Women’s Basketball: UK women lose 63-49 to Tennessee in Rupp

Dec. 31, 2017


Kentucky Falls to No. 7 Tennessee

Morris’ 18 Points Lead Wildcats


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Maci Morris scored 18 points, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team could not overcome a slow start, as the Wildcats lost to No. 7 Tennessee 63-49 on Sunday at Rupp Arena.


Morris scored in double figures for the 14th time in 15 games this season despite suffering a cut above her left eye in the second quarter. Morris returned and played the remainder of the game with a bandage over the cut.


Kentucky (8-7, 0-1 SEC) got nine points from freshman Dorie Harrison, while senior Alyssa Rice had six points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Wildcats held the advantage in bench points, 18-4, and forced the Lady Vols into 21 turnovers.


Tennessee (13-0, 1-0) scored the first 10 points of the game as Kentucky missed its first six shots from the field. The Cats got on the board with 5:45 left in the period on a jumper by Morris, but the Lady Vols were able to extend the lead, holding a 26-7 advantage after one period.


Kentucky scored the first five points of the second period on a layup by Jaida Roper and a three-pointer by Makenzie Cann. Tennessee answered with the next six points to take a 32-12 lead, but Kentucky was able to cut the lead to 16 on two occasions. When Harrison scored with 4:00 left in the period, Tennessee’s lead was 36-20. Neither team would score for the remainder of the half.


The Lady Vols led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter and led 51-31 after three periods. In the fourth quarter, Kentucky was able to cut the lead to 14, but the Cats would get no closer.


Kentucky returns to action on Thursday, as the Wildcats head to College Station to play Texas A&M. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

Kentucky comes up just short in 24-23 loss to Northwestern

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Kentucky vs. Northwestern

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.

Dec. 29, 2017


FINAL SCORE: #20 Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23


Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky finishes the season 7-6.
    • UK is one of two schools in the nation that has tied or improved its win total in each of the past five seasons.
  • Northwestern is 10-3, ending the season with an eight-game win streak.
  • Northwestern leads the series 2-0. The previous game was a 7-0 win by Northwestern in Evanston during the 1928 season.

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Kentucky comes up just short in 24-23 loss to Northwestern

Cats rout Louisville 90-61

DEC. 29, 2017

Final Score: #16/15 KENTUCKY 90, LOUISVILLE 61


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 10-2 on the season, while Louisville falls to 10-3.
  • The Wildcats lead the all-time series 35-16, including a 19-5 mark in games played in Lexington.
  • Kentucky’s next game will be against Georgia in Rupp Arena on Sunday to open Southeastern Conference play. Game time is 6 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN. The game is part of a doubleheader with Kentucky women’s basketball, which will be hosting No. 7 Tennessee at noon ET on SEC Network.
  • A season-high 24,228 fans were in Rupp Arena on Sunday.

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Cats rout Louisville 90-61

Dec. 29th report on high school basketball around the 13th Region


Chain Rock Classic at Pineville:  Lynn Camp 47 Buckhorn 37,  Middlesboro 56 Lee High, VA 42, Powell County 51 Lynn Camp 32, Pineville 51 Lee High, VA 34  Dec. 29: 12:30 – Middlesboro vs. Powell County; 3:30 – Buckhorn vs. Pineville

Berea Holiday Classic: South Laurel 71 Boone County 65, Williamsburg 58 Lewis County 51  Dec. 29:  6:30 – Paintsville vs. South Laurel; 8:00 – Williamsburg vs. Pike Central

Best of the Lakes Classic at Clinton County: Clay County 62 McCreary Central 33  Dec. 29: 6:00 – Clay County vs. Livingston Academy, TN

Christmas at the Capitol in Frankfort: Bell County 56 Raceland 40  Dec. 29: 7:15 – Bell County vs. Brown

Citizens National Bank Classic at W. Jessamine: Anderson County 78 Harlan County 60

Clell Miller Memorial at Hazard: Hazard 80 Harlan 54

Hyden Citizens Bank Classic at Leslie County: Owsley County 66 Knox Central 46  Dec. 29 1:00 – Knox Central vs. Betsy Lane

Lady Eagles Classic at Madison Southern: North Laurel 67 Carroll County 31



Pine Mountain Classic at Pineville: Garrard County 79 Pineville 41, Morgan County 58 Williamsburg 57  Dec. 29: 11:00AM – Garrard County vs. Morgan County; 2:00pm – Pineville vs. Williamsburg

Cumberland Falls Invitational at Corbin: Corbin 83 Mercer County 68, North Hardin 75 Sheldon Clark 63  Dec. 29: 6:30 – North Hardin vs. Mercer County; 9:00pm: Knox Central vs. North Hardin

Forcht Bank Lynn Camp Invitational: Lynn Camp 84 Barbourville 78   OT  Dec. 29: 7:30 – Rockcastle County vs. Lynn Camp

Hancock County Classic at Hancock County, TN: Red Bird 47 West Greene, TN 45

Hyden Bank Christmas Tournament at Leslie County: Leslie County 50 Middlesboro 34  Dec. 29: 4:30 – Middlesboro vs. Hazard

Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic: East Jessamine 80 Harlan 77, Southwestern 64 Clay County 53 Dec. 29: 4:30 – Clay County vs. John Hardin

Legacy Nissan Dribble-Drive Challenge at South Laurel: Harlan County 68 South Laurel 65, North Laurel 60 Simon Kenton 53, Whitley County 50 Seneca, SC 37  Dec. 29: 4:45 – DeSales vs. Whitley County; 8:15 – Harlan County vs. North Laurel, South Laurel vs. TBD

Mountain Schoolboy Classic at Belfry: Jackson County 74 Betsy Lane 44  Dec. 29: 8:00 – Jackson County vs. Belfry

Stultz Pharmacy Holiday Classic at Greenup County: Bell County 61 Russell County 50  Dec. 29: 3:00 – Bell County vs. Seneca


UK Women fall at Midd. Tennessee

Dec. 28

Morris, Rice Reach Double Figures for Wildcats


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Maci Morris scored 13 points and Alyssa Rice added 11 points and eight rebounds, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to Middle Tennessee 62-57 on Thursday night at the Murphy Center.

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UK Women fall at Midd. Tennessee

Kentucky Women Fall to No. 24 California

Maci Morris Scores 21 Points to Lead Wildcats


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 24 California 62-52 on Thursday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

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Kentucky Women Fall to No. 24 California

Women’s Basketball: Louisville improves to 13-0 with 87-63 win at Kentucky

Kentucky Falls to No. 3 Louisville on Sunday

Maci Morris Leads Wildcats with 16 Points


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 16 points, but the Kentucky women’s basketball lost to No. 3 Louisville 87-63 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky (8-4) got 10 points from freshman Tatyana Wyatt, while Jaida Roper added nine. Taylor Murray finished with eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Wildcats. Senior Alyssa Rice also had eight points for Kentucky.

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Women’s Basketball: Louisville improves to 13-0 with 87-63 win at Kentucky

Saturday December 16th around the 13th Region


Bobby Keith Classic – Clay Co. 72 Barbourville 67, Pulaski Co. 79 Whitley Co. 49, South Laurel 52 Estill Co. 46, North Laurel 70 Clinton Co. 57

Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout at Pike Central – Harlan Co. 78 Magoffin Co. 55

Oneida Baptist 109 Red Bird 82


Barren Hoops Classic at Barren Co. – North Laurel 54 Barren Co. 49

Ted Cook Lady Cards Classic at South Laurel – Clay Co. 66 Frederick Douglass 41, Harlan Co. 58 Anderson Co. 57 (Green 30 points), Hazard 63 Bell Co 34, South Laurel 75 Lee Co. 36

Williamsburg 48 Owsley Co. 38

Somerset 81 Barbourville 56

Buckhorn 64 Knox Central 63  ot


4th-ranked LMU holds off Newberry on the road 98-94

NEWBERRY, S.C. – The No. 4 Railsplitters (11-0, 5-0 SAC) built a big first-half lead and held on despite a furious comeback from Newberry (7-5, 2-3 SAC) in a hard-fought 98-94 victory on Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.

Trevon Shaw set a new career high with 36 points and hit 10 three-pointers for the third time on the season, but his most critical points came on a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left to break a 94-94 tie and put the Railsplitters up for good. The senior from St. Helena Island, S.C. hit 12-of-23 field goals, including 10-for-18 from beyond the arc. Eight of those threes and 28 points came in the first half.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys for the toughness and fight they showed against an excellent Newberry team,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. “Newberry under any circumstance is an incredibly difficult game. Us being as short-handed as we are and playing our third game in five nights made it even more grueling than usual.”
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4th-ranked LMU holds off Newberry on the road 98-94

Kentucky 93 Virginia Tech 86



DEC. 16, 2017


Final Score: #8/5 KENTUCKY 93, VIRGINIA TECH 86


Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won seven in a row and is now 9-1. Virginia Tech ended a seven-game win streak and is now 9-2.
  • Kentucky leads the series 4-1, including 2-1 in Lexington.
  • Next for Kentucky is UCLA as the Wildcats take on the Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic on Sat. Dec. 23 in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Arena. Game time is 4 p.m. ET and televised on CBS.


In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the second time, also the season opener vs. Utah Valley.
  • Virginia Tech scored the game’s first five points before the Wildcats came back with nine a row.
  • Diallo connected on a 3-pointer with 16:09 remaining, giving Kentucky 1,023 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
  • Tied at 39, Virginia Tech went on an 8-0 run before UK got the final basket of the half. Tech went to halftime with a 47-41 lead.
    • It is the most points UK has allowed this season in the first half and UK’s second-largest halftime deficit of the season (trailed by nine in the opener vs. Utah Valley).
  • Kentucky’s seven 3-pointers is the most in a first half this season.
    • UK shot 46 percent from the field in the first half, ending a streak of four straight games at least 50 percent.

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Kentucky 93 Virginia Tech 86