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Kentucky Women Prepare for Road Test at Auburn

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Fresh off a rejuvenating bye week, the 10th ranked UK Hoops team looks to keep up it’s winning ways and continue to climb in the conference standings with a road game in Auburn, Alabama this afternoon. The Cats (14-3, 2-2 SEC) hope to extend their winning streak to six in a row against the Tigers (11-6, 2-2 SEC) after a 44-point beat down in Lexington last season.

After a tough stretch of time when Kentucky was not it’s healthiest the past few weeks, Coach Mitchell said the Wildcats were “blessed” to have an off week. “[We] got what we needed out of the open date and so I think we’re starting to round back into full strength and we’ll need to be as sharp as we can be to win Sunday, I can tell you that,” he said. Seniors DeNesha Stallworth, Kastine Evans, and Bernisha Pinkett are all coming off nagging injuries but rest assured Mitchell said his team is healthier than they have been in a long time, and that’s a good sign heading into the meat of the conference schedule.

In the past, UK has had it’s bread buttered by their pressure and attacking defensive tactics, and while that still holds true, the Cats have been able to rack up a higher number of points this year than in the past. All five Kentucky starters are averaging double figures, and UK currently leads the conference averaging 89.7 points per game (Auburn averages 67.2). In their losses however, the Wildcats are only averaging 64 points a game, so offensive efficiency is key to pick up a key for UK.

Kentucky currently sits two games behind the league leader Texas A&M, but with upsets happening every week, it is an open ball game in the SEC right now. The Cats have a stretch starting today against Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas who are all sitting in the lower half of the conference. UK hopes to use this time to gain some ground, momentum, and confidence while letting everyone else beat up on each other. The success of the Cats usually can be directly correlated to the point guard play, which has been spotty of late. After a strong start, sophomore Janee Thompson has cooled off, and junior Jennifer O’Neill has been a bit wacky, with a horrendous shooting percentage of late.

On paper, Auburn is no match for the Cats. UK has far more talent than the Tigers do, and AU has had a mediocre season to this point, beating who they should and getting blown out at times by better teams. However, road play in the SEC is never an easy thing, and victories away from home are hard to come by. Kentucky needs to keep their momentum, and pick up a tough one against a salty Auburn team. If you don’t remember, after last year’s shellacking, Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy took the stage at the post-game press conference stating how UK “disrespected” her team for keeping the press on the entire game…

You can watch today’s game at 2:00 on SEC TV, which is shown on the CW in Lexington. Cats.


Article written by Wilder Treadway

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9 Comments for Kentucky Women Prepare for Road Test at Auburn

  1. Anonymous
    12:44 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    I thought this was a sports blog.

    • Cat Fan In Georgia
      1:15 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      What an enlightened comment.

      Sure, college women’s basketball is not the same game as what the guys play, but there’s a lot to like about it. For me, one of the most attractive aspects is that you get to see the stars play for four years, not just one or at most two. I was in Louisville with family and got to see UK Hoops vs Louisville in the Bucket last season. We had mid-court seats in the lower arena and my buddy paid something like 10 bucks each for them. It was a great game with an awesome UK comeback and a nice win over a really good team. What’s not to like about that?

    • Atlanta Cat
      1:36 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      Backwards rednecks will be backwards rednecks…

  2. Rob
    1:47 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Will be able to watch UKHoops today in Alabama! Can’t wait! Go Cats!

  3. Big Poppa
    1:56 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    UK who???????????????? UK HOOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Rob
    2:15 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Auburn coach has players wearing knee pads, encouraging them to go to the floor after loose balls…
    Good luck trying to keep up with UKHoops! Not!

  5. Grammar Time
    2:15 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Really, Tredweigh? Three times in the same freaking blog post you make the same grammatical error? For the love of God, man — FIX IT!

    “… UK Hoops team looks to keep up it’s [sic] winning ways…”
    “…Kentucky was not it’s [sic] healthiest the past few weeks…”
    “…UK has had it’s [sic] bread buttered…”

    This is not the first time you’ve had this pointed out to you. If you have a high school diploma or equivalency certification, you should not be insulting us by continuing to make this error. It makes your post even harder to understand than they usually are.

    An apostrophe shows a contraction (“it is”), not possession (“belonging to it”).

    • Grammer Time needs a grammar lesson
      3:37 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

      An apostrophe is used to show possession in most cases just not when possesion is already indicated. Your sentence was incorrect about an apostrophe not showing possession. Had you said an apostrophe is not used with a possessive pronoun you would have been correct. Pot meet kettle.

      From Grammar

      Rule 2
      Use the apostrophe to show possession. Place the apostrophe before the s to show singular possession.

      one boy’s hat
      one woman’s hat
      one actress’s hat
      one child’s hat
      Ms. Chang’s house

      Rule 9
      Never use an apostrophe with possessive pronouns: his, hers, its, theirs, ours, yours, whose. They already show possession so they do not require an apostrophe.

      This book is hers, not yours.

      Sincerely your’s.

  6. Asleep at the Wheel
    2:35 pm January 19, 2014 Permalink

    Sure hope the ladies wake up soon and realize the game started at 2 pm EST rather than 2 pm CST. Down by 13 after 10 minutes thanks to too many missed defensive assignments and lay-ups. Time to wake up ladies!