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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 11:
Men's basketball: Archie Goodwin
Scored 16 points in his collegiate debut which was the second-highest total on the team. Thirteen of his points came in the first half. He also connected on 9-of-11 free throws to lead the team.
The 16 points in a debut ranks as the sixth-best start to a season for a freshman under John Calipari at Kentucky.
Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer
In his first career start, Kyle Wiltjer led the Wildcats with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting including a 4-for-6 clip from 3-point range. The four 3-pointers ranks as a career high in addition to a career-high three swats. His 19 points are the most since scoring 24 against Loyola on Dec. 22, 2011. He scored 11 first half points to reach double-figures for just the sixth time in his career. He also sunk two free throws in a clutch situation (final three minutes in a six-point game).
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 4:
Volleyball: Ashley Frazier
Senior Ashley Frazier enjoyed another incredible offensive week in helping guide UK to an SEC-long five-match winning streak with wins over Ole Miss and South Carolina this week. Frazier had a career-day against the Rebels with a career-high tying 20 kills along with a career-high eight digs. She has posted 10 or more kills in four-straight matches with three of those four tallying 15 or more hammers. Against South Carolina she efficiently knocked down 10 kills on a .368 hitting clip en route to a UK sweep. This week, Frazier averaged a team-high 4.29 kills per set on an impressive .362 clip. Frazier is the first player in league competition to register 20 or more kills in a four set match without taking at least 50 attempts. She converted 20 kills on just 39 swings.
Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot
Senior Stephanie Klefot has continued to anchor the Wildcats' defensive prowess in helping guide the team to a season-long five-match winning streak. Klefot paced the back line defensive effort with 4.14 digs per set on the weekend, leading the team in digs in both matches. She's now logged 10 or more digs in 90 career matches. With 29 scoops, she became just the fourth player in SEC history to accumulate more than 1,800 career digs upping her four-year total to 1,807 this week. Furthermore, she was perfect in serve-receive attempts this week in 28 attempts. Her passing sparked the Blue and White to chart a .372 hitting percentage for the week in two wins.
Volleyball: Sara Schwarzwalder
Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder has begun to emerge as a viable offensive threat for the Wildcat attack. The freshman logged 2.00 kills per set on a team-high .500 hitting percentage en route to helping UK to a pair of wins this week over Ole Miss and South Carolina. Schwarzwalder had seven kills on an SEC career-high .667 hitting percentage in the three-set sweep of South Carolina. Against the Rebels, Schwarzwalder posted seven kills on .385 hitting and added a pair of blocks. During UK's win-streak she's provided an offensive element from the middle of the floor that has helped aide UK's other attackers get one-on-one matchups on the outside.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 28:
Volleyball: Christine Hartmann
Senior Christine Hartmann led a multitude of UK players with standout performances in helping guide UK to a pair of five-set wins on the road against SEC Eastern opponents. Hartmann was masterful in all phases of the game. On Friday she helped lead UK from a 2-0 deficit to a win at Tennessee for the first time since 2008. Against Tennessee she totaled a career-high nine kills on a career-high .500 hitting percentage while recoding her second-straight double-double effort with 52 assists and 11 digs. She was one kill shy of recording what would have been the second triple-double in school history. Against the Lady Vols, Hartmann directed the offense to the tune of a .244 hitting clip and found four players for 10 or more kills for the first time this season for the Wildcats. She directed Ashley Frazier to a season-high 19 kills in SEC action on a sizzling .472 hitting percentage. Against Georgia, Hartmann led the Wildcat defensive effort with a career-high 19 digs while logging her third consecutive double-double. She passed out 58 assists (one shy of a career-high) as well as notching four blocks to couple with the 19 digs. For the second-straight match she found four players for 10 or more kills including 18 on a .452 hitting clip by Whitney Billings, and a career-high 15 kills from Alexandra Morgan on a .500 percentage. For the week she set new career-highs in a match for kills (9), hitting percentage (.500) and digs (19) while also leading the Wildcats to an average of 14.50 kills per set on a .288 hitting percentage with four players logging 2.60 kills or more for the weekend.
Men's soccer: Steven Perinovic
NOTES: Junior defender Steven Perinovic had a dynamic game in leading Kentucky to a shutout win at No. 23 Tulsa on Saturday night ... UK's vocal and physical leader at center back, Perinovic led UK to the shutout vs. the Golden Hurricane, a team ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in goals scored ... Perinovic was a force on Saturday, with his ability to play the ball in the air thwarting scoring chances for the Golden Hurricane throughout the game ... UK finished with four saves in the win, its fifth shutout of the year ... A native of Delafield, Wis., Perinovic has been a major weapon for UK's defensive unit in 2012, with UK owning a 1.29 goals-against average ... On the year, Perinovic has started all 15 games at center back with one goal.
Volleyball: Sara Schwarzwalder
Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder provided a defensive spark in helping lead UK to a 2-0 weekend on the road with both victories coming in in five-set fashion. Schwarzwalder had a season-high nine kills within SEC action in the five-set come-from-behind win at Tennessee. She added a career-high three digs as well as a team-best four blocks while dishing out the first assist of her career from her middle blocker position. In a win at Georgia on Sunday, it was her presence at the net that helped fluster Georgia into 26 errors in the match with a career-high-tying eight blocks against the Bulldogs. It marks only the second time this season a UK player has logged eight or more blocks - and she has achieved them both. She also provided seven kills on a.353 hitting clip.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 21:
Men's soccer: Dylan Asher
Junior Dylan Asher registered a prolific week in leading the Wildcats to two crucial Conference USA wins ... With UK leading scorer and starting forward Tyler Riggs out for both games due to injury, Asher - a two-time All-Conference USA defender - made his two first career starts at forward ... He finished with his first four career goals in the two games, with the eighth hat trick in UK history during a win over FIU ... During the 1-0 win at 10-win Marshall on Wednesday, Asher scored the game-winning goal in 54th minute, his first-career tally ... In the win against FIU, Asher had a career day for the Wildcats, notching goals in the third, 41st, and 57th minute to record the eighth hat trick in Kentucky soccer history ... His goals were dynamic during the week, including a diving header for the hat trick in the 57th frame vs. FIU ... The Richardson, Texas, native fired a total of four shots in the week, connecting at a 1.000 clip with all four finding nylon ... A two-time All-Conference USA selection, a preseason All-Conference USA honoree and a freshman All-American in 2010, Asher has played in 45 games with 43 starts in his career with four goals and three assists.
Volleyball: Whitney Billings
Junior Whitney Billings provided magnificent defensive play in guiding UK to a 1-1 weekend. Billings led the team in every statistical category this week in kills (4.17), hitting percentage (.367), digs (22) and blocks (8). She paced the Wildcats in both digs and kills in both matches this week including a five-block, 14-dig performance in a 3-0 win over LSU. She also provided an offensive spark with a team-high 16 kills on a blazing .481 hitting clip for her 23rd career double-double and the 10th of the season against the Tigers. She logged 32 serve-receive chances and did not commit a single error in that category. The win over LSU marked the 10th time this season the junior topped 10-or more digs and just the third time with five or more blocks. For the week she was well over her season averages in both digs (3.67 vs. 2.70) and blocks (1.33 vs. 0.87).
Football: Landon Foster
Foster was key for Kentucky in switching field position, launching six punts and pinning UGA inside its own 20-yard line three times. Foster averaged 44.5 yards per punt against the Bulldogs while also drilling a 53-yarder. He also did not have a touchback. Individually, Foster ranks fifth in the conference and 21st nationally in punting with a 43.1-yard average. He is third among true freshman punters in the nation and first in the conference in that category. As a team, Kentucky sits 20th in the nation and fifth in the Southeastern Conference in net punting at 39.95 yards per punt.
Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland
Sophomore Arin Gilliland continued her stellar season, capturing the game-winning goal vs. South Carolina on Friday night in a 1-0 defensive showcase and also scoring in Sunday's 2-1 come-from-behind win over Auburn. Gilliland has now scored a point in five of Kentucky's last six games, including scoring a goal in each of the last three games, with two game winners.
Women's soccer: Olivia Jester
Freshman Olivia Jester picked a perfect time to score her first-career goal, as the Cincinnati, Ohio native tallied the game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon in a 2-1 win over Auburn. Jester has played over 1,400 minutes this season and has started in every game this season. The goal was a header off an Alyssa Telang corner kick, and helped guide UK to its fourth-straight win.
Rifle: Henri Junghänel
Senior Henri Junghänel recorded a historic performance in Kentucky's record-breaking win over No. 4 Army. Contributing to Kentucky's 4716, a new school record, Junghänel bested the previous smallbore program high with a 592. The previous school record, held by Junghänel, was 590. Junghänel added a 594 in air rifle to bring his aggregate score to 1186, also a new program best. Two days earlier, Junghänel led the Wildcats to a 4676 - 4605 win over No. 10 Murray State. Junghänel recorded team highs in smallbore and air rifle, shooting a 587 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle. Through three matches, Junghänel leads the team in smallbore scoring average (589.5) and air rifles scoring average (591.7) on the year.
Women's soccer: Kayla King
After a weekend in which Kayla King recorded back-to-back shutouts, the Louisville, Ky., native backed it up with a 2-0-0 weekend in net, in which she made seven saves and also shutout South Carolina on Friday night. Until Auburn finally got a shot past the line, King went 322 minutes in the cage without allowing a goal. In addition, Auburn missed a PK while King was in net that would have given AU the 2-0 lead in the opening half of play.