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Kentucky Cheerleading performed at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

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The Kentucky Cheerleading team has had quite the week as they are in Pyeongchang, South Korea representing USA Cheer as part of an international effort with the goal of incorporating cheerleading into the Summer Olympics one day.

The team began their 10-day trip with a performance in front of the US Military base in Seoul at Winterfest 2018.

They have had a variety of performances over the past week including one at the Speed Skating events, one at the Medal Plaza in snowy 27 degree weather, and their grand finale at the Closing Ceremony today.

The team was chosen to represent the United States because of logistical reasons, many team members are apart of the USA cheer team anyways so it was easier to award UK with the honor rather than going through the complicated process of getting the USA team together.

The team even got a little face time on the Today Show, too.

Congratulations to the team for all they have accomplished and safe travels back home to the States!


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UK Hoops falls to Mississippi State 85-63

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It was a bittersweet senior day for No. 15 Jessica Hardin and No. 45 Alyssa Rice, who both started in today’s game against Mississippi State. Unfortunately the game ended in an 85-63 loss to Mississippi State.

The crowd at Memorial Coliseum were on their feet early as UK Hoops started the game strong. The score was 9-3, but Mississippi State took the lead with four straight threes. The score at the end of the first quarter was 21-18, with the Cats hitting 7-of-17 from the field.

While the second quarter started with UK Hoops in possession of the ball, they missed their first two shots. A three and a layup from Mississippi State allowed them to increase their lead to 26-18. The Cats were able to cut this lead to late in the second quarter, but a 6-0 run from Mississippi State put the score at 46-31 at the end of the half. No. 4 Maci Morris hit 16 points in the first half, but Mississippi State, who averages seven threes per game, had already hit six in the first half.

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The Bulldogs increased this lead in the third quarter, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and hitting multiple threes. By the end of the third quarter, Mississippi State had hit 8-of-14 in threes, putting the score at 68-49.

While the Bulldogs secured a win in the final quarter, Morris scored 22 points. This game was her sixth-straight 20-plus scoring game, making her the only player in the SEC to do that this season. Seniors Hardin and Rice also found themselves receiving a standing ovation from Memorial Coliseum at the end of the game. The final score was 85-63.

While this is UK Hoops last home game for the season, the first round of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

 


Today on KSR: A Golden Shootout

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While you were sleeping, the American women’s hockey team was winning gold.  Team USA had lost three straight gold medal games to Canada.  Last night those losses were avenged in a shootout.

Tied 2-2 after overtime, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson made the Canadian goalie miss with her signature move, “Oops, I did it Again,” to clinch an American gold medal.

Watch the thrilling shootout in its entirety here.  The Kentucky cheerleading celebrated Team USA’s victory with a performance in the medal plaza.  Before that, the Team USA cheerleaders made an appearance on the Today Show and took their talents to the speed skating center in Pyeongchang.

In other good news from last night…

Louisville Lost

The poor Cardinal birds lost 82-56 to Duke.  The final margin was 26, but it could have easily been 46.  It’s been a rough week to be a Louisville fan.

A Six-Way Tie for Third

Bring your brooms to St. Louis, because the SEC is a mess. Last night Tennessee defeated Florida 62-57, and Auburn rolled over Alabama 90-71 with just seven scholarship players (Mustapha Heron had the flu).  The Vols are two games behind the first-place Tigers, who are now one win away from clinching a share of the regular season title.

There are six 8-7 SEC teams — Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State.  The Cats control their destiny.  They hold the tie-breaker with three teams, and have a chance to split the season series with the remaining two teams, Missouri and Florida.

See the full SEC standings here.

College Basketball on TV

Time Game Network
7:00 #9 Purdue at Illinois FS1
7:00 Uconn at #11 Cincinnati ESPN
7:00 Wisconsin at Northwestern ESPN2
7:00 Winthrop at UNC-Asheville ESPNU
9:00 #6 Gonzaga at San Diego ESPN2
9:00 #14 Arizona at Oregon State FS1
9:00 #23 Houston at Memphis CBSSN
9:00 UCLA at Utah ESPN

UK Hoops Returns to the Court

You can watch the Kentucky women’s basketball team take on the Ole Miss Rebels tonight at 8:30 on the SEC Network.  It’s the Cats final road game of the season before they host Miss. State for Senior Day this Sunday at noon.

The State Football Finals are Staying at Kroger Field

After setting attendance records in its first season at Kroger Field, the KHSAA Board of Control voted to keep the state football finals in Lexington through 2022.  The KHSAA also released their proposal for class realignment that could shake up who your team will play in 2019.

Derek Willis is on Team USA

Just days after Willis told the Rupp Arena, “The G-League sucks,” he was added to Team USA’s World Cup Qualifying Team.  The only better way to get a break from the G-League is with an NBA contract.

Willis joined Aaron Harrison and Archie Goodwin to create this one-minute clip to brag about Coach Cal.


Kentucky Cheerleading has officially arrived in South Korea

Your 23-time National Champion Kentucky Wildcat cheerleading team has officially landed in South Korea.

Back in November, USA Cheerleading announced the UK cheer squad would be representing the United States in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics. Today, they officially got started with their events.

They got started with a performance in front of the US Military base in Seoul:

This afternoon, they were invited to the Global Cheerleading Supporter Reception:

To end the Winter Olympics, Kentucky Cheer will take on six other in a “friendly competition” at the International Cheerleading Festival.

But the Wildcats won’t be making it just for show, they’ll be there to win.

UK Cheer coach Jomo Thompson said they are advertising the event as a “friendly competition,” but he only heard the latter part of that phrase.

“They call it a friendly competition, but all I heard was the word competition,” he said. “I feel pretty good about our chances. But again, with this competition, it’s one day, one opportunity, so we just have to make sure we’re ready for that opportunity and do the best that we can.”

They won’t be handing out official medals for this event, but you better believe the University of Kentucky will be representing the United States well and will do whatever it takes to bring home the bragging rights at the end of the month.

Let’s get this money.


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UK Hoops falls to South Carolina 81-63

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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.


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Kentucky swimmer Asia Seidt claims SEC Title

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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!


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PREVIEW: UK Hoops travels to Columbia to take on No. 8 South Carolina

PREVIEW: UK Hoops travels to Columbia to take on No. 8 South Carolina

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:

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!


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Kentucky’s Simidele Adeagbo becomes first African woman in history to compete in skeleton event in the Winter Olympics

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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:

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!


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UK Hoops victorious over Arkansas 78-57

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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.


UK Hoops falls 74-55 to No. 2 Mississippi State

UK Hoops falls 74-55 to No. 2 Mississippi State

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.


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