a comeback today.

“Tot’s tough, she gets the ball she’s going to score…she’s going to take someone’s head off,” said Morris on Wyatt.

“I’m so proud of her,” said Mitchell. Wyatt does more than score, he said. “She’s got hustle and relentless effort.”

3.  First half vs Second Half

The Cats fell into momentum early, but paid for it a bit in the second half. They started the game on a 16-0 run, not allowing Evansville to score until the end of the first quarter. Alyssa Rice scored 11 points just in the first quarter. The Cats went the full half with 0 turnovers and 0 fouls. Meanwhile, Evansville’s 14 turnovers made way for 20 of UK’s points.

The second half was a bit of a different story. The Cats finally picked up some fouls and turnovers. Still, they kept a huge lead. With five Cats scoring in the double digits, they crushed it offensively. Defensively though, there’s still a long way to go. Coach Mitchell said the main thing he wants this team to work on is perfecting the press before SEC play. He wants the team to be a “press weapon.”

4. What went wrong with Evansville?

For starters, their mascot…the Evansville “purple aces.” I don’t even know what that means. In all seriousness though, they got down early with the 16-0 start and just couldn’t come back. Add in foul trouble for three of their players and 17 turnovers – you’ve got a recipe for a big loss.

Next, the Cats go on the road to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, and then Miami on Saturday. They’ll be back in Memorial on the 17 to (hopefully) beat Louisville! See you there! Go Cats!

 


UK Hoops Crushes Evansville Purple Aces, Wins 100-62

UK Hoops Crushes Evansville Purple Aces, Wins 100-62

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The Kentucky women’s basketball team never trailed in tonight’s matchup, defeating the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62 inside Memorial Coliseum. The No. 20 Wildcats hit triple digits for the second time this season, and they improved to 8-1 on the season.

The Cats came out blazing, and the Aces were simply never able to catch up after a dominating Kentucky performance in the first half. Strong inside play by Alyssa Rice and successful three-pointers by both Maci Morris and Taylor Murray gave the Cats a 19-0 lead in the first half. Evansville finally got on the board with a trey by fifth-year senior guard Hannah Noe.

“We just came out and we knew what we had to do and we did it,” Morris said of their early, unanswered points. “We were shooting the ball well and we had energy with our defense.”

Still, the Cats were hot. They hit nearly 60 percent of their field goals and 62.6 percent of their three-pointers in first ten minutes of action. Throughout the quarter, Kentucky did not turn the ball over, while Evansville committed eight turnovers. By the end of the first, the Wildcats held an impressive 35-8 lead.

The Cats cooled off a bit in the second quarter, hitting just three of their final ten shots. Still, Kentucky maintained a substantial lead, and a Morris three-pointer at the buzzer sent the Cats to the locker room leading 52-23.

Morris stayed hot – she did not miss a basket until three minutes into the second half. The junior finished the night with 20 points on 8-9 shooting and 4-5 from behind the three-point line.

“My teammates do a great job getting me open shots,” Morris said. “If the [opposing] team is going to leave me open I know I’ve got to knock it down because it isn’t going to happen that much.”

Another major contributor tonight was forward Tatyana Wyatt. The freshman recorded her first career double-double, claiming 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

“We absolutely believe in her talent and her ability,” Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She’s extremely poised offensively as a freshman [and] she’s getting better defensively… certainly can improve and get better, but we’re glad she’s on our team.”

Mark your calendars: After two road games, UK Hoops will be back in Memorial Sunday Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. against Louisville. Get ready to throw your L’s down.


@MaggieDavisKSR


Kentucky Volleyball Survives Scare from Western Kentucky

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Don’t call it a comeback.

Backed against the ropes, trailing two sets to none, Kentucky clawed its way back to life to defeat Western Kentucky in five sets.  The No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament took a haymaker at home, falling to the Toppers 25-16 in the first set.  WKU squeaked out a 25-22 win in the third set, but from that point forward it was all Cats everything.

Leah Edmond led the offensive attack with 21 kills and the Cats closed the second round match with 25-19, 25-21 and 15-12 victories to knock out WKU.

The 27-3 Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16 and will host the winner of BYU-Oregon.  You can get your tickets to the Regional Championship at Memorial Coliseum here.


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Kentucky Hockey ties 3-3 with Depaul University

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The energy tonight at the Lexington Ice Center was electric, with fans erupting in to a roar as the Kentucky Hockey team took the ice to play Depaul University. Body slams and flying pucks had the crowd of hockey fans on their feet for the entirety of the first period. The first point of the game went to Kentucky, leaving fans thirsty for more. They begged for fights, cheering at the brief altercations that began, and deflating once the referees stepped in to separate players. While the Cats may have ended the period slightly behind with a score of 1-2, the crowd didn’t lose its spirit, chanting and singing while Kentucky Hockey reconvened in the locker room.

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The energy in the rink dwindled slightly throughout the first few minutes of the second period. But a goal by No. 28 Cory Day, followed by a goal from No. 23 Jordan Shannon rejuvenated spirits. The Cats left fans in a nervous state at the end of the second period with a tie of 3-3. Kentucky Hockey put up a fight until the final buzzer sounded. After deliberation, it was decided the game would not go in to overtime, much to the dismay of the parting crowd. The game ended with a 3-3 tie. Kentucky Hockey still has a chance for victory when they take on Depaul University for a second time tonight, Dec. 2, at midnight at the Lexington Ice Center.


Kentucky volleyball sweeps ETSU in opening round of NCAA Tournament

The Kentucky volleyball team got off to a hot start in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, sweeping ETSU in three sets.

Freshman Avery Skinner led the Wildcats with 14 kills, including the game-winner in the third and final set. Leah Edmond was second on the team with 11 kills along with three digs and two blocks. Setter Madison Lilley finished the day with 39 assists, three blocks, and two kills.

With the win, head coach Craig Skinner has achieved his 300th victory of his career, adding to his status as the winningest coach in UK history.

Kentucky will take on WKU in the Round of 32 tomorrow night in Memorial Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.

One down, five more to go.


Kentucky Cheerleading chosen to represent USA at Winter Olympics

Kentucky Cheerleading chosen to represent USA at Winter Olympics

The University of Kentucky cheerleading team has won 22 national championships in the last 33 years, proving to be the one of the most dominant collegiate sports teams in history.

Today, the UK cheerleading team was chosen to represent the USA in the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.

Here was the release from CheerDaily:

USA Cheer has chosen the University of Kentucky to represent the United States in performances at awards ceremonies, Olympic venues, street parades, closing ceremonies and a cheerleading championship with teams from other countries. Cheer teams representing Norway, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands will also be participating in the events.

The Executive Director of USA Cheer says the team’s spirit, engagement, and overall success led them to this decision.

“We are proud to send the University of Kentucky to represent the United States of America,” says Lauri Harris, Executive Director of USA Cheer. “The cheerleaders from the University of Kentucky have engaged crowds and elevated spirit for generations, and have won countless national championships and we are excited to have them show their talent and spirit on the world stage.”

Kentucky coach Jomo Thompson told reporters the team is very excited to represent USA in Korea.

Jomo Thompson, coach for the University of Kentucky’s coed cheer team, agrees. “Our athletes are among the finest in the country and appreciate this opportunity to participate in the activities surrounding the Olympic Games. They take this responsibility seriously and are looking forward to representing American cheerleading in Korea.”

We may talk a lot about our basketball and football teams, but we’ve never seen a sport at Kentucky dominate the competition the way the cheerleading team has.

Congratulations UK Cheer on this well-deserved honor!


Get your tickets to watch UK Volleyball in the NCAA Tournament

Get your tickets to watch UK Volleyball in the NCAA Tournament

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The UK Volleyball team starts its NCAA Tournament run this weekend at Memorial Coliseum, and you should be there to cheer them on.

Kentucky drew a four-seed, the highest in Craig Skinner’s tenure as coach, and will host East Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday night. Notre Dame and Western Kentucky will face off in the match before starting at 5 p.m. The winners of the two matches will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Here that is in bracket form if you prefer:

Tickets for the first and second rounds of the can be found at UKathletics.com/NCAATickets. Reserved tickets for adults start at $12 for the all-session, while general admission are $10. Each session will cost $8 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission.

Get in there and cheer on this awesome squad. They deserve it.


Kentucky Volleyball earns top-four seed in NCAA Tournament

Kentucky Volleyball earns top-four seed in NCAA Tournament

Your Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team is the No. 4 overall seed going into the NCAA Tournament!

Watch Kentucky’s celebration when they heard the news:

Here were the top four seeds being announced:

Kentucky will take on East Tennessee State in the opening round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Once again, this is the best volleyball team in UK history, and they’re going to make a run for the title.

GO CATS!


Kentucky Volleyball wins share of SEC Championship

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The Kentucky volleyball team has just claimed a share of the SEC Championship following their victory over Georgia in the regular season finale!

Here was the match-winning point:

The Cats finished the year 26-3 (8-1 in the SEC) to claim the trophy.

This is Kentucky’s first conference title since 1988.

Here was the team’s locker room celebration following the massive win:

They will be arriving back in Lexington at around 9:00 p.m., so go out and congratulate them at TAC Air!

Best. Volleyball. Team. In. Kentucky. History.


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UK Hoops Sails Past Morehead State with 86-53 Victory

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The No. 22 Kentucky women’s basketball team defeated the Morehead State Eagles in a decisive 86-53 victory. The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the season.

Maci Morris led the team, finishing the afternoon with 19 points, including five three-pointers. Morris was 7-8 from the field (87.5 percent) and 5-6 from behind-the-arc (83.3 percent). Senior Mackenzie Cann claimed her second consecutive double-double, adding an impressive 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“Mackenzie has done a nice job of scoring and rebounding, but I thought that her passing was great today,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She is a threat out there on the court.”

Two other Wildcats hit double-digit scoring: junior Amanda Paschal had a career-high 11 points, and sophomore Jaida Roper scored 10 points. Point guard Taylor Murray finished with seven points and six assists, plus this pretty touch pass to No. 12 Paschal.

Kentucky never trailed in the matchup against Morehead State. The Cats held a 26-12 lead after the first quarter, and, despite giving up a 7-0 MSU run late in the second quarter, went into halftime with the 46-27 advantage. After the break, Kentucky cruised to victory, at one point leading by as many as 38 points.

The Wildcats used this massive lead to get some of their new players involved in the action. This year’s bench is much deeper than last year’s, and Kentucky was able to use this to their advantage. Throughout the game, 12 different Wildcats entered the game, and 11 of them scored. UK outscored MSU 33-13 in bench points.

“This was a very important game for us today to be able to get some people in there and get some good game experience,” Mitchell said.

After taking a few days off for the holiday, the Cats will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the Marshall Bison. The game will be held inside Memorial Coliseum, but it can also be seen on the SEC Network+.


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No. 6 Kentucky volleyball sweeps Ole Miss on Senior Day

No. 6 Kentucky volleyball dominated Ole Miss on Senior Day this afternoon, sweeping the Rebels to move to 24-3 (15-1 in the SEC) on the season.

Kaz Brown led the team in kills with 18, and Leah Edmond finished second with 17. Setter Madison Lilley recorded 47 assists, six digs, and two aces for the Wildcats. Senior Ashley Dusek led the team with 16 digs, as well.

Seniors Brown, Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel, and Darian Mack were honored prior to the match.

According to UK Athletics, the volleyball team is in contention for their first SEC title since 1988, and is in position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. If the Wildcats win out, they could play the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament inside Memorial Coliseum, setting themselves up for a massive run for the National Championship.

Kentucky will take on Arkansas in Fayetteville on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., and then will finish up the regular season against Georgia on Friday night at 5:00 p.m.

Finish this season strong, Cats!


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Good morning, BBN. It’s been another busy weekend for UK athletics that unfortunately ended with a tough 42-13 loss at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. So let’s get started with what you need to know to start your day.

A Quick Football Recap

The KSR crew had plenty of coverage for you following yesterday’s game, and we’ll have plenty more coming your way today. But, for now, here are some of the main takeaways:

Kentucky couldn’t stop Georgia’s run offense.

In fact, the Bulldogs nearly doubled the Cats’ total yards, finishing with 504 yards to UK’s 264 yards. Georgia’s pair of star running backs – Sony Michel and Nick Chubb – combined for almost as many rushing yards as the entire Kentucky offense with 238 yards between them. The Wildcats simply had no answer for those two.

There were three moments that really changed the game for Kentucky.

Sure, the Cats were outmatched on plenty of plays, but these three moments really shifted the momentum away from the Wildcats: Lonnie Johnson’s costly roughing the kicker penalty, Tavin Richardson’s shoulda-coulda-woulda drop at the end of the first half and Lynn Bowden’s thrown interception in the third quarter. With the exception of the roughing the kicker penalty, these moments came from an energetic Kentucky offense taking risks in order to try and make the big plays. Say what you want, but the Cats were not “playing conservatively.” In a game where you’re already a multiple-touchdown underdog, I don’t mind drawing up the big plays. But next time, let’s make them.

Move on and get ready for Louisville

Kentucky has no time to sit around and pout. Louisville is coming to Kroger Field in six days for a game that’s just as meaningful as the Governor’s Cup always is, if not more so. This team has done some special things this season, but losses to Florida and Ole Miss have already overshadowed some of the victories for fans. If UK loses to Louisville at home next week, I’m afraid all of the impressive things this team has accomplished will be forgotten.

Plus, who doesn’t want to beat Louisville? I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

UK Hoops Plays TODAY

The women’s basketball team is back in action today. They’ll play Washington State on the road at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season so far. They’ll once again look for strong performances from Taylor Murray and Maci Morris, who were the leading scorers in the Wildcats’ 17-point victory against Montana last week, scoring 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Kentucky narrowly defeated Washington State 69-67 in Memorial Coliseum last season, but the Cats were carried by two standout games by then-seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator. Who will step up against the Cougars tonight? Listen to the call on 630 AM WLAP if you’re in Lexington, or catch the live stream on Pac12.com.

… And so does the volleyball team

The Wildcats will take on Ole Miss today at 2:00 at home. It’s senior night for Kentucky, so be sure to head over to Memorial Coliseum for today’s game. The No. 3 Cats are on a four-game winning streak, and they’re looking to improve their already impressive 23-3 record. This is your last chance to watch this season’s stellar team in regular-season play at home… don’t miss it.

NFL Games Today

Mourn one college football loss with a day full of professional ball. Here are today’s matchups:

  • Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears at 1:00 on FOX
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns at 1:00 on CBS
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers at 1:00 on CBS
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans at 1:00 on FOX
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 on FOX
  • Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints at 1:00 on FOX
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants at 1:00 on CBS
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins vs. 1:00 on FOX
  • Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 on FOX
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos at 4:25 on CBS
  • New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders at 4:25 on CBS
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 on NBC

That’s all I have for now. Have a great Sunday morning and, as always, go Cats.


@MaggieDavisKSR