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Former Wildcat Shines for Puerto Rico in Pan-Am Games

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A former University of Kentucky star almost upset Team USA in the Pan-Am Games.

Representing Puerto Rico, Jennifer O’Neill scored a game-high 19 points and added three rebounds and three assists in a three-point semifinal loss to the Americans. Even though O’Neill’s squad lost, they still made it to the podium after defeating Columbia in the third-place game.

O’Neill’s best game in Peru was a 23-point performance against Brazil, the team that ultimately defeated the United States in the Gold Medal Game.

Before she began competing internationally, O’Neill starred for Matthew Mitchell’s Cats, finishing her career 14th on the program’s all-time scoring list. The 5-6 guard from the Bronx also ranks third in three-pointers made. You probably remember her best for her school-record 43 points in a four-overtime victory over Baylor in the ice game at Jerry World in 2013.


UK coach Matthew Mitchell singing his way to recruiting

UK women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell is a man of many talents. When most fans think of him, they immediately think of his dance moves during Big Blue Madness. Others may know of his talent behind the microphone and singing.

This week, Mitchell and his staff hit the road to begin a new recruiting process. Yesterday, he posted a video on his way to Indianapolis where he mentioned how excited he was to start the new recruiting process. Like any true performer, he used the opportunity to show off his pipes.

While on his way back to the Bluegrass today to continue his recruiting trail, Mitchell checked back in to continue in the singing pattern:

This shows off the fun loving personality of Mitchell and should help relate to the younger generation.

The UK women have a bright future ahead of them with some strong players coming in and Rhyne Howard returning for her sophomore season.

The question I have to ask is why we don’t get a John Calipari singing video on the way to recruit? We have had a rapping governor and a singing women’s coach, so the ball is in Cal or Mark Stoops’ court. How will they take it?


Former Wildcat Finds New Home

One former Kentucky women’s basketball player is taking her talents to the state of Tennessee.

Lipscomb University announce it has added former Wildcat center Dorie Harrison to its roster. A McDonald’s All-American and Top 100 recruit, Harrison averaged 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds as a freshman in 2017-18. Last season she sat out for personal health reasons.

Harrison took a not-so-subtle shot at her former head coach in the Lipscomb press release.

“I believe in the vision Coach Sumski has for the program, and I am excited to evolve and progress with it, but mostly I honestly believe she supports me as a person first before anything else, which is so rare to find,” Harrison said.

““I’m truly humbled and blessed to be transferring into a culture in which young women are faithfully empowered, encouraged, and cultivated to be great.”

A Nashville native, Harrison’s older sister, Isabelle, was an All-SEC performer at the University of Tennessee and is currently a member of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings.