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Former WBB star Valerie Still inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Former WBB star Valerie Still inducted into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame


Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer has officially been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Former Wildcat star Valerie Still, who played at Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, was inducted this evening at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I’ve seen a lot of orange this weekend and that’s fine, but there’s a lot of Kentucky blue in here tonight and I’ve seen it and love it!” Still said during her acceptance speech. “I want to thank that little, little girl from Camden, NJ that was told she was crazy to follow her dreams … I didn’t have money, a fancy car, a house with a white picket fence, AAU ball, etc., but I did have dreams. That’s all I needed.”

In her time at Kentucky, Still finished as the school’s all-time leader (men or women) in career scoring (2,763) and rebounding (1,525). The three-time consensus All-American led the program in scoring four-straight seasons with a career average of 23.2 points. At one point during the 1981-82 season, she led the nation in both scoring and rebounding before finishing second in both categories (24.8 PPG and 14.3 RPG).

In September of 2005, Still was inducted into the charter class in the newly-created UK Athletics Hall of Fame, where she was the only female of 88 total inductees.

Congratulations to the former Wildcat on such an incredible honor!

Kentucky WBB forward Dorie Harrison transfers to Gulf Coast State Junior College

University of Kentucky women’s basketball forward Dorie Harrison is no longer with the program.

According to a release from UK, the 6-foot-3 sophomore will not return to Kentucky for the 2019-20 academic year and will transfer to Gulf Coast State Junior College this season.

“Dorie is an important member of our Kentucky family and we all fully support her and the steps she is taking,” said head coach Matthew Mitchell.

Harrison played in 32 games in 2017-18 as a freshman with eight starts, averaging 6.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. The Nashville, TN native was named SEC Freshman of the Week back on January 30, 2018 after finishing with 15 points and five rebounds against Alabama, along with 16 points and four rebounds at Arkansas.

She missed last season due to personal health reasons.

Out of high school, Harrison was named a 2017 McDonald’s All-America nominee and held offers from Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.

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Rhyne Howard named to USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team

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Rhyne Howard continues her domination. After spending a weekend of tryouts in Colorado, the Kentucky freshman has qualified for the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team. She’s one of just 12 players from across the nation selected to participate, and she’ll be traveling around the globe to prepare and compete.

After leaving the trials, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she’ll have some time at home before heading to Tokyo, Japan in early July for a scrimmage against the Japanese team. Then, she’ll spend several days in Bangkok, Thailand in mid-July to compete for the country’s eighth gold medal.

There were 30 women competing for a spot on the team, and the final 12-player roster includes some of the top talent in the nation, including 10 returning gold medals (including Howard) and two NCAA Champions. Selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.

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This summer won’t be the first Howard spends competing on the international stage. She spent last summer in Mexico, helping the U18 team to a 5-0 gold-medal run, earning MVP honors along the way.

This year, she’s the only current SEC player to make the cut. Here’s the rest of the roster:

Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Naz Hillmon-Baker(Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); NaLyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).

Howard is the real deal, and she’s representing Matthew Mitchell and the UK women’s basketball team on the international stage (again). It’s going to be fun watching her skills continue to develop over the next three seasons.

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Rhyne Howard scores 11 of her team’s 20 points in 3×3 National Championship

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Kentucky’s star freshman continued to dominate – this time, on a national stage. Rhyne Howard led her team to the 3×3 National Championship game in Las Vegas, scoring 11 of the team’s 20 points. Ultimately, her efforts couldn’t quite get it done – her team lost by one point to the team representing the University of Oregon.

Howard was one of eight athletes that participated in a minicamp after submitting applications and being accepted by USA Basketball. Howard was joined by North Carolina’s Janelle Bailey (center), Drake’s Rebecca Hittner (guard) and Oregon State’s Destiny Slocum (guard). Howard was the only freshman on her team and one of just 21 freshmen competing in the tournament, out of 72 total participants.

Howard led her team to a 3-1 record in pool play before a 17-9 win over Michigan in the quarterfinal play-in game and 14-12 overtime win vs. Yee’go in the quarterfinals. They defeated NC State in the semifinals before falling to defending national champion Oregon, led by Sabrina Ionescu who earned MVP honors.

The two-day event also served as the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Team trials. The selected roster will be announced later in May.

Until then, Howard will focus on the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials, which will be held later this month at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 12-member team will be selected at the end of trials with training camp to follow July 5-19 and  U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Happy Big Blue Birthday, Maci Morris!

Happy Big Blue Birthday, Maci Morris!

Maci Morris served as an integral part of Kentucky’s women’s basketball team during each of her four seasons on campus, but today is all about her. It’s the Bell County native’s birthday today.

While she’s now considered a former Wildcat, the name Maci Morris will remain etched in the Cats’ record books. She’s No. 6 on Kentucky’s all-time scoring list, and she holds the record for highest career three-point percentage at 40.9 percent. She’s ranked No. 2 all-time for career free-throw percentage at 85.1 percent.

A lingering injury affected Morris’ performances down the stretch during her senior season, but she – along with fellow senior Taylor Murray and freshman Rhyne Howard – led Matthew Mitchell and the Wildcats to an NCAA berth and a first-round win over No. 11 Princeton.

Morris is celebrating far away from her eastern Kentucky home, as she’s still participating in the WNBA’s Washington Mystic’s training camp. Happy birthday, Maci! Now go earn yourself a spot on the roster.


It’s official: transfer Dre’una Edwards will be a Wildcat


Utah standout Dre’una Edwards has made it official: she’ll be transferring to the University of Kentucky next season. Although she announced the news yesterday, she has now officially signed all of the paperwork required to become a Wildcat.

Her official commitment also means Coach Matthew Mitchell and his staff are able to comment on the Las Vegas native and the immediate impact she could have on the program.

“We are thrilled Dre’una is a Wildcat,” Coach Mitchell said. “She will be an incredible addition to our family. Her positive energy and unbridled enthusiasm are infectious and will impact our program immediately. Dre has a game that fits our system perfectly and her competitive spirit will help us win. We all are excited for the future.”

Unfortunately, Edwards will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. However, she’ll be able to actively participate in practices as soon as she arrives in Lexington. Her presence alone will help her teammates in practice, and she plans to join the team beginning this summer.

In one year at Utah last season, Edwards averaged 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field. She suffered a knee injury late in the year that kept her from playing in Utah’s last four games, but the 6-2 forward still did enough to earn the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year award.

Along with Edwards, UK will add true freshmen Emma King (a native of Stanford, Kentucky) and Deasia Merrill, alongside transfers Sabrina Haines, Nae Nae Cole and Chasity Patterson.

Next season is shaping up to be a good one for Wildcats.

You can show Edwards some BBN love on Twitter HERE.

Rhyne Howard will represent UK across the country this summer

Rhyne Howard will represent UK across the country this summer

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Kentucky freshman star Rhyne Howard is traveling the country this month, all while representing the University of Kentucky. She’s heading to Las Vegas this weekend, where she’ll compete against some of the best collegiate players in the nation. She’s been selected to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championship. Howard has also just been chosen for the USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials, to take place May 16-19 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The 3×3 tournament is considered highly selective: the participating teams include three teams that qualified from other 3×3 tournaments from the past year, 13 teams representing the top Division I programs across the country and two teams comprised of eight high-caliber athletes. Howard was selected for one of those 16 individual spots, which means she’ll have the opportunity to participate in a “minicamp” that began earlier Wednesday afternoon.

Later this month, Howard will be one of 30 athletes competing for 12 spots on the U19 World Cup team. If she makes the cut, she’ll travel to Bangkok, Thailand in mid-July to represent the United States.

Howard is no stranger to Team USA – she led the national team to the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 gold medal last summer. Her efforts helped the team go on a 5-0 gold-medal run, and she came home with the tournament MVP honors.


At UK, she finished with an average of 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. By the end of her rookie year, Howard was named the unanimous National Freshman of the Year by espnW, USBWA and WBCA, along with a slew of conference awards.

If you happen to find yourself in Vegas this weekend and are in the mood for some collegiate basketball, the event will be held for the first time outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located in the heart of downtown. If Howard’s team advances to the championship round, the action can be streamed live at That game is set tip at 10 p.m. PDT Saturday.

Make the Bluegrass proud, Rhyne!

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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.