After an embarrassing loss to Baylor on Tuesday night, the UK Hoops team returns to Rupp Arena and looks to get back that winning feeling against High Point. The game, which starts at 1 pm in Memorial Coliseum, is the first of four home games for the Wildcats and will give them the chance to work on some of the weaknesses that Baylor exposed.
The Panthers are led by Cheyenne Parker, a 6-4 center who averages 18.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. The defending Big South Player of the Year set the school’s single-season record for rebounds (403) and blocked shots (121), and will provide a challenge in the paint for the Hoops’ C/Fs DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker (though probably not as much of a challenge as Brittney Griner, let’s be honest).
Against Baylor, the Hoops women looked balanced (although outmatched) with star senior guard A’dia Mathies leading the way with 12 points and Walker grabbing 9 boards. The UK Hoops squad will be looking to focus on a few key things during this rebound game; mainly, their sets in the half-court offense and making the effort plays that will make a difference down the stretch (making layups, setting up screens, etc). Like Calipari, Head Coach Matthew Mitchell found it advantageous to play an elite team early in the season, telling the press that he ” would much rather — as painful as it was — have that experience because if we can ever… become the team we think we can and we were ever to come across them again, I think it’ll be much more valuable to have that experience and know that we have a lot of things to improve upon.” Learning experiences, people.
Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue of KSR College will be by shortly to talk you through the game with their running game diary and shameless selfies. It’ll definitely be an entertaining way to pass the time before tonight’s football game, so don’t change that channel.