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Sydney McLaughlin and EJ Floreal compete at Track and Field’s Kentucky Invitational

Two familiar names competed for the Kentucky Track and Field team yesterday afternoon, with one putting on a show.

Olympic sensation Sydney McLaughlin and former Kentucky basketball player EJ Floreal competed in the Kentucky Invitational, with McLaughlin in the W4x400 and Floreal in the 60M and M4x400.

Floreal finished the 60m in 12th with a final time of 6.93 seconds.

Check out Floreal in the relay at the 12:23 mark:

In the same meet, 2016 Olympian Wildcat Sydney McLaughlin suffered a tough loss, coming from behind in the W4X400, but losing in the last strides to a veteran All-American. The team still managed to finished second in the relay, finishing with a final time of 3:35.15.

Check out the recap:

We always talk about the basketball, football, and baseball teams here on KSR, but the Kentucky Track and Field team knows how to put on a show.

WATCH: UK Cheerleaders perform nationals routine in Rupp Arena

WATCH: UK Cheerleaders perform nationals routine in Rupp Arena

Fans in Rupp Arena were treated to a special halftime performance last night when the Kentucky cheerleaders took the floor for one of their amazing routines.

It wasn’t just any routine, though; it was the nationals routine that the cheerleaders will perform this coming weekend as they chase yet another national championship for the program.

See some of it for yourself via these clips from KSTV and Larry Vaught:

Let’s get No. 23 this weekend!

Sydney McLaughlin makes watchlist for prestigious award

Congratulations to Sydney McLaughlin, who was named to the indoor preseason watch list for The Bowerman Award, collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor.

UK’s star freshman wowed in her collegiate debut last month, winning the Hoosier Open 300 meters in 36.12 seconds. Per UK, that was the American junior record, the second fastest time in American history, second fastest in collegiate indoor history and seventh fastest in world history. Last year, McLaughlin became the youngest athlete to make the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team since Carol Lewis and Denean Howard qualified for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, which the Americans boycotted.

The winner of the Bowerman Award will be named next December at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention. In the meantime, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to see McLaughlin in action, starting this weekend at the Kentucky Invitational in the Nutter Field House. Go, Syd, go!

UK’s cheerleaders will cheer alongside North Korea’s at the Olympics

UK’s cheerleaders will cheer alongside North Korea’s at the Olympics

UK’s cheerleaders will represent the United States at the Olympics in South Korea next month; after high-level talks, it appears North Korea’s cheerleaders will join them.

Representatives from North and South Korea met today to discuss the Olympics in PyeongChang and North Korea offered to send a delegation that includes athletes, cheerleaders, cultural performers, Taekwondo performers, and government officials. The cheerleading squad — so famed for its beauty it’s been dubbed the “Army of Beauties” — will likely share performance space with UK’s cheerleaders, who won their 22nd national championship last year.

According to the BBC, North Korea’s cheerleaders are generally 20 years of age, selected from a good family background, and often times plucked from universities or music schools. They’re selected “on the basis of appearance” and must also have the right “ideology.” The most famous North Korean cheerleader is Ri Sol-ju, now the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. She represented North Korea at the Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.

Footage of the North Korean cheerleaders over years:


UK Hoops Loses Eighth Game in a Row: What’s Wrong with this Team?

UK Hoops Loses Eighth Game in a Row: What’s Wrong with this Team?

UK Hoops lost to UGA 56-42 today, making this their eighth consecutive loss in a row. Nope, that’s not a typo, they have lost eight games in a row. And no, we haven’t been just playing UCONN continuously, we’ve been losing to the likes of Florida Gulf Coast and Middle Tennessee. So what exactly is the problem with this team? After today’s loss, I’ve got some ideas.

After coming off an almost win against Texas A&M I expected better today. Maci Morris had a season best 22 points against the Aggies and Cann hit four threes. It seemed like things were going in the right direction. They were not. Today, Morris barely showed up scoring only nine points and going 0-3 on three point shooting. Morris didn’t even play in the fourth, she sat out with ice on her knee due to a knee contusion. Mitchell said they are waiting to see if this is going to be a long term injury or not.  

Mackenzie Cann had a whopping 10 points – which makes her the leading scorer.Taylor Murray didn’t show up at all. She only got on the board with 4 rebounds. Yikes.

“We were just missing simple baskets,” said Jaida Roper. “If we make them, that’s game.”

But they haven’t been making them, for eight games in a row now.

“We gotta regroup and try to march forward, it’s not good right now,” said Matthew Mitchell. “We gotta persevere here, and get things turned around.”

Overall, the Cats finished shooting 20%. T-W-E-N-T-Y! TWO ZERO! How? It’s not like UGA was shutting them down, either. They played awful, too. The Dawgs finished shooting 28%, they didn’t win the game, they were just less bad than we were. It was terrible on both sides, which makes this loss even more embarrassing. When your opponent is shooting that bad, and you’re fighting to not lose your eighth game in a row, you should be shooting better than 20%. End of story. It’s as if this team has no fight, no strength or aggression. There’s been a lapse somewhere between the beginning of December and now. Where’s the team that gave Murray and Maci their best scoring games? Where’s the team that killed Evansville on the defensive boards?

The Cats have been notorious during this losing stretch for falling apart in the third quarter. Today, going into the half it was 26-24 UGA. At the end of the third, it was 35-29. Kentucky only scored five points in this quarter. There was point where we were one of 18 and shooting 9%. Against Texas A&M, we got outscored in third 9-4. During the Tennessee game, we came into the third down 31-20, the Vols annihilated us – extending the lead to 20 points just in the third. In the MTSU game, Kentucky only hit five of 17 shots in the third. Why is this team falling apart in the third? When asked about this horrible pattern, Matthew Mitchell didn’t have an answer.

“I will keep searching and trying to figure that out,” said Mitchell “I don’t know what’s happening there but it’s not good.”

Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season at Kentucky and is the winningest coach in the program. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy and his love for Kelly Clarkson and fine shoes, but it’s time to stop saying “I don’t know.” If he hasn’t fixed this team yet, when will he? How many losses in a row is it going to take? UK Hoops is now 0-3 in SEC play and with teams like South Carolina and Mississippi State on the schedule twice, it doesn’t look like things are going to look up. 



UK Hoops loses eighth consecutive game, falls to Georgia 42-56

UK Hoops loses eighth consecutive game, falls to Georgia 42-56

Matthew Mitchell said it best: “That was a tough game to watch right there.”

Once again, the Cats couldn’t find a way to win. Coach Mitchell’s Wildcats struggled offensively for the full 40 minutes before finally falling to an unranked Georgia 42-56 today inside Memorial Coliseum. 

Now on a eight-game losing streak, the Kentucky women’s basketball team has dropped to 8-9 on the season and 0-3 in the SEC. 

The Wildcats played their best basketball in the first quarter, but still shot under 30 percent from the floor while going 1-5 from behind-the-arc. Georgia also saw their best offensive performance during the first ten minutes of action, shooting 41.7 percent from the field. The Cats hit their first – but certainly not last – slump of the game during the first quarter, going scoreless in the final four minutes of the period.

The Cats continued to struggle throughout the second quarter, still shooting under 30 percent and going 1-8 from the three-point line. Foul trouble also began affecting the Wildcats, as Taylor Murray, Dorie Harrison and Alyssa Rice each picked up two fouls. On the other side of the court, the Bulldogs also had three players with two fouls each. The Wildcats were forced to go deep into their bench, with sophomore walk-on Paige Poffenberger and freshman Amanda Paschal each getting minutes in the first half. Despite all of their offensive struggles, Kentucky entered the locker room trailing by only two: 24-26.

And while halftime is supposed to be the time for adjustments, improvements and maybe even a motivational speech, the third quarter was the worst quarter of basketball the Wildcats have played so far this season.

Kentucky hit just one shot during the entirety of the third quarter; they finished the period shooting an abysmal 9.1 percent from the field. There were zero steals, a singular assist, two offensive rebounds and five turnovers. Still, Kentucky escaped the third quarter trailing by an almost impressively-close six points. The saving grace? While the Cats shot under 10 percent, the Bulldogs shot a barely-better 11.1 percent.

To make matters worse, Maci Morris left the game in pain and watched the entirety of the fourth quarter from the bench with an ice pack secured on her knee. According to Coach Matthew Mitchell, Morris suffered a contusion at practice on Thursday and is currently playing to her “level of discomfort.” Even with her injury, Morris finished as the team’s second-leading scorer, contributing nine points in her 20 minutes of action. Mackenzie Cann led the Wildcats, scoring 10 points and adding five rebounds. Point guard Taylor Murray brought the energy, but finished with a silent zero points, four rebounds and three turnovers. 

Left without Morris, the Cats were lost in the fourth quarter. Despite their single-digit shooting percentage in the third quarter, they trailed by just six points. But by the final period, their luck had run out. Georgia outscored Kentucky 21-13 in the fourth quarter, with Kentucky suffering from a massive offensive drought. The Cats failed to score a basket from the 7:00 minute mark in the third quarter until the 4:00 minute mark in the fourth quarter

Not even Coach Matthew Mitchell could sugarcoat today’s loss.

“It’s not good right now, and it’s not where any of us expected or wanted to be,” Mitchell said after the game. “But it’s where it is. We’ve got to work hard and persevere to see if we could get things turned around this week. [Then] go out and compete hard and see if we can get a victory on Thursday.”

Kentucky will look to shake off today’s loss quickly, as the Wildcats now travel to back-to-back road games. They’ll take on Florida Thursday and Vanderbilt Monday. The Cats will return to Lexington Sunday Jan. 21 at noon against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Rupp Arena. 


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UK Hoops falls to No. 7 Tennessee after Wildcats “couldn’t come back” from early deficit

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The women’s basketball team is not leaving 2017 on a high note. The Wildcats were defeated by the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers 63-49 in their SEC opener. Their record is now 8-7 on the season.

Kentucky lagged behind the Lady Vols early, and they were never able to fully recover. In the first quarter, the Wildcats made just one of their first nine attempts, and senior Alyssa Rice picked up a quick two fouls in the first six minutes. Junior Maci Morris was injured during a run-in with a Tennessee player, and she spent the remainder of the quarter receiving treatment in the locker room. By the end of the quarter, Kentucky trailed 26-7.

“Give Tennessee a lot of credit,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “They came out with a lot of energy in that first quarter, and it was something we couldn’t come back from.”

In the second quarter, Morris returned, playing the remainder of the game with a bandage above her left eye. The Cats were able to cut the lead to 16 points, but ended the half down 36-20.

Kentucky never gave up, but they were unable to ever cut the lead to closer than 14 points.

Morris was the only player to reach double-digits in scoring, finishing the game with 16 points. Freshman Dorie Harrison added nine points, while Rice contributed six points and a team-high eight rebounds. Point guard Taylor Murray struggled, finishing with four points on 2-12 shooting along with four rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

While Kentucky clearly struggled against a dominating Tennessee offense, there were a few bright spots for the Wildcats. While UK turned the ball over just 12 times , they forced the Volunteers into committing 21 turnovers. Unfortunately, Kentucky lacked the efficiency needed to capitalize off of these mistakes, scoring just eight points off of UT’s 21 miscues.

Despite the disappointment of today’s loss – the team’s sixth consecutive loss – Mitchell believes 2018 will be different.

“I just want to say that it was a very good crowd today and I appreciate everyone for coming out on New Year’s Eve,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t give them much to cheer about, but brighter days are ahead in 2018.”

Kentucky will travel to Texas A&M Thursday at 7 p.m. They will return to Memorial Coliseum Sunday January 7 at 2 p.m. to face-off against the University of Georgia.


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Three Takeaways from Kentucky’s Tough Loss to Louisville

PHOTO: UK Athletics

Despite second-half improvements by the Wildcats, Kentucky could not overcome Louisville’s dominating lead, and UK fell to their in-state rivals 87-53 inside Memorial Coliseum. The unranked Wildcats’ loss to No. 3 Louisville drops their record to 8-4 on the season. For Savannah’s immediate game recap notes, click here. Otherwise, fill yourself in on the top three takeaways from today’s loss.

A Costly Second Quarter

After hanging on throughout the first ten minutes of play — Kentucky trailed by seven at the end of the first quarter — the Wildcats went ice cold in the latter half of the period. Kentucky scored just nine points on 3-13 shooting throughout the entirety of the quarter, while the Cardinals recorded 24 points.

“We let it get away in the last 12, 13 minutes of the first half,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said following the game. “I thought the end of the first quarter was bad and then, you know, obviously the second quarter we didn’t do what we needed to do to hang in there.”

Louisville built their biggest cushion of the half during the final three minutes, increasing their lead significantly during the end of the quarter. Kentucky trailed 47-25 at the half, and they were never able to recover. The 22-point deficit proved to be too much for the Wildcats to make up in the second half.

“After that really tough second quarter, our mind in the second half was trying to come out and get back, chip into the lead, see if we could cut it to ten or so, get it under double-digits and see if we could get ourselves back in a position to win,” Mitchell said.

In trying to chip away this lead, the team got frantic. They committed six turnovers, fouled six times and grabbed only one offensive rebound. Guard Maci Morris recognized this franticness as an issue, but sees it as a learning opportunity.

“I think what we have to learn from is just, when teams go on run, we can’t just panic and try to catch up right then and there,” Morris said. “We have to slow down and just chip away from those leads.”

Two-on-Two, Louisville dominated

All season, Kentucky has shown – and relied upon – the depth of their bench. Today was no different. Nine Wildcats saw the court, and all nine of them scored (eight of which recorded field goals; Amanda Paschal had one point on 1-2 shooting from the free-throw line). 

While nine players scored, only two hit double digits. Maci Morris was the team’s leading scorer, finishing with 16 points, followed by Tatyana Wyatt, who added 10 points. Point guard Taylor Murray had a relatively quiet game, contributing eight points and seven rebounds. Jaida Roper had nine points, while Taylor Murray and Alyssa Rice both added eight. Still, UK and UofL finished the game with the same number of bench points: 16. 

While Kentucky’s top two scorers combined for 26 points, Louisville’s top two finished with a combined 50 points. Junior Asia Durr scored a whopping 32 points, and senior Misha Hines-Allen added 18. 

Limiting the productivity of UK’s typical scorers was obviously a part of Louisville’s game plan, but Cardinal head coach Jeff Walz said other Kentucky players did a good job of stepping up and scoring.

“We doubled on ball-screen when Morris came off of it, and she throws it back and McKinney hits a three. Tatyana Wyatt hits a three. So they had kids step up and make some shots, too,” Walz said. “Which you have to have when you’ve got players of the caliber of Asia [Durr] and Maci Morris that you’re competing against.”

It was a physical one

As a rivalry game, today’s matchup held true to form. Memorial was packed and energetic, and the game got rough. From diving for loose balls to hard fouls and tough rebounds, players from both teams will feel this game tomorrow. Those hard-fought rebounds were tough, but they were the key to success in this game.

PHOTO: UK Athletics

“They’re an aggressive team. Their guards rebound the ball so well – I think Taylor Murray had seven rebounds,” said Hines-Allen. “Say we did get the ball, their guards would be right there. I know I got one poked away from me. Their guards are really aggressive; their post players are just so big. We just have to be strong with that ball.”

Despite the physicality of the game, both Morris and Murray remained on the court for the full 40 minutes. 

“We were just trying to get better. We had a rough first half there, and we’re counting on those two,” Mitchell said. “They’re also two really strong competitors that want to win, and this is a big game with a lot of pride on the line there. So we were trying to play our very best. Those two never ask to come out, they never ask for a break – that tells you what kind of warriors they are.”

The persistence of Morris and Murray surprised Louisville.

“We were up like 15 or 20 but we had to keep going,” Durr said. “[Mitchell] didn’t take his best two players out for the whole game. He was trying to make a statement.”

But, according to Mitchell, he wasn’t trying to make a statement. He was just trying to win.

“We were trying to get back in the game and win the game – that’s the statement we were trying to make there,” Mitchell said. “We were just trying to play our best basketball. We didn’t today, but there are brighter days ahead.”

Now on a three-game losing streak, the Cats will look to return to the winning path Thursday Dec. 21 at noon when they take on the California Golden Bears inside Memorial Coliseum. 


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UK Hoops Falls to Louisville

Photo via @KenutckyWBB

UK Hoops falls to No. 3 Louisville 87-63, making this their third loss in a row. It was the first time Louisville has beaten the Cats at home since 2007. Here’s a quick summary of how it went down.

It was a beating from the beginning, Louisville held the lead the whole time. Cards star player Asia Durr had a whopping 32 points and Myisha Hines-Allen, one of the best players in the country had 18 points. Five Cards players finished in double-digits while UK only had two. The Cats got out-rebounded 36-25, and 22 points off turnovers, UK Hoops only had five.Safe to say, this Louisville team is really good, they’re undefeated for a reason. The Cards really beat us on the defensive boards and that’s all there is to say about it.

Maci Morris had 16 points and five rebounds, while Taylor Murray had a quiet 8 points compared to her career high last year against Louisville. With this loss, UK Hoops moves to 8-4 this season. There’s a lot of work to do before SEC play starts up!

UK Hoops plays No. 24 Cal next on Thursday 12/21 at noon in Memorial.

(Via @KentuckyWBB)

UK Hoops falls on the road against Miami 65-54

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It was another tough loss for UK Hoops today, when they took on the University of Miami at the Watsco Center. The Cats were off to a slow start offensively but still managed to end the first quarter with a slight lead, up 18-14. Kentucky maintained this lead into the second quarter until guards Taylor Murray and Maci Morris received two fouls each. The Cats still held on to the lead, even as Murray picked up her third foul and had to come out with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. By halftime, the Cats were shooting just 38.2% from the floor, but still managed to hold a 30-23 lead.

Wyatt picked up two fouls 19 seconds in to the second half, while Keke McKinney took the floor to replace her. Miami’s offensive came out strong in the first few minutes of the third quarter, shooting 7-of-9 from the field and taking the lead. By the end of the third quarter, Miami had outscored Kentucky 28-18, and had 12 fast-break points. The score at the end of the third quarter was 48-51. UK Hoops had enough defense to keep Miami from scoring for over four minutes during the fourth quarter, but the Cats just weren’t landing shots. Kentucky was 6-for-25 from the field in the second half, and just 19-of-59 in the game, giving Miami the advantage they needed to win. The final score? 54-65.

While the Cats shot a season-low 31.7% from the field, Morris ended with a game-high 18 points.

“We will take some time this week and look at everything and find out how we can get better. We have to learn from this,” Coach Mitchell said in a post-game press conference.

Following the loss, Kentucky falls to 8-3 on the year.

UK Hoops will be back in Memorial Coliseum to take on the University of Louisville on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 pm.

UK Athletics

Kentucky Falls to Nebraska 3-1 in Regional Final

UK Athletics

The Comeback Cats ran out of gas against Nebraska.

The perennial powerhouse looked the part against the Wildcats today at Memorial Coliseum.  A slow-starting team, even when UK recovered in the second set, Nebraska’s guns were too big.  For most of the match Kentucky was good, but Nebraska was better.

The Cats started strong in the third set by building a 7-3 lead.  That lead extended to 16-11, but was quickly erased by the Cornhuskers.  The Cats had to claw back to tie the game at 24.  A kill from Leah Edmond and a block later, the Cats handed the Cornhuskers their first set loss in 22 days.

Kentucky fought to keep their tournament hopes alive, but it was too much to overcome.  Nebraska won the fourth and decisive set 25-22 to eliminate Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament and advance to their third consecutive Final Four.

Despite the loss, a big Congrats goes out to Craig Skinner’s most successful volleyball team.  The Co-SEC Champs reached just the second Elite Eight in program history, the first in Skinner’s 13 years as head coach. With plenty of young talent returning (setter Madison Lilley and killer outside hitter Avery Skinner are just freshmen), the future is bright for the Kentucky volleyball team.

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9:30: The KSR Pregame Show LIVE from Jack Demsey’s

Yesterday’s show at the UK alumni bar with Ramel Bradley and the Pardon my Take gang was a resounding success.  It’s time for one more round with Matt, Ryan, Drew and Shannon the Dude.  If you’re not in NYC tune in to 630 WLAP; if you are in NYC, find refuge from the Santas with Kentucky fans.

Noon on ESPNU: UK vs. Monmouth at the Garden

It feels like forever since the last Kentucky basketball game.  After a five-game blitz over two weeks to start the season, Kentucky just plays on Saturdays through December.  Today they return to the court to play a team you probably don’t know anything about, Monmouth.  The Hawks haven’t won a lot and their stats aren’t that impressive.

A homecoming for a pair of Wildcats, today is more about Kentucky than it is about the Hawks.  However, we’ll still have plenty of stuff posted before the game so you can soak in some Monmouth knowledge.

4:00 on ESPNU: A Fight for the Final Four

Before I get to the Elite Eight matchup with Nebraska, I have to say one thing: what a freaking win.

The five-set thriller over BYU was incredible.  I still don’t really know how Kentucky won, especially when they went down five in the final set.  I’ve watched thousands of volleyball games, and yesterday’s win was an extra special treat I hope no one takes for granted.

Craig Skinner’s Comeback Cats need to replicate that magic today to earn the program’s first ever trip to the Final Four.

Standing in their way is Nebraska.  The gold standard of college volleyball, the Cornhuskers have won four national titles, most recently in 2015, and have taken 13 trips to the Final Four.  No moment is too big for Nebraska.  A team that doesn’t mess around, yesterday they swept through Colorado without a problem.  Kentucky needs another career day from Avery Skinner and Leah Edmond to take down the Huskers and make volleyball history at UK.

Looking for tickets to the game at Memorial Coliseum? Buy them here.   

In-Between it All: Hear from the Football Team

Mark Stoops is off the road and taken the recruiting back to campus.  While he’s in town hosting official visitors, the Cats have returned to practice.  They’re using yesterday and today to kick off some rust before the players get a finals week break.  We’ll have updates from Stoops, Matt House and the defense once postgame basketball coverage comes to a conclusion.

College Basketball on TV

  • Noon: No. 1 Duke at Boston College on ESPN
  • Noon: No. 8 UK vs. Monmouth on ESPNU
  • Noon: UCLA at Michigan on CBS
  • Noon: Marquette at Wisconsin on FS1
  • 2:00: Indiana at Louisville on ESPN
  • 2:15: Lipscomb at No. 24 Tennessee on the SEC Network
  • 4:00: No. 6 Wichita State at Oklahoma State on ESPN2
  • 5:00: Colorado at No. 13 Xavier on FS1
  • 6:00: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 17 Cincinnati on ESPN2
  • 6:45: No. 14 Minnesota at Arkansas on SEC Network
  • 8:00: No. 18 West Virginia at Pitt on ESPN2

The South is Crumbling Beneath Snow

I do not feel sorry for Atlanta’s ineptitude, I can only laugh.

Go Army, Beat Navy

That’s for you, Freddie Maggard.

Sydney McLaughlin dominates in UK Track debut

Olympic track phenom and UK freshman Sydney McLaughlin made her Kentucky debut tonight, and to no one’s surprise, she dominated the competition.

McLaughlin finished the Hoosier Open 300m in 36.12 seconds, good for the world junior record.

Here’s the race:

UK’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn also finished second in the race at 37.91 seconds.

According to the official UK Track and Field account, McLaughlin’s time is No. 2 collegiate and US all-time, best non-altitude, and sixth on the all-time indoor world list.

When the Olympic phenom made the decision to come to Kentucky, we all knew she’d be special. Shattering records in her first race? Now that’s just crazy.

Congratulations to McLaughlin for the impressive start!

(via @KentuckyWBB)

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.