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Kentucky Chomped by Gators at Home

In a shocker that displayed the true strength of the SEC, the unraked Florida Gators (12-3, 2-0 SEC) came to Lexington and shocked the 6th ranked Wildcats (13-2, 1-1 SEC) 83-73. Kentucky fell in Memorial Coliseum for just the second time since Hayley and I started at KSR, and this broke the six game winning streak the Cats had over the Gators. From the get-go, we knew this would be a hard match up as Florida ran out of the gates on fire, energized, and focused.

Mitchell walked into the press conference noticeably glum. “Really tough game, hats off to Florida, they played so hard today and never let up. They were really outstanding, played together as a team, played with toughness and played through adversity. They just came in here and beat us today….it was really evident who played with more passion.”

Florida’s Jaterra Bonds led the way with 23 points and freshman Ronni Williams followed with 19. Coach Amanda Butler was thrilled following numerous close losses to Kentucky, and credits the win to her team’s chemistry and composure. “This team has an extra “oomf” to them. We had to be mentally ready, and I’m really proud of the way that we didn’t hang our heads.”

Junior Jennifer O’Neill led the way for Kentucky with 15 points followed by Walker’s double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. None of Kentucky’s starters shot over 50% from the field. Team unity is an obvious issue with UK right now. “We’re either going to come together as a team, or go apart separate as individuals,” said senior Kastine Evans.

Where was the passion from Kentucky? “We have an inconsistency on our team with the passion and the energy, and it’s really disheartening. I don’t really know why you would be in a situation right now where you would not be super focused, but I’ve got to figure that out. We have to forge ahead and bounce back.” Mitchell was noticeably upset about the effort from his team saying that it was obvious it meant a lot more to Florida than it meant to Kentucky.

Kentucky returns to action this Thursday night on the road against 13th ranked South Carolina…not an easy task.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

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11 Comments for Kentucky Chomped by Gators at Home

  1. Brian
    6:14 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think anyone follows “how long you and Hayley have been at KSR” so if you feel like giving an actual date, that’d be great.

    • TDog
      7:35 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      What I was thinking they need to to least leave a date,

    • binarysolo
      8:18 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      I haven’t seen a post like this since I started reading KSR.

  2. Catlogic15
    7:12 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Matt needs to find a skilled big. Small ball wins games, not championships.

    • Blue To The Bone
      7:53 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      C15…You are so right…His teams will never be ff with the way he recruits…

    • Linda Taylor
      8:02 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Today was Denesha Stallworth’s (6’3″) first game back after knee surgery and she was definitely rusty. Samantha Drake (6″3″) and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (6’1″) are both out for the season. I’m sure Coach Mitchell did not expect to have only half of his front court players available to play for the last month, or a third of his front court players unavailable to play since Nov. 17th. Stallworth is a very skilled big but is not back to her former level of play yet. She was an All-America candidate prior to her injury. How long have you been following the women’s team that you aren’t aware of these facts? Mitchell signed 4 recruits in the Nov. signing period. Their heights are 5’11”, 6’2″, 6’3″, and 6’6″.

  3. Love UK hoops
    7:59 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Mitchell has certainly raised the program to a high level. He is a great recruiter. But it looks as if the team is unorganized and undisciplined at times. They get beat defensively a lot on the half court. They don’t look like they know what they’re doing on offense sometimes too. I hope we can put it together and make a run at the final four.

  4. Bubba Earl
    8:32 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Won’t happen!

  5. Rixter
    9:19 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    If they weren’t raked before, they will be raked now.

  6. mashburnfan1
    9:29 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    “O’Neill led the way”. When you say that let people know she was 4-13 from the field, 6-10 from ft line. Yeah she had 15 points but so would almost anyone taking 23 total shots. Also our leader had 6 turnovers, nearly half of our total, and just 3 assist with no steals. She had a horrible game as did most of the team.

  7. kybigblue
    9:56 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Still struggle with half court game.