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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 28)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky enjoyed a 2-0 week in league play with home victories over Texas A&M and Georgia.
- Sophomore forward Alex Poythress sparked the Cats to the win over the Aggies with a season-high 16 points, which included a run of seven straight points to ignite a 21-7 run in the second half. Freshman forward Julius Randle turned in his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
- Against the Bulldogs, UK received an incredible defensive performance from sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. The 7-0 forward logged six blocks and six steals with the six swipes marking a new career-high. He's the only player in the John Calipari era to have six or more in either defensive category in the same game. UK forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers while matching season-bests in blocks (11) and steals (9).
- Kentucky hits the road for a pair of matchups this week beginning at LSU on Tuesday.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky split games this week in Lexington, falling in a heartbreaker to Alabama on Thursday, 57-55, and battling back from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Arkansas on Sunday, 68-58.
- Against the Tide, junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill hit two free throws to tie the game with 12.5 seconds to play before Alabama's Diasha Simmons scored two of her game-high 21 points with three seconds on the clock, giving the Tide their first win in Lexington since 2002. Senior forward Samarie Walker scored a team-high 18 points despite playing just 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Junior guard Bria Goss tossed in 14 points.
- Sunday was Alumni Day for the Wildcats as more than 45 alumni returned to the Bluegrass for the weekend's festivities. O'Neill, who earned her way into the starting lineup for the second time this season, netted a career-high tying five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 21 points. She also grabbed a season-high six rebounds. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson, who came off the bench for the first time this season, added 13 points. Goss had 10 points and also grabbed six rebounds. It marked the seventh straight win over the Razorbacks in Lexington.

Gymnastics
- In its first true road meet of the season, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team had season high scores on three events en route to a 195.150-193.775 win over Missouri Friday night at the Hearnes Center.
- The Wildcats (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their first three events, vault, uneven bars and floor, all with season best scores. Individually, UK notched three event titles along with the senior Audrey Harrison's all-around win. Fifteen career or season highs were set or tied in UK's first dual meet of the year.
- Harrison led UK with a 38.675 to win the all-around title for the second time in three weeks to open the year. Harrison also won floor and tied two others, including sophomore Tiara Phipps, for the win on uneven bars. Sophomore Amy Roemmele won balance beam. Harrison posted UK's first 9.900 of the season on floor and tied Phipps on uneven bars, who was making her collegiate debut on the event.
- The Wildcats cap a three-week roadtrip at sixth-ranked Georgia on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. Last season, UK tied then-No. 6 UGA, 195.825-195.825 in Lexington. With a season-high team score, the Wildcats won beam and floor, the final two events. Harrison won the all-around title and notched the top score on floor while Alexis Gross tallied a win on bars.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4683 Friday at the Withrow Invitational in Murray, Ky.
- Senior Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1182, shooting a 592 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle.
- Freshman Sonya May delivered UK's best air rifle score, shooting a 593, while fellow freshman Heather Kirby posted a 590.
- Sophomore Connor Davis spent the weekend in Munich, Germany, competing in the Bavarian Airgun Championships.

Swimming and diving

- University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville Saturday afternoon.
- Wins in three of the first four events for the women gave UK a lead early over the 13th-ranked Cardinal, and helped set up a closely-scored meet halfway through the competition. The Wildcats were unable to hang on for the upset and lost 193-107. The men fell by a final score of 212.5-87.5 to the Cardinals, ranked seventh nationally.
- Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter dive, while fellow junior Lindsay Keahey placed second in both events to round out UK's scoring. On the men's side, seniors Greg Ferrucci and John Fox won the 1- and 3-meter, respectively. Fox placed second in the 1-meter, while senior Zack Peterson was second in the 3-meter. The Wildcats also claimed third and fourth place in the 1-meter to sweep the competition.
- Along with four diving wins, freshman Kelly Berger won the 1,000 yard freestyle and senior Kristen Wilson claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Berger added a second-place finish, while Wilson finished third in three additional races.
- The Wildcats host their final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The senior day meet marks the end of the regular season for Kentucky before the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship competitions.

Men's tennis
- The No. 8 University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 2-1 this weekend, defeating No. 56 Indiana and No. 45 BYU in the early part of the week, before dropping the Lexington Regional final of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to No. 29 Notre Dame in Lexington.
- Kentucky continued its dominance over Indiana with a 6-1 midweek win, getting the doubles point, and five of the six singles matches to secure the win for the Wildcats. Indiana has not defeated Kentucky at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center since the series resumed annually in 1991-92.
- This week, Kentucky squares off with Notre Dame again on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind., for the teams' annual regular season dual match.

Women's tennis

- The University of Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 10 Duke, 4-0, in the regional championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend.
- Duke took the doubles point early and the Wildcats hoped to regain composure in the singles competition. They fell short getting swept, with Duke's Ester Goldfield clinching the match over Kelsey Dieters in the No. 3 position.
- No. 42 Kentucky falls to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats will travel to Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 1 before returning home for a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State, Feb. 8.

Track and field
- The UK track and field teams each made statements during last weekends USTFCCCA "Meet of the Week" the Rod McCravy Memorial. UK posted two world-leading times, three nation-leading times, broke four meet and two school-records.
- Kendra Harrison had literally a world-class performance as she ran the fastest times on earth this season in both the 60-meter hurdles (7.96) and as anchor of the 4x400m relay 3.33.35. Both of Harrison's performances broke UK records.
- Dezerea Bryant proved herself as a world-class competitor too, tying 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and World-Record Holder (4x100m relay) Tianna Bartoletta as both crossed the finish line in 7.194 seconds.
- Matt Hillenbrand dominated a 3k field featuring multiple All-Americans with a SEC-leading time of 7:59.55 breaking the 8-minute barrier for the first time.
- Brad Szpka won his third shot put competition from as many starts this season, this time with a personal-best throw 19.43m/63'9" which ranks No. 8 nationally.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Men's Basketball at LSU - 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30
Women's Basketball at Georgia - 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31
Track & Field - Indiana Relays - TBA

Saturday, Feb. 1
Women's Tennis at Penn State - 10 a.m.
Swimming/Diving vs. Cincinnati - 12 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Missouri - 1 p.m.
Gymnastics at Georgia - 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 2
Women's Basketball vs. LSU - 12 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Notre Dame - 1 p.m.
Rifle vs. Nebraska - All Day

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