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Dec. 15 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 15:

Men's basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein

  • Averaged 5.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and seven blocked shots this week
  • The nine blocks rank as the second-most in a single-game for UK and matches a career-high for the sophomore
  • Pulled down 12 rebounds vs. North Carolina ...one shy of a career high
  • Has three or more blocked shots in five-straight games
  • The three steals marked a team-high for the weekend.

Men's basketball: James Young

  • Reached double-figure scoring in the opening half vs. Boise State
  • Hit  a team-high six 3-pointers for the weekend
  • Has hit at least one 3-pointer in all but one game this season
  • Was UK's leading scorer in the win over Boise State
  • Has hit more 3-pointers than any other UK player
  • The nine re bounds vs. Boise State is a career high ... first guard to come one rebound shy of a career double-double this season.

Dec. 8 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 8:

Men's basketball: Julius Randle

  • Scored a team-high 16 points and has reached double-figures in all nine games this season
  • Led the team in rebounds with eight, and has led the team in rebounding in every game this year
  • Knocked down 6-of-8 free throws ... Has hit 61 on the year, a total that already ranks 24th in program history for a first-year player
  • Dished out a career-high four assists
  • Registered a block in his fourth game of the season

Dec. 1 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 1:

Men's basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein

  • Julius Randle is first freshman and just the fourth Wildcat in program history and the first since Jim Andrews in 1971-72 to open the season with five-straight double-double efforts.
  • He's the first UK player to have five-straight games with double-figure rebounding since Anthony Davis to conclude the 2012 season.
  • Has scored 20 or more points in four of five games this season.
  • Randle's 68 rebounds is the most for any UK freshman in the John Calipari era, besting Terrence Jones' 51. Randle is just two points shy of matching Jones' scoring output through the first five games with 104 points.
  • Dished out four assists against UT Arlington and that number is a season-high.
  • The two blocks ranks as a season-high.

Men's basketball: Aaron Harrison

  • Led the team with 18.5 points per game in two UK wins this week.
  • Notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in win over Eastern Michigan.
  • Logged 15 points and added a career-high four assists vs. Providence.
  • Scored in double-digits by halftime of both games.
  • Connected on a career-high seven field goals for a .778 percentage vs. Providence.
  • Has hit a 3-pointer in four-straight outings.
  • Sunk a career-high nine free throws vs. Eastern Michigan.

Nov. 24 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 24:

Volleyball: Whitney Billings

Senior Whitney Billings recorded her 39th career double-double against Texas A&M. Her 15 kills marked a three-set high for the season. She also added 10 digs and was one of four players to log double-digit digs as UK set a new program-record for digs in a three-set match in the 25-point rally scoring era. She also added a pair of blocks in the victory. Against Missouri, she had team-highs in kills (9) and digs (8). For the weekend, she received 39 serves the second most on the squad and she did not commit a single error. For the week, she averaged 4.00 kills per set and 3.00 digs per frame while posting 4.50 points per set.

Volleyball: Zan Morgan

Senior Alexandra Morgan had another tremendous weekend defensively for the Cats. In a win over Texas A&M she posted a team-high eight blocks. She has now logged five or more blocks in a match against SEC opponents in 10 matches. She also contributed 10 kills on a team-high .529 hitting percentage and added a pair of digs. Against Missouri, she again led the team in blocks and also contributed seven kills. For the week, she averaged 2.83 kills per set on a .394 hitting clip. She also picked up 0.67 digs per set and had a team-high 1.83 blocks per game.

Men's basketball: Julius Randle

  • Julius Randle is first freshman and just the fourth Wildcat in program history and the first since Jim Andrews in 1971-72 to open the season with five-straight double-double efforts.
  • He's the first UK player to have five-straight games with double-figure rebounding since Anthony Davis to conclude the 2012 season.
  • Has scored 20 or more points in four of five games this season.
  • Randle's 68 rebounds is the most for any UK freshman in the John Calipari era, besting Terrence Jones' 51. Randle is just two points shy of matching Jones' scoring output through the first five games with 104 points.
  • Dished out four assists against UT Arlington and that number is a season-high.
  • The two blocks ranks as a season-high.

Men's basketball: James Young

  • Scored a career-high 26 points to lead all scorers in a win over UT Arlington
  • Knocked down a UK season-high five 3-pointers
  • Has hit at least on 3-pointer in all five games this season and is the only Wildcat to do so
  • Dished out a career-high three assists
  • Two steals also marked a career-best
  • Has scored in double-figures in each of Kentucky's last three games

Nov. 17 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 17:

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

Arin Gilliland, who is a MAC Hermann Award Watch List candidate, scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute, collecting her team-leading 12th goal of the season on a breakaway slotted far post. Gilliland also tabbed an assist on Kentucky's third goal from, freshman Zoe Swift, for her fourth multi-point game of the season, which also leads the team and ties for the SEC lead.

Women's soccer: Caitlin Landis

Caitlin Landis scored the game-opening goal in the 50th minute, putting home a rebound off a re-fire from a corner kick. The goal for the senior was her fourth of the season as she put Kentucky up 1-0 early.

Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan

Senior Alexandra Morgan had a tremendous week for the Wildcats as UK went 2-0 with a pair of sweeps on the road at Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Morgan opened the weekend by leading UK to a season-high 19 blocks. The Birmingham, Ala., native had a career-high 11 rejections which marked the most blocks by a Wildcat in a single match in the 25-point rally scoring era. She also contributed seven kills on a .438 hitting clip, as UK as a unit only managed to hit at a .186 clip. Against Ole Miss, she again led the squad with six total blocks to run her total to 17 for the two matches at a rate of a stunning 2.83 per set. She added six kills on .400 hitting. For the weekend, Morgan went errorless with 13 kills at a .419 clip and registered 4.00 points per set, just behind Whitney Billings' 4.08 per set who plays in every rotation.

Men's basketball: Julius Randle

  • Recorded a double-double in both games this week. He's just the fifth player in program history to begin the season with four-straight double-doubles, and the first since Reggie Hanson achieved the feat to begin the 1989-90 season.
  • His 27-point, 13-rebound effort against Michigan State gave him a third-straight 20-point, 10-rebound game to become the first Division I freshman to open with three-straight 20-10 games since Kansas State's Michael Beasley in 2007.
  • His 54 rebounds to begin his career are the most of any player in the John Calipari era.
  • Had a career-high two blocks against Robert Morris.
  • Scored 23 points and had nine rebounds as UK erased a 14-point second half deficit to even the game late in the second half vs. No. 2 Michigan State.

Men's basketball: James Young

  • Had a break-out offensive weekend for the Wildcats with a career-high 19 points against second-ranked Michigan State
  • Scored in double-figures in both games this week
  • Has sunk at least one 3-pointer in all four games this season for UK
  • Had career-highs of points, rebounds and field goals made against Michigan State
  • Logged career-highs in assists (3) and steals (2) in a win over Robert Morris

Nov. 10 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 10:

Men's basketball: Julius Randle

  • Recorded a double-double in both of UK's victories.
  • Scored 45 points in two games, more than any other UK freshman in his first two games under John Calipari. The previous high was John Wall in 2009-10 who totaled 40 in his first two outings.
  • Is the first Wildcat to have consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound games since Patrick Patterson in Dec. 2008.
  • Sunk 10 or more free throws in both contests, the 11 made vs. UNC Asheville ranks the as the second-most in a single game under Calipari.
  • His 23-point, 16-rebound effort was just two points and one rebound shy of matching UK first-game records in both statistical categories. Terrence Jones had 25 points in his collegiate debut, while Sam Bowie hauled in 17 rebounds.
  • His three assists against Northern Kentucky was a team-high.

Volleyball: Anni Thomasson

Freshman Anni Thomasson simply had a match for the ages in a five-set victory over LSU on Sunday. Thomasson set a 25-point rally scoring era and Craig Skinner tenure record with a 30-kill performance in the win. She totaled the 30 hammers on an impressive .373 hitting percentage. She countered it with a career-high 22 digs to provide a defensive spark as well. No UK player under Skinner has ever turned a 30-20 trick, and she is the first conference player to do so since Kayla Fitterer of Alabama achieved the feat in 2010. The last UK player to record 30 kills in a match was a senior, Sarah Spinner, with 36 in 2004. Thomasson was also perfect in the serve-receive line with 29 total attempts and zero errors. She received the final serve from LSU and won the match for UK with her 30th kill down the line. She opened the weekend with a12-kill performance against South Carolina. In all, Thomasson has now reached the double-figure kill plateau in four-straight conference matches. For the weekend, she averaged a blistering 5.25 kills per set on a .341 hitting percentage. She also contributed 3.12 digs per stanza a squad-high 5.56 points.

Nov. 3 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 3:

Men's soccer: Callum Irving

Sophomore goalkeeper Callum Irving continued his stellar season with a pair of shutout performances in UK's two-game week ... A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Irving saved five shots in UK's 2-0 win at Marshall on Wednesday, including four key saves in a second half to keep the team in the game before UK scored two goals in the late half ... In UK's 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic, Irving worked the first 65 minutes scoreless, before subbing out in favor of senior Jack Van Arsdale on senior day ... Irving is sporting a stretch of 166 consecutive scoreless minutes played ... On the year, Irving has a 1.06 goals-against average in 12 games, with 33 saves and five shutouts.

Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan

Senior Alexandra Morgan had an exceptional week during UK's tough road stretch. Morgan notched a season-high 14 kills on a blistering .591 hitting percentage in helping UK snap a two-match losing streak to Arkansas. Morgan also posted a pair of digs and added six blocks. Kentucky turned away 15 Razorback attacks for the second-straight match with Morgan helping lead the way. At No. 7 and undefeated Missouri, Morgan posted eight kills on a team-high .316 hitting percentage for players with at least 10 attempts. For the week, she averaged 3.14 kills per set on a squad-best .463 hitting clip while adding a block per set.

Men's soccer: Tyler Riggs

Senior forward Tyler Riggs had the best week of his decorated career, totaling four goals in a two-game span, including the ninth hat trick in Kentucky history in a win over FAU ... In UK's must-win road tilt at Marshall on Wednesday, Riggs netted the game-winning goal in the second half and forced a penalty kick with a foul in the box for UK's second goal of the game ... A native of Louisville, Ky., Riggs netted three second-half goals to lead UK to a 6-1 win over FAU on Sunday, marking his first career hat trick ... All three of his goals came in his 24 minutes played in the second half ... Riggs now has four two or more goal game of his career ... He now has 28 goals in his career, the fourth-most in UK history ... His first goal of the trio vs. the Owls came just 23 seconds into the second half, the third-fastest goal to start the second half in program history ... Has five goals in 15 games in 2013, with 33 shots.

Volleyball: Sara Schwarzwalder

Sophomore Sara Schwarzwalder led the defensive charge for the Wildcats in a 1-1 week. She registered a career-high nine blocks in leading UK to a win over Arkansas on Friday. The nine blocks is the most by a UK player this season and just one shy of a Kentucky record for a four-set match. Schwarzwalder again led the Cats defensively in a heartbreaking loss at No. 7 and undefeated Missouri with a team-high four block assists.

Volleyball: Anni Thomasson

Freshman Anni Thomasson had a breakout offensive performance for the Cats in a 1-1 week. For the first time in her career she had back-to-back double-digit kill efforts. She began the week with 12 kills on .323 hitting in a victory over Arkansas. She followed that with a career-high 15 kill effort in a loss at Missouri. The freshman outside hitter had the most kills of any player on the court against the Tigers. Thomasson for the week averaged a team-high 3.86 kills per set and ranked second on the team with 4.00 points per frame. She also continued to be a steady defensively with an average of 2.00 scoops per set.

Oct. 27 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, October 27:

Football Top Performers:

  • Alvin "Bud" Dupree - Career-high 13 tackles, including two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack
  • Raymond Sanders - Rushed 15 times for 86 yards, caught two passes for six yards
  • Jojo Kemp -  Rushed 15 times for 63 yards and a touchdown
  • Ryan Timmons - Caught five passes for 69 yards

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

MAC Hermann Award finalist Arin Gilliland netted her team-high 11th goal of the season in the 64th minute to draw even with the Tigers. Gilliland now has 11 goals and nine assists for 31 points on the season. With three points this weekend, Gilliland now has 72 career points, which is fifth all-time in UK history.

Women's soccer: Caitlin Landis

Senior Caitlin Landis scored her 21st-career goal on Friday night, as she is now the active career goal-scoring leader for Kentucky. The Milton, Penn., native has 12 points this season, with four goals and four assists. Landis had the assist on the game-tying goal on Sunday afternoon to Arin Gilliland, and was a crucial component for the other two goals in the UK offensive attack.

Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan

Senior Alexandra Morgan had a terrific week for the Wildcats en route to a 2-1 week, with the only loss a heartbreaking 3-2 loss with a 23-21 score in the fifth set. Morgan averaged 2.50 kills per set on a team-high .436 hitting clip. She also averaged a team-high 1.25 blocks per set and ranked second on the team with 3.54 blocks per frame. She began the week with an 11-kill performance at Georgia which was the first double-figure kill effort in conference play of the season for the middle blocker. She also posted a team-best six blocks in the match and added a season-high three service aces. Against Mississippi State she notched five kills on a .400 hitting clip while adding a trio of blocks. Against her home-state team, Alabama, she posted a season-high 14 kills on a blistering .619 hitting percentage while adding six block assists. With a .436 hitting clip and 55 attempts on the week, Morgan moved into second-place all-time in the history of the UK program for hitting percentage with a career-clip of .346.

Volleyball: Anni Thomasson

Freshman Anni Thomasson continues to bring a consistent presence to the Wildcat lineup. Thomasson contributes in every facet of the game and this week was no exception as UK earned a 2-1 week against league foes with the only loss coming in five-set fashion with the fifth set resulting in a 23-21 score. Thomasson notched a career-high three assists and a career-best four blocks against the Bulldogs while adding seven kills and nine digs. She received 42 attempts from the serve-receive line and did not commit a single error. Against Mississippi State she reached double-figure kills for the fourth time in her career and with 12 resulting as a career-best in league competition. She laid down her kills with a .357 hitting clip, while adding three digs and a pair of blocks. In the four-set win over Alabama, Thomasson notched six kills, and 10 digs. She has topped the 10-dig plateau on six occasions in her young career. She also aided the Wildcat cause with a pair of assists.

Oct. 20 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, October 20: 

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

Junior Arin Gilliland recorded her second hat trick of the season on Sunday afternoon, scoring the first three goals in Kentucky's 4-2 win over Alabama on Sunday afternoon. With the three goals, Gilliland now has 10 goals on the season and a team-high 28 points in 2013. Gilliland becomes just the second player in UK history to record two hat tricks in the same season, as she also had a hat trick last Friday night vs. Tennessee. All of Gilliland's goals were scored in the first half (23', 40', 45').

Oct. 13 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, October 13:

Volleyball: Whitney Billings

Senior Whitney Billings registered her 38th career double-double with an 18-kill, 10 dig performance in a 3-0 sweep at South Carolina. Billings was UK's top threat with the 18 kills on a blistering .484 hitting percentage, while adding the 10 scoops. The 18 hammers marked a career-high in a three-set match. Even more impressive with Billings' play against South Carolina was that it was in response to a blatant effort by No. 2 Florida to slow the right side hitter down in the top-15 showdown.  Billings managed five kills (one shy of a team high), but was one of only two players to record double-figure digs with the 10 scoops against the Gators.

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

Arin Gilliland scored three goals in Friday night's 4-1 win over Tennessee, collecting her first-career hat trick. Gilliland scored all three goals in the run of play, with the tallies coming in the 8th, 25th and 40th minutes. The MAC Herrmann Award finalist now has seven goals and eight assists on the season, and has scored multiple times in two games this season.

Women's soccer: Caitlin Landis

Senior Caitlin Landis had her best game of the season, scoring a goal and assisting on two other goals, both to Arin Gilliland. Landis' goal was the game-winning goal, which was her first of the 2013 season, and sixth in her career.

Volleyball: Jackie Napper

Sophomore Jackie Napper led the defensive effort for the Wildcats in a 1-1 week. Napper logged 28 digs for an average of 4.67 for the week, well above her season average of 3.88. She's eclipsed the 10-dig plateau in 12 of her last 13 matches to lead the Cats. She also contributed four assists on the week continuing to be a strong presence in the offensive game as well.

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