Men's basketball - The Wildcats pushed the nation's longest current winning streak to 18 games after posting a 77-62 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Lexington on Saturday. - Terrence Jones tallied his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. - Doron Lamb led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, while Darius Miller hit 3-of-7 from 3-point range for 15 points. Kyle Wiltjer was 3-of-4 from 3-point range for a personal best in league play with 13 points. Anthony Davis was the fifth Wildcat to record double-figures with 10 points. - As a team, UK hit 10-of-18 from downtown, the most in SEC play this year.
Women's basketball - The Wildcats currently sit in a tie with Tennessee for first place with three games remaining in the regular season. UK had one of its best starts in program history, winning 21 of its first 23 games and each of its first 10 games in SEC play. - The Wildcats have their sights set on winning their first SEC regular season championship since 1982. The Cats are just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11. Kentucky has won the last three meetings against Vanderbilt, including a 78-68 win last season in Lexington. - UK ranks in the top 10 of four national statistical categories, including leading the nation in turnover margin (+11.9). The Cats have forced at least 23 turnovers in six of the last seven games.
Baseball - The baseball team opened up the 2012 season with two wins on opening weekend and will finalize the opening weekend Monday at 2 p.m. ET at USC Upstate (2-0) after rain postponed the regular-scheduled Sunday finale. - The Wildcats used a 10-4 win at Wofford in the lidlifter, behind a dominating performance from Taylor Rogers on the mound, who fanned a career high nine in his season debut. UK also got a homer from 2011 All-SEC third baseman Thomas McCarthy to cap the scoring, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. - In a 10-2 beatdown of Eastern Michigan, a team that won 37 games in 2011, UK used a 13-hit attack to total 10 runs for the second consecutive game. UK's starter Jerad Grundy turned in a winning performance in his debut, striking out four in 5.2 innings and retiring 12 consecutive hitters in the middle of the game.
Rifle - Kentucky completed the NCAA qualifying competition on Saturday at Barker Hall, totaling a 4657 total team score. - Kentucky will return to action at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships, hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., at the Patricia C. Lamar Army National Guard Readiness Center Feb. 25-26. - UK was led in air rifle by Wheatley and Greathouse, with the duo each charting a 590. Henri Junghänel (587), Emily Holsopple (589) and Ethan Settlemires (587) rounded out the UK starting lineup in air gun.
Men's tennis - UK went 1-2 over the weekend in the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. The Wildcats defeated No. 11 Texas A&M 4-0 in the first round after claiming the doubles point and getting three quality singles wins. The win punched UK's ticket to the quarterfinals of the event for the first time since it advanced to the semifinals in 1997. - UK would fall in the quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, dropping one of the closest matches of the tournament to No. 3 Ohio State 4-3. Against OSU, seniors No. 6 Eric Quigley and No. 20 Alex Musialek defeated ranked foes. Quigley took down No. 16 Chase Buchanan, while Musialek defeated No. 12 Blaz Rola. - Rossi led UK at the event, going 3-0 in singles play. The junior has won 16 consecutive singles matches for UK and is an impressive 26-2 on the season, including 9-0 in dual matches.
Swimming and diving - The swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2012 SEC Championships on Saturday with the men placing in seventh and the women finishing ninth. - For the swimmers, Lucas Gerotto led the way for UK, placing third in the men's 100-fly with a time of 47.00 in the finals. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native finished on the podium of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career. - For the divers, it was a very successful meet as the Wildcats qualified divers for the finals in every event. Greg Ferrucci took second in the men's 3m springboard to cap what was the best-ever 3m competition for UK in school history. The Wildcats also qualified John Fox and Corey Cowger for the finals of the event. Ferrucci went on to place third overall in the 1m springboard, jumping from seventh to third in his final dive of the competition. Gymnastics - UK concluded the road portion of its 2012 SEC schedule by falling 197.225-193.125 to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday. UK gymnasts set or tied four season highs and three career highs in the meet. - Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led UK on uneven bars for the third time this season with a career-high tying 9.875, while sophomore Holly Cunningham paced UK on vault for the third time in the last four meets. - Sophomores Kayla Hartley and Kayla Sienkowski performed well. Hartley continued her strong scores on floor exercise with a team-high 9.8, while Sienkowski finished tied for first overall on balance beam with a career-best 9.825. The event title for Sienkowski was the first of her career. Softball - The softball team went 3-2 over the weekend at the FAU Kickoff Classic. UK shutout Wright State behind a terrific pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Cumbess who yielded just two hits and struck out six in the win. - Kentucky then rallied for a seventh-inning comeback for the second time this season in knocking off the host Owls. UK plated four runs in the final frame to pull away 6-3 in the game. - Junior Kara Dill led the bats for the Wildcats with a .438 weekend that included a pair of multi-hit outings and converting on all five steal attempts. Dill scored twice, drove in two runs and hit her first double of the season. Women's tennis - The women's tennis team hosted its last doubleheader of the season, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 5-2, and Evansville, 7-0 on Saturday. - Junior Jessica Stiles posted an impressive comeback at the No. 1 singles spot against Eastern's Amandine Faouzi after trailing in the first two sets. She ultimately won, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. - Kentucky kicked off the spring with an eighth place finish at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla. - Junior Ashleigh Albrecht led the Cats, finishing tied for 20th with a 5-over-par 221. - Sophomore Liz Breed finished the weekend with a team-high 11 birdies.
Monday, Feb. 20 Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.) Women's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Women's tennis at Akron - 1:00 p.m. Men's basketball at Mississippi State - 9:00 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.) Thursday, Feb. 23 Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24 Softball vs. North Florida - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Softball vs. Jacksonville St. - 1:30 p.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Track and field hosts SEC Championships Baseball hosts Buffalo - 4:00 p.m. Gymnastics hosts Auburn/Pittsburgh - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Softball vs. Radford - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - Noon Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m. Softball at Georgia Southern - 3:30 p.m. Men's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m. Track and field hosts SEC Championships Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)
Sunday, Feb. 26 Women's tennis at Indiana - 11:00 a.m. Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m. Women's basketball at Mississippi State - 1:30 p.m. Track and field hosts SEC Championships Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 12:
Gymnastics: Kayla Hartley
Led Kentucky to a season-best score on floor exercise with a career best score of 9.9 ... Hartley, a native of Versailles, Ky., is only the 18th gymnast in school history to earn a 9.9 or higher on floor ... Her solid score is the highest for any UK gymnast this season on any event and the highest floor score of UK since Andrea Mitchell posted a 9.95 last season on March 4.
Men's basketball: Doron Lamb
Helped lead the top-ranked Wildcats to a 2-0 record on the week, including wins over seventh-ranked Florida and on the road at Vanderbilt ... Scored a game-high 18 points in 20-point win over seventh ranked Florida ... Went 4-5 from 3-point range in win over Gators, tying his season-high for 3s made in a game ... Scored game-high 16 points in win at Vanderbilt, hitting multiple 3-pointers for the seventh time in the last eight games ... Averaging three 3-pointers per game over the last three games ... His first 3-pointer against the Commodores game UK a four-point lead in a back and forth game, while his second 3-pointer put Kentucky ahead for good 64-63 with 3:18 left in the game.
Track & field: Luis Orta
Ran a career-best 14:02.45 in the 5,000-meter run, the fourth best 5,000m run in school history. Orta has the best 5,000m in the SEC by 11.90 seconds, and the 25th best time in the country. Orta finished sixth in the at the Husky Classic on Friday, which featured eight teams ranked in the latest top 25.
Track & field: Bradley Szypka
Set a career-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 16.31m/53-06.00. Syzpka has the ninth best shot put throw in the SEC, and the second best among freshmen. Szypka's mark leads the team this season.
Men's basketball: Marquis Teague
Helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week including a 20-point win over seventh ranked Florida as well as a win in Memorial Gym against Vanderbilt ... Teague tallied his first-career double-double in the win against Florida scoring 12 points and dishing out a game-high 10 assists ... He also hit a pair of 3-pointers, the fourth time this season he's hit multiple 3-pointers ... Teague followed that performance with a 13-point, eight assist, one turnover game on the road at Vanderbilt ... Over the last eight games, Teague has dished out 46 assists against just 17 turnovers.
Track & field: Keilah Tyson
Won the 200m dash at the SPIRE Division I Collegiate Invitational by breaking the UK 200m dash freshman record for the second time in as many weeks with a time of 23.69. Her time of 23.69 is a career-best and the second best in school history. Tyson is tied for the fourth fastest 200m in the SEC this season, and is the fastest time among freshmen. Additionally, Tyson's time is tied for the 15th fastest in the country. Tyson also competed in the long jump this weekend, finishing sixth in the event, but with the top mark among the freshmen.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - With a pair of wins over SEC foes this week, Kentucky owns a 17-game winning streak. UK knocked off No. 8 Florida at home before defeating Vanderbilt in Nashville. Kentucky's win over the Commodores marked the first victory for a No. 1 ranked team in the last four tries against the home-standing team in Memorial Gym. - Kentucky has won its first 11 in league play, the best SEC start for the Wildcats since the 2002-03 team went 16-0. - Doron Lamb scored a game-high 16 points against Vanderbilt. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in seven of the last eight games. - Anthony Davis finished with seven blocks against the Commodores, giving him 127 on the season and moving him to seventh on the SEC single-season blocks list and 12th on UK's career blocks list. - In the win over Florida, Marquis Teague notched his first career double-double effort with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the first double-double by way of points and assists since John Wall achieved the feat during the 2009-10 season.
GYMNASTICS - The gymnastics team posted its best home score of the season on Friday, falling 196-194.7 to defending National Champion Alabama in Memorial Coliseum. - UK earned a season-high score on floor exercise with a 48.85 and was led on the event by sophomore Kayla Hartley's 9.9 score. Hartley's high mark brought home the floor title on the event as she became only the 18th gymnast in school history to earn a 9.9 or higher on the event. The score of 9.9 is the highest for any UK gymnast this season on any event. - Senior Storey Morris had a great meet, finishing tied for second on beam and tied for third on uneven bars, while sophomore Kenzie Hedge finished second on vault.
MEN'S TENNIS - Behind another match-clinching point from Alejandro Gomez, the men's tennis team continued its blitzing pace to start the season with a 4-3 win over No. 30 Notre Dame on Sunday. - Kentucky is now 9-0 on the year, extending its best start to a season in the 30-year tenure of head coach Dennis Emery. The win over UND was UK's sixth of the season over a ranked foe after already taking down No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 29 Indiana, No. 53 Michigan State and No. 59 North Carolina State. - Four Wildcats earned singles wins Sunday, including No. 5 Eric Quigley, No. 36 Anthony Rossi, No. 95 Tom Jomby and No. 111 Alejandro Gomez. Rossi is currently riding a 13-match winning streak, while Quigley has won nine consecutive matches.
SOFTBALL - Kentucky went 1-3 in its opening weekend of the season with its victory coming in dramatic fashion. The Wildcats used a seventh-inning rally highlighted by a two-run homer from Rachel Riley to capture the win over the Tigers. - Freshman Griffin Joiner hit the game-winning solo blast for UK. Two other Wildcats hit their first career homers in L.A. as well. Ginny Carroll and Krystal Smith belted back-to-back bombs in the final game with UCLA.
TRACK AND FIELD - Keilah Tyson won the 200-meter dash, breaking the UK 200m freshman record for the second time in as many weeks with a time of 23.69. Tyson's time is the second fastest in school history. - Luis Orta finished sixth in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:02.45, the fourth fastest time in UK history, and the fastest time in the SEC this year. - Walter Luttrell finished 10th in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:08.90, the 10th fastest in UK history and the third fastest in the SEC this year. - Darryl Bradshaw ran a career-best 8.00 in the 60m hurdles. Bradshaw's time is the sixth fastest in program history.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Women's tennis hosted a doubleheader, defeating Winthrop 4-0 and Cincinnati 7-0. - The Cats moved into second place in the SEC Eastern Division with their two victories. - Sophomore Misha Testerman played her best match of the year, defeating Cincinnati's Carly Wilson, 6-0, 6-0.
WOMEN'S GOLF - Through one round at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla., the women's golf team sits in ninth place, 13 strokes off the lead. Kentucky finished the opening round with a nine-over-par 297. - Junior Ashleigh Albrecht paced Kentucky through the first round, shooting a one-under par 71. With two birdies and an eagle, Albrecht finished the day tied for fifth, five strokes off the lead. Albrecht carded an impressive eagle on the 354-yard, par-four ninth hole - the only eagle of the day.
Monday, Feb. 13 Women's basketball at Tennessee - 7:00 p.m. Women's golf at UCF Challenge
Tuesday, Feb. 14 Women's golf at UCF Challenge
Wednesday, Feb. 15 Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Thursday, Feb. 16 Women's basketball at Alabama - 7:30 p.m. Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Friday, Feb. 17 Softball vs. Wright State - 4:00 p.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.) Baseball vs. Wofford - 4:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.) Softball at Florida Atlantic - 6:00 p.m. Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.) Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.)
Saturday, Feb. 18 Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier - 8:00 a.m. Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn - 9:00 a.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.) Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 10:00 a.m. Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.) Softball vs. Michigan - 1:00 p.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.) Gymnastics at Georgia - 4:00 p.m. Men's basketball hosts Ole Miss - 4:00 p.m. Women's tennis hosts Evansville - 6:00 p.m. Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.) Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.) Sunday, Feb. 19 Softball vs. Maryland - 11:00 a.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.) Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 3:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.) Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.)
Under Tim Garrison, the Wildcats have posted a season-high score of 195.05 in their last two meets ahead of a matchup with No. 1 Alabama. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Tim Garrison can't help but look ahead.
In the future, he sees the Kentucky gymnastics program he was chosen to lead in April 2011 consistently attracting the nation's best athletes. He sees UK going routine for routine with the elite in the Southeastern Conference, the nation's premier league.
Nearly 10 months into his tenure, Garrison sees the program moving in the right direction, but he's not forgetting about the small steps it's taking along the way.
"We're laying a foundation, but we haven't written this season off," Garrison said. "We want to continue to get better."
Improving is exactly what the Wildcats have done a month into the 2012 season. UK is fresh off a back-to-back meets in which the Cats posted season-best scores of 195.05, rebounding from a disappointing 191.975 in their first SEC meet against Arkansas.
UK relies on an unusually young roster, using 18 or more routines from freshmen or sophomores in all five meets so far this season, so Garrison has opted to institute a simpler approach to competition. The Wildcats willfully undertake routines with a lower level of difficulty than many of their opponents, focusing on consistent execution.
"I think the higher level of difficulty you have, the less consistent you'll be," Garrison said. "With athletes like we have right now, which are athletes that need to be doing more simplistic routines because they need to be more comfortable with what they're doing."
Garrison is refreshingly forthright in evaluating his team, whether he's talking to a reporter, an assistant coach or an athlete. His honesty lends him credibility when he lays out his expectations. That's crucial, because setting standards and living up to them is at the center of his philosophy for rebuilding this program.
"We're changing the culture, there's no doubt about it, just the expectation level," Garrison said. "We go out there and get a 195, we're not satisfied."
He was characteristically frank with the Wildcats after their effort in Fayetteville, Ark., making it abundantly clear he was unwilling to accept that kind of performance. The way they have responded with progressively higher scores since is encouraging for the rest of this season and beyond.
"We don't come in and get scared," freshman Alexis Gross said. "We went into the first meet scared and he said that's not what we do anymore. Now we expect more of ourselves so the younger generations are going to carry that on so we'll have a fearless team."
Gross is nothing if not fearless. Although just a freshman, the Pasadena, Md., native has stepped in as an all-around performer because she is unfazed no matter the opponent or surroundings, a desirable attribute in the daunting SEC.
"I have no fear to be honest," Gross said. "Obviously I get scared of skills and stuff like that, but when it comes to meet day, I don't think that anyone else is any better than I am even if I know they are."
With No. 2 Alabama coming to Memorial Coliseum to face the Cats on Friday at 7 p.m., that kind of mentality will come in handy.
"The biggest thing I look for in an athlete, especially in this kind of environment, is for them to be unflappable," Garrison said. "Nothing's going to get them out of their comfort zone. Nothing's going to intimidate them. She's that athlete for us. It doesn't matter who's performing, it doesn't matter what performance was just done on the other rotation, she's not going to look at that and say, 'Wow, they are really good. Maybe I'm not so good.' She's going to look at that and say, 'Really? Here I go.'"
In more ways than one, Gross is exactly the kind of athlete Garrison loves coaching. Not only does she steadfastly refuse to accept anything but her best effort, but she also matches her coach in honesty. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that she has already established herself as a vocal presence on the team in spite of her youth.
"I've always been very vocal," Gross said. "I guess I would say I'm pretty blunt, and that's just the way that I am. My club coaches raised me very well to be that way. In the beginning, I was a little timid, but as I saw there was a vocal role that needed to be filled, I filled it. I think the girls trust me too, so that helps."
Both before and during the dual meet with the defending national champion Crimson Tide, Gross will be helping deliver Garrison's message that the Cats are competing with themselves more than anyone else. His goal is to get to the point where UK is on a level playing field with a team like Alabama but for now, he wants to be the one with an eye on Alabama's routines, not his student-athletes.
"If they never look up and see another performance by anybody else on Alabama's team, I'd be happy as I could be," Garrison said. "I look around and I see what's going on because I want to know what's out there. I'm pretty versed on what's out there but I want to see what they're doing and how far we need to go to get to that level."
Garrison is demanding tunnel vision out of his gymnasts because the team's goals are more about scores than wins and losses, at least at this point.
"Even though we're competing with those teams on the floor at the same time, that's not really who we're competing against," Garrison said. "We're competing against teams who are ranked between 16th and 26th, where we are. We want to try to get in the top 18 to qualify for regionals as a three seed. That's really our goal."
The Cats are currently ranked No. 26 with an eye on moving up incrementally in the short term. In the more distant future, Garrison envisions more drastic jumps.
"We have a very clear understanding of where we are," Garrison said. "These guys know where we are. We intend to get better as the weeks go on. But as the years go on, we're going to recruit and we're going to train and we're going to get better."
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 5:
Gymnastics: Holly Cunningham
Had a fantastic meet against No. 14 LSU, performing well on both the vault and balance beam. Started the meet by sticking her vault and posting a career-high score of 9.85, which tied the highest individual vault score on the season for UK. Cunningham was the last to go on balance beam with Kentucky currently holding a team score of 194.95. The native of Colorado Springs, Colo., delivered a clutch routine that was scored 9.8, which helped UK eclipse the 195 mark for the second consecutive meet.
Men's basketball: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week picking up a win at home and one on the road ... Posted 15 blocks on the week, including eight blocks against South Carolina pushed his season total to 116, breaking Shaquille O'Neal's SEC freshman record for blocks in a season, doing so in only 24 games ... Now ranks ninth on the league's single-season blocks list ... Leads the nation in blocks and has more blocks than eight other schools in the league ... Has blocked at least two shots in every game this season ... Missed only two shots on the week ... Led all scorers in both games ... Also led both games in rebounding as well as blocked shots.
Men's tennis: Alejandro Gomez
Clinched Kentucky's match against No. 12 Pepperdine with a straight-sets 6-1, 6-1 win over David Sofaer. The native of Cali, Colombia, has earned the decisive fourth point in three consecutive matches for UK, including two against top-25 ranked foes. Gomez is 7-0 in dual matches this season and has a season record of 27-4.
Men's tennis: Alex Musialek
The senior co-captain showed his heart and toughness in UK's win over No. 12 Pepperdine by defeating No. 21 Sebastian Fanselow in a three-set thriller 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. With the match tied 2-2, Musialek broke the Pepperdine star to win the third set and give UK a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish. Musialek is now 3-0 in dual matches and 17-5 this season.
Men's basketball -The Wildcats continued to reverse their road fortunes tallying an 86-52 win in Columbia, S.C., over the South Carolina Gamecocks for their fifth-straight road win. It marks the longest such streak in league play since the 2004-05 team ran off five-straight wins away from Rupp Arena in the SEC. - Anthony Davis just missed a triple-double in the win, scoring a game-high 22 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and blocking eight shots, both game highs. - Doron Lamb added 18 points, a season-high in league play, while Terrence Jones finished with 16 points, all coming in the first half. Jones also added six rebounds and four assists. Kyle Wiltjer chipped in 12 points, to round out the UK double-digit scorers. - UK shot 51.6 pct. from the field, while holding South Carolina to 30.5 pct. from the field.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 last week with an 82-41 win over Ole Miss in Lexington and a 61-51 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. The Ole Miss win gave the Wildcats their 18th consecutive victory at home, a winning streak that ranks fourth in school history and ties for sixth nationally. UK forced an SEC-high 36 turnovers in the game, breaking the previous record of 30 set vs. Auburn on Jan. 26. - Freshman guard Bria Goss led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points to go along with three steals. Her 17 double-figure scoring games this season are tied for the sixth most in UK freshman history. - On Sunday, UK struggled to find its offensive rhythm as it scored a season-low 18 points in the first half vs. the LSU and shot just 35.0 percent (21-of-60) for the game. The loss snapped UK's school-record 13-game SEC winning streak and gave the Cats their first loss in conference play this season. - The Wildcats' 21-3 start ties their best start in program history. UK also began the 1982-83 season at 21-3 UK is just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11. Rifle - The rifle team completed its regular-season with two wins in Morgantown, W.Va., during the weekend. The wins over West Virginia and N.C. State clinching UK's second consecutive GARC regular-season championship. - UK finished 6-0 in conference play for the second consecutive season, with its win on Friday vs. WVU coming as a matchup of the only remaining conference unbeatens. Following the win vs. WVU, UK was guaranteed of the conference title, completing the undefeated league slate with a win over N.C. State on Saturday. - UK was led on the weekend by strong performances from Emily Holsopple, Henri Junghanel and Ethan Settlemires.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team continued to show its improvement by tying its season-high team score of 195.05 in a dual-meet loss at No. 14 LSU on Friday. The Wildcats have now eclipsed the 195 mark in two consecutive meets for the first time since the beginning of the 2010 season. - UK was led in the meet by all-around competitors sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross, who each posted career-high scores in the all-around. Harrison earned a 39.125, while Gross posted a 38.975. - Sophomore Holly Cunningham performed extremely well for the Wildcats, sticking her vault to earn a career-high 9.85 and then finishing off the meet by going 9.8 on balance beam. UK defeated the top-15 ranked Tigers on beam with a team score of 48.875, while the Wildcats posted a season-high 48.75 on floor exercise. - The Wildcats again used 18 or more routines from freshmen or sophomores and have now used at least 18 routines from underclassmen in every meet this season. UK also set or tied nine season and career highs in the meet.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team has started the season with an 8-0 record and is off to its best start in the 30-year tenure of head coach Dennis Emery. UK posted two wins over the week, defeating No. 12 Pepperdine 4-2 and Abilene Christian 7-0 on Sunday. - Three Wildcats earned singles wins over ranked foes against Pepperdine led by senior No. 13 Alex Musialek's win over No. 21 Sebastian Fanselow. Fellow senior No. 5 Eric Quigley took down No. 35 Finn Tearney, while junior No. 36 Anthony Rossi defeated No. 49 Mousheg Hovhannisyan. Sophomore No. 111 Alejandro Gomez clinched the match for UK against PU with his 6-1, 6-1 win over Daivd Sofaer. - The win against Pepperdine marked Kentucky's 21st win over a top-25 opponent dating back to the 2009 season, while both wins extended UK's home record over the past four years to 49-9. - Against Abilene Christian, Kentucky received singles wins from Quigley, Gomez, sophomores Grant Roberts, Maks Gold and Ryuji Hirooka, and freshman Brett Johnson. UK also got doubles wins from Gold/Hirooka and Matt Davis/Roberts.
Track and field - The men's and women's track and field teams competed in their third meet of the indoor season Friday and Saturday, as they headed north for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. - Keilah Tyson, the reigning SEC Women's Freshman of the Week, broke her second UK freshman record in as many weeks. Tyson competed in her first 200-meter dash of her collegiate career, winning the race with a time of 23.93. Tyson's time is the third best 200m dash in UK history. The Norfolk, Va., native also had the seventh best long jump mark (6.08m/19-11.50) in school history. - Junior Walter Luttrell shattered his career-best time in the 5,000m run Friday en route to winning the event with a 14:14.35, the fifth fastest time in UK history. Luttrell's time is the top time in the SEC this season. - Junior Darryl Bradshaw ran a career-best time in the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing sixth with a time of 8.01. Bradshaw's time is the sixth fastest in Kentucky history.
Swimming and diving - Louisville defeated UK on the men's side with a final tally of 188-107, and also took home the win on the women's side 183-107. - Kentucky was led by its divers, as three of the four diving competitions were Wildcat victories. Greg Ferrucci took home first in both events, claiming a 366.30 on the three meter, and earning a 353.17 on the one meter. - Tyler Reed had yet another impressive meet in his senior campaign, as Reed placed second in the 100-free tapping in at 44.79, and also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 50-free with a time of 20.85. - Megan Eppler finished first in the 50-freestyle tapping in at 23.36, while also taking first in the 100-freestyle turning a time of 50.84. - The meet in Louisville served as the Wildcats final dual meet of the season, as UK's focus now shifts towards the SEC Championships Feb. 15-18 in Knoxville, Tenn. Women's tennis - Women's tennis continued its nine-game homestand, hosting Purdue and Miami (Ohio) over the weekend. - The Cats fell to Purdue, 6-1, but defeated Miami (Ohio), 4-1. - Freshman Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff had a strong performance in doubles. With the help of Caitlin McGraw against Purdue and Khrisina Blajkevitch against Miami (Ohio), Morin-Kougoucheff grabbed victories at the No. 1 doubles position in both matches.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 29:
Track & field: Terence Boyd
Freshman Terence Boyd had a strong weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial, recording the seventh best mark in UK history in the long jump Friday, and the eighth best mark in UK history in the triple jump Saturday.
Men's basketball: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week, both wins coming on the road ... Moved to second on the all-time SEC freshman blocks list with eight blocks on the week ... Has now totaled 101 blocks on the season, 14 shy of the SEC freshman record ... Pulled down double-figure rebounds against Georgia, the 11th time this season ... Davis tallied his 11th double-double of the season in helping lead UK to its 13th straight win of the season over LSU ... Davis is currently one of only four freshmen in the SEC since 1990 to average 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game
Men's tennis: Alejandro Gomez
With UK holding a 3-1 lead in a key match against No. 22 Tulsa and play at No. 2 and No. 6 singles also in a third set, sophomore Alejandro Gomez took matters into his own hands, dominating Tristan Jackson for a 6-0 win to clinch the match and send Kentucky to the National Indoor Team Championships. The native of Cali, Colombia, won the first set 6-3, before Tristan Jackson returned the favor in the second set with a 6-3 win. Gomez would break early in the third set to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back, earning the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
Track & field: Terri-Ann Grant
Senior Terri-Ann Grant won the high jump, setting a personal record in the event, eclipsing 1.82m/5-11.50, the second best high jump mark in program history.
Gymnastics: Alexis Gross
Helped Kentucky earn a season-best team scored against Illinois-Chicago with career-high scores on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. Gross started the meet strong with a 9.775 on bars and followed that with a 9.6 on vault. The native of Pasadena, Md., finished the night with a 9.725 on floor and a 9.775 on beam for a career high all-around score of 38.875.
Men's basketball: Darius Miller
Tallied a pair of double-figure scoring games in helping Kentucky to two road wins on the week ... Scored a season-high 19 points in win at Georgia going 4-4 from 3-point range and shooting 87.5 percent from the field ... Miller followed that with another double-digit performance in UK's win over LSU ... His 13 points pushed him to 1,081 for his career moving into Kentucky's top 50 (48th) all-time scorers.
Men's tennis: Eric Quigley
After earning two singles wins Tuesday against No. 29 Indiana and Eastern Kentucky senior Eric Quigley has earned his 145th career singles win to stand alone on top of Kentucky's all-time career singles wins list. Quigley earned win 144 when he defeated Josh MacTaggart of Indiana in three sets and then broke the record with a straight-sets win over Niklas Schroeder of EKU. Quigley's victories Tuesday give him a 145-44 career record, passing former UK All-American Paul Varga for first all-time in career singles wins at Kentucky. Varga, who played from 1982-85, ended his career with a 144-80 record and has held the title as the winningest singles player in school history for over 27 years.
Track & field: Keilah Tyson
Freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson broke the women's indoor 60-meter dash freshman school record Saturday with a time of 7.36 at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet. Tyson's race tied the third fastest time in program history. The Norfolk, Va., native broke the record previously set by Kentucky great Passion Richardson, who went on to help the United States 4x100 relay team win bronze at the 2000 summer Olympic games in Sydney.
Men's basketball - Kentucky won its 13th straight game and fourth straight on the road, traveling to Baton Rouge, La., and collecting a 74-50 win over LSU. - Terrence Jones had his strongest game of the season, scoring a season-high 27 points and narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Jones also blocked a game-high tying three shots. - Anthony Davis posted a double-double, his 11th, tallying 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocks and two steals. Darius Miller also scored in double-figures, finishing with 13 points. - UK held LSU to 39.6 pct. from the field, the 14th time this season the Cats have held its opponent below 40 pct. Women's basketball - Kentucky improved to 20-2, 9-0 SEC with wins over Auburn and Alabama last week. This is the first time in program history UK has started conference play 9-0 and UK's 20-2 start ties its best start in program history through the first 22 games. Kentucky's best start to a season was in 1982-83 (21-2). The Wildcats have also won a school-record 12 straight SEC games dating back to last season, including seven in a row at home. - UK defeated Auburn on the road last Thursday 66-48, paced by junior A'dia Mathies' team-high 20 points and sophomore Samarie Walker's career-high 15 rebounds. UK forced the Tigers into 30 turnovers, the most in league play in the Matthew Mitchell era. - On Sunday, Kentucky earned its third consecutive 20-win season with an 82-68 win over Alabama. The balanced scoring effort was led by senior Keyla Snowden with 14 points, while Mathies and freshman Bria Goss added 13 and 11 points, respectively. UK forced the Tide into 25 turnovers, resulting in 29 points for the Wildcats. - UK's current 17-game home winning streak is the fourth longest in program history. The Wildcats will play host to Ole Miss on Thursday before hitting the road for three straight away contests.
Gymnastics - The youth-filled Kentucky gymnastics team continued to show its improvement over the weekend when it earned a dual-meet victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday with a season-high score of 195.05. The high mark was the best in a regular-season dual meet on the road since the 2011 squad went 195.05 at Ohio State. It is also the highest team score in a dual-meet road victory since March of 2010. - Kentucky posted season-high team scores on bars and beam, earning a 48.825 on bars to crush the previous season high of 48.5. On beam, Kentucky earned a team score of 48.975, which is tied for the 12th-highest beam score in school history and the highest since the 2009 team posted a 49.1 on March 15 in Alaska. UK's gymnasts did well on every event, setting or tying 17 season highs and 14 career highs in the meet. - Three Wildcats took home event title honors. Sophomore Holly Cunningham finishing first on vault with a 9.825, while junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo and senior Storey Morris finished first on uneven bars and balance beam, respectively. Sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross competed in the all-around competition and both earned career-high marks. Harrison scored a 39.0, while Gross posted a 38.875.
Men's tennis - Kentucky kicked off its home portion of the 2012 spring schedule with a very successful week, going 4-0 overall with three wins over teams ranked in the top 60 in the nation. - The Wildcats started the week with a 7-0 win over No. 29 Indiana in its home opener before taking down in-state foe Eastern Kentucky 6-0. Over the weekend, UK hosted the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where they defeated No. 57 North Carolina State 4-0 and No. 22 Tulsa 4-1 to earn a spot in the National Indoor Championships for the third consecutive season. - Senior Eric Quigley was the headline of the week early on, as he became the school's all-time winningest singles player with his 145th singles win on Tuesday against EKU. Quigley, who now owns a 147-44 career record, passed former UK great Paul Varga, who played from 1982-85, and ended his career with a 144-80 record. - Sophomore Alejandro Gomez was the star for Kentucky on Saturday as he clinched the decisive fourth point in UK's win over Tulsa. With the Wildcats holding a 3-1 lead and the remaining three singles matches in the third set, Gomez posted a 6-0 third-set win at No. 5 singles to seal the UK victory. The win moved UK to 47-9 at home since the start of the 2009 season and was the Wildcats' 20th victory over a top-25 team since 2009.
Track and field - Freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson broke the women's indoor 60-meter dash freshman school record Saturday with a time of 7.36 at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet. Tyson's race tied the third fastest time in program history. - Senior Terri-Ann Grant won the high jump, setting a personal record in the event, eclipsing 1.82m/5-11.50, the second best high jump mark in program history. - Freshman Terence Boyd had a strong weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial, recording the seventh best mark in UK history in the long jump Friday, and the eighth best mark in UK history in the triple jump Saturday. - Junior Luis Orta finished second in the men's 3,000m run with a time of 8:10.58, a career-best for the Caracas, Venezuela native, and the eighth best in school history.
Swimming and diving - Behind wins in 25 of 32 events, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday at the Lancaster Aquatic Center with the men claiming a 192-101 win, and the women claiming a 169.5-116.5 win. - Tyler Reed led the Wildcats again on the men's side, swimming his best-ever time in a dual meet in the 50-freestyle, pacing the field with a 20.53 in that event. Also, in the 200-freestyle, Reed recorded a 1:38.95. - Greg Ferrucci posted a 418.65 in the one-meter competition, smashing his own school record by over 20 points. Ferrucci finished first in the one meter, and three-meter competitions, pacing the field with a 423.75 in the three-meter. The 423.75 was just six points shy of the UK program record, which Ferrucci owns.
Rifle - UK rifle competed in a pair of matches over the weekend, including a 4635-4566 win over Morehead State on Sunday at UK's Barker Hall. UK also shot in the Withrow Invitational, hosted by Murray State, on Friday. - In both matches, UK shot with a new starting lineup, featuring primarily freshmen and newcomers. In the win on Sunday, freshmen Elijah Ellis and Jonathan Pinkel led the way, with Pinkel setting new career highs in both guns. - Kentucky returns to its grueling spring semester road schedule, traveling to Morgantown, W.Va., for a pair of conference matches to conclude the regular season. UK will face West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 4, before facing off with North Carolina State on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Thursday, Feb. 2 Women's basketball hosts Ole Miss - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3 Swimming and diving at Louisville - 2:00 p.m. Gymnastics at LSU - 8:00 p.m. Track and field at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational Saturday, Feb. 4 Women's tennis hosts Purdue - Noon Men's basketball at South Carolina - 6:00 p.m. Rifle at West Virginia Track and field at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational Sunday, Feb. 5 Men's tennis hosts Pepperdine - Noon Women's basketball at LSU - 3:00 p.m. Women's tennis hosts Miami (OH) - 4:00 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Abilene Christian - 6:00 p.m. Rifle vs. NC State (Morgantown, W. Va.)
Men's basketball - The Wildcats pushed their winning streak to 11 games, posting a hard-fought 77-71 win over Alabama on Saturday. - Kentucky had six players score in double-figures for the first time since the 2004-05 season, led by Terrence Jones' team-high 15 points. Doron Lamb (14), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13), Anthony Davis (11), Darius Miller (11) and Marquis Teague (10) also scored in double-figures in the victory. - The Wildcats hit a number of crucial free throws down the stretch against Alabama, going 8-for-8 from the line inside the final minute of play. - UK's 11-game winning streak is the second longest by the Wildcats in the John Calipari era. Women's basketball - With wins over Georgia and Florida last week, Kentucky improved to 18-2 overall, 7-0 in the SEC which ties its best start in program history through the first 20 games. UK's best start to a season was in 1982-83 (21-2). - Trailing by 10 (46-36) vs. UGA with 15:42 left in the game, UK went on a 24-7 run paced by 13 points from freshman guard Bria Goss, to capture its first win in Athens, Ga., since 2008. The rookie guard ended the game with a career-high 22 points, netting 17 of those in the decisive second half. - Sophomore forward Samarie Walker gave the Cats a boost off the bench as she recorded a career-best 18 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of play vs. UGA. Overall, UK's bench outscored Georgia's 34-0. - On Sunday, it was another balanced effort as the Cats won their 16th consecutive home game with a 57-52 victory over the Gators. Ten players scored at least two points, paced by senior guard Keyla Snowden who led with 11. - Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored all 10 of her points in the second stanza, including eight of them in a key 17-2 second-half run. Goss pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, while Walker came off the bench for another solid performance, adding nine points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying three blocks and three steals.
Rifle - The defending NCAA Champion Kentucky rifle team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday at No. 1 TCU, 4703-4694, with TCU using a school-record team score to win its nation-leading 26th consecutive regular season match. - UK lost its first match of the year, with the Wildcats only losing two regular-season matches in the last two years, both vs. TCU. - UK fell behind in smallbore at TCU, before bouncing back to narrow the gap in air rifle behind starring performances from Ethan Settlemires (595), Henri Junghanel (594) and Emily Holsopple (592). Settlemires led UK in smallbore with a 583.
Gymnastics - Behind a season-high team score on floor exercise where two Wildcats set or tied their career-high marks, the gymnastics team showed improvement from its first SEC meet of the year to its second meet of the year in a 196.275-194.075 loss to No. 8 Florida at Memorial Coliseum. - Of UK's 24 routines in the meet, a total of 20 were performed by freshmen or sophomores. Overall, the youthful Wildcats showed improvement from last week, setting 10 season-high marks and setting or tying nine career-high scores on the night. Sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross were the lone two all-around competitors in the meet for Kentucky. - UK saved its best event of the night for last, earning a season-high mark of 48.625 on floor. Harrison finished fourth overall on the event and led UK with a season-high and career-tying mark of 9.8, while Gross followed close behind with a 9.725. Freshman Kenzie Hedges set a career high with a 9.725, while sophomore Kayla Sienkowski went 9.7. Freshman Shelby Hilton made her second-consecutive floor lineup and went 9.675, while sophomore Kayla Hartley completed the UK rotation with a 9.375. Men's tennis - The No. 7 men's tennis team started its 2012 season off on the right note by earning a 6-1 win over No. 53 Michigan State and a 7-0 win over IUPUI to sweep a doubleheader at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. The doubleheader was hosted by IUPUI. Kentucky played well in both matches, winning five of its six doubles matches and 11 of its 12 singles matches. It marked the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and either IUPUI or Michigan State. - Senior co-captain Eric Quigley earned two singles wins in the opening day, moving him into sole possession of second place on UK's career singles wins list with 143 victories. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., is now only one win shy of tying Paul Varga's school-record 144 career singles wins. Quigley is 143-44 all-time at Kentucky. - Quigley, along with sophomores Grant Roberts and No. 111 Alejandro Gomez, went 2-0 in singles action, while junior No. 36 Anthony Rossi and sophomores No. 95 Tom Jomby, Ryuji Hirooka and Maks Gold went 1-0 in singles action. True freshman Brett Johnson, who was playing in his first collegiate match, won his lone singles match.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team is now 3-0 on the season after its opening weekend of regular season play. - Jessica Stiles and Khristina Blajkevitch, the 34th-ranked doubles team, defeated Marshall's 35th-ranked doubles team of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova, 9-8 (8) in the season opener. - Freshmen Stephanie Fox and Edmee Morin- Kougoucheff put on strong performances in both singles and doubles play, ending the weekend undefeated.