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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Nov. 14)

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Men's basketball
- Following a season-opening 108-58 win over Marist on Friday, the Wildcats set their sights on the bright lights of the Big Apple where they are taking on the 13th ranked Kansas Jayhawks in historic Madison Square Garden as a part of the inaugural State Farm Champions Classic.
- In the Wildcats' season-opener, UK had five players score in double-figures led by freshman Anthony
Davis' 23 points. Davis added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and blocked five shots for good measure. He became just the third player in UK history to earn a double-double in his collegiate debut.
- The Wildcats held the Red Foxes to 17.1 pct. from the field in the second half and 31.7 pct. overall. UK outrebounded Marist 51-29 and dished out 24 assists while committing only nine turnovers.


- The Kentucky football team began a two-game road swing in Southeastern Conference action with a 38-8 loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
- Nick Melillo hauled in the first touchdown catch of his career in the third quarter to get UK on the board, a 22-yard strike. Melillo grabbed four catches for 59 yards and the touchdown, setting a new career high in receptions and yards.
- Freshman linebacker Alvin Dupree and freshman defensive lineman Christian Coleman made their first career starts. Dupree finished with a career-high five tackles and his second career sack, while Coleman tied a career high with three stops.
- Melillo was named honorable mention tight end of the week and place kicker Joe Mansour was named honorable mention kickoff specialist of the week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Women's basketball

- Fueled by a program-record 65 points in the second half, the Kentucky women's basketball team defeated Morehead State 96-60 on the road in each team's season opener.
- Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored a career-high 23 points on 8-12 shooting. Evans scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half.
- UK is now 26-1 under head coach Matthew Mitchell when scoring 80 or more points.
- Kentucky outrebounded Morehead State 30-12 in the second half.

- UK concluded its final two-match road swing with victories over Alabama and Ole Miss to improve to 15-2 in league action and keep its title hopes alive.
- The Wildcats endured an inspired performance from Ole Miss that forced the match into a five-set affair. UK escaped with a 3-2 victory and a 17-15 score in the fifth set to improve to 5-0 in five-set matches this season.
- Sophomore Whitney Billings potsed consecutive double- double efforts for the second time this season during the two match stretch. She drilled a season-high 17 kills and added 14 digs in the victory over the Rebels.
- Junior Stephanie Klefot posted a season-high 28 digs in the win at Ole Miss and now has amassed 494 scoops on the season. That total ranks as the eighth most in a single-season in UK history.

Women's soccer

- Kentucky closed out its season playing Washington State to a 1-1 draw, but losing the penalty kick shootout 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.
- It was Kentucky's first visit to the NCAA Tournament since the 2006 season, first at-large bid since 2002 and first time hosting since 1999.
- Senior captain Kelsey Hunyadi ended one of the most remarkable single-season individual performances in school history. She broke the school record for shots with 90 and finished second in points (38), goals (14) and assists (10).
- Kentucky returns 18 letterwinners off this year's NCAA Tournament squad in the 2012 season.

Cross country

- The UK men's and women's cross country teams each concluded their respective seasons Saturday at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships. The men's team finished 16th, while the women's team finished 12th.
- Luis Orta paced the men's team with a 21st-place performance. By finishing in the top 25, Orta earned All-Region honors.
- Orta finished the season with All-Region and first team All-SEC honors. He was also a three-time SEC Runner of the Week recipient and finished in the top 10 in five of UK's six races.
- Junior Chelsea Oswald led the women's team with a 33rd-place showing. Oswald ran a career-best time in the 6K on Saturday.

- Behind a balanced team effort in air rifle and solid outings in smallbore from Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel, the No. 1 Kentucky rifle team posted a 4664 overall score for wins over host No. 13 Ohio State (4603) and vs. No. 15 Murray State (4597), on Saturday.
- Kentucky was led in air rifle by Junghänel with a 593. Stacy Wheatley charted a 589 in air rifle, with Ethan Settlemires and Holsopple each shooting a 588.
- The Wildcats entered the dual match coming off a record-setting performance in a win over Memphis. UK set a new NCAA record with a 4711 team score in the win, eclipsing its own record set in the 2010-11 NCAA Championships.
- Kentucky will close out the fall season with two matches on the road in Fairbanks, Alaska, facing Air Force on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 15
Women's basketball hosts Jacksonville State - 11:00 a.m.
Men's basketball vs. Kansas - 9:00 p.m. (New York)

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Swimming and diving at Tennessee Invitational (Knoxville,Tenn.)

Thursday, Nov. 17

Women's basketball hosts Northeastern - 7:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at Tennessee Invitational (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Friday, Nov. 18
Volleyball hosts LSU - 7:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at Tennessee Invitational (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Saturday, Nov. 19
Men's basketball vs. Penn St. - Noon (Uncasville, Conn. )
Football at Georgia - 12:21 p.m.
Women's basketball hosts Southern Miss - 3:00 p.m.
Rifle vs. Air Force (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Sunday, Nov. 20
Men's basketball vs. ODU/S. Fla. - Noon (Uncasville, Conn. )
Volleyball hosts Arkansas - 1:30 p.m.
Rifle at Alaska-Fairbanks

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