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UK Track and Field gets the sweep of 2018 Rod McCravy Memorial meet

UK Track and Field gets the sweep of 2018 Rod McCravy Memorial meet


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.


Women’s basketball falls 72-70 to LSU… What went wrong?

Women’s basketball falls 72-70 to LSU… What went wrong?

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.


Stephen Johnson dropped the opening puck for Kentucky Hockey last night

Photo: Regina Rickert (@acrphoto)

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.

Before the game, former UK quarterback Stephen Johnson had the honor of dropping the opening puck.

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.

Even University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto got in on the action:

Here are all of Kentucky Hockey’s new uniform combinations:

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!

(Via @KentuckyWBB)

UK Hoops falls to LSU 72-70

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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.

Sydney McLaughlin Tops the NCAA in 400m

Sydney McLaughlin Tops the NCAA in 400m

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.

Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile won the triple jump and long jump, Nicole Fautsch won the shot put and Olivia Gruver did this:

In other news, the mens’ team also got a home victory. For more, click here.

Three Leftovers from tonight’s UK Hoops 65-48 Win

Three Leftovers from tonight’s UK Hoops 65-48 Win

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.

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.