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

Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky cruises past Tenn. Tech 82-54

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Dec. 3, 2017

On Maci Morris and how valuable she is for Kentucky… 

“No question. I actually watched Maci in high school, recruited her a little bit before she committed to Kentucky. So, you know, Maci has always been able to shoot the basketball, but I think what she is doing now is just reading so well. Maci has become such a smart basketball player and understanding how to score at this level. If you take one thing away from her, now she can counter and so I think she is a complete player. You can’t take the 3 away from her because she is able to score off the dribble. I think she is doing a really good job on a young basketball team and obviously they look for her and rely on her a lot,” Tennessee Tech Coach Kim Rosamond.

No. 20 Kentucky Cruises Past Tennessee Tech, 82-54

Morris, Wyatt Lead UK Offense

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 16 points and Tatyana Wyatt added 12 as the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Tennessee Tech 82-54 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

 

Morris hit six of seven shots from the field, including both of her shots from behind the arc, and added a pair of free throws for her 16 points. She also grabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out two assists. The junior scored in double figures for the eighth straight game this season and the 13th consecutive time, dating to last season.

 

A total of 13 Wildcats played in the game, and 12 of those players scored for Kentucky. Freshman KeKe McKinney scored a career-high nine points and Makenzie Cann added eight.

 

The Wildcats dominated the glass, grabbing 46 rebounds compared to just 23 for Tennessee Tech. Kentucky turned 18 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points.

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Women’s Basketball: #20 Kentucky cruises past Tenn. Tech 82-54

Volleyball: Comeback Cats move on to Round of 16

VOLLEYBALL
DEC. 2, 2017

 

Cats battle to Five-Set Win over WKU

Leah Edmond registers 22 kills, the most under Skinner in an NCAA Tournament match

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Throughout the 2017 season, the No. 6 Kentucky volleyball team has been in nearly every situation. However, there’s something a little different about your back being against a wall with your season on the line.

 

A gritty Western Kentucky team gave the Wildcats everything they could handle, but UK mounted an incredible comeback to pull off an exhilarating five-set (16-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-12) win to move on to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament next week.

 

“Obviously these are special wins when you can comeback like that,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “That’s probably the toughest I’ve ever seen Kentucky volleyball play since I’ve been here. I’m really proud of the team for finding a way to get it done.”

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Volleyball: Comeback Cats move on to Round of 16

Cats win fifth straight game 79-70 over Harvard

HARVARD AT #7/7 KENTUCKY

RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.

DEC. 2, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 22,922

 

Final Score: #7/7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky wins its fifth game in a row improving to 7-1. Harvard is 3-6.
  • This was the first meeting between UK and HU in men’s basketball.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK travels to the Madison Square Garden to play Monmouth in the Citi Hoops Classic. Game time is noon and it will be televised on ESPNU.

 

Coach John Calipari

  • Calipari has a 701-194 all-time on-court record.
  • Calipari is now 256-54 at Kentucky.
  • Calipari is 141-6 at Rupp Arena.
  • Calipari is 2-0 vs. Harvard in his career.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Quade Green, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the seventh straight game.
  • At the first media timeout Kentucky led 11-7 with Knox leading the Wildcats with five points.
  • Kentucky went on a 7-0 run from 5:22 to 4:15 after Harvard cut the deficit to one point to increase the lead to 39-31.
  • Knox’s 16 points are the most by a Wildcat in a half this season.
  • Knox’s third game this season and second in a row that he has reached double figures before halftime.
  • It is the third game in a row that Kentucky has shot 50 percent or better in the first half.
  • Kentucky made 12 free throws, the most made in a half this season.

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Cats win fifth straight game 79-70 over Harvard

HS Basketball: Regional scores from Thursday November 30

Boys

Pineville 39 Oneida Baptist 37

Nissan Classic at North Laurel – Clay County 90 Russell County 74

Girls

Nissan Classic at North Laurel – Harlan County 69 North Laurel 56 / Clay County 70 Corbin 45

Green with 25 points for Harlan County in the first game, Sheppard with 14 for North Laurel.

Mathis had 18 for Clay County and Grant 13 for Corbin in the second game.

Friday’s schedule in the Nissan Classic at North Laurel:

Boys Games: 5:30 – Knox Central vs. Cordia, 7:00 – Clay County vs. Pendleton County, 8:30 – Corbin vs. Lexington Christian

 

 

Morris scores 22, but UK Hoops falls at #9 Baylor 90-63

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
NOV. 30, 2017

 

No. 20 Kentucky Falls at No. 9 Baylor

Maci Morris Scores Season High 22 Points

 

WACO, Texas – Maci Morris scored a season high 22 points, but the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost for the first time this season, falling to No. 9 Baylor 90-63 on Thursday night at the Ferrell Center.

 

“Congrats to Baylor. They are a tremendous team,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “This was a very difficult game for us. Everything didn’t show up in the game tonight, but it will eventually. What we have to do is go back and look at what are the areas that we can control and correct those. We didn’t keep our poise like I know we will at the end of the season, but our players prepared to win. They worked hard and had a great attitude. We lost down here a few years back worse than this and ended up going to the Elite Eight. My spirits are high on this team because they come to work every day. We are going to be a really good basketball team. I believe in our players. I believe in their character.”

 

“I told the team as soon as we got into the locker room that we got better today, even though we lost,” Morris said. “I saw a lot of good things, especially how we battled in the fourth quarter.”

 

Three other Wildcats reached double figures in the game. Jaida Roper had 12 points for Kentucky, while Makenzie Cann and Taylor Murray each had 10.

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Morris scores 22, but UK Hoops falls at #9 Baylor 90-63

Russell Athletic/KHSAA football finals ticket and broadcast information

The state football finals return to Lexington for the first time since 1976 on Friday at 2 p.m. when Beechwood (11-2) takes on Raceland (10-4) in the 1A Championship of the 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Kroger Field. The action continues Friday night at 7 p.m. when Boyle County (13-1) faces Corbin (13-1) in the 3A Championship.

Saturday’s slate features three contests at Kroger Field, starting with Mayfield (13-1) versus Danville (14-0) in the 2A Championship at 1 p.m. Franklin-Simpson (11-3) and Johnson Central (12-2) will square off at 4:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s 4A Championship game, followed by Covington Catholic (14-0) and Madison Southern (11-3) in the 5A Championship at 8 p.m. The 2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl concludes Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when Trinity (Lou.) (14-0) takes on St. Xavier (12-2) in the 6A Championship.

Since last played in Lexington at Commonwealth Stadium in 1976, the state football finals spent two years at Hanger Field in Richmond (1977-78), 24 years at KFEC Cardinal Stadium (1979-2002), six years at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (2003-08) and the last eight years at Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green (2009-16).

Each game of the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be webcast live at KHSAA.tv for subscribers to the NFHS Network (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/). Subscription plans for the NFHS Network are available for $9.95 a month. A monthly subscription, priced less than the cost of admission to a state championship event, entitles users to every broadcast by the KHSAA and the more than 40 participating state associations.

A free audio-only feed of the games will also be available online through Mixlr (http://mixlr.com/khsaa/events/), which has a corresponding app available for iOS and Android devices.

Single-game tickets are still available for online purchase through Ticketmaster at https://goo.gl/6ECMLD

2017 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
Championship Program – https://goo.gl/yYXcQV
Video Webcasts – khsaa.tv
Audio Broadcasts – khsaa.net
Live Stats – https://goo.gl/zPxEFM

Friday, December 1
2 p.m. (1A) – Beechwood vs. Raceland
7 p.m. (3A) – Boyle County vs. Corbin

Saturday, December 2
1 p.m. (2A) – Mayfield vs. Danville
4:30 p.m. (4A) – Franklin-Simpson vs. Johnson Central
8 p.m. (5A) – Covington Catholic vs. Madison Southern

Sunday, December 3
2 p.m. (6A) – Trinity (Louisville) vs. St. Xavier