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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Nov. 11)

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Men's basketball
- Top-ranked Kentucky opened the season with two victories at home with triumphs over UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky this week.
- Freshman Julius Randle was spectacular in his debut with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Alex Poythress added his second career double-double in the win over the Bulldogs. Against Northern Kentucky, Randle led three freshmen in double-figure scoring with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Both Aaron and Andrew Harrison logged 10 or more points with 16 and 13, respectively.
- Kentucky will now hit the road for a neutral site contest against second-ranked Michigan State on Tuesday. It will mark the first meeting between teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the AP poll since 2008, and the earliest such matchup in the history of the AP poll.

Women's basketball

- No. 7/8 Kentucky opens its 40th season of varsity basketball at 2-0 with road wins over Marist and first-time foe Wagner.
- In front of a sold-out crowd in Marist's McCann Arena, the Wildcats overcame a slow start to win their season opener, 75-61. Guard Kastine Evans recorded a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds, while forward Samarie Walker charted three steals and a game-high 11 rebounds. Point guards Janee Thompson and Jennifer O'Neill scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
- Against Wagner, UK used a 27-3 run in the first half to break open the game. UK cruised to a 96-57 win over the Seahawks paced by DeNesha Stallworth's 22nd career double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Goss followed with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and O'Neill contributed 11 points and five assists. All 12 players scored at least two points as Kentucky improved to 21-0 in the Matthew Mitchell era when scoring 90 points or more.
- The Wildcats begin a three-game homestand on Wednesday when they play host to Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. ET.

- Kentucky fell 48-17 Saturday to No. 9 Missouri to complete a two-game homestand. The game against the highly ranked foe was the fifth of the year for UK.
- Quarterback Jalen Whitlow completed 17 of 27 passes and tied a career high with 225 passing yards. Whitlow rushed for a net 44 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run that is his team-high sixth TD of the year.
- Linebacker TraVaughn Pascal made five tackles, including a career-high three tackles for loss, earning him Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards. Freshman nickelback Blake McClain tied a career high with seven tackles.

- Kentucky posted a 100-point victory Saturday, defeating No. 13 Navy 4693-4593.
- Senior Emily Holsopple delivered a team-high 1182 aggregate score, shooting a team-best 589 in smallbore and 593 in air rifle.
- Sophomore Connor Davis shot a 595 in air rifle to lead UK, with a 585 in smallbore boosting his individual aggregate to 1180.
- Junior Jonathan Pinkel notched a new personal best in smallbore with a 583.

Men's soccer

- The Kentucky men's soccer team completed its regular season with a pair of games during the week, posting a 2-2 tie in the home finale vs. Wright State and suffering a 2-0 loss at No. 20 New Mexico on Saturday.
- The Wildcats return to action Wednesday in the Conference USA Tournament Quarterfinals, hosted by Charlotte. UK will kickoff against Old Dominion at 5:30 p.m. ET, with UK owning a 2-1 overtime win at ODU in 2013.
- UK got a goal from senior Tyler Riggs and freshman Charlie Reymann in the draw against Wright State.
- With New Mexico needing a win to clinch the league title in its first season in the loop, UK and UNM battled through a scoreless first half, before the Lobos connected on a pair of second-half tallies to post the 2-0 win and claim the regular-season title.

Women's soccer

- Kentucky lost its quarterfinal match with No. 4 Ole Miss on Wednesday, 2-0, in Orange Beach, Ala.
- The Wildcats finished the season 13-7-1, marking the fourth-straight year under Jon Lipsitz that UK has won 10-plus matches.
- The NCAA Selection Show is on Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Kentucky is expected to receive an at-large bid for the third-straight season for the first time in program history.

- Kentucky went 2-0 with a sweep of visiting South Carolina and a thrilling comeback win 3-2 over LSU on Sunday. UK trailed 8-5 in the decisive fifth frame and scored 14 of the final 18 points en route to the win.
- Freshman Anni Thomasson had a match for the ages in the five-set victory over LSU. Thomasson set a 25-point rally scoring era and Craig Skinner tenure record with a 30-kill, 22-dig performance in the win. She totaled the 30 hammers on an impressive .373 hitting percentage. No UK player under Skinner has ever turned a 30-20 trick, and she is the first conference player to do so since 2010. The last UK player to record 30 kills in a match was a senior, Sarah Spinner, with 36 in 2004. She led three UK players who earned a double-double in the win over the Tigers. Senior Whitney Billings logged 13 kills and a season-high tying 19 digs. Sophomore setter Morgan Bergren added a career-high 66 assists and 11 digs in the win.
- Kentucky will return to action with a pair of matches on the road. Kentucky takes on Mississippi State on Friday before traveling to Ole Miss on Sunday. UK already has victories over both squads from earlier in the season.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State - 7:30 p.m. (Chicago)

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Women's Basketball vs. Georgia Southern - 11 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 15
Volleyball at Mississippi State - 8 p.m.
Cross Country at NCAA Regional Championships - TBA (Charlottesville, Va.)

Saturday, Nov. 16
Football at Vanderbilt - 12:21 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17
Women's Basketball vs. Central Michigan - 2 p.m.
Volleyball at Ole Miss - 2:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Robert Morris - 7 p.m.

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