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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Dec. 17)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky captured an 88-50 win over Lipscomb in its lone action of the week following finals week.
- The Wildcats were led by a career-best day from sophomore Kyle Wiltjer who led the team with 23 points on 7-of-9 from 3-point range. He also added a career-high 12 rebounds for the first 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season for UK.
- Freshman Nerlens Noel continues his steady play with seven points, nine rebounds, four steals and seven blocked shots. He's the first Wildcat to have consecutive seven-block efforts since Anthony Davis had seven vs. Tennessee and eight at LSU a season ago.
- UK will enjoy another week between competition for the second-straight week before hosting Marshall on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Women's basketball

- No. 7/6 Kentucky is in southern California this week for a two-game road swing. The Wildcats meet Pepperdine on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST in the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif., followed by a matchup with UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST in Santa Barbara, Calif., at The Thunderdome. The trip gives California natives Brittany Henderson and DeNesha Stallworth the opportunity to play in their home state in front of their friends and family.
- Henderson, a senior forward, hails from Pasadena, Calif., while Stallworth, a junior transfer from Cal, is a native of Richmond, Calif. Henderson played her prep career at John Muir High School, while Stallworth played at Pinole Valley. Stallworth went on to play two seasons at California before transferring to Kentucky last season.
- The Wildcats return to game action after a week off for final exams. Prior to their break, the Cats defeated a tough Middle Tennessee squad 68-46 for their seventh consecutive win. The winning streak ties for 10th nationally. Overall, UK ranks seventh in the nation in scoring margin, outscoring its opponent by +26.2 points per game. UK also ranks third nationally in turnover margin (10.89) as the Wildcats are forcing 27.7 turnovers per game, while committing just 16.8.
- Leading the way has been senior and All-America candidate A'dia Mathies. The 5-foot-9 guard averages a team-high 13.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
- Dominating the inside game is the dynamic post duo of Stallworth and junior forward Samarie Walker who average 11.3 and 5.4 points per game, respectively. Walker tops the team in rebounding with 7.9 rpg, while Stallworth averages 5.4 rpg and a team-high 1.7 blocks per game.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Women's basketball at Pepperdine - 10:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21
Women's basketball at UC Santa Barbara - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Men's basketball hosts Marshall - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28
Women's basketball hosts Alcorn State - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29
Men's basketball at Louisville - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30

Women's basketball hosts Marist - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 2
Men's basketball hosts Eastern Michigan - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3
Women's basketball hosts Florida - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5
Swimming at LSU - 10:00 a.m.
Diving at Tennessee Dive Invite

Sunday, Jan. 6
Women's basketball at Alabama - 3:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at California and vs. Auburn and Arizona - 5:00 p.m.

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