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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 20)

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Men's basketball
- The Wildcats pushed the nation's longest current winning streak to 18 games after posting a 77-62 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Lexington on Saturday.
- Terrence Jones tallied his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Doron Lamb led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, while Darius Miller hit 3-of-7 from 3-point range for 15 points. Kyle Wiltjer was 3-of-4 from 3-point range for a personal best in league play with 13 points. Anthony Davis was the fifth Wildcat to record double-figures with 10 points.
- As a team, UK hit 10-of-18 from downtown, the most in SEC play this year.

Women's basketball
- The Wildcats currently sit in a tie with Tennessee for first place with three games remaining in the regular season. UK had one of its best starts in program history, winning 21 of its first 23 games and each of its first 10 games in SEC play.
- The Wildcats have their sights set on winning their first SEC regular season championship since 1982. The Cats are just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11. Kentucky has won the last three meetings against Vanderbilt, including a 78-68 win last season in Lexington.
- UK ranks in the top 10 of four national statistical categories, including leading the nation in turnover margin (+11.9). The Cats have forced at least 23 turnovers in six of the last seven games.

Baseball
- The baseball team opened up the 2012 season with two wins on opening weekend and will finalize the opening weekend Monday at 2 p.m. ET at USC Upstate (2-0) after rain postponed the regular-scheduled Sunday finale.
- The Wildcats used a 10-4 win at Wofford in the lidlifter, behind a dominating performance from Taylor Rogers on the mound, who fanned a career high nine in his season debut. UK also got a homer from 2011 All-SEC third baseman Thomas McCarthy to cap the scoring, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
- In a 10-2 beatdown of Eastern Michigan, a team that won 37 games in 2011, UK used a 13-hit attack to total 10 runs for the second consecutive game. UK's starter Jerad Grundy turned in a winning performance in his debut, striking out four in 5.2 innings and retiring 12 consecutive hitters in the middle of the game.

Rifle
- Kentucky completed the NCAA qualifying competition on Saturday at Barker Hall, totaling a 4657 total team score.
- Kentucky will return to action at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships, hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., at the Patricia C. Lamar Army National Guard Readiness Center Feb. 25-26.
- UK was led in air rifle by Wheatley and Greathouse, with the duo each charting a 590. Henri Junghänel (587), Emily Holsopple (589) and Ethan Settlemires (587) rounded out the UK starting lineup in air gun.

Men's tennis
- UK went 1-2 over the weekend in the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. The Wildcats defeated No. 11 Texas A&M 4-0 in the first round after claiming the doubles point and getting three quality singles wins. The win punched UK's ticket to the quarterfinals of the event for the first time since it advanced to the semifinals in 1997.
- UK would fall in the quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, dropping one of the closest matches of the tournament to No. 3 Ohio State 4-3. Against OSU, seniors No. 6 Eric Quigley and No. 20 Alex Musialek defeated ranked foes. Quigley took down No. 16 Chase Buchanan, while Musialek defeated No. 12 Blaz Rola.
- Rossi led UK at the event, going 3-0 in singles play. The junior has won 16 consecutive singles matches for UK and is an impressive 26-2 on the season, including 9-0 in dual matches.

Swimming and diving
- The swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2012 SEC Championships on Saturday with the men placing in seventh and the women finishing ninth.
- For the swimmers, Lucas Gerotto led the way for UK, placing third in the men's 100-fly with a time of 47.00 in the finals. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native finished on the podium of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career.
- For the divers, it was a very successful meet as the Wildcats qualified divers for the finals in every event. Greg Ferrucci took second in the men's 3m springboard to cap what was the best-ever 3m competition for UK in school history. The Wildcats also qualified John Fox and Corey Cowger for the finals of the event. Ferrucci went on to place third overall in the 1m springboard, jumping from seventh to third in his final dive of the competition.

Gymnastics

- UK concluded the road portion of its 2012 SEC schedule by falling 197.225-193.125 to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday. UK gymnasts set or tied four season highs and three career highs in the meet.
- Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led UK on uneven bars for the third time this season with a career-high tying 9.875, while sophomore Holly Cunningham paced UK on vault for the third time in the last four meets.
- Sophomores Kayla Hartley and Kayla Sienkowski performed well. Hartley continued her strong scores on floor exercise with a team-high 9.8, while Sienkowski finished tied for first overall on balance beam with a career-best 9.825. The event title for Sienkowski was the first of her career.

Softball

- The softball team went 3-2 over the weekend at the FAU Kickoff Classic. UK shutout Wright State behind a terrific pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Cumbess who yielded just two hits and struck out six in the win.
- Kentucky then rallied for a seventh-inning comeback for the second time this season in knocking off the host Owls. UK plated four runs in the final frame to pull away 6-3 in the game.
- Junior Kara Dill led the bats for the Wildcats with a .438 weekend that included a pair of multi-hit outings and converting on all five steal attempts. Dill scored twice, drove in two runs and hit her first double of the season.

Women's tennis

- The women's tennis team hosted its last doubleheader of the season, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 5-2, and Evansville, 7-0 on Saturday.
- Junior Jessica Stiles posted an impressive comeback at the No. 1 singles spot against Eastern's Amandine Faouzi after trailing in the first two sets. She ultimately won, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
- Kentucky kicked off the spring with an eighth place finish at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla.
- Junior Ashleigh Albrecht led the Cats, finishing tied for 20th with a 5-over-par 221.
- Sophomore Liz Breed finished the weekend with a team-high 11 birdies.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 20
Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Women's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Women's tennis at Akron - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Mississippi State - 9:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Thursday, Feb. 23

Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
Softball vs. North Florida - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Softball vs. Jacksonville St. - 1:30 p.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 4:00 p.m.
Gymnastics hosts Auburn/Pittsburgh - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Softball vs. Radford - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - Noon
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m.
Softball at Georgia Southern - 3:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m.
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, Feb. 26
Women's tennis at Indiana - 11:00 a.m.
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at Mississippi State - 1:30 p.m.
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

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