Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 26:
Men's basketball: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis tallied a pair of double-doubles on the week leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 record and its 45th SEC championship ... Davis posted his first double-double of the week in UK's come-from-behind victory at Mississippi State, giving him 12 on the season ... His 13th of the year came in Kentucky's victory over Vanderbilt which clinched the Wildcats' league championship outright ... Davis scored a career-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots ... Davis hit 91 pct. of his shots on the day the highest single-game pct. (min. 10 att.) for UK since the 1994-95 season.
Softball: Kara Dill
Junior Kara Dill earned All-Tournament team accolades as she extended her team-leading and season-best hitting streak to 10 games with a hit in all four games at the Georgia Southern Invitational. Dill also had two or more hits in three of UK's four outings to run her season total to multi-hit outings to six games including five of her last six games. In a win over Jacksonville State, Dill nearly recorded a cycle with a single, double and triple in her three at-bats. She also scored twice in a pair of games.
Swimming & diving: Lucas Gerotto
Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company in the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. Gerotto swam a 46.75 in the 100-fly, just three one hundredths of a second off the UK record, and good enough to place him 13th overall in the nation this year.
Women's basketball: Bria Goss
Goss helped guide Kentucky to three victories in the last week, as the Wildcats won their first SEC Championship since 1982, and their second all-time. The Indianapolis native averaged 11.3 points per game during the three-game stretch, reaching double figures in scoring against Vanderbilt and South Carolina with 12 points and 14 points, respectively. Goss got to the line well throughout the week, converting 12 of her 14 attempts (.857), including a perfect 6-6 clip at Mississippi State on Sunday.
Gymnastics: Audrey Harrison
Harrison grabbed a career-best 9.9 on floor exercise, becoming the 19th gymnast in school history to record a 9.9 or higher on the event. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Harrison's score is tied for the highest score by any gymnast on any event this season. Harrison won the all-around title at the event with a career-high all-around score.
Softball: Griffin Joiner
Freshman Griffin Joiner had a break-out weekend in helping lead UK to a 3-1 record at the Georgia Southern Invitational. She logged a .417 batting average which ranked second on the squad with five or more at-bats. She had two multi-hit outings, reached base four other times by way of a walk and hit by pitch. She also notched a pair of sacrifice hits and stole her first career base. Her two-out RBI-single in the top of the seventh against Georgia Southern forced extra innings. She's started every game of her freshman season and played all four games this weekend behind the plate.
Men's basketball: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tallied a a double-double at Mississippi State and grabbed eight more rebounds against Vanderbilt leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 record and their 45th SEC championship ... Kidd-Gilchrist recorded his sixth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in UK's win on the road at Mississippi State ... He was just as solid on the defensive end, guarding MSU's Dee Bost in the second half and holding State's leading scorer to just 1-6 from the field and allowing only five of his game-high 21 points ... Kidd-Gilchrist then pulled down eight rebounds in UK's win over Vanderbilt, the eighth time in the last nine games, he's pulled down seven or more rebounds ... the win gave UK its 45th SEC championship outright
Track and field: Luis Orta
- Cliff Harper Trophy Co-Winner, awarded to both the men's and women's high-points scorer of the SEC Championships (20 points)
- First winner of 3,000m and 5,000m runs in the same SEC Championships since 2007
- Only male student-athlete to win two events at SEC Championships
- First-ever UK winner in the 3K, and the first UK winner in the 5K since 1987
- Holds the SEC's fastest times in the 3K and 5K
Swimming & diving: Tyler Reed
Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company in the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. Tyler Reed swam a 43.08 in the men's 100-freestyle to push himself to Seattle for the NCAA Championships in that event.
Men's golf: David Snyder
- Finished in a tie for 10th at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, the best finish of his career.
- Shot a final round career-low 4-under-par 68 to finish at even par for the tournament.
- His 54-hole total of 216 is also a career-best.
- Carded five birdies and one bogey in the final round.
Baseball: Zac Zellers
Junior outfielder Zac Zellers turned in a breakout week at the plate for the Wildcats, leading UK to a series sweep vs. Buffalo in the home-opening series ... The right-handed hitter led UK with a .667 average (6-for-9), with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI ... Zellers reached base safely in 9-of-12 plate appearances during the weekend, with a .750 on-base and a 1.667 slugging percentage ... He drew a walk and got hit by two pitches without striking out ... In the series opener on Friday, Zellers launched his first career home run as part of a 1-for-3 day ... On Saturday, UK star freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino was pulled from the lineup after starting 2-for-2 due to a minor injury, with Zellers coming off the bench to go 3-for-3 with two runs, a double and his second homer ... Became the first UK player to homer in back-to-back games since Taylor Black against Alabama in 2010 ... In the series finale, Zellers went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and hit by pitch, driving in three runs ... Zellers' big hit came as the go-ahead, three-RBI triple in the sixth inning to give UK a lead ... After UK allowed the game-tying runs in the ninth inning, Zellers led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk, scoring the walk-off run with two outs ... On the year, Zellers leads UK with a .583 average (7-for-12).