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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Nov. 4)

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Men's basketball
- UK earned a 76-42 win on Friday in its first exhibition contest of the season over Transylvania. UK is 50-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 36 of the last 37 played. Freshman Julius Randle turned in a double-double effort with team-highs in points (16) and rebounds (12).
- The Wildcats utilized a 20-2 run to begin the second half to pull away from the Pioneers. Freshman Dakari Johnson chipped in with nine points and eight boards.
- Kentucky enters the season ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches' polls. UK was unranked at the end of last season. It is the first time in the 22-year history of the poll that a team begins the season No. 1 after finishing the previous season unranked. The Wildcats last started at No. 1 prior to the 1995-96 season --finishing at No. 1 in that season as well.

Women's basketball
- Senior forward and All-America candidate DeNesha Stallworth scored a game-high 17 points as the No. 7/8 Kentucky women's basketball team downed Eckerd College, 83-35, in an exhibition contest Sunday afternoon. UK is 6-1 in exhibition contests under coach Mitchell.
- The Wildcats utilized a 23-0 run to begin the game and held the Tritons scoreless for the first 10:43 of the game. UK's stifling defense forced 41 turnovers with 16 of them steals.
- Three players reached double-figures led by Stallworth's 17 points. Samarie Walker and Makayla Epps scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. All 12 players in uniform scored, played at least nine minutes and grabbed two rebounds.

Cross country

- The Kentucky cross country teams both took significant steps forward during Friday's Southeastern Conference Championships at Florida's Mark Bostick Golf Course. The women's team finished third, earning its highest conference meet placement since coming in second at the 2002 meet. The men's team battled to place fifth overall, which was one spot better than the previous season.
- Cally Macumber earned a First-Team All-SEC selection for the second consecutive season, with a seventh-place time of 20:35.82. Matt Hillenbrand picked up Second-Team All-SEC honors as he finished 12th overall in 24:17.19. Cassidy Hale was an SEC All-Freshman Team honoree, as she was the No. 5 first-year runner to cross the finish line, 26th overall in 21:22.42.

- Behind the best offensive showing in three years with 48 points scored, the Kentucky football team posted its second win of the season with a 48-14 victory over Alabama State at Commonwealth Stadium.
- Sophomore quarterback Jalen Whitlow was the star for Kentucky in the game, rushing 10 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns, while going 16-for-26 through the air for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Whitlow became the first UK player since Shane Boyd in 2004 to throw for two touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns in the same game. Whitlow is also the fifth UK quarterback since 1983 to rush for 100 yards in a game. Whitlow's 88-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter was the second longest in school history and longest every by a quarterback.
- The Kentucky defense also had a good game limiting Alabama State to 297 yards of total offense. The UK defense forced a season-high five fumbles in the game, recovering two. Kentucky did not have a turnover for the fourth consecutive game, which is a school record.

Men's golf
- The UK men's golf team finished the fall season tying for third at The Invitational at The Ocean Course, Oct. 27-29. Senior Cody Martin placed fourth at five-under par for the tournament. Senior Ben Stow recorded a hole-in-one in the final round on the par-3, 5th hole.
- Stow and Stephen Powers finished tied for 12th and tied for 17th, respectively. UK finished in the top five in all four tournaments during the fall season.

- The Kentucky rifle team improved to 4-0 this weekend, defeating No. 8 TCU 4694-4635 and snapping a four-match losing streak to the Horned Frogs.
- Senior Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1181, opening the day with a 589 in smallbore and finishing with a 592 in air rifle.
- Sophomore Connor Davis posted the highest air rifle score for the Wildcats with a 594, while freshman Sonya May posted a 589.

Men's soccer
- The Kentucky men's soccer team completed a crucial two-game week with a pair of wins to clinch a berth in the 2013 Conference USA Tournament. UK posted a 2-0 win at Marshall on Wednesday and a 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday for Senior Day.
- The Wildcats rode a historic scoring week for senior forward Tyler Riggs and a stingy defense to a pair of wins to clinch a postseason berth. Riggs netted a game-winning goal in UK's win at Marshall, also setting up a foul in the box for a penalty kick goal in the 2-0 win.
On Sunday, for senior day, Riggs exploded for the ninth hat trick in UK soccer history, getting all three goals in his 24 minutes played in the second half in UK's 6-1 smashing win.
- Kentucky's win over FAU was its largest result in its time in C-USA (2005-2013) and marked its largest win in league action since 1999. UK got the three goals from Riggs, with senior Steven Perinovic also getting his first goal of the year and freshmen Kaelon Fox and Ryan Creel getting on the board. Senior Brad Doliner scored UK's penalty kick goal at Marshall on Wednesday to help highlight a strong week for UK's senior class.

Women's soccer
- Kentucky will open the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night against the Ole Miss Rebels at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, Ala.
- The Wildcats finished the SEC regular season 7-4-0, and earned the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament. Ole Miss will enter Wednesday's quarterfinal match with a 7-3-1 SEC record and the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament.
- Stuart Pope was named to the 2013 Academic All-District Region Two Team on Saturday, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Saturday afternoon.

Swimming and diving
- Competing against two teams with both men's and women's squads ranked in the top ten nationally, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team won five events but suffered losses to Indiana and Tennessee on Nov. 1 in Bloomington, Ind. The Wildcat men (1-5, 0-3 SEC) lost to the eighth-ranked Volunteers, 177-123 and fell to No. 9 IU 208.0-92.0. The UK women (2-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference ) were defeated by No. 8 UT 214-84 and fell to the 10th-ranked Hoosiers 199-95.
- Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events, the second time this season she has swept the diving competition. She has claimed five victories through the first four competitions this season. Senior Eric Bruck claimed a victory in the men's 50 yard freestyle event, while junior Christina Bechtel won the women's 100 yard butterfly competition. Senior Lucas Gerotto rounded out UK's wins with a first-place finish in the men's 100 butterfly.

- In a tough-weekend stretch the No. 19 Kentucky volleyball team went 1-1 against Arkansas and No. 7 Missouri. UK began the weekend with a four-set victory over the Razorbacks snapping a two-match winning streak by the Hogs.
- Sophomore Sara Schwarzwalder had a career-high nine blocks to lead UK to a season-high 15 rejections. Senior Alexandra Morgan added six and also turned in a season-high 14 kills on a blazing .591 hitting percentage.
- Freshman Anni Thomasson had a breakout offensive week for the Cats. For the first time in her career she had back-to-back double-digit kill efforts. She began the week with 12 kills on .323 hitting in a victory over Arkansas. She followed that with a career-high 15 kill effort in a loss at Missouri. The freshman outside hitter had the most kills of any player on the court against the Tigers. Thomasson for the week averaged a team-high 3.86 kills per set and ranked second on the team with 4.00 points per frame. She also continued to be a steady defensively with an average of 2.00 scoops per set.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Nov. 4
Men's Basketball vs. Montevallo - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Men's Soccer vs. Wright State - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss - 8:30 p.m. (SEC Tourney) (Orange Beach, Ala.)

Friday, Nov. 8
Volleyball vs. South Carolina - 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball at Marist - 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. UNC Asheville - 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer at SEC Tournament - TBA (Orange Beach, Ala.)

Saturday, Nov. 9
Football vs. Missouri - 12 p.m.
Men's Soccer at New Mexico - 7 p.m.
Rifle vs. Navy - All Day

Sunday, Nov. 10
Women's Basketball at Wagner - 1 p.m.
Volleyball vs. LSU - 1 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Northern Kentucky - 4 p.m.
Women's Soccer at SEC Tournament - TBA (Orange Beach, Ala.)

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