Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 27:
Softball: Chanda Bell
Junior Chanda Bell made history in her second no-hitter of her career, this time against Colorado State to begin the Stanford Nike Invitational. Bell allowed just one base runner with a walk, and was a full-count walk away from a perfect game. In the game, she set the UK single-game record with 16 strikeouts - besting her own previous record of 15 she had set four other times. Additionally, in the contest she topped Keary Camunas' for the all-time career strikeout mark at UK. Camunas had 550 career Ks, and Bell has now totaled 577 in her career, in just her third season of play. Bell would go on to record her second career save in 3.0 innings of work to preserve the victory over UC Davis. Finally, Bell earned her second win of the weekend in a relief effort come-from-behind victory over North Dakota State. Bell was the only pitcher to throw in every game played this weekend, and charted 32 strikeouts in 18.0 innings of work for an average of 1.78 strikeouts per inning.
Baseball: Taylor Black
Senior shortstop Taylor Black exploded offensively during UK's five-game week, batting .529 (9-for-17) with a staggering nine RBI ... Black scored nine runs, with three doubles and one homer, drawing five walks and getting plunked by two pitches without striking out ... The native of Easley, S.C., added a stolen base and reached base at a .667 clip and slugged .882 at the plate ... Ranked as the 26th-best senior prospect in college baseball by Baseball America, Black is off to a dynamic start in 2011, totaling a .345 (10-for-29) average with 10 runs, three doubles and a triple through seven games ... During UK's five-game week, Black was also a force defensively, making several impressive plays showcasing his tremendous range and arm strength, totaling 11 assists and nine putouts.
Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap
- Led Kentucky with 19 points and seven rebounds to go with three steals and two blocks in the 76-62 win over Auburn.
- Grabbed three steals vs. the Tigers to move into sixth place on UK's single-season steals list with 91.
- Collected 12 points and seven rebounds while adding a game-leading four steals in UK's thrilling 55-54 win over Arkansas on "Senior Night."
- Has scored in double figures 26 times this season, including 17 consecutive and 90 times in her career.
Men's basketball: Brandon Knight
Scored in double-figures for the 22nd and 23rd straight games ... Recorded his UK freshman record 12th 20-point game with a career-high 26 points at Arkansas ... Pulled down career-high eight rebounds at Arkansas ... Averaged 5.5 assists on the week and 6.8 over the last four games ... Hit three 3-pointers on the week putting him one-shy of the UK freshman record for 3-pointers in a season with 67.
Baseball: Corey Littrell
Freshman southpaw Corey Littrell carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his first career start, picking up a win in UK's home-opening win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday ... A native of Louisville, Ky., Littrell lasted 6.2 innings, allowing only two hits and two runs ... He tossed two walks - both on full-count offerings - and struck out three, throwing only 77 pitches, including 51 for strikes ... A 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, Littrell retired the first eight hitters he faced and had only faced the minimum number of hitters while working into the sixth inning of his starting-pitching debut ... The southpaw only had trouble on back-to-back hitters in his final inning of work, allowing a one-out single to break up the no-hit bid, with the No. 4 hitter then pulling a two-run homer ... The 2010 Kentucky High School Mr. Baseball out of Trinity High School, Littrell picked up his first career win, helping the Wildcats best EMU, a club that had just beaten No. 4 Clemson on the road.
Men's basketball: Darius Miller
Tallied back-to-back double-digit efforts against Arkansas and 13th ranked Florida ... Shot .500 on the week ... Scored career-high 24 points in win over 13th ranked Florida ... Had all-around game adding five rebounds, three assists, three blocks ... Had a crucial possession in win over Florida at 4:30 mark where he grabbed an offensive rebound keeping the possession alive and finished it with a 3-pointer pushing UK's lead to 11 ... It was the second-consecutive home game in which Miller has posted a career-high scoring total.
Baseball: Walter Wijas
Sophomore right-hander Walter Wijas was a force out of the bullpen for UK during a five-game week, appearing in three of the five games and tossing seven shutout innings in relief ... Wijas picked up a win in his three outings, tossing seven innings without a run crossing the plate, allowing seven hits and walking three with four punchouts ... Wijas picked up the win on Tuesday on the road at Morehead State, coming on in relief of freshman starter Jonathan Paquet in the fourth inning and hurling 3.2 shutout innings for his first career win, allowing only three hits and striking out three ... In four games on the year, Wijas owns a perfect 0.00 ERA through 8.2 frames.
Softball: Megan Yocke
Senior Megan Yocke batted .615 to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 weekend. Yocke blasted a three-run home run in the victory over Colorado State and also plated another score with a double. She was 2-for-2 in a win over UC Davis and also scored both of UK's runs in that win. She smacked her second home run of the weekend in a win over North Dakota State and scored the game's tying run to force extra innings against the Bison. For the week, she was the lone UK player to record at least two hits in every game at the Stanford Nike Invitational. With two stolen bases against UC Davis she matched a career-high in that category. With four RBI in the win over the Rams, Yocke has now charted four or more RBI in a game three times already this season.