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By Maggie Davis on ©January 02nd, 2019 @ 10:00pm
UK football may have just won their bowl game and UK basketball may be on a hot streak, but there’s one team at the University of Kentucky that is clearly more dominant than the rest: the cheerleading team. The squad has claimed the national title a whopping 23 times.
Now, here’s your chance to get a sneak peak of their latest and greatest. The team will be at Memorial Coliseum Jan. 5 to begin showcasing their 2019 Nationals routine.
Join us January 5th at Memorial Coliseum for your first look at our 2019 Nationals routine as well as numerous other schools and colleges in the area! Doors will open at 12:30 pm with the event beginning at 1 pm. Admission will be $5 at the door. ? pic.twitter.com/qPIkXItqaS
— Kentucky Cheer (@KentuckyCheer) January 2, 2019
I’m no cheer expert, but there has to be some of this in their routine, right?
They’ve been cheering on everyone else all season… Now it’s their turn.
By Maggie Davis on ©December 30th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team is off to a hot start: the Cats are currently ranked No. 18 and own a 13-1 record, with their only loss coming to a highly-ranked Louisville team. They won the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands and since then, they haven’t just been beating their opponents: they’ve been crushing them.
The Cats beat Sacred Heart Saturday 71-43. Before that, UK defeated Western Carolina 99-39. Before that, it was a 72-55 win over Middle Tennessee. Kentucky’s leading contributor, for the most part, has been senior and Kentucky-native Maci Morris. But the wins, especially the ones with huge margins of victory, wouldn’t be possible without freshman Rhyne Howard.
Matthew Mitchell knew Howard would be special when she committed to Kentucky, but she’s more than delivered so far this season. She’s started in every game so far, averaging over 28 minutes per outing. She’s averaging 17.6 points per game and is shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from the three. She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Sacred Heart and has received SEC freshman of the week honors four separate times.
But the non-conference schedule is finally over, and the Wildcats will begin competing in the once-again strong SEC this Thursday against Vanderbilt. What do the Cats need to do to maintain this momentum?
“We have done a good job of building our team and we know what we need to do to be successful. So now, we play to our strengths,” Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We need to move the basketball, we need to really make defenses work so we can create some open shots. We’ve done a good job shooting the ball, and defensively you have to be fundamentally sound.”
Part of being fundamentally sound means more than just being in shape. Over winter break, the women’s team, much like the men’s, has extra time for conditioning as well as practice. But it’s technique and execution they’ll be focusing on until classes resume in early January.
“There are no more games where you can kind of let your athleticism overwhelm the opponent. Now you really have to lock in,” Mitchell said after the Sacred Heart win. “What we really need now is a committed, mental focus every day that we can come in with, pay attention to our preparation and know what we need to do to be successful.”
After that hot mess of a season a few years ago that led to several transfers away from Kentucky, the program is still filling in some holes. One of which is the point guard position. Taylor Murray has been a staple for the Wildcats for years, but the senior will graduate in May.
That’s where Chasity Patterson comes into play. Although she won’t be able to suit-up for Kentucky until January of 2020, she’ll be on campus, enrolled in classes and be able to practice starting this January.
She’s a huge get for Mitchell and the Cats – coming out of high school, Patterson was the No. 4 overall recruit and the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2017. Patterson was the Preseason Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year last season, but announced her decision to transfer from the University of Texas on Nov. 10.
But she’s not the only transfer: both Sabrina Haines (guard from Arizona State) and Nae Nae Cole (forward from NC State) are currently sitting on UK’s bench. They’ll both be able to play for the Cats starting next season. Haines will have two seasons of eligibility remaining and Cole will have one.
Like I said, UK will begin conference play this Thursday against Vanderbilt. Vandy hasn’t been ranked so far this season, and they’re coming in second from the bottom of current SEC rankings with a 5-8 non-conference record. There are currently five SEC teams ranked in the latest AP poll.
Teams to watch in the SEC:
- Mississippi State – The Bulldogs were slated to win the SEC at the beginning of the season. The No. 8 team is currently 11-1. They’ll play UK just once – the Cats’ second SEC game of the season.
- Tennessee – It’s (unfortunately) looking like it will be another strong year for the Lady Vols. They’re currently ranked No. 10. They’ll play Kentucky once.
- Kentucky – Obviously. They’re currently No. 18 but have improved or maintained their AP ranking each week this season.
- Texas A&M – They’re currently No. 23 and will play UK twice.
- South Carolina – After starting the season at No. 10, the Game Cocks have slipped to No. 25 after four non-conference losses. However, three of these four losses came to top-10 teams, so don’t sleep on USC. They’ll play the Cats twice.
We’ll have plenty of women’s basketball coverage again this season. To keep up with the latest, make sure you’re following us on twitter:
By Maggie Davis on ©December 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team has made a change to their schedule: the No. 18 Cats will now take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.
The time change means fans will be able to watch the Kentucky-Louisville men’s game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., directly after the conclusion of the women’s game. The rivalry game will be shown on Memorial Coliseum’s enormous (1,800 square foot) LED video board. Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna will be providing free pizza to fans who attend the WBB game and stay for the watch party. It’s a nice gesture by Coach and the perfect way to watch both match-ups.
Tickets are $10 in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). UK students get into all WBB games free with a valid student ID, and UK faculty and staff can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to all WBB games with a valid employee ID.
Mark your calendars for Dec. 29 and get ready to support your Cats.
By TJ Walker on ©December 11th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
Topgolf and its company director of real estate development have asked a Louisville judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by land-use attorney Stephen Porter, who’s representing residents of Hurstbourne who are against Topgolf being built at the Oxmoor Center.
We’ve written about this a few times on KSR, but the curmudgeons aren’t OK that they’ve lost. They did their best. They showed up. They filibustered. They accidentally fell asleep a few times. They hit up Denny’s. And they lost. Twice. The Planning Commission in Louisville unanimously approved the rezoning of the future Topgolf site and the Metro Council voted 20-3 to allow Topgolf to move to the Oxmoor Center location.
Porter and the anti-Topgolf crowd are suing over the lighting despite experts suggesting the site would put off less light than the previous Sears building. Some Hurstbourne residents believe Topgolf will be too bright, too loud and the partying atmosphere of the venue could lead to more drinking and driving accidents. To make matters worse Porter and his clients may sue the Metro Council’s decision in the next two weeks.
Hopefully the judge will throw out the lawsuit regarding the Planning Commission, but Topgolf still isn’t quite in the clear. Hurstbourne residents are trying to drag their feet but it’s time to roll with Topgolf at the Oxmoor Center.
The Courier Journal has more info and quotes! Read here!
By Maggie Davis on ©December 09th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
It was a close one for the Wildcats, but the Cards ultimately came out on top, defeating Kentucky 80-75 inside the KFC YUM Center. Despite a late-game rally and a double-double performance by freshman Rhyne Howard, No. 19 Kentucky couldn’t come back from a 15-point third quarter deficit to beat No. 5 Louisville. The Cats now fall to 9-1 on the season after their first true-road game.
The game was a fight from start-to-finish, with five ties throughout the four quarters. The Cardinal defense attacked Maci Morris early, and she picked up two quick fouls while giving the Cats limited offensive contributions in the first half. Rhyne Howard, on the other hand, was lighting up the Louisville defense – she hit double-digit scoring before halftime (she had 12 points and seven rebounds at the break). The Cats were sloppy with the ball throughout the first half of the game, committing seven turnovers. But they fought and held on, and Kentucky entered the locker room trailing 29-36.
Then the Cards made halftime adjustments. After the break, Louisville went on a scoring run, eventually strengthening their lead to 15 points by the end of the third quarter: 67-52. And although the Cats finally got into an offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter – they outscored Louisville by 10 points during the final period – it just wasn’t enough.
Rhyne Howard finished with a huge 25 points for the Wildcats, while also adding 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal. She did, however, commit five turnovers, which will have to be corrected before the Cats take on other elite competitors.
Senior Taylor Murray was the team’s second-leading scorer, finishing with 18 points with three rebounds and two steals.
Maci Morris was next, scoring 11-points and grabbing four rebounds. It wasn’t the best game for Morris if you solely look at the numbers, but her defense has continued to improve and today, that helped the Wildcats keep the score close.
Kentucky will have a few days off to regroup and take their final exams, but then it’s back to the grind. The Wildcats are slated to take on Middle Tennessee Saturday, December 15 at 1:00. The game will take place inside Memorial Coliseum and can be seen on the SEC Network+
Better late than never, right? If you’re trying to find something to do on this lazy Winter Sunday and want to get out in Lexington to support your Cats, there’s no better opportunity than the UK Gymnastics Blue-White Meet at 3 PM ET at Memorial Collesium.
The meet is free admission, and attendees can get a 2019 schedule for UK Gymnastics, FREE Excite Night tickets, and a chance to win 2018 Nationals qualifying scoresheet.
Last season, the Kentucky Gymnastics team made history by going to the National Semifinals for the first time in program history after scoring above 197 for the fourth time ever in program history.
Season tickets are still on sale, as well.
It’s that time! Get your season tickets NOW and support the Cats for what’s sure to be an exciting 2019 season.
— Kentucky Gymnastics (@UKGymnastics) October 8, 2018
Doors for the Blue-White Meet are already open. Get in there, folks!
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 07th, 2018 @ 3:59pm
Kentucky volleyball’s special season has come to an end.
In a 3-0 sweep, the Wildcats couldn’t get much of anything going, falling to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Sweet 16.
In three sets, the Cats fell by scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-23, with the offense struggling mightily from start to finish. They finished with a .100 hitting percentage in set one, .136 in set two, and .270 in the final set, to go with 17 hitting errors throughout the match.
To make matters worse, Kentucky finished with nine errors on serves, including seven alone in the first two sets. The disciplined and well-coached Wildcats we’ve come to love throughout the season just crumbled on the big stage, no other way to put it.
On the other side, Nebraska absolutely dominated in all facets of the game, including a remarkable 7-1 run at the end of the third set to turn a 22-18 deficit into a 25-23 victory over the Wildcats.
Star outside hitter Leah Edmond finished with just seven kills, as did Caitlyn Cooper. Avery Skinner finished second on the team with six kills. Madison Lilley also added a team-high 31 assists and 13 digs.
Kentucky finishes the year 26-5, including a program-record 18-0 mark in conference play to take home the SEC Championship.
I hate Nebraska.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 07th, 2018 @ 1:30pm
At 2 p.m., your No. 10 University of Kentucky Volleyball team takes on No. 6 Nebraska in the Sweet 16 in Minneapolis. Consider this your 30-minute warning.
The ladies swept Murray State and No. 12 Purdue in the first and second rounds at Memorial Coliseum. Now, they’ll face the team that knocked them out of the Regional Finals and went on to win the National Championship last year.
The game will be shown live on ESPNU or WatchESPN.com. Like Karl Towns told the team last night, they have a chance to do something special.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©December 06th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Former Kentucky great Karl-Anthony Towns met with the UK volleyball team to give them a pep-talk before the Cats’ big Sweet 16 match tomorrow in Minneapolis. No. 10 Kentucky takes on No. 7 Nebraska tomorrow at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. A win would place Kentucky in the Elite Eight where they would face either No. 2 Minnesota or No. 15 Oregon.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
Kentucky hosted the first and second round at Memorial Coliseum where they swept their way into the Regional Semifinals defeating Murray State and Purdue in straight sets, but now things get tough.
It’s been an unbelievable fall for UK Athletics and we all hope the volleyball Cats can keep it going.
Apparently this dude giving us a pep talk went to Kentucky or something.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 6, 2018
Former Kentucky great Sydney McLaughlin was named the International Association of Athletics Federation 2018 Female Rising Star Award winner. A major honor for the 19-year-old track star that spent her lone year in college at Kentucky.
Two world U20 records at 400m hurdles (52.75) ?
Two U20 indoor world bests at 400m (50.36i) ?
World senior lead at 400m hurdles ?
US collegiate champion at 400m hurdles ?
— IAAF (@iaaforg) December 4, 2018
To hold so many world records before she turns 20 is absolutely nutty. We said during the spring and last winter that she was the best athlete on UK’s campus and she may go down as one of the best athletes to every wear the blue and white. Kentucky’s most successful one and done? It’s her or Anthony Davis and the future looks incredibly bright for McLaughlin.
From UKAthletics.com, here’s what she accomplished as a Wildcat.
Here’s a race from February:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 01st, 2018 @ 9:25pm
Following yet another dominant performance, the Kentucky volleyball team is moving on to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.
In their Round of 32 appearance, the Wildcats swept the Purdue Boilermakers 3-0 to move on to the Sweet 16.
Kentucky won set one 25-20, set two 25-21, and set three with a whopping 25-14 closeout performance. This is the team’s second-consecutive sweep in the tournament, also shutting out Murray State in the first round last night.
Star outside hitter Leah Edmond led the way with 13 kills, followed by Brooke Morgan with 12. Gabby Curry finished with a team-high 18 digs, with Alli Stumler also adding 15. Setter Madison Lilley contributed 37 assists and five digs.
In the last home match of the season, the Big Blue Nation absolutely did their part to fill up Memorial Coliseum and give the Cats a massive home-field advantage:
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 2, 2018
Here was the pregame hype video:
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 1, 2018
Kentucky will take on the defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers, the team that knocked them out of the tournament last season, in the Sweet Sixteen next Friday, December 7.
We’ll miss the Volleyball Cats at Memorial the rest of the way, but we’re looking forward to meeting back up there to hang a championship banner here in a couple weeks.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 30th, 2018 @ 9:15pm
The Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team took care of business in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Led by a team-high 17 kills from star outside hitter Leah Edmond, the Cats dominated the Murray State Racers in a 3-0 sweep to move on to the Round of 32.
Edmond led the team in kills, though Alli Stumler (12) and Brooke Morgan (10) each finished with double-digit kills. Gabby Curry led the team with 16 digs, followed by Stumler with 15. Setter Madison Lilley also added 43 assists to lead the team.
The individual game scores were 25-18, 25-17, and 25-19 to close things out.
With the victory, the Wildcats move on to take on Purdue tomorrow for a Sweet 16 bid.
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 30, 2018
One down, five to go.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 30th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
The Kentucky men’s soccer team’s historic run in the NCAA Tournament has come to an end.
After reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in program history, the Wildcats fell by a final score of 1-0 to Maryland, ending their season.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) December 1, 2018
Maryland’s Sebastien Elney scored at the 28:44 mark in the first half, and despite Kentucky was unable to respond the rest of the way. With only two shots on goal, the Cats were unable to get much of anything going against a stout Terrapin defense.
3,228 fans were in attendance at The Bell to cheer on Kentucky, the first home loss of the season.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) December 1, 2018
The Wildcats’ season ends with a final record of 19-2-1, the most victories in program history.
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) November 30, 2018
Congratulations to the Kentucky men’s soccer team on such a special season.
KSR’s and Hey Kentucky’s Maggie Davis has a great preview of the UK soccer match this weekend.
It’s the biggest game in program history as UK looks to move to the College Cup for the first time. Go check out the Cats tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at The Bell.