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UK women’s basketball team wins Paradise Jam, UK volleyball team wins SEC Championship


What a day for the ladies of the BBN.

The UK women’s basketball team has defeated North Carolina 85-75 to clinch the title for the Paradise Jam’s Island Division. Kentucky also defeated No. 17 South Florida and UCLA in the tournament.

While most of us were sitting around stuffing our faces with turkey, the UK Hoops team has been dominating in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today’s victory over North Carolina sealed the deal for the Wildcats, and they’ll return to the continental U.S. undefeated so far this season, boasting a 7-0 record.

The margin was close for most of the game, with the Tar Heels often holding the advantage. After trailing at halftime, the third quarter was huge for Kentucky. The Cats delivered, outscoring UNC 16-13 in that period. By the end of the third quarter, the Cats had cut UNC’s lead to eight.

Then, the seniors got hot. Taylor Murray and Maci Morris both came out firing in the fourth quarter, draining three-point shots and getting to the stripe. After several trip to the free-throw line, Kentucky took control of the game and never looked back. The Cats finished strong, and they defeated North Carolina by ten points.

The locker room was clearly a place for celebrations after the game (and of course, Matthew Mitchell took it like a champ).

Today’s win was the latest in the series of three impressive victories for the Wildcats. They defeated UCLA 75-74 in an overtime thriller and beat No. 17 South Florida by a final score of 85-63. Freshman Rhyne Howard brought home MVP honors from the tournament.

But they weren’t the only team with a big win today. The UK volleyball team just defeated Auburn to officially win the SEC Championship, finishing undefeated in the conference for the first time since 1988. The Cats won in convincing fashion – they swept the Tigers. Don’t worry, they got their share of post-game celebrations too.

Congrats, Cats!


Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

4 Comments for UK women’s basketball team wins Paradise Jam, UK volleyball team wins SEC Championship

  1. Kat4Life
    4:09 pm November 24, 2018 Permalink

    I love Mathew Mitchell….great for our school

  2. RealCatsFan
    4:39 pm November 24, 2018 Permalink

    Craig Skinner deserves props for what he has done with the Volleyball team too. They should be hosting the early round NCAA tournament games. BBN needs to come out and support them at Memorial. It is a great atmosphere, and great action on the court.

  3. JASUN74
    5:59 pm November 24, 2018 Permalink

    WOW, what a unbelievable job by our LADY CATS. You young ladies are really impressive this year. Both teams have been great. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from our basketball team this year, so count me as on board!! I still would be if you were 0-7! Lol. Still very good job LADYCATS and keep up the fantastic work. And, What about Rhyne Howard? Wow! Congrats Rhyne, and all of the girls. Volleyball team is just amazing and it doesn’t surprise me a bit. You all are unbelievable. Thank you.

  4. J-Dub421
    2:12 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Well done Cats! Way to go Ladies!