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UK Softball earns doubleheader win over Auburn on Senior Day

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They did it in convincing fashion not once, but twice. Even better? The Wildcats picked up two dominating victories at home on senior day over the No. 14 Auburn Tigers: the final scores were 7-0 then 7-3. Seniors Katie Reed, Abbey Cheek, Jenny Schaper, Kelsee Henson and Sarah Rainwater were honored before the start of game one.

Thanks to Saturday’s rain storms in Lexington, the Cats and the Tigers played a doubleheader Sunday afternoon. Although daunting, the back-to-back action clearly did not affect Kentucky. They won by a combined score of 14-3. 

The win over Auburn completed the senior Cats’ conference sweep – during their time in the blue-and-white, they’ve now beaten every team in the SEC at least once. Auburn was the last team left on their list. Before Sunday night, Kentucky’s last win in the series dates back to March 4, 2012.

Check out the highlights here, courtesy of our friends from KY Wildcats TV.

Game one:

Game two:

Kentucky is now 28-18 on the season and 11-9 in the SEC. They’ll look to make it a home sweep over Auburn Monday at 7:00 p.m.

ESPN owes Maci Morris an apology after WNBA Draft mistake

ESPN owes Maci Morris an apology after WNBA Draft mistake

As we know all too well here at KSR, typos happen, but man, ESPN really messed up last night.

During the WNBA Draft, ESPN reported on its ticker that the Seattle Storm selected Kentucky’s Maci Morris with the 36th pick — the final pick of the draft — when in fact, the Storm actually drafted South Dakota State’s Macy Miller.

Ouch. Someone at ESPN owes both Maci Morris and Macy Miller an apology. Even Steve Harvey is cringing.

Thankfully, it sounds like Morris has been invited to the Washington Mystics training camp, but still, what a mess.

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Rhyne Howard becomes America’s consensus National Freshman of the Year

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Just days after being named the WBCA National Freshman of the Year, Kentucky’s star rookie has picked up yet another impressive award. Rhyne Howard has been dubbed the United States Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Year. She was presented with the award inside Amalie Arena prior to the start of Friday’s Final Four.

With Friday’s award, Howard is the nation’s unanimous freshman of the year. In addition to the WBCA and the USBWA, Howard was also named the espnW National Freshman of the Year back in March.

She’s the first player in Kentucky women’s basketball history to win a national freshman of the year honor and is just the sixth SEC player to earn the honor from the USBWA.

Howard ended the season leading UK with 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures in 26 games, including ten 20-points or more outings and five double-doubles.

It’s only the beginning for Rhyne Howard.

In other UK Hoops news, both Howard and senior Maci Morris have been named All-American Honorable Mentions by the WBCA.

It’s the first All-American honor for Morris during her UK career, while Howard becomes the second freshman in program history to earn the recognition. Howard and Morris are now the 22nd and 23rd All-American honored players for head coach Matthew Mitchell during his time at Kentucky.

Rhyne Howard named WBCA National Freshman of the Year

Rhyne Howard named WBCA National Freshman of the Year

The UK women’s basketball team’s season may be over, but Rhyne Howard is far from done – she’s still raking in the awards. Kentucky’s star rookie has been named the 2019 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Freshman of the Year, presented by Adidas. That’s a mouthful, but it’s also a huge deal for Howard and the Kentucky program.

Howard was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year a few weeks ago (after winning the weekly conference award a record-breaking eight times), which put her in the running for this national award against the top player from every other conference in America. The other qualifying factors?

“Energy, enthusiasm, effort and effectiveness — these are hallmark pillars that each coach hopes their first-year, student-athletes will contribute to the team,” WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew said. “Rhyne most certainly contributed to the University of Kentucky’s success, and we recognize and applaud her immediate impact this season.”

Based on Howard’s season, “immediate impact” barely does it justice. She ended the season leading UK with 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game; she scored in double figures in 26 games and recorded five double-doubles. Her name can already been found all over the UK record books – she’s in the program’s top three for multiple freshman records (points per game, total season points, steals, double-figure scoring, 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage). She’s the program’s first freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding since UK All-American Valerie Still.

In addition to her WBCA Freshman of the Year award, she’s already claimed several others, including espnW National Player of the Year and the AP’s SEC Newcomer of the Year. She was also named to the WBCA All-Region team, the first-team All-SEC and the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Her freshman season was one of the most impressive rookie seasons in program history. If the one-and-done culture existed in women’s hoops as it does for the men, Howard would most certainly be gone. Luckily for Coach Matthew Mitchell, the UK Hoops’ program and the BBN, Howard has three more years to continue making an impact – and leaving a legacy – in Lexington.


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UK Hoops Fall to NC State 72-57 in Round of 32

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The No. 17 and six-seeded Kentucky Wildcats were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by the No. 10 and three-seeded N.C. State Wolfpack by a score of 72-57 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

N.C. State will advance to the Sweet 16 to take on the two-seed Iowa Hawkeyes. We’ll have a full recap up shortly.