Rifle - Behind gritty performances from veterans Heather Greathouse and Ethan Settlemires, the Kentucky rifle team won the overall national title at the 2010-11 NCAA Championships. After UK won the smallbore NCAA Title on Friday in the first day of competition, the Wildcats held off West Virginia's charge in air rifle on Saturday to secure the first national championship in program history, finishing with a 4700 team total score. - Kentucky entered the final day of competition on Saturday owning a seven-point lead. UK claimed its first-ever NCAA Championship in smallbore on Friday, totaling a 2336 team score, led by Settlemires and Greathouse. Settlemires won the NCAA individual championship on Friday with a 590 in smallbore, becoming the first individual NCAA Champion in smallbore in program history.
Men's basketball - Kentucky won its league-leading 27th SEC Tournament championship, defeating Florida 70-54 in the championship game. Darius Miller was named the tournament MVP and the Wildcats placed Miller, Josh Harrellson and Brandon Knight on the SEC All-Tournament team. - UK will be making its NCAA record 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking on Princeton in the second round of the tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Women's basketball - The No. 17/16 Kentucky women's basketball team earned its eighth bid to the NCAA Tournament with a No. 4 seed in the Spokane Regional. UK will play 13th-seeded Hampton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M. - It is the eighth overall NCAA Tournament berth for the Cats and their first back-to-back appearances since the 1982-83 seasons. UK is 7-7 all-time in the Big Dance, including a 3-1 mark under Matthew Mitchell.
Softball - Behind a pair of comeback victories, the 23rd-ranked softball team defeated No. 7 Tennessee in two out of three games to capture the series to begin SEC play. It marked the first time since 2000 UK had won the series with its border-state rival. - Senior Megan Yocke batted .556 on the weekend, which included a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in the rubber match between the two teams. She was then intentionally walked in the bottom of the 10th to set the stage for Kara Dill's walk-off RBI-single.
Baseball - The Wildcats posted four wins on the week, totaling a staggering 1.40 ERA as a team in 45 innings pitched, walking just 13 and striking out 45. UK got stellar starting pitching during the week, including quality starts from four of five starters a complete-game shutout from junior Alex Meyer on Saturday. - Kentucky has been a well-rounded team, totaling a .295 batting average and a 3.51 team ERA, fielding at a .978 clip. The Wildcats have been led by center fielder Brian Adams, who has hit .368 with five doubles and five RBI.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team scored three wins over the weekend, defeating William and Mary on Friday and North Carolina and George Washington on Sunday. Kentucky was led in both meets by senior Phylicia Reshard, who won the all-around against William and Mary and finished second in the all-around in Sunday's quad-meet. - The Wildcats defeated William and Mary on each event, with junior Storey Morris winning the uneven bars title, Reshard winning the vault title, seniors Jasmine Minion, Andrea Mitchell and Reshard winning on floor, and Mitchell grabbing event honors on beam.
Men's tennis - The Wildcats were led by impressive play in doubles, taking the doubles point from both Tennessee and Georgia. Against Tennessee, Kentucky got upset wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles with senior Alberto Gonzalez and freshman Tom Jomby taking down the 55th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while junior Alex Musialek and sophomore Anthony Rossi defeated the 52nd-ranked team. UK was equally impressive against Georgia in doubles with junior Eric Quigley and senior Brad Cox knocking off the sixth-ranked doubles team in the nation and Gonzalez and Jomby posting a win over the 36th-ranked doubles team. UK dropped the overall matches to nationally ranked Tennessee and Georgia. - In singles, Musialek led the UK charge with a convincing win over No. 24 Javier Garrapiz, while Rossi and Jomby also posted singles wins.
Swimming and diving - Freshman diver Greg Ferrucci and senior diver Lisa Faulkner earned spots in the men's and women's NCAA swimming and diving championships, respectively, thanks to their performances in the Zone C Diving Championships. - Ferrucci recorded a score of 339.60 in the preliminaries and finished with a mark of 716.35 in the finals to finish in second place on the men's one-meter and earn his spot in the NCAAs. Faulkner earned a score of 296.35 in the women's one-meter preliminaries and finished with a score of 581.15 in the finals to finish in fifth place and earn a spot in the NCAA championships.
Track and field - Kentucky track and field junior Keith Hayes capped off an incredible three-week run leading up to the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, grabbing two points for the Wildcats. - Hayes earned his first All-America honor for his top-eight performance in the finals Saturday.
Men's golf - Behind impressive final rounds from sophomore Chase Parker and freshman Cody Martin, the UK men's golf team moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish 13th in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. Martin (80-70-69-219) and Parker (78-72-70-220) led the Wildcats, posting solid scores on the final day to earn a top-25 finish. - Martin carded the lowest UK round of the day Tuesday, earning a 1-under-par 69 to move 36 spots up the leaderboard. He finished the tournament in a tie for 21st, totaling a 9-over-par 219 after a 10-ove-par 80 in the opening round and an even-par 70 in the second round.
Women's golf - The Cats competed in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and finished in 18th place with a final score of 95-over-par 959. - Sophomore Heather Lott led the Wildcats with a final score of 12-over par to finish the tournament in a tie for 31st among the 111 competing golfers.
Women's tennis - The Cats dropped a pair of SEC road matches over the weekend to Tennessee and Georgia. The Wildcats fell 6-1 in each match. - Freshman Khristina Blajkevitch won a thrilling victory over UT's Kata Szekely 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10). Senior Megan Broderick topped Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia after the 48th-ranked player had to retire.
Tuesday, March 15 Baseball hosts Murray State - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 Softball at Arkansas (DH) - 5 p.m. Women's tennis at Baylor • 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17 Men's tennis hosts Notre Dame - 1 p.m. Women's tennis at TCU - 2 p.m. Men's basketball vs. Princeton - 2:45 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.) Men's tennis hosts Butler - 7 p.m. Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
Friday, March 18 Baseball hosts Tennessee - 6:30 p.m. Softball at LSU - 7 p.m. Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas) Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Saturday, March 19 Women's tennis at Texas Tech - 10 a.m. Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Alabama - 1 p.m. Softball at LSU - 4 p.m. Women's basketball vs. Hampton - 6:30 p.m. (Albuquerque, N.M.) Men's basketball vs. West Virginia/Clemson/UAB - TBA (Tampa, Fla.) Gymnastics at SEC Championships (Birmingham, Ala.) Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas) Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Sunday, March 20 Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m. Softball at LSU - 2 p.m. Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes.
These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 6:
Gymnastics: Seniors - Jasmine Minion, Andrea Mitchell, Phylicia Reshard, Colleen Williams
In their final home meet of their collegiate careers, these four gymnasts stepped up to the challenge and carried the Kentucky gymnastics team to a season-best score of 195.65. All four gymnasts had impressive scores at the event, but none more than Mitchell who set or tied a career high on three events en route to her career best all-around score of 39.550. Minion was great for UK on beam, scoring a career best beam score of 9.775, while Reshard continued her solid year as an all-arounder with a score of 39.2. Williams had arguably her best meet of the year Friday, taking home medalist honors on vault with a 9.85 and setting a season high on bars with a 9.8.
Baseball: Jordan Cooper
Sophomore right-hander Jordan Cooper turned in the start of his career in a must-win situation on Sunday at the 2011 Houston College Classic against Utah, hosted by the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park ... Cooper hurled seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits, striking out a career-high nine ... The Shelbyville, Tenn., native picked up the win over the red-hot Utes, holding UT to a .150 batting average ... Cooper allowed only one run in the first inning on two back-to-back hits to start the game, including one that bounced off his cleats on the mound ... On the year, Cooper owns a 1-0 record and a 3.86 ERA in four games and three starts, totaling one save ... In 16.1 innings this season, Cooper has fanned 13.
Softball: Lauren Cumbess
Freshman Lauren Cumbess has been an offensive spark and a consistent performer in the circle in helping guide UK to its best start in program history following a 3-0 weekend at the Coach B Classic. Cumbess is currently on a six-game hitting streak which ranks as the fourth best streak on the team this season. In a win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Cumbess had a day to remember. In her lone pitching performance of the week, Cumbess was nearly flawless with a complete game shutout in the win. She yielded what would become three meaningless singles and struck out a career-best 10 in the win. At the dish, Cumbess connected for her first career home run to aide her own cause with a solo shot in the fifth inning to lift UK to the 2-0 win. In the victory over Southern Illinois, Cumbess produced an RBI single in the first inning and would come around to score to help guide UK to a 9-5 win.
Softball: Kara Dill
Sophomore Kara Dill paced the Wildcats to a 3-0 week to improve to 14-3 overall on the season, which is the best start in school history. Dill batted .556 for the week, which included a career-best three hits in a win over Southern Illinois. Dill also tapped home a career-high three times in that outing. In the victory over Purdue, Dill executed a perfectly-played suicide-squeeze bunt to plate the final run of a three-run inning to lift UK to the comfortable advantage. She has started all 17 games for UK at shortstop in her first season in the role and has performed admirably registering 17 putouts and 24 assists while committing just one error in the opening weekend of action.
Baseball: Trevor Gott
Freshman right-hander Trevor Gott had a stellar weekend at the Houston College Classic, pitching in the Friday and Sunday games ... Gott picked up a huge save in the Sunday game, entering with a 2-1 UK lead in the eighth inning and tossing two shutout innings with only one infield hit allowed ... A native of Lexington, Ky., and a graduate of Tates Creek, Gott struck out four in the outing ... In his appearance on Friday, Gott was called on to face reigning NCAA Player of the Year, Rice third sacker Anthony Rendon ... Gott forced a first pitch swing and miss from Rendon, then educed a harmless ground out ... On the year, Gott has appeared in a team-high five games this season, posting a 1-1 record and a perfect 0.00 ERA ... Gott has tossed 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run, fanning 11 in 8.1 frames.
Baseball: Braden Kapteyn
Junior two-way star Braden Kapteyn had a productive weekend during UK's three games at the Houston College Classic ... A native of Lansing, Ill., Kapteyn hit in the middle of the order on the weekend and reached base safely in a staggering 11-of-13 plate appearances ... On Friday vs. Rice, Kapteyn snapped 25 consecutive innings without a homer at the spacious Minute Maid Park, by sending a towering bomb into the famous Crawford Boxes over the tall leftfield fence ... In five plate appearances vs. the high-octane Owls, Kapteyn reached five times ... In a game with Houston, Kapteyn reached base safely in 2-of-4 visits to the plate, totaling a run ... In Sunday's win over Utah, Kapteyn was UK's offense, reaching base safely in all four outings, including scoring UK's only two runs in a 2-1 win ... Kapteyn went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks ... In a tie game in the eighth inning, Kapteyn delivered a deep triple that sailed near the 4340foot centerfield fence, for his first career triple, coming around to score the go-ahead run.
Men's basketball: Brandon Knight
Scored in double-figures for the 24th and 25th straight games ... Was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line on the week ... Scored 12 of his 17 points and grabbed four of his six rebounds in the second half against Vanderbilt to help the Cats remain perfect at home for the second straight season ... Iced the game vs. Vanderbilt with two free throws with :08 left to UK an insurmountable 68-65 lead ... At Tennessee, he scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to help the Cats to a season sweep of the Volunteers ... Hit a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining to help put the game away ... Broke the UK freshman record for 3-pointers in a season with 69th
Men's basketball: Darius Miller
Tallied back-to-back double-digit efforts against Vanderbilt and Tennessee giving him a career-best six-straight double-digit scoring games ... Shot better than .500 on the week for the second straight week ... Hit a pair of free throws with 4:28 left in the game that gave Kentucky the lead for good ... Hit a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the road win against Tennessee the second of which gave UK a four-point lead with 2:53 left in the game
Women's tennis: Marni Venter
Defeated Vivian Pietraroia of Mississippi State on Sunday 6-1, 6-1
Paired with fellow freshman Caitlin McGraw, won at No. 2 doubles 8-1
Gymnastics: UK remained No. 26 in the GymInfo national rankings, which are now based on Regional Qualifying Average. The top 36 teams in terms of Regional Qualifying Average make it to regionals, so UK is in pretty good shape heading down the final stretch of the season.
Men's basketball - The Wildcats went 2-0 on the week with wins over Vanderbilt and Tennessee. The win over Vandy cemented a second-straight undefeated season at home for the Cats, going 15-0. UK is currently on a 34-game home-winning streak, the second-longest streak in the country. - Coach John Calipari is 33-0 at Rupp Arena as head coach of the Wildcats. - UK's win on the road at Tennessee locked in the East's No. 2 seed and guaranteed Kentucky a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
Women's basketball - UK Hoops advanced to its second straight SEC Tournament championship after defeating LSU and Vanderbilt. - The 16th-ranked Cats met No. 4 Tennessee in the finals for the third time in school history and despite forcing 22 turnovers and outrebounding the taller Lady Vols, the Cats couldn't overcome UT's hot shooting from beyond the arc. UT hit a school-record 16 3-pointers en route to a 90-65 win. - Victoria Dunlap, who averaged 19.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in the three games, was named to the All- Tournament team for the second consecutive season.
Softball - Kentucky went 3-0 at the Coach B Classic hosted by Southern Illinois to improve to 14-3 overall on the year. The 14 wins in its first 17 games marks the best start to a season in program history. - Freshman pitchers Ellen Weaver and Lauren Cumbess both picked up victories in the circle. The pair also set career highs with 10 strikeouts in wins over Southern Illinois-Carbondale and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, respectivley. - Cumbess also hit her first career home run in the win over SIUE. Junior Brittany Cervantes hit her teamleading sixth long ball of the year in that same win.
Baseball - The baseball team continued a stout early season schedule, traveling to the prestigious Houston College Classic, hosted by the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. UK lost a pair of tightly contested games vs. the home-standing No. 17 Rice Owls and the Houston Cougars, before outdueling red-hot and tournament unbeaten Utah in a 2-1 game on Sunday. - Kentucky suffered the two close losses, falling to the Owls on Friday night 8-7, as UK rallied from behind against Rice from a 7-2 deficit. UK got a homer from Braden Kapteyn in the game, the first homer in the first 25 innings at Minute Maid Park on the weekend, with Kapteyn having a career weekend in terms of reaching base safely, touching first base in 11-of-13 plate appearances. On Saturday, UK fell in a late hole to Houston before rallying with runs in the seventh and eighth in an 8-5 loss, with Luke Maile belting a homer. - The Wildcats rebounded on Sunday, using a career outing from junior right-handed starter Jordan Cooper, who posted a career-high nine strikeouts in seven innings, allowing only three hits and one run. Cooper turned the ball over to freshman Trevor Gott with a 2-1 lead, with Gott hurling two shutout innings for his first career save, allowing only one hit and striking out four. UK's run production came from Kapteyn, who scored both UK runs in the win and tripled with one out in the eighth inning to set the stage for the go-ahead run.
Gymnastics - Behind one of the best all-around scores in school history from senior Andrea Mitchell, the 26th-ranked UK gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 195.650 to defeat George Washington (194.100) and Bowling Green (193.800) in its home finale Friday night. - Kentucky had an event medalist on each event, including Mitchell, who took home event honors on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise en route to her second all-around title of the year. The native of Knoxville, Tenn., posted a career-high 39.550 in the all-around competition, which is the highest score for a UK gymnast since All-American Jenny Hansen earned a 39.65 in 1996. - As a team, Kentucky defeated George Washington and Bowling Green on three events. UK used a season-high bar score of 49.325 to win on bars, tying the highest team bars score in school history. UK also defeated GW and BGSU on vault with a score of 49.05 and beam with a season-best mark of 48.875. In all, Kentucky set or tied 11 season highs and nine career highs during the meet.
Men's tennis - Kentucky opened up SEC play in style with a historic road victory, posting its first win over the Rebels in Oxford, Miss., since the 1988 season. Ole Miss (5-3, 0-1 SEC) has been nearly unbeatable at home since the year 2000, earning a 125-12 record. - The Wildcats continued its momentum Sunday by defeating No. 43 Mississippi State 6-1 behind claiming the doubles point and winning five singles matches. Kentucky is now 8-0 this season when it wins the doubles point. - UK received several good performances throughout the weekend, getting two singles wins each from senior Alberto Gonzalez, juniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek, and sophomore Anthony Rossi. Musialek defeated two ranked players on the weekend, taking down No. 92 Artem Ilyushin and No. 101 Tucker Vorster.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team opened SEC action by splitting its first two matches at home. UK dropped a 7-0 match to Ole Miss before handing Missisippi State a 6-1 defeat. - Sophomore Jessica Stiles and freshman Caitlin McGraw each picked up their team-leading sixth wins of the spring season against the Bulldogs. - UK dropped just four games combined in its sweep of the doubles point against MSU.
Monday, March 7 Men's golf at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate (Aiken, S.C.)
Tuesday, March 8 Baseball hosts Eastern Kentucky - 4 p.m. Men's golf at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate (Aiken, S.C.)
Wednesday, March 9 Baseball hosts Middle Tennessee State - 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 Diving at NCAA Diving Zones
Friday, March 11 Men's tennis hosts Tennessee - 3 p.m. Men's basketball vs. South Carolina/Ole Miss - 3:30 p.m. (Atlanta) Baseball hosts Niagara - 4 p.m. Women's tennis at Tennessee - 4 p.m. Softball hosts Tennessee - 5 p.m. Gymnastics at William & Mary - 7 p.m. Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ga.) Track and field at NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas) Diving at NCAA Diving Zones Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic
Saturday, March 12 Men's basketball SEC Semifinal - 1 p.m. (Atlanta) Softball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m. Baseball hosts Niagara - 1 p.m. Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ga.) Track and field at NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas) Diving at NCAA Diving Zones Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic
Gymnastics: An impressive win over then-No. 20 LSU has moved UK up to No. 26 in the GymInfo national rankings, which are now based on Regional Qualifying Average. The top 36 teams in terms of Regional Qualifying Average make it to regionals, so UK is in pretty good shape heading down the final stretch of the season.
Men's basketball - UK extended its home winning streak to 33 games, which is the second-longest streak in the country. The 33-game winning streak is tied for the longest streak in Rupp Arena history and the third-longest streak in program history. John Calipari is 32-0 at Rupp Arena as Kentucky's head coach. - Over the last four games Darius Miller is averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds. He's made 25-of-47 shots for 53.2 percent, including 12-of-24 3-pointers. He's also blocked 10 shots. - Kentucky will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday, hosting Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are 84-6 all-time on Senior Night.
Women's basketball - Senior Victoria Dunlap recorded a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 76-62 win over Auburn in the final game of the regular season. UK improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in league play, which tied the school record for SEC wins set last season and tied the school mark for SEC road wins (five) set in 2005-06. - UK has earned a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive season and is preparing to square off with the winner of LSU (No. 7 seed) and Alabama (No. 10 seed) in the quarterfinals.
Softball - Kentucky went 3-1 at the Stanford Nike Invitational behind the play of Megan Yocke. Yocke batted .615 in front of her hometown and charted two hits in every game. - Junior pitcher Chanda Bell tossed the second no-hitter of her career in a 7-0 win over Colorado State. The history didn't stop there as Bell also topped her own single-game record with 16 strikeouts, besting her previous high of 15. Additionally, she became the school's all-time career leader in strikeouts thrown, passing Keary Camunas for first on the list. - Kentucky has matched its best start in program history winning 11 of its first 14 games.
Baseball - Kentucky rebounded from three losses during the season-opening weekend by winning four of five games last week, including picking up a series win over the University of Illinois Chicago over the weekend. - UK has posted a .307 team batting average through its eight games in 2011 totaling five homers and 45 RBI. On the mound as a team, UK owns a 3.99 ERA with a pair of saves and 65 strikeouts in 70 innings. - Individually, catcher Luke Maile leads UK at the plate with a .419 average with four doubles and five RBI. Shortstop Taylor Black, named this week's SEC Player of the Week, is coming off a monster week that saw him total nine RBI and a .529 batting average. On the mound, UK junior Alex Meyer has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA through his first two starts in 2011. Meyer has struck out 20 in 12 innings, allowing only six hits and a .158 opposing batting average.
Gymnastics - UK defeated LSU on Friday with a season-high score of 195.575. UK has now defeated the Tigers for the second consecutive season after posting its first win over LSU in 31 tries last year in the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. Kentucky has now posted back-to-back wins over an SEC opponent for the first time since defeating Auburn in 2005 and 2006. The victory in a SEC dual meet is the first for the Kentucky program since it took down Auburn on Jan. 12, 2008. - Kentucky finished third at the event, defeating Bowling Green 194.65-189.45, while No. 7 Nebraska won the four-team meet with a 196.5 and No. 15 Iowa finished second with a 195.5. Seniors Andrea Mitchell and Phylicia Reshard finished second and third in the all-around competition, respectively, with Mitchell earning a 39.25 and Reshard a 39.075. - The meet wraps up a stretch of four meets in 10 days for UK, with Kentucky showing major improvements during the difficult stretch. The Wildcats faced five top-25 teams the last two weeks, defeating No. 20 LSU with its season-best score of 195.575. Kentucky also scored a 195.05 at then-No. 14 Ohio State and finished off the 10-day stretch with a solid-road score of 194.65 Sunday at the Masters Classic. UK's best improvement throughout the last two weeks came on beam, where Kentucky improved its season-high mark from 48.375 to 48.7.
Rifle - Despite getting strong performances on Sunday from newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel in air rifle, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4672 total team score to finish second at the 2010-11 Great American Rifle Conference Championships. - Holsopple and Junghänel led UK in air rifle, with both newcomers totaling a 591. Ethan Settlemires finished with a 588, while Megan English had a 590 and Heather Greathouse - who led UK in smallbore on Saturday - totaled a 578. - The Wildcats, who won the regular-season title with an unbeaten slate, finished with a 4672 total team score, with No. 1 West Virginia winning the GARC Championships with a 4704 team score.
Track and field - Junior Precious Nwokey launched herself to the 2011 SEC pentathlon championship with the third-highest point total in the NCAA this season, Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. With her performance the junior also broke her own school record with 4,185 points. - Junior Keith Hayes took home the silver medal in the men's 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 7.78. Hayes' time ranks second on UK's all-time 60m hurdles list, only trailing former Wildcat star Mikel Thomas at 7.74. - The women's team equaled their 2010 point total of 38 points but finished one spot higher in eighth place at the conclusion of the 2011 SEC Championships on Sunday. - The men's team finished ninth with 20 points and had contributions from Keith Hayes (eight points), Josh Nadzam (three points), Colin Boevers (two points), the 4x400m relay (four points) and the distance medley relay (three points).
Men's golf - The men's golf team scored the lowest team round of the tournament to finish in second, while sophomore Chase Parker finish tied for second at the final day of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. - Kentucky (293-302-279-874) was extremely impressive in the final round, posting a 9-under-par for the lowest 18-hole round of the season en route to the lowest 54-hole tournament score of the year of 874. The final round of 279 was the eighth-lowest mark during the Brian Craig Era. - UK was led in the event by Parker (73-69-70-212), who finished in a tie for second place for his best collegiate finish.
Women's golf - The Cats began play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans on Sunday. Kentucky was led by sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht who shot a 3-over par, 75. Kentucky, competing in one of the most competitive tournaments of the spring season, finished the first round with a 17-over par, 305.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team got wins at Nos. 1-3 singles, but fell to No. 37 Indiana at home on Saturday. Senior Megan Broderick, sophomore Jessica Stiles and freshman Caitlin McGraw each earned their fifth wins of the season in singles play.
Swimming and diving - The men's and women's swimming units competed in a last chance meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday. The Kentucky men and women had 200-free relay teams earn NCAA (B) provisional times.
Monday, Feb. 28 Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)
Tuesday, March 1 Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9 p.m. Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)
Wednesday, March 2 Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 1 p.m.
Friday, March 4 Men's tennis at Ole Miss - 3 p.m. Women's basketball vs. Alabama/LSU • 3:30 p.m. (Nashville) Women's tennis hosts Ole Miss - 4 p.m. Gymnastics hosts George Washington and Bowling Green - 7 p.m. Baseball vs. Rice - 8 p.m. (Houston) Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier
Saturday, March 5 Softball at Southern Illinois • 1 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Baseball vs. Houston • 4:30 p.m. (Houston) Women's basketball SEC semifinal game - 4/6:30 p.m. (Nashville) Softball vs. SIUE - 7 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)
Sunday, March 6 Softball vs. Wright State - 10 a.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Women's tennis hosts Mississippi State - 11 a.m. Baseball vs. Utah - noon (Houston) Men's basketball at Tennessee - noon Men's tennis at Mississippi State - 1 p.m. Softball vs. Purdue - 2 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Women's basketball SEC championship game - 5:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes.
These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 20:
Gymnastics: Kentucky Vault Lineup
The University of Kentucky women's gymnastics team had a school-record breaking performance Sunday against the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring the highest team vault score in school history with a 49.4. The Wildcats were led on the event by senior Phylicia Reshard, who earned a career high 9.95, becoming only the sixth gymnasts in school history to earn a 9.95 or higher on vault. Fellow senior Jasmine Minion and junior Whitney Rose were just behind Reshard with a 9.875. Seniors Andrea Mitchell and Colleen Williams scored a 9.85, with Mitchell's mark tying a career high and Williams' score setting her career high. Video of all five vaults
Softball: Brittany Cervantes
Junior Brittany Cervantes rewrote the UK history books in helping the Blue and White to their best start in school history with an 8-2 record through 10 games of action. Cervantes was simply magnificent in putting on an offensive show in leading UK to the Garnet and Gold tournament crown. The junior started four games at third base and one at catcher and batted a blistering .625 with a 10-for-16 weekend while also reaching base four more times by way of a walk. She ripped three home runs and a double while driving in seven runs. Additionally, Cervantes swiped her first three bases of the season along the base paths. She had a blazing 1.250 slugging percentage and a remarkable .700 on-base clip.
Cervantes' history lesson began with her matching a career best with two home runs in the win over Georgia Southern on Saturday. She then opened the Florida State game on Sunday with a long ball to strike for a UK-record three consecutive homers in as many at-bats. Furthermore, between the two games Cervantes has reached base seven straight times including six consecutive by way of a hit. Her four hits in the tournament-clinching win over Florida State is a career-best. With a hit in every game this weekend, Cervantes has charted a career-high six-game hitting streak which extends back to a hit in the final game of the FIU Combat Classic. Her three runs scored in the win over Middle Tennessee State is a career-high. Cervantes totaled three games with multi-hit performances and charted a pair of games with multi-RBI. With the three home runs this weekend she pushes her career total to 24 and is now nine shy of setting the UK career home run record in just her third season of action.
Men's basketball: Terrence Jones
Recorded back-to-back double-doubles in helping lead the Cats to a 2-0 record on the week ... Has tallied four double-doubles in last six games ... Tied career high with five assists against Mississippi State ... Tied career high with five offensive rebounds against South Carolina ... 10 defensive rebounds against Mississippi State was most since pulling down 15 against Notre Dame on Dec. 8.
Baseball: Alex Meyer
Junior Alex Meyer had arguably the best game of his career in his season-debut on Sunday vs. Miami (Ohio) ... The 6-foot-9 right-hander tossed a career-high seven innings, whiling striking out a career-best 13 ... The Greensburg, Ind., native allowed only three hits and held the Redhawks to a .143 batting average ... Meyer's 13 strikeouts marks his sixth career double-digit strikeout performance ... A preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection by Baseball America, Meyer was the hard-luck loser in a 3-1 loss to the Redhawks, allowing one run in the fourth inning, with Miami taking the lead in the seventh inning on an error that would have retired the go-ahead run at home plate ... While tossing the quality start, Meyer allowed only three runners to reach scoring position and struck out eight of the first 12 hitters he faced on the season.
Men's basketball: Darius Miller
Tallied back-to-back double-digit efforts helping Kentucky to a 2-0 record on the week ... Hit 3-of-7 3-pointers in victory over Mississippi State and followed it with a career best 6-of-8 performance against South Carolina ... Recorded career-high 22 points in win against USC ... Missed double-double by one rebound ... Blocked three shots, one short of career-high.
Women's basketball: Bernisha Pinkett
Freshman Bernisha Pinkett averaged a team-high tying 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in UK's two SEC road games last week.
Earned her first career start vs. Vanderbilt and did not disappoint as she posted UK's second-highest point total with 14.
Also grabbed six rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes of play in helping UK chart its first win over VU in Nashville since 1986.
UK's second-leading scorer with 12 points off the bench in a tough loss at Georgia.
Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. the Lady Bulldogs.
Hit 7-of-8 free-throw attempts in the two games.
Has now scored at least three points in 12 consecutive games.
Women's basketball: Keyla Snowden
Despite playing with a stress fracture in her right foot, junior Keyla Snowden averaged a team-high tying 13.0 points, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists in UK's two road games last week.
Earned a spot back in the starting lineup vs. Vanderbilt, scoring an SEC-high 22 points in the pivotal win over Vanderbilt.
Went 7-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from behind the arc vs. the 'Dores.
Moved up to eighth place on UK's single-season 3-pointers made list with 52, passing her total of 51 from the 2009-10 season.
Charted just her second 20-plus point game of the season in helping UK chart its first win at Vandy in 25 years.
Men's basketball: Despite two fairly impressive wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina, UK remained at No. 22 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Cats are a No. 5 seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketlogy this week, slated to play the winner of Boston College and Gonzaga in Lunardi's projections.
Men's basketball - The Wildcats went 2-0 on the week, earning wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina as Terrence Jones recorded back-to-back double-doubles in the wins. - Brandon Knight recorded his 11th 20-point game of the season against Mississippi State, a UK freshman record. Knight scored in double figures for the 21st straight game against South Carolina, marking the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had 32 straight in the 2008-09 season. - The Wildcats extended their home-winning streak to 32, the second-longest streak in the country. UK is 31-0 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. It's the second-longest streak for a UK coach in Rupp Arena behind Rick Pitino's 33 straight home wins in 1992-94.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 in its two SEC road games last week, rebounding from a tough loss at Georgia on Thursday to chart a monumental win at Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon. UK defeated the Commodores 80-71, marking its first win in Memorial Gym since 1986. - Five Wildcats scored in double figures sparked by 22 points from Keyla Snowden. The sharp-shooting junior nailed four 3-pointers while dishing out a team-high three assists in her first start since Jan. 19. Snowden has hit 52 three-pointers this season which moves her to eighth on UK's single-season list.
Softball - UK captured the Garnet and Gold tournament at Florida State to improve to 8-2 overall on the season, which matches the best start to a season in school allure. - Junior Brittany Cervantes made history for UK with home runs in three consecutive at-bats. Cervantes led the offense with a .625 batting average, which included a 4-for-4 day in the championship win over FSU. - Junior pitcher Chanda Bell matched her own single-game record with 15 strikeouts in a win over Georgia Southern. She now has 25 games in her career with 10 or more fanned batters.
Baseball - The baseball team opened its 2011 season as part of a three-game weekend in Charleston, S.C., falling to No. 20 College of Charleston, Marshall and Miami (Ohio). - Kentucky got a sterling starting pitching performance on Sunday vs. Miami (Ohio) from junior Alex Meyer, who tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run, while striking out a career-best 13. Meyer was the hard-luck loser in the 3- 1 loss to the RedHawks, with the go-ahead run scoring on an error. - The Wildcats were held to a .181 batting average on the weekend, playing a host of newcomers and first-year starters. Sophomore catcher Luke Maile led the Wildcats at the plate, batting .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI. Kapteyn batted .250 (3-for-12) with a double, a homer and three RBI. Senior shortstop Taylor Black belted his first career triple to spark a run-scoring opportunity for the Wildcats in Sunday's game.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team posted a 49.4 on vault against the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes for the highest vault score in school history. UK was led on the event by senior Phylicia Reshard, who posted a career-high 9.95, becoming only the sixth gymnast in school annuals to post a 9.95 or higher on the event. Every Wildcat scored above a 9.85 on vault as UK had the top five scores on the event. Senior Andrea Mitchell notched a season-best 9.85, while Colleen Williams earned a career-best 9.85. - UK also earned its highest overall team score of the year when it scored a 195.05 against the Buckeyes. Kentucky defeated Ohio State on vault and uneven bars to post the high score. - Junior Storey Morris posted a 9.825 on bars for her highest mark of the season, earning her event honors. Freshman Audrey Harrison also had a great meet for Kentucky, scoring a career-high 9.775 on floor and a 9.65 on balance beam.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team wasted no time getting back on the winning track after falling to No. 5 Texas, posting a dominating 4-1 victory over No. 14 Texas Tech. Kentucky was flawless in doubles action to grab the doubles point and then continued its strong play into singles, scoring wins from senior Alberto Gonzalez, junior Eric Quigley and freshman Tom Jomby. Kentucky is now 5-0 this season when it wins the doubles point. - UK followed its win over Texas Tech with a 4-2 victory over No. 29 Washington. The victory over No. 29 Washington was the sixth win this season for the Wildcats over a top-50 ranked team. - No. 79 Anthoyn Rossi was the clinching point for the Wildcats against Washington when he scored a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win over Tobi Obenaus at No. 5 singles. The native of France has been impressive for UK this season with a 6-2 dual-match record.
Swimming and diving - The swimming teams wrapped up the SEC Swimming Championships on Saturday in style with six swimmers turning in times that rank in the top 10 all-time in program history. Senior Chatham Penrod now owns the top three 100 backstroke times and the top time in the 200 backstroke. - Combined with the diving unit, the Kentucky women finished in seventh place with 236 points and the Kentucky men finished in eighth with 199 points.
Women's golf - Senior Ashleigh Albrecht closed out the UCF Challenge with an even-par 72 and earned co-tournament champion honors. As a team, the Cats turned in their lowest 54-hole total of the year last Tuesday with a 17-over par 881. The score put the Cats in fourth place in the 17-team field. - Albrecht's first-round 6-under par 66 is the second-lowest individual score in program history and the Cats' first-round score of, one-under par, 287 is the second-lowest team score in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team picked up its first two wins of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. - After dropping the doubles point, the Cats took down the RedHawks 4-3 to get the doubleheader off on the right foot. In the second billing UK defeated Eastern Kentucky without dropping a single match or set, winning 7-0.
Monday, Feb. 21 Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Tuesday, Feb. 22 Baseball at Morehead State - 2 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Friday, Feb. 25 Softball vs. Memphis • Noon (Stanford, Calif.) Softball vs. Colorado St. - 2:10 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4 p.m. Gymnastics hosts LSU - 7 p.m. Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Saturday, Feb. 26 Women's tennis hosts Indiana - 10:30 a.m. Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m. Men's basketball hosts Florida - 4 p.m. Softball at Stanford - 4:30 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Softball vs. UC Davis - 9 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.) Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.) Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Sunday, Feb. 27 Softball vs. North Dakota State - noon (Stanford, Calif.) Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m. Women's basketball at Auburn - 2 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Nebraska/Iowa/Bowling Green - 3 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.) Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans) Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)