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Kentucky Women’s Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule

(Photo via UK Athletics)

(Photo via UK Athletics)

Kickoff at Kroger Field is right around the corner, which means basketball season is only a couple blocks down the road.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kentucky women’s basketball team announced its non-conference scheduled for the upcoming 2019-20 season.

“Every year we try to put together a well-balanced non-conference schedule for our team and I like how we put this year’s schedule together,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said, according to UK’s press release. “There are some familiar faces on this schedule but it’s always fun to host teams that we haven’t seen before and travel to some new places like Cal-Berkeley and Charlottesville. We’re a month away from getting practices going and I’m so excited to see what this group can accomplish together.”

The most notable matchup will be when the Lousiville Cardinals make a trip to Rupp Arena on Dec. 15. Shortly after that, the Wildcats will head out west to play the California Golden Bears on Dec. 21.

There are currently no listings for game times or TV assignments and the 16-game SEC schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Season tickets are running for $69 (nice) and include the following benefits:

  • Savings over the cost of buying single-game tickets

  • Priority seating for games held at Rupp Arena, based upon K Fund priority ranking

  • Priority access to postseason tickets

  • Five (5) K Fund priority points with purchase of two or more season tickets

  • Complimentary ticket offers to select UK Athletics events

  • Opportunity to renew and upgrade your seat location each season, based on availability

The Wildcats lost two key seniors from last season’s roster in Maci Morris and Taylor Murray, but return a loaded frontcourt and are expected to be led by reigning NCAA Freshman of the Year Rhyne Howard. They also bring in two freshmen, Emma King and Deasia Merrill, along with a few other transfers to stock up what should be a deep bench.

Here a few other notes regarding the non-conference schedule according to UK.

  • Kentucky will be facing Mount St. Mary’s for the first time in program history.

  • Mount St. Mary’s and Charlotte will be making their first trips to play against the Wildcats in Lexington while Stetson, Grambling State and Winthrop will be making their second trip.

  • Kentucky and Virginia played for the first time in program history last season in Rupp Arena with UK earning a 63-51 victory. With that said, it will obviously be Kentucky’s first trip to Charlottesville to play this November.

  • UK and Middle Tennessee first played each other in 1975 and have met annually since 2008.

  • Matthew Mitchell, who coaches two seasons at Morehead State before being named UK’s head coach, will face his former employer 10th time this season. Mitchell is 9-0 vs. the Eagles.

  • Kentucky’s trip to California will mark the fifth straight season UK has faced a Pac-12 team in non-conference play. The Wildcats are 4-3 in that stretch and have played five different teams (Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, UCLA and Washington State).

  • UK has unblemished records all-time against six teams on its non-conference schedule sitting 2-0 vs. Stetson, 1-0 vs. Virginia, 1-0 vs. Grambling State, 5-0 vs. Austin Peay, 2-0 vs. Samford and 1-0 vs. Winthrop.

The faster football gets here, the quicker we can get to some hoops.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR