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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 21)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week which included a 74-66 win over Tennessee and a last-second heartbreaker in overtime at Arkansas on Tuesday.
- In UK's win over the Vols, freshman Andrew Harrison poured in a career-high 26 points while going 10-for-10 at the free throw line to lead UK to a .958 clip as a team. Harrison also played flawlessly without committing a single turnover. Classmate Julius Randle chipped in with 18 points after scoring 20 at Arkansas.
- Freshman James Young had 23 tallies against the Razorbacks, while sophomore Alex Poythress contributed 12 points. Harrison sunk a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to force the game into overtime. Young tied the score at 85 and it appeared a double-overtime would be played, before Arkansas capitalized on a last-second put-back for the win.
- Kentucky remains at home for the next two contests. UK will face Texas A&M on Tuesday and Georgia on Saturday.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky traveled to Auburn for its only game of the week and it took all 40 minutes to capture its third conference win of the season. Despite a tough stretch to the start the game, the Wildcats used an uncharacteristic 2-3 zone defense and solid rebounding to grind out the 73-71 win. Trailing by 13 points in the first half, UK battled back to within one at the half, 36-37. UK controlled most of the second half and led by as many as nine points but Auburn pulled within one, 70-69, with 3:01 to play.
- The outside shooting of junior Jennifer O'Neill and crucial back-to-back offensive rebounds in the final minute by senior Samarie Walker and freshman Linnae Harper helped seal the win. UK shot 45 percent from the floor (27-of-60) and just 44.8 percent from the free-throw line (13-of-29). O'Neill finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench, hitting a season-high tying four 3-pointers. Walker grabbed her second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-high four assists. Harper added 13 points and pulled down a career-high tying seven rebounds, including five offensive.
- UK plays host to Alabama and Arkansas in its next two games in Memorial Coliseum.

Gymnastics

- In its first road competition of the season, the No. 17 University of Kentucky gymnastics team fell to No. 6 Nebraska and No. 3 Alabama at the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastic Classic Saturday night in Knoxville, Tenn.
- The Wildcats (3-2, 0-1 SEC) scored a 194.650, behind the Cornhuskers' 196.250 and the Crimson Tide's 196.050. Alabama notched the top scores on vault and uneven bars, while Nebraska tallied meet highs on balance beam and floor. The Wildcats scored a 48.875 on floor, the second-highest total at the meet, along with a 48.750 on vault, a 48.625 on beam and a 48.400 on bars.
- Senior Audrey Harrison, a Knoxville native, came in third in the all-around with a season-high 39.175. Her total came behind two Nebraska gymnasts and just 0.250 out of second place. Junior Shelby Hilton also competed on all four events and posted a 38.600 to place sixth. Sophomore Marissa Beucler registered a career-high-tying 9.725 on vault.
- The Wildcats continue a three-week road trip at Missouri on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., ET. Kentucky is 1-0 in Southeastern Conference action against Mizzou, with a 194.250-194.125 home win last season in the Tigers' first season in the SEC. The last time the Wildcats traveled to Columbia, Mo. was in 2004.

Rifle
- The University of Kentucky rifle team knocked off two top-15 opponents this weekend, defeating No. 11 Murray State 4700-4661 Saturday and No. 7 Army 4697-4655.
- Kentucky's 4700 Saturday against Murray State marked a season high for the Wildcats.
- Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1183 against the Racers, while Jonathan Pinkel posted an individual aggregate of 1180 as an individual.
- Sunday against Army, Connor Davis posted a personal-best 589 in smallbore and Emily Holsopple shot a season-high 595.

Men's tennis
- The men's tennis team started the season with three wins, collecting two 7-0 results over Dayton and Eastern Kentucky on Friday night and a 4-3 win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday.
- Kentucky's win at No. 7 Duke was the program's first win in Durham since the 1974 season. The win for Cedric Kauffmann marked his fifth win over a top-10 team in his 34 matches as the Wildcats' head coach.
- Tom Jomby played No. 1 singles in all three matches, and went 3-0 on the weekend including a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 52 Jason Tahir of Duke. Jomby teamed with Kevin Lai in doubles to also go 3-0 to accumulate a 6-0 weekend overall for the Frenchman.
- Senior Alejandro Gomez clinched the win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday with a 6-5 (6), 6-5 (4) win on court three over No. 95 Bruno Semenzato. After missing the second half of the 2013 season with injury, Gomez went 3-0 this weekend.

Women's tennis
- The University of Kentucky women's tennis team started its 2014 season and home opener Saturday, Jan. 18 with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati in the morning and a 4-2 win over Ball State in the evening at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky.
- Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi is 2-0 in the No. 1 singles position after defeating Cincinnati's Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 7-5, 6-3 and Ball State's Coutney Wild, 7-6, 6-2. Sutjiadi's win over Poggensee-Wei clinched the overall match for the Wildcats and gave them their first win of the 2014 season.
- No. 56 CeCe Witten and Kelsey Dieters completely dominated in the No. 1 doubles position taking down UC's Caitlin O' Gara and Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 6-1 and Ball State's Bethany Moore and Kristel Saunders, 6-3.
- After dropping two singles matches, Ball State managed get within one of the Wildcats, but Senior Caitlin McGraw defeated Toni Ormond, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match point and beat Ball State.
- Kentucky is now 2-0 in dual matches for the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 24 against Tulane at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend in Durham, N.C.

Track and field
- Kentucky won eight of 30 events, five for the sixth-ranked women's team and three on the men's side at the Kentucky Invitational Friday and Saturday. UK finished the meet having won three of the four relays as the Wildcat women's team claimed the 4x400m relay after UK won both the men's and women's distance medleys on Friday.
- Dezerea Bryant shattered school-records during wins in both the 60 and 200 meters Saturday. Bryant's 60m time of 7.18 seconds leads the nation and her 200m time of 23.08 ranks No. 2 nationally.
- Kendra Harrison also broke teammate Kayla Parker's 60m hurdles school record, with a nation-leading time of her own: 8.19. Harrison also won the 400m with a time of 54.49, which ranks No. 8 nationally.
- Keffri Neal continued a hot start to the season, winning his second race from two starts with a mile personal-best time of 4:04.04. Bradley Szypka also sustained his strong early-season form by winning the shot put with a top mark of 18.78m/61' 7.5" for his second victory in as many meets this campaign.
- UK will host the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet next weekend. Of the 15 teams scheduled to compete, seven are ranked inside the national top-25 (both men's and women's).

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Men's Tennis vs. Indiana - 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M - 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23
Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24
Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m.
Men's Tennis vs. BYU - 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Tulane - 1:30 p.m. (Durham, N.C.)
Gymnastics at Missouri - 7:30 p.m.
Rifle at Withrow Invitational, Murray, Ky. - All Day

Saturday, Jan. 25
Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m.
Swimming/Diving at Louisville - 1 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Georgia - 1:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.)
Men's Tennis vs. Notre Dame/Minnesota - TBA

Sunday, Jan. 26
Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.)

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