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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 11)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week which included a critical upset of No. 9/11 Florida on Saturday.
- Freshman Archie Goodwin was sensational in leading the Cats with an average of 18.0 points, five rebounds and three steals in two games this week. Goodwin snatched a career-high four steals in the upset of the Gators and had a team-high 16 points.
- With the win over Florida, UK improves to 10-0 at home in Rupp Arena against ranked foes in the John Calipari era.
- The win also helped seal the No. 2 overall seed in the SEC Tournament. UK has won the tournament twice in Calipari's tenure.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky advanced to the SEC Championship game for the third time in four seasons before falling to Texas A&M.
- UK logged wins against Vanderbilt and No. 12 Georgia en route to making its title game appearance.
- UK outscored the Lady Dawgs 41-14 in the second half, holding them scoreless for the final 6:08 of the game, and 22.2 percent (14-of-63) shooting for the game.
- Senior All-America candidate A'dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) added 11 points and grabbed two steals which set a new UK career steals record with 310. The previous record was 309 set by Stacey Reed from 1991-95.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team placed second at the NCAA Championships, shooting a 4670 to place runner-up for a second consecutive year.
- Senior Henri Junghänel placed second in individual smallbore, falling by .5 points to claim the silver medal.
- Freshman Connor Davis finished fourth individually in air rifle.
- Kentucky had six members named All-America, including Connor Davis, Heather Greathouse, Emily Holsopple, Ed Ryznar, Elijah Ellis and Stacy Wheatley. Henri Junghanel would have been selected but was not eligible because he is currently in graduate school.

Gymnastics
- The 20th-ranked Kentucky Gymnastics team topped 196 for the third consecutive meet in a 196.375-192.7 win over Bowling Green on Friday.
- Kayla Hartley clinched the second-highest team score in school history with a 9.9 floor exercise routine. The performance gave Hartley the event title for the second week in a row. It was also her first 9.9 since the season-opener. The junior has three event crowns from the past two meets.
- The Wildcats scored 49.125 on floor, which tied the season high.
- Kenzie Hedges took the event honors on vault as she stuck her landing for a career-best 9.875.

Softball
- The No. 15 UK softball team started its Southeastern Conference schedule in style by winning its series with the Ole Miss Rebels. UK dropped the first game of the series 3-1, before winning the final two games 5-2. The series win is the sixth consecutive over Ole Miss and marks the second time in three years UK has won the opening series of conference play. The series vs. Ole Miss was the first ever games played in the new UK Softball Complex.
- Freshman infielder Christian Stokes led the way for Kentucky, hitting .833 (5-for-6) for the weekend with three RBI and her first collegiate home run. Junior Lauren Cumbess went 3-for-9 over the weekend with a double, while junior Emily Gaines was 2-for-6 with two RBI.
- Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley suffered her first loss of the season in game one before earning wins Saturday and Sunday in a relief effort. Nunley is 12-1 on the year with a 2.02 ERA, striking out a team-best 67 batters.

Baseball

- Seventh-ranked Kentucky completed a 3-1 week with a series win over Michigan State during the weekend, also picking up a midweek win over Xavier on Wednesday.
- UK opened the series with the Spartans with a 2-1 win on Friday night. Sophomore left-hander A.J. Reed worked seven shutout innings, allowing only five hits and two walks. All-American centerfielder Austin Cousino got UK on the board with a first-inning homer, before Max Kuhn slugged his first career homer in the bottom of the eighth as the game-winning bomb.
- Kentucky won the series on Sunday in another rubber-match win from junior southpaw Corey Littrell, making his eighth series-deciding start in the last two years. The All-America starter worked seven innings and allowed just one run, striking out a career-high nine.

Men's tennis
- The UK men's tennis team fell twice this weekend, to No. 38 Baylor and No. 14 Texas A&M.
- Kentucky's road trip continues next weekend traveling to Ole Miss for a Friday showdown in Oxford before continuing the weekend in Starkville against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Women's tennis
- No. 44 Kentucky went 1-1 over the weekend, defeating No. 57 Missouri 5-2 on Friday, before falling to No. 4 Texas A&M 5-2 on Sunday.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita knocked off sixth-ranked Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar on Sunday 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The win was Ravita's 13th singles win and fourth win over a ranked opponent this year.
- In Kentucky's win over Missouri, the Wildcats received singles wins in slots one through four, with Nadia Ravita, Jessica Stiles, Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Caitlin McGraw winning in straight sets.

Track and field
- The No. 20 Kentucky women's track and field team finished the NCAA Indoor Championships tied for 20th-place. The Wildcats earned the program's highest team finish since 1994 when they also finished tied for 20th. The Wildcats' 10 team points was the highest total at the National Championship Meet since 1990.
- Cally Macumber won the bronze medal in the women's 3,000 meters final to add six points to the Kentucky cause. She also contributed four on Friday night as the anchor in the distance medley relay.
- Morganne Phillips, Allison Peare and Chelsea Oswald were the other members of that squad.
- Keith Hayes scored two points for the men with a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Hayes lowered his school-record time to 7.69 in the event prelims to reach the final.

Men's golf
- The Kentucky men's golf team finished seventh out of the 17-team field at the USF Invitational, shooting 20 strokes over par for the tournament.
- Junior Stephen Powers recorded his second top-10 finish of the year, placing tied for sixth at 2-under-par. The Naperville, Ill., native was tied for the lead after the first round, posting a 4-under-par day and concluded his impressive tournament with an even par round two and two-over-par round three.
- Junior Ben Stow also finished in the top-20, tying for 14th overall at 1-over-par.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 11
Men's golf at Tiger Invitational (Auburn, Ala.)

Tuesday, March 12
Baseball hosts Ohio - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts North Carolina - 5:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Tiger Invitational (Auburn, Ala.)

Wednesday, March 13

Softball hosts Southern Illinois • 3:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Cincinnati • 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 14
Swimming and diving at NCAA Zones - 10:00 a.m. (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Track and field at Bulls Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Friday, March 15
Men's tennis at Ole Miss - 2:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Ole Miss - 4:00 p.m.
Softball at LSU - 7:00 p.m.
Baseball at Florida - 7:30 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Arkansas/Vanderbilt - 7:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Swimming and diving at NCAA Zones - 10:00 a.m. (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Women's golf at Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (Augusta, Ga.)
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

Saturday, March 16
Baseball at Florida - Noon
Softball at LSU - 5:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Penn State - 7:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at SEC Semifinals - 3:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Swimming and diving at NCAA Zones - 10:00 a.m. (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Women's golf at Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (Augusta, Ga.)
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

Sunday, March 17
Women's tennis hosts Mississippi State - Noon
Softball at LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Florida - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Mississippi State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at SEC Finals - 3:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Women's golf at Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate (Augusta, Ga.)
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 4)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with a win over Mississippi State before falling at Arkansas on Saturday.
- Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein continued his dynamic play by averaging 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this week.
- With the win over the Bulldogs, UK secured its 57th 20-win season in program history
- Kentucky was led in scoring by Arkansas native Archie Goodwin with 14 points in the loss to the Razorbacks.

Women's basketball

- After earning its school-record tying 13th SEC win with a commanding 78-65 victory over No. 8 Tennessee on Senior Day, Kentucky earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament.
- The Wildcats have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. Mitchell, who became UK's all-time winningest coach with the win over Tennessee, has led the Cats to a school-record fourth straight 25-win season with a 25-4 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.
- A'dia Mathies had led the team in scoring (16.0), 3-point field goals made (60) and 3-point field goal percentage (.403), and has reached double figures in 27-of-29 games, including 20 in a row

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team shattered the school record with a 196.5 team score in a win at Ball State on Sunday.
- Kentucky has now posted team scores of more than 196 two weeks in a row for the first time in school history.
- Audrey Harrison won her fifth consecutive individual all-around title with a huge career-high score of 39.425.
- The Knoxville, Tenn., native now has a Southeastern Conference-leading seven AA titles this season.

Softball

- For the second consecutive weekend, the No. 17 Kentucky softball team went undefeated in a weekend tournament, posting a 5-0 record in the 2013 Under Armour Invitational with wins against Illinois, USF, Loyola Marymount, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
- This is the first time in school history UK has gone undefeated in consecutive tournaments.
- Senior Kara Dill led UK offensively over the weekend with a .353 (6-for-17) average, including six runs scored and her first triple of the season.
- In the circle, Lauren Cumbess paced UK with a 2-0 record and 0.58 ERA in 12 innings pitched, including 11 strikeouts. True freshman Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 on the weekend with a 1.94 ERA, throwing 21.2 innings, allowing six earned runs with 18 strikeouts.

Baseball
- The eighth-ranked Kentucky baseball team completed its first home week with five wins, including a series sweep over Akron during the weekend. UK picked up midweek wins over Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.
- UK has been led individually by junior infielder J.T. Riddle, who has hit .447 (21-for-47) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI, stealing three bases and reaching base at a .527 clip.
- On the mound, UK had a 2.57 ERA in 98 innings, walking only 27 and striking out 87, with opponents hitting .255, stealing only 3-of-7 bases and UKL picking off four runners.
- During the five-game week, UK got a jaw-dropping hitting performance from Reed, who drove in 15 RBI with three homers and a double during the week, batting .526 (10-for-19).

Men's tennis
- Kentucky opened the 2013 SEC season by collecting two wins over No. 49 Arkansas (5-2) on Friday and No. 39 LSU (4-0) on Sunday afternoon to move to 14-2 (2-0 SEC) on the season.
- Senior No. 21 Anthony Rossi upped his record to 14-1 on the season, picking up wins number 95 and 96 in his career. Rossi has now won nine consecutive straight-set matches and has also won 18 of the last 19 sets he has played.
- UK won the doubles point in both matches this weekend, as the Wildcats are now 11 for 13 this season in doubles competition.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 in the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference play. - After falling 4-3 at Arkansas on Friday, Kentucky traveled to Baton Rouge, La., and defeated the No. 63 Tigers 4-3.
- Freshman Kirsten Lewis had a comeback win to clinch Kentucky's win over LSU, taking the No. 5 singles point 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
- Senior Jessica Stiles, sophomore Stephanie Fox and freshman Nadia Ravita all recorded singles wins in straight sets vs. LSU.

Track and field
- Five Kentucky track and field athletes, four women and a man, are in position to qualify for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships as they own top-16 times.
- The Women's Distance Medley Relay Team of Cally Macumber, Morganne Phillips, Allison Peare and Chelsea Oswald broke the school record with a time of 11:00.33 on Friday.
- That time ranks No. 6 in the nation.
- Keith Hayes broke the school 60-meter hurdles record with a time of 7.73 on Saturday.
- That time ranks No. 9 n the nation.

Swimming and diving
- The Kentucky swimming team sent several swimmers to the Bulldog Last Chance Meet this past weekend in Athens, Ga., attempting to earn qualifying times for the 2013 NCAA Championships.
- Sophomore Christina Bechtel improved her time in the 100-butterfly with a 52.62, second best in program history in that event. The time likely will earn her a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., March 21-23.
- Junior Lucas Gerotto also improved his time in the 100-backstroke while breaking his own program record in the event, finishing with a 47.19 to increase the likelihood that he is asked back for his second consecutive NCAA appearance.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 4
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Tuesday, March 5
Baseball hosts Cincinnati - 4:00 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)

Wednesday, March 6
Baseball hosts Xavier - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Marshall - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 7
Men's basketball at Georgia - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 8
Men's tennis at Baylor - 3:30 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Missouri - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 5:00 p.m.
Women's basketball vs. Missouri/Vanderbilt - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Gymnastics hosts Bowling Green - 7:00 p.m.
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, March 9
Men's basketball hosts Florida - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 2:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Semifinals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday, March 10
Women's tennis hosts Texas A&M - Noon
Softball hosts Ole Miss - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Michigan State - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Texas A&M - 1:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ball State - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at SEC Tournament Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.)
Kentucky tennis coaches Carlos Drada (women's) and Cedric Kauffmann (men's) are former teammates at UK and now look to each other to help evolve their programs as head coaches. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Kentucky tennis coaches Carlos Drada (women's, left) and Cedric Kauffmann (men's, right) are former teammates at UK and now look to each other to help build their programs as head coaches. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Cedric Kauffmann and members of his men's tennis coaching staff sat in the far corner on the blue bleachers of the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex watching as Carlos Drada stood in between courts two and three, coaching his team as it competed in its second of three matches on the day.

The Kentucky women's tennis team won all three of its matches that day and they had the full backing of the team from right across the hall.

At Kentucky, the men's and women's tennis team share facilities, which means interaction between the two squads is frequent. It also means that the head coaches of their respective programs must work hand in hand to sort out practice schedules and facility usage on a daily basis.

The bond between Kauffmann and Drada reaches far beyond that of two colleagues, however, and the similarities and connections are seemingly never ending.

Drada is in the midst of his eighth season at the helm of the women's tennis program at Kentucky. He's seen his teams make runs to the title match of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, and he's had teams struggle too. For the last two seasons, due to unforeseen circumstances, Drada was forced to enter rebuilding mode and he's now seeing the pendulum swing back in his favor with his team off to a 9-3 start after a tough 4-3 win at LSU on Sunday.

After serving as an assistant to legendary head coach Dennis Emery since 2005, Kauffmann finally got his shot at becoming a head coach on July 25 of last year when he took over for Emery who stepped down after 30 seasons and assumed a new position in the Kentucky athletic department. The transition has been seamless as UK is off to a 14-2 start and currently owns a No. 6 national ranking.

The change not only affected the men's tennis program, but Drada was left to build a new working relationship with Kauffmann as both were now in head-coaching capacities.

"When we got the transition with Cedric, it was just a little bit weird not to have to deal with Coach Emery for the first few days; I was looking around for the guy and he was gone," said Drada. "But since 'Cedie' was there, it's just great to deal with what you know, especially when it's someone as strong as Cedric. It has been a very smooth transition."

The fact that Drada and Kauffmann had both been at Kentucky as coaches and already had a working relationship dating back to 2005 when both were just assistants helped bridge the gap rapidly. Drada and Kauffmann's longstanding work relationship serves just as the surface to a deeply rooted bond that has withstood the test of time and circumstance.

The "old (playing) days"

A giant thank you is in order to Emery. After all, without his help, UK would not have the two tennis coaches that it does today.

Emery is responsible for not only helping Drada and Kauffmann get their jobs, but he's also the one who recruited each of them to play for him at the University of Kentucky. He was not only recruiting future tennis coaches, but elite SEC talent that netted tremendous collegiate careers.

Kauffmann, a native of Montsoult, France, came to Kentucky in 1995 out of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. As a player, Kauffmann was a three-time singles All-American and three-time All-SEC performer. His career record of 121-61 is good for the sixth-best in program history.

Drada joined Kauffmann two seasons later at Kentucky. During his four-year career at UK, Drada went 91-56 in singles play and made a run to the NCAA singles title match 2000 during his All-American season.

The roots still reach even deeper.

Not only were they both former Wildcats, but Kauffmann wasn't alone in coming to UK via Bollettieri. In fact, Emery recruited Drada out of Bollettieri before Kauffmann. But Drada, a year Kauffmann's senior, opted to explore his options professionally instead of taking the collegiate route.

"I think he got recruited to come to Kentucky before I did and he decided to play a little pro," said Kauffmann. "Those years you could do that in the old days."

A season later, Kauffmann and fellow Bollettieri graduate Marcus Fluitt decided to take Emery up on the offer that Drada had passed up. The next season, Ariel Gaitan followed Kauffmann and Fluitt to the Bluegrass from the Sunshine State. Due to NCAA amateurism rules of the time, Drada was still permitted to come back and try college if he so chose. Drada then became the fourth player from Bollettieri to join Emery's program.

"It's always easier when you know somebody before coming in," said Kauffmann. "When Marcus and I, the two came first, we kind of had to transition because we didn't know anybody. But when Ariel came, Marcus and I were there. And when Carlos came, the other three guys were there, so I'm sure it was an easier transition for them."

When Kauffmann graduated after 1998, the two long-time teammates continued to stay in contact.

"I know that he's always pulled for me," said Drada of Kauffmann. "When I got into the finals of the NCAA Tournament for example, he was already playing professionally, and he made sure he contacted me and told me how happy he was for me. He was just very excited about me doing well."

Kauffmann has a very special story that he can tell his children and grandchildren for years. While playing professionally in the 2001 French Open, Kauffmann took tennis legend Pete Sampras to the wire in a first-round, five-set classic.

While Drada was still searching for his professional calling, he made sure that he wouldn't miss out on his former teammate's time in the limelight.

"I was super thrilled when he almost beat Pete Sampras," said Drada. "I was working at a bank and I was watching the match online."

Women learning from, not envious of men's success

Drada freely acknowledges that he pulls for the men's team, especially now that one of his dearest friends is at the helm. Even though Drada is in his seventh season and Kauffmann is just in his first, no jealousy stems from the fact that Kauffmann's team is further along in the process. If anything, Drada wants his women to be more like the men.

"They are doing so well that we just want to emulate them," said Drada of the men's team. "It's good because it's not a rivalry, but we just want to keep using each other's success to represent the University in the best possible manner. It's like a family atmosphere here."

Evidence of the aforementioned family atmosphere is clear as day while walking through the tennis complex on the south side of campus. Players from both teams can be seen chatting, joking and watching each other on a daily basis, provided both teams are in town.

And it's easy to see why. Drada describes Kauffmann's players with words like "hard-working" and "humble." With that type of attitude and selflessness as an example, why wouldn't Drada want his team to be just like Kauffmann's, even if the results aren't there just yet.

"There's no arrogance; there's confidence," said Drada. "When you see that kind of attitude where people are thinking more about their team than themselves, (Eric) Quigley and (Alex) Musialek were a great example of that last year, and then this year they are taking that role and becoming more mature because of that, I think it's more natural. Success is attractive and people want to gravitate toward success and successful people."

Even though Kauffmann's team is considered one of the best in the country at the moment, he's not complacent when it comes to coaching. That's why when he's out in the stands watching Drada coach his players, Kauffmann is not only there for support, but he's looking to pick up extra techniques that he can implement into his own program.

"If I see something or he sees something that we're doing pretty well, or they are doing something that we aren't doing, then I'm going to ask what drill is that or what is it for," said Kauffmann. "I guess what both of us are trying to do is evolve.

"We're both trying to get better and better either on the recruiting front or on the practice court. I think coaches get better with age a little bit, so if I see him doing something better than I am, then I'm probably going to ask him a question."

Kauffmann compares the tennis situation to basketball on the north side of campus - without comparing himself to men's basketball coach John Calipari - and believes that the success of the men's basketball program has helped the women become a national and conference presence. He sees no reason why the same can't happen at Kentucky, and he wants to help make sure that happens.

Not only are the coaches helping one another, but the players are spreading the word as well. Just as Kauffmann and Drada came to Kentucky via the same high school, men's freshman Kevin Lai trained with women's freshman and No. 1 singles player Nadia Ravita. That relationship likely played a factor, even if just a small one, in delivering the talented freshman to Drada's doorstep.

"If I have high-caliber recruits and he has high-caliber recruits, they are probably going to know each other," said Kauffmann. "Kevin Lai and Carlos's No. 1 know each other from high school. They trained in the same spot. When Kevin committed here, maybe it helped Nadia to see that Kevin is going there, 'Maybe I can go there?' "

Two teams, one goal

With one team in the top 10 nationally and coming off of an unbeaten run to an SEC championship, and the other working to get back into the NCAA field, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the women's team as a bit envious of the men's achievements.

That's not the case at UK. Far from it, in fact.

Maybe it starts with the leadership. Maybe it starts with the fact that Drada and Kauffmann are close friends as well as colleagues. Or maybe each has been effective in creating an environment through recruiting that promotes the symbiotic relationship between the two programs.

Whatever the case may be, the teams are working together to elevate Kentucky tennis as a whole.

"I think it's always good when two cultures are good," said Kauffmann. "I think it's good when the women's team and the guys' team are good. They see our practices; we watch their practices a little bit. We always overlap.

"They're friends and I'm friends with Carlos. We want them to do well and he wants me to do well."

So much so that Kauffmann and Drada are pursuing improvements that will help both programs together, not fighting one another for resources. Just recently, Drada and Kauffmann came together to make a purchase that would benefit both teams.

"I think what we're trying to do, Carlos and I, our program is a little bit special," said Kauffmann. "Let's find ways together to make this program more attractive to recruits.

"We just made a deal three or four weeks ago where we're adding live feeds of four courts. We shared costs from out of our budgets to share the costs on the videos feeds so people can watch our indoor matches live. We have to do things together. If I have an idea, I'm going to bounce it off him to see what he thinks."

That's all in order to make Kentucky not just a great men's program or a highly successful women's team. Though Kentucky is traditionally called a "basketball school" with football seemingly on the rise, Drada and Kauffmann have other ideas in mind.

"Is it good for a girl to come here and see the guys' team and think, 'Wow, both teams are in the top 15? This is a tennis school?' " said Kauffmann. "We want this to become a tennis school, and maybe it changes the minds of recruits."

The combination of their efforts to make each team elite programs nationally. It's hard for just one person to do it and believe in the program, but with the help and support of a friend and colleague, the process is a little bit more enjoyable.

"I know in the past when we were doing really well," said Drada, "The men's team was really excited about that, so the way that it helps is that we just have more people pushing for each other instead of dividing.

"We're all pushing in the same direction and representing the University the right way and being in line with what (Athletics Director Mitch) Barnhart wants us to do, which is to represent the University with class and to win."

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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 25)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky captured a pair of critical home victories this week including an overtime thriller against Missouri.
- Senior Julius Mays poured in a team-high 24 points in the win over Missouri on Saturday. He launched four 3-pointers and has now connected on at least one shot from long range in 16 straight games.
- Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein notched a career-high 20 points to push UK past Vanderbilt earlier in the week. He followed that performance with
a career-high tying 12 rebounds against Missouri to go along with a career-best seven blocked shots.
- Alex Poythress scored 21 points, while Archie Goodwin notched 18 - all coming after the half in the win over Missouri.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky split road games last week, defeating No. 10/13 Texas A&M 70-66 in College Station on ESPN2's Big Monday before falling at LSU on Sunday in Baton Rouge 77-72.
- Against the Aggies, junior center DeNesha Stallworth flirted with a triple-double as she charted 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks. .
- Mathies netted a team-high 20 points at LSU, passing former Wildcat great Victoria Dunlap as UK's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,863 career points.

Gymnastics
- Kentucky recorded its best score of the year at Florida on Friday. The Wildcats finished with a total score of 196.075, dropping the meet to the Gators' score of 196.975.
- UK's score was good for the sixth best in program history.
- The Wildcats used season-high event scores on vault and beam to reach 196 for the first time this season.
- Audrey Harrison also notched her sixth all-around title of the season and fourth in a row, scoring a 39.225.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team finished second at the Great America Rifle Conference over the weekend, shooting a 4690 over the course of the weekend.
- Freshman Connor Davis won the GARC individual air rifle title, shooting a 596 before winning with a 105 in the Final.
- Senior Henri Junghanel placed second overall individually with an aggregate score of 1179.

Softball
- The UK softball team continued its winning ways over the weekend with a 3-0 record, taking down Georgetown, Howard and USC Upstate.
- Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner led the Wildcats offensively with a .583 (7-for-12) average with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and four runs scored.
- Pitchers Ellen Weaver, Katie Henderson and Kelsey Nunley all recorded wins, while Weaver going five strong innings, allowing only one hit and no runs against Georgetown and Henderson allowing only one hit over five innings against Howard. Nunley threw the final nine innings against Upstate to get the win.

Baseball
- No. 8 Kentucky continued its season-opening six-game road trip with the Caravelle Resort Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach. S.C., picking up wins over CCU and Elon and suffering its first loss of the year to Kansas State in the opener on Thursday.
- UK finished the weekend with a ninth-inning win at Coastal Carolina, 2-2.
- UK has hit .314 as a team through six games, slugging .435 and reaching base at a .311 clip. UK has stolen 12 bases and on the mound, owns a 3.57 ERA, with 16 walks and 42 strikeouts in 53 innings.

Track and field
- The women's track and field team finished seventh in the SEC Indoor Championship team standings with 34 points, and the men finished 10th with 30.
- Cally Macumber led all Wildcats with 15 points earned throughout the meet. Matt Hillenbrand led the men with 11.25. Macumber won the women's 3,000 meters SEC championship.
- Hillenbrand won the SEC mile championship with a time of 4:01.55. Hillenbrand's time was a new personal best, and the seventh-fastest in school history. The junior became the first Kentucky athlete to win the SEC men's mile since David Freeman took home the title in 2004.

Men's tennis
- The No. 6 men's tennis team traveled to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend and collected two wins in a doubleheader with Samford University and Jacksonville State, both by a score of 5-1, to move to 12-2 on the season.
- No. 90 Anthony Rossi picked up his 93rd and 94th career wins in a UK uniform on Sunday with wins in both matches for the Wildcats.
- Also picking up wins in both ends of the doubleheader for the Wildcats were Beck Pennington, Kevin Lai and Juan Pablo Murra.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team defeated the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 5-2.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita improved to 7-1 in the No. 1 singles slot after defeating Christiana Raymond 6-1, 6-2.
- Senior Jessica Stiles and sophomore Stephanie Fox won their singles matches in straight sets, with Stiles winning 6-4, 6-3 and Fox taking the No. 6 singles point 6-3, 6-1.
- The Wildcats moved into the rankings for the first time this season, landing in the No. 63 spot.

Men's golf
- The Kentucky men's golf team opened up its 2013 spring season, placing 10th out of 16 teams in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. UK finished 37-over-par with a final score of 901.
- Senior Chase Parker was the low golfer of the week for the Wildcats, finishing tied for 16th overall at 4-over-par.
- Junior transfer Ben Stow made his Kentucky debut, placing tied for 27th at 6-over-par.

Swimming and diving
- The UK men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the 2013 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last week with both the men (368.5) and the women (452.5) finishing in ninth place.
- Junior diver Greg Ferrucci earned two second place finishes on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events and earned an eighth place on the platform. He broke the program record on the platform in the preliminaries with a 435.5.
- Junior swimmer Lucas Gerotto broke multiple program records at the Championships including the 200-IM (1:47.20) and the 100-backstroke (47.29).

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 10:00 a.m.
Women's tennis hosts Northern Kentucky - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Murray State - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Abilene Christian - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 27
Baseball hosts Eastern Kentucky - 4:00 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts Mississippi State - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Women's basketball at Ole Miss - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1
Softball vs. Illinois - 11:30 a.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Women's tennis at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Softball vs. USF - 2:00 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Baseball hosts Akron - 4:00 p.m.
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying (South Bend, Ind./Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, March 2
Baseball hosts Akron - Noon
Softball vs. Loyola Marymount - 12:15 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Softball vs. Central Michigan - 2:45 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Baseball hosts Akron - 3:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Arkansas - 4:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn./Athens, Ga.)
Track and field at Last Chance Qualifier (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Sunday, March 3
Softball vs. Western Michigan - 9:00 a.m. (Tampa, Fla.)
Men's tennis hosts LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at LSU - 1:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Ball State - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Akron - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball hosts Tennessee - 3:30 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)
Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn./ Athens, Ga.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 19)

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Men's basketball
- The Kentucky men's basketball team dropped an 88-58 loss to Tennessee on Saturday. Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led the Cats with 18 points and six rebounds.
- Senior Julius Mays scored 12 points and has logged 10 or more points in five straight games.
- Junior Jarrod Polson contributed a career-high 11 points.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky has won its last three games and looks to keep its winning streak alive when it faces No. 11/13 Texas A&M on ESPN2's Big Monday in the second meeting of the season between the teams.
- The Wildcats charted their 10th SEC win last week with an impressive come-from-behind victory over No. 16/14 South Carolina. Trailing by 16 points early in the second half, the Wildcats used a four-guard set to chip away at the Gamecocks' lead and win 78-74 - the largest comeback in the Matthew Mitchell era.
- Four players scored in double digits led by redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill with 19.

Gymnastics
- Then-No. 17 Kentucky defeated Missouri 194.250-194.125 on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum.
- Audrey Harrison was the lone all-around competitor posting a 39.3, which tied her career-high set last week.
- The junior also won balance beam, and shared the honors on uneven bars and floor exercise.
- The Knoxville, Tenn., native now has 12 individual event honors this season and 19 in her career.
- Her five all-around wins in 2013 have all come against Southeastern Conference competition.
- Shannon Mitchell tied Harrison for the floor title, her second of the season and the third of her career.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4697 on Saturday at the NCAA Qualifiers.
- Sophomore Elijah Ellis and senior Stacy Wheatley delivered personal bests in smallbore, with Ellis posting a 583 and Wheatley shooting a 586.
- Senior Henri Junghänel led the team in smallbore and air rifle, shooting a 588 in smallbore and a 594 in air rifle.

Softball
- The No. 22/24 UK softball team continued where it left off last weekend by defeating another ranked team en route to a 4-1 record in the 23rd Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego. The Wildcats posted wins over No. 16 Washington, San Diego State - who is receiving votes in one poll - Cal Poly and UC Riverside.
- Junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess paced the Wildcats throughout the weekend at the plate, blasting two homers for a .500 average (8-for-16) at the event with five RBI. Cumbess also went 1-0 in the circle, while freshman hurler Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA over the weekend. Nunley defeated San Diego State and Washington, throwing a complete game shutout against the Aztecs allowing only three hits.
- UK has now defeated three ranked teams this season in then-No. 3 Cal, No. 16 Washington and No. 20 Stanford. Coach Rachel Lawson and Co. have also taken down Oregon State and SDSU, who both were receiving votes when UK posted wins against them. After two weekends of play, UK is 8-3 with its only losses coming to No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Arizona State and unranked Portland State.

Baseball
- Kentucky began the season 2-0 with wins over UNC Asheville and Niagara in Spartanburg, S.C. UK wraps up play at Wofford on Monday against USC Upstate.
- Junior second baseman J.T. Riddle set a new program record with a 6-for-6 game at the plate and starter Jerad Grundy tied a career-best with nine strikeouts in six innings in the win over Niagara.
- Sophomore All-America southpaw A.J. Reed worked five innings on the mound and went a career-best 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI, leading No. 8 Kentucky to a 9-2 season-opening win over UNC Asheville.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 ITA National Team Indoor Championships this weekend in Seattle, recording wins over No. 10 Mississippi State (4-0), and No. 6 Georgia (4-2).
- UK's No. 90 Anthony Rossi went 2-0 in singles action, defeating No. 12 Raymond Sarmiento of Southern Cal and knocking off No. 21 Nathan Pasha of Georgia 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Sunday.
- With the wins this weekend, UK recorded their seventh win of the season over teams in the top 25 of the ITA rankings, as the Wildcats are now 3-1 versus teams in the top 10.
- Tom Jomby also went 2-0 in singles play this weekend, collecting two straight-set wins. On Friday, Jomby ran past No. 43 Malte Stroppe of Mississippi State 6-2, 6-0 before giving UK a crucial point in its match with UGA, collecting a 6-
4, 6-4 win over No. 92 over No. 92 Ben Wagland at the two slot.

Women's tennis
- The Kentucky women's tennis team knocked off No. 55 Ohio State and No. 54 Indiana throughout the course of the week, taking both matches 4-3.
- Freshman Nadia Ravita recorded two singles win in the No. 1 slot to go along with two doubles wins in the No. 1 slot, paired with junior Caitlin McGraw.
- Senior Jessica Stiles went 2-0 on the week in the No. 2 singles spot, taking both matches in straight sets.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team began their 2013 spring season with an eighth place finish in the 15-team field at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic Feb. 10-12.
- Senior Ashleigh Albrecht was the low finisher for the Wildcats, tying for 14th at 7-over-par.
- Junior Liz Breed and freshman Sarah Harris were tied for 28th at 12-over, while freshman Cylia Damerau placed tied for 34th at 13-over.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Women's tennis hosts Miami (OH) - 4:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (College, Station, Texas)
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
 
Wednesday, Feb. 20
Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 8:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (College, Station, Texas)

Thursday, Feb. 21
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (College, Station, Texas)

Friday, Feb. 22
Baseball vs. Elon - Noon (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Softball vs. Presbyterian - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Gymnastics at Florida - 7:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (College, Station, Texas)
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Saturday, Feb. 23
Softball vs. Georgetown - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Women's tennis at Kansas - 1:00 p.m.
Softball vs. USC Upstate - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Baseball vs. Coastal Carolina - 3:00 p.m. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Men's basketball hosts Missouri - 9:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (College Station, Texas)
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, Feb. 24
Softball vs. Howard - 10:00 a.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Men's tennis at Samford - 10:00 a.m.
Baseball vs. Kansas State - 11:00 a.m. (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
Men's tennis vs. Jacksonville State - 2:00 p.m. (Birmingham, Ala.)
Women's basketball at LSU - 3:00 p.m.
Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

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