Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky falls at Florida Gulf Coast

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
DEC. 8, 2017

Murray Leads Wildcats with 19 Points

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Taylor Murray scored 19 points but the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost at Florida Gulf Coast 70-64 on Friday night.

“Florida Gulf Coast is a terrific team and they came out with tremendous passion and desire,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They wanted the game very badly and you have to give them all the credit. They were really well prepared, well coached and executed awesome. They just whipped us tonight and were much more enthusiastic in the game. It was a great crowd and a great environment. I cannot say enough good things about Florida Gulf Coast.”

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Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky falls at Florida Gulf Coast

Volleyball: Comeback Cats prevail and advance to the Elite Eight

VOLLEYBALL
DEC. 8, 2017

Seniors get to 100 career wins, Brown notches 1,000th career kill

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Powered by a masterful 14-4 run in the decisive fifth set the sixth-ranked Kentucky volleyball team marched on to the Elite Eight behind a 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9) win over No. 7 BYU in front of 3,219 fans in Memorial Coliseum on Friday. Kentucky trailed 2-1 in the match and then 5-1 in the deciding fifth frame before mounting comebacks to earn the win and a bit of history.

For the first time in program annals, UK has now won three matches in a single tournament. It also marks the first appearance in the Regional Finals under 13th-year head coach Craig Skinner. With the win, the 2017 senior class earned its 100th career victory and more importantly lives to see another day.

“For us to get through that match, I have to credit two groups of people for toughness,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “One, obviously, is our team for battling back the way that they did in a couple different situations, being down 2-1 and then going on a 13-3 or 14-4 run in the fifth. Also our fans for being tough enough to get here at noon, parking, figuring out a way to get here and support us and be behind us the entire time. That takes a lot of energy, effort, and commitment from our fans. I’m just really proud to be representing Kentucky when people come like that.”

Kentucky improved to 29-3 overall on the season, while BYU fell to 30-3 on the year. UK will play the winner of the Nebraska-Colorado match at 4 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. The match will also air live on ESPNU. For ticket and parking information, please visit the tournament central site.
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Volleyball: Comeback Cats prevail and advance to the Elite Eight

Thursday December 7th around the 13th Region

Boys
Forcht Bank Classic at Lynn Camp – Lynn Camp 89 Williamsburg 78 / OBI 81 Whitley County 71
Red Bird 61 Pineville 45

Girls
Buckhorn 61 OBI 27

Wednesday December 6th around the 13th Region

Boys
WYMT Classic – Clay County 75 Perry Central 73 / Floyd Central 60 Leslie County 59

Girls
WYMT Classic – Harlan County 86 Knott County Central 57

Men’s Basketball: #4 LMU drills eighteen 3-pointers in win over Bluefield

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The No. 4 Railsplitters (8-0) matched the second-highest three-point output in program history while the bench contributed 47 points to power a 108-61 blowout win over the Bluefield College Rams (6-3) on Wednesday night at Tex Turner Arena.

On a night where Lincoln Memorial was without star center Emanuel Terry, the Railsplitters rode a monster effort from the perimeter and the bench to a 47-point win. LMU cashed in a season-high 18 three-pointers on 38 attempts, while the team’s second unit accounted for nearly half of the Railsplitters’ point total.

“I thought we did a really good job. It’s been kind of a funky week with finals and we gave the guys Sunday and Monday off after Saturday’s game,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. “We practiced yesterday and walked into shoot around to find out that Emanuel would be out tonight.

“Given all of those circumstances, the guys really played well. We were pretty engaged defensively, moved the ball and took pretty good care of it. I’m really pleased with our guys. With all the external stuff going on it’s easy to come in and lay an egg, but our guys played really hard from tip to buzzer.”
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Men’s Basketball: #4 LMU drills eighteen 3-pointers in win over Bluefield

Tuesday December 5th basketball around the 13th Region

Boys

WYMT Mountain Classic – Knox Central 90 Wolfe County 52

Harlan County 60 Bell County 53

Jackson County 80 Lee County 22

Middlesboro 56 Harlan 55

North Laurel 77 Madison Southern 72

South Laurel 62 Whitley County 47

Thomas Walker 61 Pineville 58

Williamsburg 81 Jellico 52

McCreary Central 81 Barbourville 66

Lexington Catholic 77 Corbin 48

Middlesboro 56 Harlan 55

Girls

WYMT Classic – South Laurel 77 Leslie County 54

Barbourville 80 Oneida Baptist 29

Harlan 59 Middlesboro 28

Knox Central 75 Bourbon County 58

Lee County 81 Jackson County 48

Pineville 62 Thomas Walker 23

Whitley County 59 Garrard County 23

Williamsburg 62 Jellico 37

 

Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky blasts Evansville 100-62

Freshman Wyatt Records First Career Double-Double

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Tatyana Wyatt had a career-high 20 points and a career-best 10 rebounds as the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s team thumped Evansville 100-62 on Tuesday night at Memorial Coliseum.

 

Maci Morris scored 20 points for the Wildcats, Alyssa Rice added 14, Taylor Murray had 11 and Jaida Roper added 10. In all, 13 Wildcats played in the game, and 11 of those players scored.

 

Kentucky (8-1) opened the game on a 19-0 run and never looked back, winning their second straight game. And for the second straight game, it was Morris who had the hot hand.  The junior hit eight of her nine shots from the field, including four of her five attempts from beyond in the arc. In the last two games, Morris has connected on 14 of her 16 shots (87.5 percent), including six of seven (85.7 percent) from three-point range.

 

The Wildcats forced 20 Evansville turnovers in the contest, turning those miscues into 31 points on the offensive end. Kentucky turned the ball over only six times in the game, and Evansville only scored two points off of the UK mistakes. Kentucky used its size advantage to dominate second-chance points, as the Wildcats outscored the Purple Aces 22-3 in that category.

 

During the opening 19-0 run, Morris had six points and Murray had five as the Wildcats hit eight of their first 11 shots from the field, including three of their first four from behind the arc. After Evansville got on the board, on a three-pointer by Hannah Noe with 5:06 left in the first period, Kentucky scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points to take a 33-5 advantage. The Wildcats would lead 35-8 at the end of the period behind 11 points from Rice.

 

In the second quarter, Kentucky hit six of its first eight shots to lead by as many as 32 points. And when Morris closed the half by hitting a three-pointer as time expired, Kentucky again held that margin, carrying a 55-23 lead into the half. Morris hit all seven of her shots from the floor in the first half, including four from behind the arc, for 18 points.

 

The third period saw Evansville (2-5) assemble a modest 12-6 run to cut Kentucky’s lead to 62-35. But Kentucky answered with a 7-1 run near the end of the quarter to lead 75-45 after three periods of play. Wyatt had seven points in the quarter for the Cats, while Roper added six. The Wildcats would build the lead to as many as 38 in the fourth quarter, and that would be the final margin of victory.

 

Kentucky returns to action on Friday, as the Wildcats visit Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the ESPN App.

Kentucky’s Courtney Love wins the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy

Dec. 5, 2017

Senior earns “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service”

NEW YORK – University of Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love was named the winner of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant, it was announced Tuesday at the National Football Foundation’s Press Conference at the New York Hilton Mid-town Hotel in New York.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach Florida. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Love, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, leads the team in community service hours and has a passion for mentoring children especially those living in a one-parent household or children who have parents who are incarcerated. Because of his passion, he currently volunteers at Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program that seeks to pair caring, positive adults with children and youth in the Bluegrass who have one or both parents in state or federal prison or are affected by incarceration in some way.

He also has served in a Skype mentoring program with area high school students, and has taken part in many events with the UK Children’s Hospital, Read Across America, and Special Olympics, along with many other service activities. In May of 2016, Love was chosen to participate in a service/educational trip to Ethiopia where he helped build houses as well as shoe-shining boxes for men to be able to work and provide for their families. He also delivered food to impoverished families and visited with orphans and widows.

In the classroom, Love was named to the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll, graduating in May with a de-gree in community and leadership development. He is currently working on a second degree in communications. He also serves as one of UK football’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives for the second straight season. Continue reading

Kentucky’s Courtney Love wins the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy

SEC Shorts parodies the school dance where SEC teams get their bowl invitations

These guys are too good.

UK football headed back to the Music City Bowl to face Northwestern

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Wildcats are headed back to Nashville. Kentucky has accepted a bid to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and will take on Northwestern.

 

The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 29 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Music City Bowl has been played continuously since its founding in 1998, sharing an affiliation with the Southeastern Conference ever since. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Music City Bowl.

 

“We’re very excited to have earned another bowl bid and honored to receive an invitation from the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said. “Kentucky has a long history with this game and fans love going to Nashville. Taking on Northwestern will be a great challenge and we look forward to an exciting game.”

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UK football headed back to the Music City Bowl to face Northwestern