Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for
our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending
Sunday, Jan. 24:
Swimming & diving: Elvis Burrows
Senior Elvis Burrows was an integral part in three of Kentucky's top events in a loss to No. 16 Louisville this weekend. Burrows took the butterfly leg of the second-place 200-medley relay which achieved an NCAA 'B' time standard. He then led a 1-2 finish in the 100-butterfly by the Blue and White. Finally, he was the second place finisher in a 1-2 finish for UK in the 50-free. His time in the event (20.07) was an NCAA 'B' time standard and his best of the season.
Men's basketball: DeMarcus Cousins
Cousins, a 6-11 forward from Mobile, Ala., scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action in helping lead Kentucky (19-0, 4-0 SEC) to a 101-70 win against Arkansas. It was Cousins' 10 th double-double of the season, one shy of the UK freshman record of 11 (Chris Mills) in a season. He has recorded two straight double-doubles and has recorded six double-doubles this season while playing less than 20 minutes in the game.
Swimming & diving: John Fox
Freshman John Fox gained valuable points for the Wildcats with a victory on the three-meter board and a runner-up finish on the one-meter board at Louisville this weekend. Fox's three-meter score of 324.08 was nearly 20 points more than the second-place finisher, and it is his career-best mark in the event.
Rifle: Logan Fox
Logan Fox had an outstanding week, with solid performances in both the win over Army and the loss to Alaska-Fairbanks. In the win over Army, Fox totaled a 587 in air rifle and a 573 in smallbore, with his air rifle score ranking fifth best in the match. In the match with UAF, Fox had a 581 in air rifle and a 576 in smallbore. "Logan has made some great gains in his performance this semester," assistant coach Stacy Underwood said. "He has been very focused on working and fine-tuning his mental game plan in practice. This weekend's match against Ole Miss was indicator that his training is paying off and he is ready to compete at a higher level. It's great to have such depth on our team so that ever team member continually strives for a better performance."
Gymnastics: Emily Green
UK senior Emily Green won the floor exercise with a career-high and meet individual-high score of 9.950. She became only the third gymnast in school history to record a 9.950 on the floor exercise along with former Wildcat and current assistant coach Heather Hite and three-time all-around NCAA champion Jenny Hansen. Green posted her second title of the season, first on floor exercise. Green finished second on the beam with a team-high 9.800.
Rifle: Ashley Jackson
Ashley Jackson continued to lead the UK rifle team with solid performances against Army and Alaska-Fairbanks. Jackson has had an outstanding senior season and totaled a team-best 589 in air rifle against UAF and a 578 in smallbore. In the win over Army, Jackson had the best air rifle score of the match (592) and the second-best smallbore score of the match (583). "Ashley was an unwavering force in the past three matches," assistant coach Stacy Underwood said. "Although she had solid scores, the most impressive part was the determination and focus she displayed during each match. There were several times where she had to make the decision to expect more from herself and she prevailed like a true champion."
Swimming & diving: Chatham Penrod
Junior Chatham Penrod claimed both backstroke events for the second consecutive meet, and was the only UK athlete to earn two individual victories. Her time in the 100-backstroke (55.61) is an NCAA 'B' time standard. She also took the backstroke leg in the winning 200-medley relay which also achieved an NCAA 'B' mark in Kentucky's loss at No. 13 Louisville this week.
Women's basketball: Lydia Watkins
- Senior forward Lydia Watkins averaged 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds off the bench in helping Kentucky earn two SEC wins and improve to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in SEC play.
- Watkins scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field in an 18-point win over Auburn. With the Tigers trimming a 20-point UK lead to 10 points midway through the second half, Watkins made a series of critical plays for the Cats. She recorded two steals, made a conventional three-point play and scored another basket, all in a span of 49 seconds to thwart the Tigers' rally and extend UK's advantage to 17 points.
- Pulled down a season- and game-high 12 rebounds and scored six points in UK's win over Arkansas.
- Has scored in double digits in four consecutive games while averaging just 18.0 minutes per game.