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March 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, March 3:

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

Junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess had an outstanding week in the circle, going 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA. Cumbess pitched against USF, which is receiving votes and went to the 2012 Women's College World Series, and Central Michigan. The native of Normal, Ill., came on in the fifth inning against USF and threw five hitless innings, striking out four and retiring 15 of the 16 batters she faced. She was also impressive against CMU, allowing an earned run in the first inning on two hits, but only one hit the remainder of the game. After giving up the run against CMU, Cumbess retired 18 of the next 20 batters she faced, including six by strikeout. For the season, Cumbess is 4-1 with a 2.39 ERA, throwing 38 innings with 36 strikeouts and only 13 earned runs allowed. The two-way player has also hit well this season, leading the team with a .373 average on top of 22 hits, four doubles, two homers and a team-high 18 RBI.

Softball: Kara Dill

Senior Kara Dill ended the tournament on a three-game hitting streak after her impressive 3-for-3 performance in UK's win over Western Michigan. Dill had two singles and a triple against the Broncos, while scoring three runs and stealing  base. The native of LaGrange, Ohio, played solid defense on the weekend as well, making several nice plays in the field. Dill has hit leadoff in every game but one this season, leading UK in hits and runs scored with a strong on-base percentage of .403. Dill is hitting .358 for the season with four stolen bases and six multi-hit games.

Baseball: Greg Fettes

Freshman catcher Greg Fettes made a pair of starts during the week behind the plate, batting 4-for-6 with a double and three RBI ... In his first career home start in the 2013 home opener, Fettes collected a single and a sacrifice fly ... Earned his third career start vs. Akron on Saturday, catching a dynamic pitching outing from Jerad Grundy, with the senior southpaw tossing eight shutout, two-hit innings with Fettes behind the dish ... Went a career-high 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double in the win over Akron ... On the year, Fettes - a 43rd round pick of the Detroit Tigers out of high school - has hit .750 (6-for-8) with two doubles and three RBI.

Baseball: Jerad Grundy

Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy had the best start of his career in a win over Akron on Saturday ... Worked eight shutout, two-hit innings, not allowing a walk and striking out a career-best 12 ... Became the first UK pitcher to strike out 12 hitters since Alex Meyer fanned 13 in a start vs. Niagara in 2011 ... He allowed only a pair of singles with no base runners advancing past first base ... He retired the first eight hitters he faced before an infield single, including seven by strikeout ... Rated as the seventh-best senior in college baseball by Baseball America in the preseason, he retired 13 consecutive after allowing a third-inning single ... Tossed only 86 pitches, including a staggering 68 for strikes ... Through his first three starts of 2013, has a 3-0 record and a 0.43 ERA, allowing only one earned run in 21 innings, striking out 24 and holding opponents to a .125 average ... In his two-year UK career, has a 9-3 record and a 3.12 ERA in 19 starts, tossing 106.2 innings and striking out 87.

Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies

  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies led 10th-ranked Kentucky to wins over Ole Miss (90-65) and No. 8/8 Tennessee (78-65) last week.
  • Averaged a team-high 18.0 points per contest, along with 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.0 assists per game.
  • Scored 20 points at Ole Miss, marking her seventh 20-point game of the season, including second straight.
  • Scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the decisive second half against Tennessee, including back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Cats' lead to 17 with 12:06 remaining in the game.
  • Hit 5-of-9 from behind the arc in the two games for .556 percent. The five 3-pointers moved her up to No. 7 on UK's single season 3-point field goals list with 60.
  • Displayed her defensive abilities against the Lady Vols, tying season highs with four steals and two blocks in the contest.
  • Has now reached double figures in 27-of-29 games this season, including 20 in a row and every SEC game.
  • Ranks in the top 10 on 13 UK career lists, including No. 2 in scoring (1,899), No. 3 in steals (303), and fourth in field goals made (706) and 3-pointers made (164).
  • With four steals vs. Tennessee, she became just the third player in school history to have 300 or more in her career.
  • First player in UK history (men or women) to accumulate over 1,800 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in her career.
  • The SEC's active career scoring and steals leader.
  • Leads the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), 3-pointers made (60) and is second in assists (2.4) and steals (2.4) per game this season.
  • Averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game in SEC play and is tied for the team-high with 1.8 steals per contest.

Softball: Kelsey Nunley

Kelsey Nunley did not have the best week statistically in the circle, but provided clutch innings for Kentucky and got key outs that should propel UK into SEC play. The freshman went 3-0 overall with a 1.94 ERA in 21.2 innings with 18 strikeouts. Nunley started the first game of the tournament against Illinois, allowing two earned runs, while striking out five and only walking one over eight innings of play. After giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in the first inning vs. LMU, Nunley settled down to throw six scoreless innings the rest of the way, retiring 14 straight to end the game. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., came on in relief against Western Michigan, getting the final two outs of the first inning with the bases loaded, keeping the game tied before going the final 6.2 innings against WMU, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out eight - just one off her career high, Overall this season, Nunley is 10-0 - believed to be the only player in school history to start a season 10-0 in the circle - with a team-low 2.16 ERA, throwing 68.0 innings, allowing 21 earned runs with a team-best 55 strikeouts.

Baseball: A.J. Reed

Sophomore two-way star A.J. Reed had a historic week for the Wildcats, leading UK to five wins to extend its winning streak to seven games ... Drove in 15 RBI during the week, belting three homers and adding a double ... Hit .526 (10-for-19) during the week, with a 1.053 slugging and a .609 on-base percentage ... In UK's home opening win over Murray State, belted a three-run, first-inning homer to give UK an early lead, finishing with four RBI and a pair of hit by pitches ... On Wednesday, scored a run and collected a hit, before exploding in the series opener vs. Akron ... Went 4-for-5 in the opener vs. the Zips, with five RBI and his second homer of the week ... Also started the opener vs. Akron on the mound, tossing six innings and allowing only two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four ... In the series-clincher on Saturday, belted a homer - his second consecutive game with a bomb - going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a walk ... In the sweep clincher on Sunday, Reed ripped a double off the centerfield wall to clear the bases, giving him three more RBI in a 1-for-3 game ... On the year, Reed leads UK with 22 RBI on four homers, a double and a triple, batting .409 (18-for-44) with 11 runs scored ... On the mound, as UK's Friday-night starter, Reed has a 2-1 record ... A preseason All-America honoree, Reed has hit .320 (78-for-244) in his two-year UK career with eight homers and 65 RBI, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.00 ERA on the mound.

Feb. 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, Feb. 24:

Men's basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein

Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein had a breakout week in helping lead UK to a pair of crucial victories this week. Cauley-Stein averaged 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. His 19 rebounds for the week, .647 field goal percentage, blocks and steals were all team highs. Cauley-Stein began the week by pouring in a career-high 20 points to couple with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. He made 8-of-10 field goals in the win over Vanderbilt. In an overtime thriller of a victory over Missouri, Cauley-Stein played in a career-high 35 minutes. The first-year player altered the game defensively with a career-high seven blocked shots. His 12 rebounds was a career-high tying, and it marked only the third game in his career with double-figure rebounding. He added seven points to the winning cause in addition to another steal.

Baseball: Jerad Grundy

Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy continued his dominating start to 2013 with a win over Elon in a pitching duel with 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Dylan Clark ... Grundy worked seven innings in the win, allowing only three hits and one run, walking two and striking out three ... Elon hit .136 against the Johnsburg, Ill., native with Grundy only facing three hitters over the minimum ... Grundy opened the first 12.1 innings of the year without allowing an earned run, before the Phoenix got a solo homer in the seventh inning ... On the year, Grundy has a 2-0 mark and a 0.69 ERA, tossing 13 innings, allowing seven hits and three walks, striking out 12, with foes hitting .152.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Griffin Joiner continued her hot bat, earning a hit in every game to move her season-long hitting streak to five games - just one off her career best. Joiner hit .583 (7-for-12) for the weekend, while slugging at a 1.250 clip, and posting two or more RBI in every game. Her three hits against Howard tied a career high, while her three RBI against Howard and USC Upstate also tied a career high. The native of Hopkinsville, Ky., blasted two homers on the weekend, including a go-ahead bomb in UK's thrilling 11-inning win against USC Upstate. Joiner leads the team with three roundtrippers, while sitting tied for first with four doubles and second on the team with 12 RBI.

Baseball: Max Kuhn

Sophomore infielder Max Kuhn continued his blistering pace to open the 2013 season, leading UK in hitting during a challenging three games at the Caravelle Resort Invitational ... Kuhn hit .385 (5-for-13) with a double and two RBI during the week, including a career-best three-hit game vs. Kansas State on Thursday ... On the year, Kuhn is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles and a triple, adding seven RBI and a 5-3 walk-strikeout ratio.

Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies

  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies led UK in scoring on the week, averaging 16.5 points per contest, along with 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
  • Despite playing just five minutes in the first half due to two early fouls, Mathies scored a team-high 13 points in the second half to help lead the Wildcats over No. 10/13 Texas A&M 70-66.
  • The win snapped A&M's 12-game home winning streak and gave UK its fourth win over a ranked opponent this season, including second win over a top-10 team on the road.
  • Scored 17 of 20 points in the second half at LSU, marking her sixth 20-plus point outing and moving her to No. 2 on UK's all-time scoring list.
  • Also grabbed six rebounds and equaled a team-high with three assists.
  • Has reached double figures in 25-of-27 games this season, including 18 in a row.
  • With four 3-pointers on the week, is tied for ninth on UK's single season 3-pointers made list with 55.
  • Ranks in the top 10 on 13 UK career lists, including No. 2 in scoring (1,863), No. 3 in steals (297) and No. 5 in field goals made (656) and 3-pointers made (159).
  • Only player in UK history to accumulate over 1,800 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals in her career.
  • Overall, leads the team in scoring (15.9 ppg), 3-pointers made (55) and is second in assists per game (2.4) this season.
  • Averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game in SEC play and is tied for the team-high with 1.6 steals per contest.

Men's basketball: Julius Mays

Senior Julius Mays was sensational in helping lead UK to a pair of critical victories this week. The senior logged 16.5 points for the week to go along with 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. In the opener for the week, Mays logged nine points and a team-high six assists. He added six rebounds and a steal. He was magnificent in the win over Missouri playing in a career-high 44 minutes. He logged a season-high 24 points while going .500 from the field including 4-of-8 from behind the arc. He added six more rebounds and dished out three assists. Furthermore, he was 8-of-9 from the free throw line including a perfect 6-fo-6 in overtime. Mays has connected on a least one 3-pointer in 16-straight games and has made multiple 3s in seven-straight. UK is 5-0 when he pulls down six or more rebounds, which he achieved in both outings this week.

Softball: Maisie Steed

Produced for Kentucky in limited action, hitting .600 (3-for-5) for the weekend with three RBI, including a double, homer and stolen base. Steed's homer was the second of the season, ranking her tied for second on the team. The freshman walked three times against USC Upstate, coming home to score once. Steed played solid defense all weekend, not committing an error even though she played third base, first base and both corner outfield positions.

Feb. 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, Feb. 17:

Baseball: Jerad Grundy

Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy had a great season debut, pitching UK to a win over Niagara on Sunday ... Grundy worked six innings without allowing an earned run, walking one and tying his career high with nine strikeouts ... Grundy allowed only four hits and held NU to a .167 batting average ... In the middle innings, Grundy struck out five consecutive hitters, not allowing a hit the second time through the order ... Grundy retired In his two-year UK career, Grundy has started 17 games with a 7-3 record and a 3.53 ERA.

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

  • Led the team in hitting against some of the best teams in the nation, helping the Wildcats defeat No. 16 Washington and San Diego State, who was receiving votes in one poll. Cumbess hit .500 over the weekend, going 8-for-16 with two homers, one double and five RBI.
  • Cumbess leads the team overall in batting average (.429), hits (15), homers (two), RBI (10) and slugging percentage (.657). She had a hit in every game throughout the tournament, including two against Keilani Ricketts, who pitched two no-hitters the opening weekend of the season to earn National Player of the Week honors. She is currently on a five-game hitting streak, the longest of the season by any Wildcat
  • The native of Normal, Ill., also pitched well over the weekend, going 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA. She threw a complete game shutout against Cal Poly, going seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out seven. Cumbess paces the team in ERA with a 2.04 mark and is second in strikeouts with 22.

Softball: Kelsey Nunley

  • Pitched beautifully for the Wildcats in the second tournament of the season, posting a 2.21 ERA with wins against San Diego State, who was receiving votes in one major poll, No. 16 Washington and UC Riverside. She threw a complete game shutout against San Diego State, allowing only three hits while striking out seven and only walking two. Also went six innings the next day against highly ranked Washington, allowing six hits and one run - none earned - striking out three with no walks.
  • Nunley came on in relief against UC Riverside after UK just captured a 4-3 lead and shut the door, allowing the highlanders only one hit over her three innings in the circle while striking out two batters.
  • In her two starts over the weekend, Nunley went 13 innings, allowing nine hits and no earned runs with 10 strikeouts. In her four starts this season, Nunley is 4-0 and 6-0 overall. In those four starts Nunley has thrown 25 innings, allowing only three runs - two earned - while striking out 27 and walking seven.

Women's basketball: Jennifer O'Neill

  • Redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill led Kentucky to a 78-74 come-from-behind victory over No. 16/14 South Carolina.
  • Scored 19 points, including 10 in the decisive second half as Kentucky came back from a 16-point deficit to record its largest comeback in the Matthew Mitchell era and tie the fourth-largest comeback in school history.
  • Pulled down a season-high six rebounds and hit 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in a season-high 36 minutes.
  • With the game knotted at 72 with 25 seconds remaining, O'Neill found open teammate Kastine Evans under the basket for a layup to give UK a two-point lead. She later iced the game by sinking two free throws with 16 seconds to go, giving the Wildcats a four-point advantage.
  • Ranks third on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per contest, including 12.5 points in league play.
  • Has reached double figures in 12 games this season, including nine of 12 SEC contests.
  • Ranks tied for second on the team in 3-point field goals made (43) and 3-point percentage (.387). Her 3-point percentage also ties for fourth on UK's single season list.

Baseball: J.T. Riddle

Junior J.T. Riddle had one of the most prolific weekends in Kentucky baseball history, batting .786 (11-for-14) to open the year, with three doubles, one triple, one homer and six RBI ... Riddle collected 19 total bases, charted a 1.357 slugging and a .824 on-base percentage ... In a win on Sunday, Riddle set a new program record with a 6-for-6, three runs, three RBI game at the plate, including ripping a triple off the centerfield fence, finishing a homer shy of hitting for the cycle  ... In the season opener, he pelted doubles off the left and rightfield walls in a 3-for-5 game ... In the finale of the weekend, Riddle went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs ... He had a walk and two hit  by pitches, belting his first homer of the year as a no-doubt blast to spark a dramatic UK comeback win on Monday at USC Upstate.

Feb. 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, Feb. 10:

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

Outstanding opening weekend for Cumbess, sitting first in ERA with a 2.50 mark and fourth in batting average on the team. Her season started with a bang when she threw nine strong innings against No. 3 California, getting the win over the highly ranked squad. Against Cal, Cumbess went the distance, allowing only six hits, two runs, two earned runs while striking out six. Her performance at the plate against Cal is what won UK the game, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the game-winning hit in the ninth inning against Jolene Henderson, who is the two-time defending Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year. Ended the weekend with a .368 batting average with seven hits, including one double and five RBI.

Gymnastics: Audrey Harrison

Audrey Harrison won the individual all-around title for the second straight week with a career-high 39.3 on Friday inside. The junior also took the floor exercise crown after posting a career-best tying 9.9 to help spark an improbable comeback as the Wildcats would tie then-No. 6 Georgia. The Knoxville, Tenn., native now has eight individual event honors this season and 15 in her career. Her four all-around wins in 2013 have all come against Southeastern Conference competition.

Track and field: Cally Macumber

Cally Macumber won the women's 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic on the Washington campus in Seattle on Saturday. Her time of 8:59.98 smashed three-time 5K NCAA champion Valarie McGovern's school record of 9:05.74. Macumber set a new personal-best by more than 10 seconds, and the time currently leads the SEC. The performance is also third-fastest in the nation this season, and she is in elite company as one of just three collegiate women in America to break nine minutes at 3K this season.

Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies

  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies led UK to road wins at Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.
  • Averaged a team-high 21.5 points, along with 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the two wins.
  • In a tough, come-from-behind overtime win at Arkansas, she scored 13 of her 15 points in the decisive second half, including four in overtime play to give the Wildcats their first win in Fayetteville since 2010.
  • Hit four of her last six shot attempts in the overtime win and grabbed a season-high tying nine rebounds and team-high five assists.
  • Had an all-around impressive performance vs. Vanderbilt by netting a season-high 28 points on 10-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
  • Holding just a slight five-point lead with seven minutes to play in the first half, Mathies scored the final nine points for the Cats, giving the Cats a nine-point 31-22 advantage at the break.
  • Concluded the first half with a game-high 15 points.
  • The 28 points marked the third-largest point total in her career and the most since scoring 34 points vs. Tennessee on Jan. 12, 2012.
  • The 28 points moved her up to No. 3 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,815 career points.
  • Mathies became just the third player in UK history to score over 1,800 career points.
  • Tied her career high with five 3-pointers and dished out a team-high five assists against the 'Dores.
  • Has reached double figures in 22-of-24 games this season, including 15 in a row.
  • Leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), including 18.8 points per game in SEC play ... Also leads UK in 3-pointers made (50) and assists per game (1.3) this season.

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel helped lead UK to a pair of wins at home this week to run the Wildcats' winning streak to five games. Noel logged double-doubles in both outings and has now put together a career-long three-game double-double streak. Noel had 10 points and 10 boards in a win over South Carolina to couple with five blocks. Against Auburn, he logged 10 points on a career-best 8-for-13 day at the line to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. He continued his streak of at least one block in every game this season.

Softball: Kelsey Nunley

Impressive in her first collegiate action, going 3-0 with wins over Western Michigan, Oregon State - who is receiving votes in both major preseason polls - and No. 20/21 Stanford. Nunley's first action of the season came against Western Michigan, where she posted a complete game, allowing only one run and four hits with nine strikeouts. She also came on the next day in mid-innings against Oregon State, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts, allowing UK to take a late lead and get the win. Her most impressive performance of the weekend came against Stanford, where she limited the top-20 Cardinal to four hits and one earned run while striking out eight. In fact, Stanford's leadoff batter reached on an infield single but Nunley would not give up another hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. In her two starts against Western Michigan and Stanford, Nunley went 12 innings, giving up only eight hits and two earned runs while striking out 17.

Feb. 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, Feb. 3:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel had another incredible week for UK. It began with a 12-block performance in an upset of No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections set a new single-game record for Kentucky and ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player. His 97 blocks on the season rank him fourth on the SEC single-season freshman record lists and he ranks second in UK allure only behind Anthony Davis. Through 21 games Noel has 97 blocks, Davis had 98. He followed that defensive-gem with a breakout offensive outing in an overtime victory at Texas A&M. He logged a career-high 19 points and earned his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds ranks as the second most in a single game in his career, and the most against an SEC foe. His .700 field goal clip also ranked as the best on the team.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky to an upset victory at No. 16 Ole Miss by scoring a career-high 26 points including knocking down five 3-pointers. The win marked the first upset of a top-25 ranked opponent this season for UK. Wiltjer also added seven rebounds, the most in league play this season for the second-year player. His three steals marked a career-high and he also added a trio of assists. Wiltjer then helped pace UK to an overtime win at Texas A&M to complete the 2-0 week. Wiltjer scored 10 points including a season-high five free throws made including a pair in overtime. He nailed a 3-pointer and has made at least one in five of his last six games. His three blocks led the team and resulted in a career-high.

Jan. 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, Jan. 27:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel averaged nine points and 10.5 rebounds per game in two SEC games last week. Noel logged a career-high eight blocks in a set-back at Alabama before stretching his streak of six or more blocks in a game to five-straight games with six against LSU. He has now logged 83 blocks on the season which ranks as the second-most in a single-season in UK history. Noel posted 10 points against the Tigers and has reached double-figure scoring in all but one SEC game this season. His 13 rebounds against the Crimson Tide marked a single-game high against league foes this season for the first-year player. 

Jan. 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, Jan. 20:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel helped lead the Wildcats to two wins in league play this week with an average of 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. He has reached double-figure scoring every SEC game this season and has pulled down at least seven rebounds in all four contests. Noel has notched six or more rebounds in every game this season. He's swatted three or more opponent attempts in five-straight outings and has six or more in the last three games - including reaching a career-high seven in a win at Auburn. Noel is the only player standing 6-5 or taller that ranks in the top-30 in blocks, steals and rebounds in the nation. He moved into fifth all-time in UK freshman record books with 69 blocks on the season and is one shy of cracking the single-season top-10 in school history. His 44 steals ranks seventh highest total in a single-season in first-year player records at UK.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led the Wildcats to a pair of SEC victories this week scoring 17 points in each victory. The 17 points are a career-high within league competition and he had never scored in double-figures in consecutive SEC games in his career until this week. He has made at least one 3-point attempt in all but three games this season and has knocked down multi 3s on eight occasions. His five assists in a dominating win over Auburn matched a career-high. His .522 field goal clip ranked as the highest on the team this week for players with more than 20 field goal attempts. 

Jan. 6 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, Jan. 6:

Men's basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein

Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein made the most of his second career start en route to leading UK to a domination final non-conference action of the season. Cauley-Stein logged his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He is the first UK player to tally multiple double-doubles this season. He was efficient from the field with a 5-for-6 day while also contributing defensively with a pair of blocks and two steals.

Men's basketball: Ryan Harrow

Sophomore Ryan Harrow scored in double-figures for the fourth-consecutive game and added a career-best performance from behind the 3-point arc in a dominating win over Eastern Michigan. His four 3-pointers against the Eagles topped his previous career high of one. He also dished out a season-high eight assists and swiped a career-best four steals to turn in an all-around impressive individual performance in UK's final non-conference action of the season. Harrow has passed out 29 assists to just seven turnovers in the last six games for a remarkable average of 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies

  • Senior guard A'dia Mathies led UK to wins over Florida (76-69) and Alabama (87-70), helping the Wildcats begin SEC play 2-0 for the second straight season, tie the school record for consecutive home wins at 30 and stretch UK's overall winning streak to a school-record 13 wins.
  • On the week, averaged a team-high 18.5 points, hit a team-high .538 percent from the 3-point line (7-of-13) and 100 percent from the charity stripe (4-for-4), grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game and totaled five assists and two steals.
  • In a tough battle against Florida at home, she hit 7-of-16 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe for a season-high 20 points. It marked her 20th career game with 20 or more points.
  • With seven made field goals she climbed to No. 7 on UK's all-time field goals made list with 574, passing Belitta Croley (569, 1984-88) and Jodie Whitaker (571, 1985-89).
  • Dished out a team-high tying four assists vs. the Gators, while also stepping up to take a team-high four charges.
  • On the road at Alabama, she scored all 17 of her points in just 16 minutes of the decisive second half after going scoreless and playing just seven minutes in the opening stanza due to two fouls.
  • With the game still in question and the Wildcats leading by only seven (53-46) with 10:46 to go, Mathies hit one of her five 3-pointers to push UK's lead back to double digits. Alabama would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
  • Tied a career high with five 3-pointers, becoming the first Wildcat to hit five or more 3-pointers in a game since Keyla Snowden hit five vs. Gonzaga on March 25, 2012.
  • Became the first Wildcat to hit the 200-point mark this season.
  • Has reached double figures in 13 of 15 games this season, including six in a row.
  • Ranks in the top 10 on 11 UK career lists, including No. 4 in scoring (1,645) and steals (276).
  • Leads the team in scoring (14.0 ppg), 3-pointers made (29) and assists per game (2.3) this season.

Dec. 16 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. 16:

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel continues to be a presence in all phases of the game following another quality outing in a win over Lipscomb. Noel posted seven points, nine rebounds, seven blocks, four steals and had an assist. He has logged five or more blocks in three-straight games including back-to-back seven-block performances. The seven blocks are a career-high. He's the first UK player to have 7+ blocks in two-straight games since Anthony Davis had seven vs. Tennessee and eight at LSU last season. He has logged at least six rebounds in every game and posted two or more steals in eight games this season. With four swipes against Lipscomb, Noel with 28 steals on the season is on pace to break UK's single-season steals record held by guard Rajon Rondo.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer turned in the best performance of his career with a 23-point, 12-rebound outing in a win over Lipscomb on Saturday. Wiltjer registered his first career double-double effort with a career-high 12-rebounds and a season-high 23 point effort. His 7-of-9 day behind the arc also resulted in career-best tallies. The seven made 3-pointers matches a career-high total, while the .778 percentage is a career-high to couple with the made field goals and attempts. It is the first 20-point, 10-rebound performance for UK since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in last season's Sweet 16 game. The 20-point game for Wiltjer is the second of the season and just the third of his career. The seven made 3-pointers ranks as the second-highest made in the John Calipari era, while the .778 clip is the fourth-best with a minimum of six-made 3-pointers during the four-year tenure of Calipari.

Nov. 18 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. 18:

Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan

Junior Alexandra Morgan was simply a game-changer in helping lead UK to a four-set victory over Georgia on Senior Day. Morgan posted a career-high 10 blocks which easily is also the highest mark of the season for any Wildcat. She is the first UK player to tally 10 or more rejections in a match since 2010 when Lauren Rapp had 10 blocks in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition to the 10 rejections she also had a team-high three aces and contributed four digs which is the second-highest total for the junior this season behind her career-high of five. She was one kill off a double-double effort with nine hammers on a blazing .400 hitting percentage. With the 10 blocks she now pushes her season average to above one with 1.02 blocks per frame.

Men's basketball: Nerlens Noel

Freshman Nerlens Noel had a coming out party in front of a national audience against No. 9 Duke. Noel had his first-career double-figure point effort with 16 points while adding a team-high eight rebounds. He notched a game-high four steals and added three blocks to his stat line. He added career-high numbers at the line with 6-of-8 free throws. Against Lafayette, he was the spark to the Wildcats' effort with countless hustle plays that resulted in four steals and four assists in helping UK top the century mark for the first time since the opening game of the 2011-12 season. Noel added 15 points, his second-straight double-figure effort, and again led UK in rebounds with seven. The four assists and four steals were both career high tallies. His 6-of-8 performance from the field highlighted UK's .645 shooting from the field as a team which was the highest clip under fourth-year head coach John Calipari and the best clip for any UK team since 2008.

Men's basketball: Alex Poythress

Freshman Alex Poythress exploded for back-to-back 20-point efforts in helping lead UK to a 1-1 week. Poythress had 20 points and added a team-high eight rebounds in a loss to No. 9 Duke. He then topped that performance with a 9-10 night from the field for a career-high 22 points. He added his first career block and first career steal in the victory. The .900 field goal percentage led the team which turned in a .645 percentage - the highest field goal clip under John Calipari. The .900 clip was the third best individual performance in the Calipari era. He also becomes the first freshman since Brandon Knight in Feb. 2011 to have consecutive 20-point efforts.

Volleyball: Kayla Tronick

Freshman Kayla Tronick provided a spark off the bench for the Wildcats in helping UK down Georgia on Senior Day. Tronick did not play in the opening set, but came out midway through the second frame and struck for seven kills on a match-high .417 hitting clip to become one of five UK players to tally five or more kills in the victory. The kills and hitting percentage both ranked the second-best of the senior for the year first-year player, outside of her only career start against Ole Miss earlier this season. Tronick also added a block and just her second-career assist.

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