Baseball - The Kentucky baseball team ran its winning streak to seven games while opening its home schedule with a midweek win over Wright State (7-1) and a series sweep over Eastern Michigan (8-2, 9-5, 13-2), a team that beat No. 13 Clemson on opening day. - The Wildcats - ranked last week No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 25 by Perfect Game - will return to action with a doubleheader with Cincinnati on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK will then host Mid-American Conference power Ball State for the final three-game non-conference series before Southeastern Conference play begins, starting on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. - UK's numbers during the four-game week saw UK hit .353 as a team, drawing 23 walks, getting hit by six pitches, stealing 12 bases and striking out just 14 times. On the mound, UK owned a 0.75 ERA in 36 innings, holding opponents to a .188 average.
Men's basketball - Julius Randle captured his 16th double-double of the season in the loss to South Carolina with 10 points and 15 rebounds. He is now eighth in the single season UK record books for double-doubles on the year. - Randle also moved into fourth place in UK freshman record books with 303 rebounds on the season. That's 18 more than UK's freshman single-season record holder, Anthony Davis, had through the same number of games. - UK has hauled in 15 or more offensive rebounds in 18 different games this season. UK has charted consecutive games with 20 or more offensive rebounds for the first time since the 2012 Championship season when that team pulled down 20 in consecutive games on Dec. 31, 2011 (Louisville) and Jan. 3, 2012 (Arkansas Little-Rock).
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 2-0 on the week with thrilling wins over Mississippi State in overtime, 81-74 and a 65-63 win over Vanderbilt at home on Senior Day. - In the Mississippi State game, junior Bria Goss netted 20 points, including eight in overtime, while senior forward DeNesha Stallworth posted All-American type numbers with 16 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to go along with a season-high four blocks and two steals. She became just the sixth player in UK history to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game. All eleven players that saw action contributed to the win by scoring at least two points. - In UK's regular season home finale and Senior Day for Kastine Evans, Bernisha Pinkett, Stallworth and Samarie Walker, Kentucky escaped Memorial Coliseum with a hard-fought win over Vanderbilt. The Wildcats led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but an 18-2 Vanderbilt run got the Commodores back in the game. Once again, Stallworth stole the show as she scored a team-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and two blocks. Goss added 12 points, including hitting five of six critical free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal UK's seventh straight win over Vandy. The senior class tied the school record for the winningest class in school history with 105 wins. - With the victories, UK earned a No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament and is set to face the winner of Florida (No. 5 seed) vs. either Missouri (No. 12 seed) or Mississippi State (No. 13 seed) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports South. UK has now earned a bye in the SEC Tournament in six out Matthew Mitchell's seven seasons at the helm.
Gymnastics - The No. 24 UK gymnastics team recorded the fifth-highest team score in program history to upset No. 11 Auburn Friday, 196.275-194.825. The Wildcats' program-record 49.650 on floor was one of three season-best team scores, all which resulted in event titles for UK. Kentucky's team score was also the second-best at home in its history. - Kentucky's floor score also was the third-highest in the country this year as the Wildcats improved to 5-1 against Auburn in the past three seasons, all under head coach Tim Garrison. Along with a school-record 49.650 on floor, UK posted a 49.175 on uneven bars, tied for the seventh-best in team history. Kentucky's vault score of 49.200 to open the meet is tied for the 15th best in UK history. - The Wildcats added 12 season or career bests in the win as Kentucky gymnasts won four events. Individually, Kentucky tallied the top five scores on floor, all with a 9.925 or higher and all career-highs. Senior Audrey Harrison scored a career-best 9.950, while redshirt junior Kayla Hartley, juniors Shelby Hilton and Kenzie Hedges and freshman Taylor Puryear all scored a 9.925. UK posted the top two scores on balance beam, led by Harrison's 9.925. Junior Shannon Mitchell tied for the vault title with a career-high-tying 9.900, and Hartley's 9.900 tied for the uneven bars title. - UK hosts No. 19 California and Centenary on March 7 on senior day in its home finale. Kentucky will honor three seniors, Holly Cunningham, Audrey Harrison and Kayla Sienkowski, before the 7 p.m. ET contest.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team placed second at the Great America Rifle Conference with an aggregate of 4672, while winning the conference air rifle title with a 2364. - GARC Shooter of the Year Emily Holsopple finished second individually in air rifle, shooting a 592, followed by a 204.7 in the final. - Sophomore Connor Davis shot a team-high 597 in air rifle and after the final placed fourth individually. - Seven Wildcats were honored over the weekend as members of all-conference teams, with Emily Holsopple winning Shooter of the Year and Senior of the Year, while Sonya May walked away with Rookie of the Year.
Softball - The Kentucky softball team won all three games of its home tournament over the weekend, taking down Butler, Pittsburgh and EKU to continue its best start to a season in school history. - The Wildcats used come-from-behind efforts to earn two of the three wins. After a 9-7 victory over Butler on Friday night in its home opener, Kentucky posted one-run wins via walk-off hits over Pittsburgh and EKU on Saturday. Sophomore infielder Ansley Smith was the hero against Pittsburgh with a walk-off single in the ninth inning, before senior outfielder Emily Gaines blasted her first career home run in walk-off fashion against EKU to propel Kentucky to a 2-1 win. - Freshman pitcher Meagan Prince was the star in the circle, coming off the bench to pick up wins in all three games. The native of Martin, Tenn., threw 8.2 innings on the weekend, allowing five runs - only two earned - on five hits with 13 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .156 against Prince in the three games. Senior Lauren Cumbess threw six strong inning against Pittsburgh, allowing just two runs, while freshman Shannon Smith went 4.2 innings against EKU with only one run allowed.
Swimming and diving - Seven UK swimmers competed at the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier in Athens, Ga., Saturday and Sunday in an effort to improve their season-best times to earn an NCAA A or B qualifying time. Every Wildcat that competed placed in the top six in each race. - Freshman Kendra Crew set a new UK record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.01 to finish fourth in the A Final. The school-record time is the eighth UK record broken during the 2013-14 season by Kentucky swimmers. - Freshman Kelly Berger placed second overall in the 1,650 yard freestyle in 16:22.01, the third-fastest time in school history. Fellow freshman Kendal Casey touched the wall in in 16:29.80, just behind Berger in third. - Junior George Greenhalgh, who posted the top time in the prelims of the 100 yard breaststroke, placed second in the A Final with a 53.77 after a 53.66 in the prelims. Senior Lucas Gerotto finished third in the A Final of the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 47.52. He also finished third in the prelims with a 47.40. - Kyle Higgins, also a freshman, added a fourth-place finish in 200 butterfly A Final with a time of 1:46.59. Senior Maclin Simpson was third in prelims of the same race and finished in 1:46.73 but did not race in the finals.
Men's tennis - The No. 25 UK men's tennis team moved to the top of the SEC after the first weekend of conference play, sweeping LSU and Arkansas, both on the road, to begin conference action. On Friday, Kentucky took a 5-2 decision from LSU, before recording a 6-1 win over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon. - Freshman Jerry Lopez clinched both matches on the weekend with singles wins on court four, the first clinches in his career. Lopez won Friday's match with a 4-6, 6-4,. 6-2 win over Tam Trinh of LSU and a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jovan Parlic on Sunday. - Senior Tom Jomby continued his blistering start to the season, as he defeated Mike Nott and No. 109 Chris Simpson. The wins for Jomby were the 78th 79th of his career. He is now 12-1 on the season and at a career-high singles ranking of No. 14. - UK returns home for the first time in four weeks, as the Wildcats take on top-10 ranked Texas A&M on Friday at 5 p.m. ET at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center.
Women's tennis - The No. 31 UK women's tennis team (12-2, 2-0 SEC) went 2-0 to begin SEC play with wins over LSU, 4-1, and Arkansas, 4-0, this weekend and are now for the season. - Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten won both their doubles matches at the No. 1 position beating both LSU and Arkansas, 8-4. McGraw and Witten are undefeated on court 1. - Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi are also undefeated in doubles play. Playing at the No. 2 slot, they started off conference play with two wins over LSU, 8-4, and Arkansas, 8-5. The pair is ranked 57th nationally by the ITA. - No. 51 Ravita had two all-star performance this weekend at the No. 1 singles spot. Against LSU, Ravita came back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to win 7-5 in the second set, forcing a tiebreak. She won the third set, 6-0, and clinched the match for Kentucky. Arkansas' Yang Pang provided a rematch for Ravita, who dropped a match against Pang last season. Ravita came out with the 6-1, 6-2 win. - Sutjiadi and Kelsey Dieters both had huge weekends. Both went 2-0 at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions, respectively. Sutjiadi knocked off No. 87 Scott and Dieters clinched the match for Kentucky over Arkansas with a comeback win against Kimberley-Ann Surin, 7-5, 6-2. - Kentucky will travel to College Station, Texas. and Columbia, Mo. to take on No. 9 Texas A&M and Missouri, March 7 and March 9.
Track and field - The Kentucky track and field teams turned in their best SEC Championships performances in a generation last weekend. The No. 6 UK women finished fourth with 72 points, and the men fifth with 69.33. They both placed in the top five at the SEC Championships for the first time since 1988. - The UK women's team earned its best points total since 2008, when it scored 84.5, and earned its highest team finish since placing fourth in 1989. The men's team earned its best finish since placing third in 1996. - Matt Hillenbrand won both the mile and 3,000-meter championship, while Kendra Harrison (60m hurdles), Dezerea Bryant (60m), Keffri Neal (800m) and Bradley Szypka (shot put) all earned individual gold medals. - Hillenbrand won his second consecutive SEC mile title, doing so in a time of 4:03.80, after winning the men's 3,000-meter run on Saturday. He is the first athlete to win the men's mile and 3K in the same year since Florida's Dumisani Hlaselo accomplished the feat in 2011. Hillenbrand tied Florida's Arman Hall for the men's Cliff Harper Trophy, awarded to the meet's high-points scorer, each tallying 20 points. - Kendra Harrison became the first athlete in school history to win a women's indoor 60-meter hurdles title, doing so in a meet-record time of 7.94. Harrison moved into a tie for seventh-place all-time in NCAA history. - Dezerea Bryant became the first person in school history to win a women's indoor 60-meter dash crown, tying her own collegiate-leading time of 7.16. - Bryant placed second in the 200m, and it took a world-leading time 22.5 by Texas A&M's to beat her 22.75, No. 2 in the world this year. They weren't in the same heat at SECs, but if the qualified 1-2 at NCAA's they would be. - Keffri Neal took home the men's 800-meter run title in a time of 1:48.94, making him the first Wildcat to claim an indoor SEC title in that event since Brian Maslyar in 1987. -Oh and he's Canadian- - Brad Szypka took home the Wildcats' first men's shot put championship since 2004, throwing a winning toss of 19.47m/63-10.50.
Monday, March 3 Men's Golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate - All Day (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
Tuesday, March 4 Men's Basketball vs. Alabama - 9 p.m. Men's Golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate - All Day (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
Wednesday, March 5 Baseball vs. Cincinnati - 1 p.m. (DH)
Friday, March 7 Women's Basketball at SEC Championship - 2:30 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.) Baseball vs. Ball State - 4 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Texas A&M - 5 p.m. Women's Tennis at Texas A&M - 5 p.m. Gymnastics vs. California, Centenary - 7 p.m. Softball at Mississippi State - 7 p.m. Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - All Day (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Saturday, March 8 Men's Basketball at Florida - 12 p.m. Women's Basketball at SEC Championship - 12 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.) Baseball vs. Ball State - 2 p.m. Softball at Mississippi State - 4 p.m. Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - All Day (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Sunday, March 9 Women's Tennis at Missouri - 10 a.m. Baseball vs. Ball State - 1 p.m. Softball at Mississippi State - 2 p.m. Women's Basketball at SEC Championship - 3:30 p.m. (Duluth, Ga.) Women's Golf at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate - All Day (Hilton Head, S.C.)
Baseball - Kentucky continued its season-long, seven-game road swing with a three-game sweep at the Old Dominion Tournament in Norfolk, Va., getting a historic output from junior preseason All-America two-way standout A.J. Reed. UK posted a 16-2 win over St. Joseph's on Friday, a comeback 7-5 win at ODU on Saturday and a 13-0 win over St. John's on Sunday to conclude the weekend. - Reed belted five home runs and had 11 RBI on the weekend, becoming the first player in school history with five homers in a three-game span. He hit two homers in an inning on Friday - while also working seven, one-run innings on the mound for the win - becoming the first UK player since Jason Kipnis in 2007 to hit two homers in an inning. Reed then gave UK the lead with a two-out, two-RBI single in the third inning at ODU Saturday, before later tying the game in the seventh inning with a solo homer and then pelting a double off the wall in the ninth inning. Sunday, Reed had his second two-homer game of the weekend with a pair of solo jacks in a win over St. John's. - Kentucky (5-2) - ranked No. 25 by Perfect Game and No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers last week, will return to action with its home opener on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET vs. Wright State at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Men's basketball - Kentucky captured wins over Ole Miss and LSU for a 2-0 week. Kentucky's win over Ole Miss on Tuesday gave the program its 58th 20-win season. John Calipari has now also coached 20 consecutive 20-win teams during his tenure as a collegiate head coach. That's the longest active streak in the country of any head coach and is the second most in the history of college basketball. Only Dean Smith with 27 20-win seasons ranks higher than Calipari. - The Wildcats were led by Julius Randle who averaged 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in the two victories. Randle first notched a 25 point, 13-rebound game in a win over Ole Miss. He scored six of UK's final 11 points to help preserve the win while going 13-of-14 at the charity stripe in the game. The 13 made free throws is the most in a single game by any UK player in the Calipari era. Randle then followed that performance with late game heroics by sinking a put-back with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift UK past LSU at home. Randle had eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the win. - Aaron Harrison had 21 points for the Wildcats, and James Young tallied 20. Freshman Andrew Harrison hit two free throws late in regulation to force overtime.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week vs. the SEC's top two teams, falling to No. 4/6 South Carolina at home, 81-58 and defeating No. 16/13 Texas A& M on the road, 83-74. - Against the Gamecocks, freshman Makayla Epps had a breakout game as she netted a team- and career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 17 minutes of action. - UK bounced back with a hard-fought win on Sunday vs. Texas A&M, its second straight in College Station, Texas. The win gave UK its school-record fifth consecutive 20-win season. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, led by junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill's 17 points off the bench. - Freshman Linnae Harper was just two shy of her career high with 16 points, while Epps posted her second straight double-digit game with 11 points, all of which came from the free-throw line. Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Samarie Walker led all rebounders with a season-high tying 14 caroms. - In the win, UK outrebounded the Aggies 47-32 and outscored A&M in bench points, 53-10.
Men's golf - The UK men's golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the spring season Tuesday with a second place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. As a team, UK finished even par, 864. The Wildcats have placed in the top five in all five tournaments this season. - Senior Stephen Powers led the way with his season-best 54-hole score of three-under par, 213, to finish tied for third. He recorded back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish the tournament. - Junior David Snyder tied for 14th with a two-over par, 218.
Gymnastics - In a rare two-meet weekend, the No. 24 Kentucky gymnastics team posted a season-best 195.975 score Friday at No. 13 Arkansas and a 195.200 Sunday at No. 8 Nebraska. UK placed second among four teams at Nebraska after a loss to Arkansas, the first time the Wildcats competed twice in one weekend since 2011. - Friday at Arkansas, UK notched a season-best 49.150 on vault and a 48.900 on beam, while junior Shannon Mitchell led the Wildcats with a career-high 9.900 on both vault and beam, both team highs. Sophomore Amy Roemmele led UK on bars with a 9.825, while senior Audrey Harrison and redshirt junior Kayla Hartley each tallied a 9.850 on floor to lead the squad. - Two days later in Lincoln, Neb., UK's 195.200 was its third-highest score of the season in a loss to Nebraska and a win over Bridgeport and Wisconsin-Stout. Senior Holly Cunningham recorded a team-best and career-high-tying 9.900 on vault, while sophomore Amy Roemmele led the way on bars with a career-best 9.900 on bars. Mitchell's 9.850 on beam was a team high, while Hartley paced the way with a 9.850 on floor.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4680 over the weekend at the NCAA Qualifiers. Sophomore Connor Davis led the Wildcats in smallbore at the Qualifiers, shooting a 585. - Senior Emily Holsopple's 592 in air rifle marked a team best for the Wildcats, while Connor Davis followed with a 591 and senior Aaron Holsopple shot a 591. - The Wildcats will find out their postseason fate Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET during the selection show on NCAA.com.
Softball - The Kentucky softball team's undefeated stretch to start the season came to a close over the weekend in the FAU Invitational with the squad going 3-2 in the tournament with wins over Penn State (twice) and FAU. UK's losses came to 2013 MAC East Champion Kent State and No. 5/7 Michigan, who made it to the 2013 Women's College World Series. - Senior Lauren Cumbess paced Kentucky in the circle and offensively during the event, going 2-0 in the circle with a 0.64 ERA, striking out 14 in 14 innings pitched. The native of Normal, Ill., also found her rhythm at the plate, hitting. 462 (6-for-13) on the weekend with three doubles and five RBI. Senior outfielder Emily Gaines went 3-for-6 over the weekend with an RBI, while sophomore Sylver Samuel, Nikki Sagermann and Christian Stokes all hit .400 with Sagermann hitting her first homer of the season with 5 RBI. - Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 1-1 in the circle at the event with a 2.00 ERA. Nunley threw 18 innings for Kentucky, striking out 13 and allowing four runs in three games pitched. Freshman Shannon Smith threw two innings in UK's game vs. Kent State with three hits allowed and one earned run scored.
Swimming and diving - The UK swimming and diving team won two medals and broke nine school records last week at the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga., Feb. 18-22. The UK men finished eighth with 522 points overall, while the women placed 10th with 426 points. - Junior Christina Bechtel claimed UK's first swimming medal since 2012 with a runner-up finish in the women's 100 yard butterfly Thursday. The first SEC medal of her career, Bechtel finished in 51.69 for UK's first runner-up finish at the SEC Championships since 2010. - Senior Greg Ferrucci went out with a bang in his final SEC Championship appearance with a bronze medal-winning performance on platform Friday. It marked the sixth SEC medal of his career after he scored a 409.90 in an exciting, tightly-contested platform final. - In total, nine school record times were broken by UK, five individual records and four relay records. Junior George Greenhalgh broke the record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke along with helping to break the 200 and 400 medley relay records. Freshman Danielle Galyer helped topple three school marks, the 200 backstroke individually and as part of the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. Freshman Kendal Casey also broke an individual school record in the 200 freestyle.
Men's tennis - The No. 17 University of Kentucky men's tennis team wrapped up the non-conference season with a 7-4 record overall after a 5-2 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., on Friday afternoon, completing the single-match week for the Wildcats. - Senior Tom Jomby recorded the biggest win of his career on Friday night, knocking off No. 2 Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 on court one. The win for Jomby marked the highest-ranked opponent that he has defeated in his career. Jomby's three-set win also captured the Nantes, France, native's second-career win over a top-five ranked player in his time in Lexington.
Women's tennis - The No. 39 University of Kentucky women's tennis team (10-2) finished non-conference play with a 4-0 win over Kansas. - Kentucky and Kansas each took a match in doubles play, so the point came down to a tiebreak at the No. 2 position. Junior Kelsey Dieters and freshman Aldila Sutjiadi clinched the point for Kentucky with a 8-7(4) win over Kansas' Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Luduena. - Kentucky swept the singles competition with wins from sophomore Nadia Ravita, Sutjiadi and Dieters. Ravita was the first Wildcat to win her singles match at the No. 1 position. She defeated Cardona, 6-2, 6-1. Sutjiadi followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Dylan Windom at No. 2 singles and Dieters claimed the match behind her 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 3 slot.
Track and field - The UK track and field teams will head to the SEC Championships at Texas A&M this weekend. The Wildcats enter the championships with multiple SEC-leaders in their respective events. - Dezerea Bryant leads the conference and nation in the 60m (7.16), while Kendra Harrison is the SEC and NCAA-leader in the 60m hurdles (7.96). Both are the school record holders in their signature event. Allison Peare ranks second in the SEC in the mile, and fourth at 800m. - On the men's side, Matt Hillenbrand's school-record mile time of 3:57.0 leads the nation, and he is the defending SEC Champion in the event. Brad Szypka also has the top shot put mark in the conference.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 Baseball vs. Wright State - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 Baseball vs. Dayton - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27 Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 7 p.m. Women's Basketball at Mississippi State - 8 p.m. Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas)
Friday, Feb. 28 Women's Tennis vs. LSU - 11 a.m. Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas) Softball vs. Eastern Kentucky - 3 p.m. Men's Tennis at LSU - 4 p.m. Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 4 p.m. Softball vs. Butler - 5 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Auburn - 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Softball vs. Pittsburgh - 1 p.m. Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 2 p.m. Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas) Softball vs. TBA - 3 p.m./5 p.m. Men's Basketball at South Carolina - 6 p.m. Swimming and Diving at Last Chance Qualifier - All Day (Athens, Ga.) Rifle at GARC Championships - All Day (Oxford, Miss.)
Sunday, March 2 Women's Tennis vs. Arkansas - 11 a.m. Softball vs. TBA - 11 a.m./1 p.m. Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis at Arkansas - 2 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt - 4 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Northern Kentucky - 5 p.m. Men's Golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate - All Day (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico) Rifle at GARC Championships - All Day (Oxford, Miss.)
Men's basketball - Kentucky turned in a sweep of the Magnolia State with wins over Ole Miss and Mississippi State this week. UK met Ole Miss in a battle for second place in the SEC and dominated the Rebels en route to an 80-64 win. - Kentucky was paced by the play of sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein who logged his second double-double of the season. He posted a season-high 18 points to couple with 11 boards and six blocked shots. As a unit, UK smacked a season-high 12 blocked shots with freshman Dakari Johnson chipping in with a career-best four swats. Kentucky limited the Rebels to a .357 field goal clip in the second half and outscored the visitors by a 45-30 margin in the second stanza. - Against Mississippi State, Kentucky earned a 69-59 victory led by freshman Julius Randle who notched 16 points and added seven rebounds. Johnson chipped in with nine points and a team-best eight rebounds. Fellow freshman Aaron Harrison had a steady week providing consistency in all phases of the game. He notched 16 points against the Rebels and had six rebounds in the win. Against the Bulldogs, Harrison chipped in nine points, had six more rebounds and added a squad-best six assists just one shy of a career high.
Women's basketball - Coming off a bye week, Kentucky went on the road to face the Florida Gators for the second time this season. The Cats were looking to avenge an 83-73 home loss to the Gators from earlier this season. Trailing by 14 points with 16:13 to play in the game, the Wildcats clawed back within two with 2:13 to play but Florida capitalized on UK turnovers and hit 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to defeat UK, 86-80. - It marked the first time since Dec. 18, 2011 the Wildcats have lost a game when scoring 80 or more points. Five players scored in double figures, paced by junior Jennifer O'Neill's 20 points, 15 coming in the second half. - Senior forwards DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker each recorded double-doubles with Stallworth charting 14 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds and Walker adding 10 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Bria Goss and freshman Linnae Harper added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Gymnastics - After three consecutive weekends on the road, the Kentucky gymnastics team scored a season-best 195.450 against No. 1 Florida in its returned to Memorial Coliseum Friday on DanceBlue Night. UF recorded a 197.175 to win and keep its perfect record intact. - The Wildcats tallied a season-high score by 0.300 points against the defending national champion-Gators thanks to a 2014-best vault score and individual season-highs set or tied six times. For the first time this year, Kentucky scored a 49.000 or higher on two events, with a 49.025 on floor and a season-best 49.000 on vault to open the competition. The Blue and White also notched a 48.800 on uneven bars and a 48.625 on balance beam, both their second-highest totals on each apparatus in 2014. - Senior Audrey Harrison led UK with a 39.225 in the all-around, a season-best. Harrison also led the Wildcats with a 9.825 on beam, a 9.800 on bars and tied redshirt junior Kayla Hartley with a 9.825 on floor. Senior Holly Cunningham notched a team-best 9.850 on vault. - Friday was DanceBlue Night, to raise awareness and money to benefit children with cancer who are treated at UK's Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic. UK wore gold warm-up tops, which are being auctioned off on UKathletics.com to benefit DanceBlue. More information about DanceBlue can be found at DanceBlue.org. - The Wildcats return to the road Feb. 15 at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. UK will face a trio of top-15 teams in No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 LSU and 13th-ranked Arizona. Kentucky travels to the Lone Star State for the first time since 2008, when UK won a four-team invitational hosted by Texas Women's University.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team dropped its final match of the regular season Saturday, falling 4702-4688 at West Virginia. - Senior Emily Holsopple delivered the Wildcats' best air rifle performance of the year, shooting a 596, while also leading UK in smallbore with a 587. - Sophomore Connor Davis broke the 590 mark in air rifle for the 11th time this year with a 590. - After a week off, Kentucky will return to action Feb. 22, hosting the NCAA Qualifiers.
Softball - The No. 12 University of Kentucky softball team started its season in style by going 5-0 on its West Coast swing with wins over No. 2 Oklahoma and Santa Clara, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount and George Washington. The 5-0 start is the best in school history for Kentucky, while its win over No. 2 Oklahoma - the defending national champions - tied the highest-ranked opponent UK has ever defeated. - Junior catcher Griffin Joiner paced UK offensively with a .667 (10-for-15) batting average with two doubles, three homers and nine RBI, while sophomores Maisie Steed and Ansley Smith and seniors Ginny Carroll and Emily Jolly each hit homers. - Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley paced UK in the circle with her first collegiate no-hitter and a 10-inning win over No. 2 Oklahoma. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., struck out a career-high 11 batters against Santa Clara in the no-hit bid, while striking out eight against Oklahoma. Senior Lauren Cumbess and freshman Shannon Smith each tossed shutouts in wins over Long Beach State and George Washington, respectively, while freshman Meagan Prince got the win in seven strong innings vs. Loyola Marymount.
Men's tennis - The No. 17 University of Kentucky men's tennis team got back on track with two wins on Sunday afternoon, knocking off No. 50 Michigan State 4-1, and Wright State 6-0. With the two results, Kentucky snapped a three-game losing streak and upped its record to 7-3 on the season. - Senior Tom Jomby earned career win No. 75 on Sunday as he came back from down a set to win his match 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 on court one to pick up the victory. Jomby has the highest win total of any active UK player, and currently sits seventh on the all-time wins list at Kentucky. - The Wildcats' win over Michigan State upped Kentucky's record to 2-0 on the season against teams representing the B1G conference. Four of UK's seven wins in 2014 have come against teams in the current ITA top 50.
Women's tennis - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team went 2-0, Saturday in a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State. Kentucky won both matches, 6-1. - Sophomore Kirsten Lewis was consistent in both her singles matches. Lewis competed in the No. 4 singles position and defeated Marshall's Anna Pomyatinskaya, 6-2, 6-1, and Morehead State's Sandrine Beaule, 6-0, 6-0. - Aldila Sutjiadi came from 5-1 deficit to beat Morehead State's Briar Preston, 7-5 in the second set, tying her match on court one. In the tiebreak, Sutjiadi demanded the floor, beating her opponent, 6-2, 7-5 (7). - Kentucky moves to 6-1 on the season and will be back in action Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a doubleheader against Eastern Kentucky University and East Tennessee State University. The first match against EKU will begin at 10 a.m. ET followed by ETSU at 6 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 Women's Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky - 10 a.m. Women's Tennis vs. ETSU - 6 p.m. Men's Basketball at Auburn - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13 Women's Basketball vs. Ole Miss - 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14 Softball vs. Louisiana Tech - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas) Baseball vs. Virginia - 12 p.m. (Wilmington, N.C.) Women's Tennis vs. Ohio State - 1 p.m. Softball at Texas - 5 p.m. Track & Field at Tyson Invitational - TBA Track & Field at Hoosier Hill Invite - TBA Track & Field at Husky Classic - TBA Track & Field at Iowa State Classic - TBA
Saturday, Feb. 15 Softball vs. IPFW - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas) Baseball at UNC-Wilmington - 4 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Arizona, LSU, Oklahoma - 8 p.m. (Fort Worth, Texas) Men's Basketball vs. Florida - 9 p.m. Track & Field at Tyson Invitational - TBA Track & Field at Hoosier Hill Invite - TBA Track & Field at Husky Classic - TBA Track & Field at Iowa State Classic - TBA
Sunday, Feb. 16 Baseball vs. VMI - 10 a.m. (Wilmington, N.C.) Women's Tennis at Indiana - 11 a.m. Women's Basketball at Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week while enduring weather-related issues at both LSU and Missouri. - Freshman sharpshooter James Young led the way for the Cats with a pair of 20-point outings. He poured in a team-high 23 at LSU while sinking a career-best five 3-pointers. He followed with a 20-point performance in a win over Missouri as UK became just the third team to earn a win at Mizzou Arena against Missouri coach Frank Haith. Freshman Aaron Harrison had a team-high 21 points including the go-ahead four points in the final minute of play to earn with the win over the Tigers. - UK shot over .500 percent from the floor and hit on .571 percent from long range as four different Cats made at least one long ball. - The Wildcats will return home to host Ole Miss on Tuesday, before returning to the road for two more contests. UK will end the week at Mississippi State on Saturday, a team it has already defeated once this season.
Women's basketball - Kentucky rebounded from a season-low shooting performance and heartbreaking, 58-56, loss at Georgia on Thursday by putting its own defensive clamps on 14th-ranked LSU just three days later. - The Wildcats held the Lady Tigers to 32.3 percent shooting in a much-needed, 63-56, win in Memorial Coliseum, the Cats' school-record third consecutive win over LSU in Lexington. Nine Wildcats contributed at least two points in the winning effort, paced by junior guard Bria Goss' 11 points and junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill's 10 points off the bench. Goss, who came into the game ranked sixth nationally in free-throw shooting percentage, nailed all six of her attempts on Sunday, increasing her free-throw streak to 23. The mark now ranks fourth all-time in UK history for consecutive free-throws made. - The Wildcats have a bye week before traveling Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 9 to take on Florida for the second time this season. UK fell to the Gators in Lexington in the SEC home opener on Jan. 5, 83-73.
Gymnastics - In the final competition of a season-long-tying three-meet roadtrip, the Kentucky gymnastics team lost to Georgia, 197.300-190.950, Saturday evening in Athens, Ga. - Despite the season-low score, the Wildcats (4-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) fell just 0.050 points shy of a season-best performance on vault with a 48.850, and 0.125 points shy of a 2014-high on floor with a 49.000. UK's floor score was its second mark of 49.000 or higher of the season. - Individually, five career high scores, in addition to three season-best scores, were set or tied. Shelby Hilton's 9.825 on floor and Shannon Mitchell's 9.850 on vault, both career highs, and sophomore Amy Roemmele's career-high-tying 9.825 on bars all resulted in team-bests for the Wildcats on each apparatus. Senior Audrey Harrison posted an all-around score of 37.675 to finish second. - The Wildcats return home to face second-ranked and undefeated Florida on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. It will be DanceBlue Night at Memorial Coliseum and UK will raise awareness and money to benefit children with cancer who are treated at the Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic on the UK campus. All fans are encouraged to wear gold to the meet to support DanceBlue.
Rifle - The second-ranked Kentucky rifle team used a 4680 to knock off No. 6 Nebraska Sunday, with the Huskers shooting a 4659. - Freshman Sonya May delivered the best individual aggregate for a Wildcat, opening the day with a 580 in smallbore followed by a 592 in air rifle. - Seniors Aaron and Emily Holsopple UK in smallbore, with Emily Holsopple shooting a team-best 583 and Aaron Holsopple following with a 581. - Kentucky will close out the regular season at No. 1 West Virginia this weekend.
Swimming and diving - The Kentucky swimming and diving teams closed out the 2014 regular season with a bang on Saturday afternoon, winning 26 of the 32 events held, as the Wildcats defeated Cincinnati. The UK men beat the Bearcats 213-80, while the Wildcats also came out on the winning side for the women, collecting a 186-106 win. - Junior Christina Bechtel collected two wins, taking the crown in both the 100-butterfly and the 50-freestyle. Bechtel tapped in No. 1 in the 50-freestyle in just less than 24 seconds, at 23.93, while recording a 55.37 in the 100-fly to take the top spot on the podium. - Senior Greg Ferrucci won both the men's 1-meter and 3-meter wcompetitions, with a 398.25 on the 1-meter and a mark of 374.33. Junior Christa Cabot also won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter for Kentucky. Cabot scored a 335.70 on the 3-meter, while collecting a 330.83 to win on the lower board. - Saturday marked Kentucky's final meet before heading to Athens, Ga., for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Georgia will host the event, with the championships scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18 running through Feb. 22.
Men's tennis - The No. 22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish outlasted No. 13 Kentucky for the second-straight weekend onSunday afternoon in a 4-3 match which featured three lead changes, as NotreDame got a break at four-all in the deciding set in the deciding match to take the 4-3 win for the second-straight weekend. - No. 68 Tom Jomby continued his great play to start the season, as he knocked off No. 22 Greg Andews for the second-straight weekend on court one, 6-5, 6-4. Jomby won a first set tiebreak, and then got a late break in the second set to serve it out and tie the match at 3-3. He is 7-0 on the season. - The Wildcats are back in action on Friday, Feb. 7, as Kentucky travels to No. 5 Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes at 6 p.m. ET in Columbus.
Women's tennis - The No. 40 University of Kentucky women's tennis team returned home with a 6-1 win over Penn State University on Saturday. This was the team's first true road match. - After a 4-3 loss last season to the Nittany Lions, the Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders. Winning the doubles point, the team got off to an early 1-0 lead. Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi expanded the lead to 2-0 with her win on court 2 and No. 108 Nadia Ravita followed with her first win the season. - Junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff clinched the match for Kentucky for the second time this season. Her consistency on the court has led her to four singles wins, a team high. - The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, with a doubleheader against Marshall University at 10 a.m. ET and Morehead State at 6 p.m. ET.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 Men's Basketball vs. Ole Miss - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 6 Softball vs. Santa Clara - 12 p.m. (Long Beach, Calif.) Softball at Long Beach State - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 7 Softball vs. Loyola Marymount - 1:30 p.m. (Fullerton, Calif.) Men's Tennis at Ohio State - 6 p.m. Softball vs. Oklahoma - 6:30 p.m. (Fullerton, Calif.) Gymnastics vs. Florida - 7 p.m. Track and Field at Notre Dame Invitational - TBA Track and Field at Virginia Tech Elite Meet - TBA
Saturday, Feb. 8 Women's Tennis vs. Marshall - 10 a.m. Softball vs. George Washington - 12 p.m. (Long Beach, Calif.) Men's Basketball at Mississippi State - 1:30 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Morehead State - 6 p.m. Rifle at West Virginia - All Day Track and Field at Notre Dame Invitational - TBA Track and Field at Virginia Tech Elite Meet - TBA
Sunday, Feb. 9 Women's Basketball at Florida - 12 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Michigan State - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Wright State - 6 p.m. Women's Golf at UCF Challenge - All Day
Men's basketball - Kentucky enjoyed a 2-0 week in league play with home victories over Texas A&M and Georgia. - Sophomore forward Alex Poythress sparked the Cats to the win over the Aggies with a season-high 16 points, which included a run of seven straight points to ignite a 21-7 run in the second half. Freshman forward Julius Randle turned in his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. - Against the Bulldogs, UK received an incredible defensive performance from sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. The 7-0 forward logged six blocks and six steals with the six swipes marking a new career-high. He's the only player in the John Calipari era to have six or more in either defensive category in the same game. UK forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers while matching season-bests in blocks (11) and steals (9). - Kentucky hits the road for a pair of matchups this week beginning at LSU on Tuesday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky split games this week in Lexington, falling in a heartbreaker to Alabama on Thursday, 57-55, and battling back from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Arkansas on Sunday, 68-58. - Against the Tide, junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill hit two free throws to tie the game with 12.5 seconds to play before Alabama's Diasha Simmons scored two of her game-high 21 points with three seconds on the clock, giving the Tide their first win in Lexington since 2002. Senior forward Samarie Walker scored a team-high 18 points despite playing just 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Junior guard Bria Goss tossed in 14 points. - Sunday was Alumni Day for the Wildcats as more than 45 alumni returned to the Bluegrass for the weekend's festivities. O'Neill, who earned her way into the starting lineup for the second time this season, netted a career-high tying five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 21 points. She also grabbed a season-high six rebounds. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson, who came off the bench for the first time this season, added 13 points. Goss had 10 points and also grabbed six rebounds. It marked the seventh straight win over the Razorbacks in Lexington.
Gymnastics - In its first true road meet of the season, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team had season high scores on three events en route to a 195.150-193.775 win over Missouri Friday night at the Hearnes Center. - The Wildcats (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their first three events, vault, uneven bars and floor, all with season best scores. Individually, UK notched three event titles along with the senior Audrey Harrison's all-around win. Fifteen career or season highs were set or tied in UK's first dual meet of the year. - Harrison led UK with a 38.675 to win the all-around title for the second time in three weeks to open the year. Harrison also won floor and tied two others, including sophomore Tiara Phipps, for the win on uneven bars. Sophomore Amy Roemmele won balance beam. Harrison posted UK's first 9.900 of the season on floor and tied Phipps on uneven bars, who was making her collegiate debut on the event. - The Wildcats cap a three-week roadtrip at sixth-ranked Georgia on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. Last season, UK tied then-No. 6 UGA, 195.825-195.825 in Lexington. With a season-high team score, the Wildcats won beam and floor, the final two events. Harrison won the all-around title and notched the top score on floor while Alexis Gross tallied a win on bars.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4683 Friday at the Withrow Invitational in Murray, Ky. - Senior Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1182, shooting a 592 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle. - Freshman Sonya May delivered UK's best air rifle score, shooting a 593, while fellow freshman Heather Kirby posted a 590. - Sophomore Connor Davis spent the weekend in Munich, Germany, competing in the Bavarian Airgun Championships. Swimming and diving - University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville Saturday afternoon. - Wins in three of the first four events for the women gave UK a lead early over the 13th-ranked Cardinal, and helped set up a closely-scored meet halfway through the competition. The Wildcats were unable to hang on for the upset and lost 193-107. The men fell by a final score of 212.5-87.5 to the Cardinals, ranked seventh nationally. - Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter dive, while fellow junior Lindsay Keahey placed second in both events to round out UK's scoring. On the men's side, seniors Greg Ferrucci and John Fox won the 1- and 3-meter, respectively. Fox placed second in the 1-meter, while senior Zack Peterson was second in the 3-meter. The Wildcats also claimed third and fourth place in the 1-meter to sweep the competition. - Along with four diving wins, freshman Kelly Berger won the 1,000 yard freestyle and senior Kristen Wilson claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Berger added a second-place finish, while Wilson finished third in three additional races. - The Wildcats host their final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The senior day meet marks the end of the regular season for Kentucky before the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship competitions.
Men's tennis - The No. 8 University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 2-1 this weekend, defeating No. 56 Indiana and No. 45 BYU in the early part of the week, before dropping the Lexington Regional final of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to No. 29 Notre Dame in Lexington. - Kentucky continued its dominance over Indiana with a 6-1 midweek win, getting the doubles point, and five of the six singles matches to secure the win for the Wildcats. Indiana has not defeated Kentucky at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center since the series resumed annually in 1991-92. - This week, Kentucky squares off with Notre Dame again on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind., for the teams' annual regular season dual match. Women's tennis - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 10 Duke, 4-0, in the regional championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend. - Duke took the doubles point early and the Wildcats hoped to regain composure in the singles competition. They fell short getting swept, with Duke's Ester Goldfield clinching the match over Kelsey Dieters in the No. 3 position. - No. 42 Kentucky falls to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats will travel to Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 1 before returning home for a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State, Feb. 8.
Track and field - The UK track and field teams each made statements during last weekends USTFCCCA "Meet of the Week" the Rod McCravy Memorial. UK posted two world-leading times, three nation-leading times, broke four meet and two school-records. - Kendra Harrison had literally a world-class performance as she ran the fastest times on earth this season in both the 60-meter hurdles (7.96) and as anchor of the 4x400m relay 3.33.35. Both of Harrison's performances broke UK records. - Dezerea Bryant proved herself as a world-class competitor too, tying 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and World-Record Holder (4x100m relay) Tianna Bartoletta as both crossed the finish line in 7.194 seconds. - Matt Hillenbrand dominated a 3k field featuring multiple All-Americans with a SEC-leading time of 7:59.55 breaking the 8-minute barrier for the first time. - Brad Szpka won his third shot put competition from as many starts this season, this time with a personal-best throw 19.43m/63'9" which ranks No. 8 nationally.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week which included a 74-66 win over Tennessee and a last-second heartbreaker in overtime at Arkansas on Tuesday. - In UK's win over the Vols, freshman Andrew Harrison poured in a career-high 26 points while going 10-for-10 at the free throw line to lead UK to a .958 clip as a team. Harrison also played flawlessly without committing a single turnover. Classmate Julius Randle chipped in with 18 points after scoring 20 at Arkansas. - Freshman James Young had 23 tallies against the Razorbacks, while sophomore Alex Poythress contributed 12 points. Harrison sunk a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to force the game into overtime. Young tied the score at 85 and it appeared a double-overtime would be played, before Arkansas capitalized on a last-second put-back for the win. - Kentucky remains at home for the next two contests. UK will face Texas A&M on Tuesday and Georgia on Saturday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky traveled to Auburn for its only game of the week and it took all 40 minutes to capture its third conference win of the season. Despite a tough stretch to the start the game, the Wildcats used an uncharacteristic 2-3 zone defense and solid rebounding to grind out the 73-71 win. Trailing by 13 points in the first half, UK battled back to within one at the half, 36-37. UK controlled most of the second half and led by as many as nine points but Auburn pulled within one, 70-69, with 3:01 to play. - The outside shooting of junior Jennifer O'Neill and crucial back-to-back offensive rebounds in the final minute by senior Samarie Walker and freshman Linnae Harper helped seal the win. UK shot 45 percent from the floor (27-of-60) and just 44.8 percent from the free-throw line (13-of-29). O'Neill finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench, hitting a season-high tying four 3-pointers. Walker grabbed her second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-high four assists. Harper added 13 points and pulled down a career-high tying seven rebounds, including five offensive. - UK plays host to Alabama and Arkansas in its next two games in Memorial Coliseum. Gymnastics - In its first road competition of the season, the No. 17 University of Kentucky gymnastics team fell to No. 6 Nebraska and No. 3 Alabama at the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastic Classic Saturday night in Knoxville, Tenn. - The Wildcats (3-2, 0-1 SEC) scored a 194.650, behind the Cornhuskers' 196.250 and the Crimson Tide's 196.050. Alabama notched the top scores on vault and uneven bars, while Nebraska tallied meet highs on balance beam and floor. The Wildcats scored a 48.875 on floor, the second-highest total at the meet, along with a 48.750 on vault, a 48.625 on beam and a 48.400 on bars. - Senior Audrey Harrison, a Knoxville native, came in third in the all-around with a season-high 39.175. Her total came behind two Nebraska gymnasts and just 0.250 out of second place. Junior Shelby Hilton also competed on all four events and posted a 38.600 to place sixth. Sophomore Marissa Beucler registered a career-high-tying 9.725 on vault. - The Wildcats continue a three-week road trip at Missouri on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., ET. Kentucky is 1-0 in Southeastern Conference action against Mizzou, with a 194.250-194.125 home win last season in the Tigers' first season in the SEC. The last time the Wildcats traveled to Columbia, Mo. was in 2004.
Rifle - The University of Kentucky rifle team knocked off two top-15 opponents this weekend, defeating No. 11 Murray State 4700-4661 Saturday and No. 7 Army 4697-4655. - Kentucky's 4700 Saturday against Murray State marked a season high for the Wildcats. - Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1183 against the Racers, while Jonathan Pinkel posted an individual aggregate of 1180 as an individual. - Sunday against Army, Connor Davis posted a personal-best 589 in smallbore and Emily Holsopple shot a season-high 595.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team started the season with three wins, collecting two 7-0 results over Dayton and Eastern Kentucky on Friday night and a 4-3 win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday. - Kentucky's win at No. 7 Duke was the program's first win in Durham since the 1974 season. The win for Cedric Kauffmann marked his fifth win over a top-10 team in his 34 matches as the Wildcats' head coach. - Tom Jomby played No. 1 singles in all three matches, and went 3-0 on the weekend including a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 52 Jason Tahir of Duke. Jomby teamed with Kevin Lai in doubles to also go 3-0 to accumulate a 6-0 weekend overall for the Frenchman. - Senior Alejandro Gomez clinched the win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday with a 6-5 (6), 6-5 (4) win on court three over No. 95 Bruno Semenzato. After missing the second half of the 2013 season with injury, Gomez went 3-0 this weekend.
Women's tennis - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team started its 2014 season and home opener Saturday, Jan. 18 with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati in the morning and a 4-2 win over Ball State in the evening at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. - Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi is 2-0 in the No. 1 singles position after defeating Cincinnati's Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 7-5, 6-3 and Ball State's Coutney Wild, 7-6, 6-2. Sutjiadi's win over Poggensee-Wei clinched the overall match for the Wildcats and gave them their first win of the 2014 season. - No. 56 CeCe Witten and Kelsey Dieters completely dominated in the No. 1 doubles position taking down UC's Caitlin O' Gara and Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 6-1 and Ball State's Bethany Moore and Kristel Saunders, 6-3. - After dropping two singles matches, Ball State managed get within one of the Wildcats, but Senior Caitlin McGraw defeated Toni Ormond, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match point and beat Ball State. - Kentucky is now 2-0 in dual matches for the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 24 against Tulane at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend in Durham, N.C.
Track and field - Kentucky won eight of 30 events, five for the sixth-ranked women's team and three on the men's side at the Kentucky Invitational Friday and Saturday. UK finished the meet having won three of the four relays as the Wildcat women's team claimed the 4x400m relay after UK won both the men's and women's distance medleys on Friday. - Dezerea Bryant shattered school-records during wins in both the 60 and 200 meters Saturday. Bryant's 60m time of 7.18 seconds leads the nation and her 200m time of 23.08 ranks No. 2 nationally. - Kendra Harrison also broke teammate Kayla Parker's 60m hurdles school record, with a nation-leading time of her own: 8.19. Harrison also won the 400m with a time of 54.49, which ranks No. 8 nationally. - Keffri Neal continued a hot start to the season, winning his second race from two starts with a mile personal-best time of 4:04.04. Bradley Szypka also sustained his strong early-season form by winning the shot put with a top mark of 18.78m/61' 7.5" for his second victory in as many meets this campaign. - UK will host the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet next weekend. Of the 15 teams scheduled to compete, seven are ranked inside the national top-25 (both men's and women's).
Tuesday, Jan. 21 Men's Tennis vs. Indiana - 4 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23 Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m. Men's Tennis vs. BYU - 1 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Tulane - 1:30 p.m. (Durham, N.C.) Gymnastics at Missouri - 7:30 p.m. Rifle at Withrow Invitational, Murray, Ky. - All Day
Saturday, Jan. 25 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m. Swimming/Diving at Louisville - 1 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Georgia - 1:30 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.) Men's Tennis vs. Notre Dame/Minnesota - TBA
Sunday, Jan. 26 Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 1 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.)
Men's basketball - The 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats opened SEC play by securing two wins this week. UK opened with an 85-63 victory over Mississippi State at home. - Kentucky was led by the play of freshman James Young who had career-highs in points (26), rebounds (10) and assists (5) to lead the Cats. - The Blue and White then traveled to Vanderbilt and came away with a 71-62 road victory. Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein sparked the Cats with a team-high 15 points. Cauley-Stein also contributed six rebounds and a pair of steals. - UK will remain on the road for a matchup with Arkansas on Tuesday, before hosting Tennessee in the squads' lone meeting of 2014 on Saturday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 last week with a 68-59 loss at No. 10/11 South Carolina and an 80-69 win over Missouri at home. - In the USC game, junior center Azia Bishop recorded her third career and second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson also added 12 points, 10 coming in the second half. - The Cats rebounded with a hard-fought win over Missouri at home, giving UK its 700th program victory. Junior guard Bria Goss shined in the win as she charted a team-high 20 points, a season-high tying eight rebounds, and took two charges giving her 21 for the season. The league's leading free-throw shooter was a was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and is now hitting .912 percent (52-of-57) from the charity stripe. Thompson followed with 16 points and a game-high six assists, while junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill and senior forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 11 points apiece. Walker followed with her 17th career double-double and sixth of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She also recorded two of UK's six blocks, just one shy of the season high. Gymnastics - The No. 17 Kentucky gymnastics team defeated three teams to win the annual Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic event to open the 2014 season Friday night in Memorial Coliseum in front of 5,839 fans. UK (3-0, 0-0 SEC) scored a 195.000, ahead of No. 15 Penn State's 193.975. West Virginia placed third with a 193.700, while Ball State scored a 190.875. - UK senior Audrey Harrison won the all-around title with a 39.075 along with a win on beam with a 9.850. She joined redshirt junior Kayla Hartley with a meet-best 9.825 on floor. The Wildcats claimed the top scores on vault with a 48.600, beam with a 48.675 and floor with a 48.950. UK's uneven bars score of 48.775 was second to West Virginia's. - The Wildcats hit the road for the second week of the season when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Ozone Invite Jan. 18. UK will compete against No. 2 Alabama and No. 10 Nebraska in the neutral-site event at 8 p.m. ET. Kentucky's next home contest is Feb. 7 against No. 1 and defending national champion Florida.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team opened the spring season with a 4688-4623 win at No. 8 Ohio State. - Senior Emily Holsopple led Kentucky with an aggregate score of 1179, shooting a team-best 587 in smallbore and a 592 in air rifle. - Sophomore Connor Davis shot a team high in air rifle with a 593, the seventh time he has led the team in air rifle.
Swimming and diving - After over six weeks off from competition, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday against Alabama and Arkansas. - Against the two Southeastern Conference foes, the Wildcats registered eight wins and 10 second place finishes. Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers, both juniors, along with Kelly Berger, a freshman, each recorded a win and runner-up finishes. Bechtel also helped a relay team to a second-place showing. - The Wildcats travel to in-state rival Louisville on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. The meet comes a week before UK's final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 Men's Basketball at Arkansas - 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17 Men's Tennis vs. Dayton - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky - 5 p.m. Track & Field - Kentucky Invitational - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 Track & Field - Kentucky Invitational - 9 a.m. Women's Tennis vs. Cincinnati - 10 a.m. Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee - 12 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Ball State - 6 p.m. Women's Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Nebraska - 7 p.m. (Knoxville, Tenn.) Rifle vs. Murray State - All Day (West Point, N.Y.)
Sunday, Jan. 19 Men's Tennis at Duke - 1 p.m. (Cary, N.C.) Women's Basketball at Auburn - 2 p.m. Rifle at Army - All Day (West Point, N.Y.)
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with an 85-63 SEC-opening win at Alabama followed by a loss to Florida at home. - Against the Tide, four Wildcats scored in double figures led by Jennifer O'Neill with 17 points off the bench. Azia Bishop looked impressive in her fourth starting assignment of the season, charting a season-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Kastine Evans followed with a season-high tying 15 points and Samarie Walker notched her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and game-high 13 rebounds. - The Cats returned home only to struggle offensively against Florida on Sunday, shooting just 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the field and 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the free-throw line in the 83-73 loss. It marked UK's second-lowest field goal percentage of the season and the loss snapped UK's nine-game home winning streak and its six-game winning streak vs. the Gators. O'Neill once again led the Cats in scoring with 15 points. Walker posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. - UK will travel to South Carolina on Thursday before playing host to Missouri on Sunday.
Swimming and diving - The Kentucky diving team competed at the Georgia Diving Invitational, Jan. 3-5 in Athens, Ga. Seniors John Fox and Greg Ferrucci, along with junior Lindsay Keahey advanced to the finals and finished in the top 12 on each event at the three-day, 14-team competition. - Fox placed eighth on the 3-meter and ninth on the 1-meter and platform, while Keahey finished seventh on platform and 12th in the 1- and 3-meter finals. Ferrucci tallied UK's highest finish with a fifth-place showing on platform after finishing 10th on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter. - UK swimming and diving returns to action on Jan. 11 against Alabama and Arkansas in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Wednesday, Jan. 8 Men's Basketball vs. Mississippi State - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 Women's Basketball at South Carolina - 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 Gymnastics hosts Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic vs. Penn State, West Virginia & Ball State - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 Swimming and Diving at Alabama, Arkansas - 11 a.m. Men's Basketball at Vanderbilt - 3:30 p.m. Rifle at Ohio State - All Day
Sunday, Jan. 12 Women's Basketball vs. Missouri - 5 p.m.
Men's basketball - The 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated in-state rival and No. 4 rated Louisville by a 73-66 score in the lone competition of the week for the Cats. With the win, UK has won 17 consecutive home games and is 76-2 in Rupp Arena under John Calipari. - UK limited Louisville to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and improves to 8-0 on the year when keeping opponents under 40.0 percent shooting. - Freshmen James Young and Andrew Harrison led UK with 18 points apiece, and classmate Julius Randle added 17 first half points. Young contributed a team-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, while also leading the team with a career-best four assists. Harrison's 18 points marked a career-best with 11 of those tallies coming after halftime. - UK is open this week before opening up Southeastern Conference action on Jan. 8 with a home contest vs. Mississippi State at 8 p.m. ET.
Women's basketball - Kentucky returned home from a short holiday break to defeat Grambling State in commanding fashion, 109-46, on Sunday. The Wildcats completed nonconference play at 12-1, just the seventh one-loss nonconference season in 40 years of varsity play. - Six players netted double figures, led by junior Bria Goss who dropped in a career-high 23 points to go along with a season-high eight rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. Freshman Linnae Harper scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds, while sophomore Janee Thompson added 13 points. Seniors Kastine Evans and Samarie Walker followed with 11 points apiece and freshman Makayla Epps charted a career-high 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with a career-high seven rebounds. - It marked the fifth time this season UK has scored 100 or more points and the 60-19 halftime lead was the largest in school history. UK has now won nine straight in Memorial and 44 consecutive games in Memorial vs. nonconference opponents. - The Wildcats begin SEC play on the road Thursday when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to meet the Crimson Tide. Game time is now 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET. Upcoming schedule
Thursday, Jan. 2 Women's Basketball at Alabama - 3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 3 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day
Saturday, Jan. 4 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day
Sunday, Jan. 5 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day Women's Basketball vs. Florida - 3 p.m.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with a home victory against Boise State before dropping an 82-77 loss at No. 18/21 North Carolina. - Both Harrisons logged 17 or more points, with Andrew Harrison logging a career-best six assists. Freshman James Young had a game-high 21 points in a win over Boise State earlier in the week. Young has hit multiple 3-pointers in four-straight games. - Kentucky will take a week off from competition for finals week. UK wraps up with 2013 calendar year with Belmont on Saturday and Louisville on the following Saturday.
Women's basketball - No. 5/6 Kentucky improved to 11-0 with wins over DePaul (96-85) and East Tennessee State (73-56) last week. The 11-0 start ties the school record for the best start to a season, set in 2009-10. The 11-game winning streak also ties the second-longest winning streak in school history. - The Wildcats took a hard-fought 96-85 win over the Blue Demons in Chicago on Thursday. Playing without All-SEC forward DeNesha Stallworth due to a knee injury, UK had to overcome an 11-point first-half deficit. Thanks in large part to the gritty play of freshmen Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps, the Wildcats defeated DePaul 96-85, ending their nonconference road schedule undefeated. Harper netted a career-high 18 points in her homecoming, 12 coming in the decisive second half. - Epps added a career-high 10 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. Also in double digits was senior Kastine Evans with 14, senior Samarie Walker with 13 and a team-high eight rebounds, and junior Jennifer O'Neill with 12 points. The Wildcats shot a season-high 55.9 percent from the field, their highest shooting performance since hitting a 57.1 percent clip vs. Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 1, 2009. - Against East Tennessee State, Harper once again came off the bench to spark the Wildcats. She netted all 10 of her points in the first half, hitting 5-of-6 attempts. She was one of three Wildcats in double figures as Walker and Janee Thompson led with 12 points apiece in the 73-56 win. After a week-long break for finals, the Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 22 vs. No. 2 Duke in Rupp Arena for their annual "Pack the House" game.
Track and field - Kentucky won six events at the indoor track and field season-beginning Hoosier Open on Friday inside Indiana's Gladstein Fieldhouse. - Kayla Parker ran the nation's fastest 60-meter hurdles time, setting the school record 8.24 seconds to win the event for the second straight year. - Junior transfer Kendra Harrison won two events, the 60m and 300m. - Brad Szypka won the Hoosier Open shot put for the second year running as his top throw, 18.82m/61'9", fell just half and inch short of his PR. - Keffri Neal won the 1,000m for the second-consecutive year, with nearly a three-second personal-best time, 2:22.82. - Terence Boyd won the long jump, with an indoor-best jump 7.29m/23'11". - Justin Kretchmer made a nice debut as the freshman won the high jump with a top clearance 2.10m/6'10.75". - UK's next competition will be the home opening Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House on January 17, 2014. Upcoming schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 17 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas) Saturday, Dec. 21 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas) Men's Basketball vs. Belmont - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 Women's Basketball vs. No. 2 Duke - 3 p.m.