MEN'S BASKETBALL - Top-ranked UK won twice last week to improve to 19-0 (6-0 SEC), matching the team's best start under coach John Calipari (2009-10) and the third best in school history. Defense, as it has been all season for the Wildcats, was a key as UK defeated South Carolina 58-43 on the road Saturday after outlasting Vanderbilt 65-57 on Tuesday. - Kentucky held South Carolina to 23-percent shooting from the field and has held 10 opponents to less than 30-percent shooting on the year. Against South Carolina, UK had more blocks and steals (17) than South Carolina had field goals (12). UK accomplished that for the eighth time in 2014-15. South Carolina had just five assists, marking the 15th time this season UK has held its opponent to less than 10 assists. In holding South Carolina to 43 points, Kentucky has held its opponent to less than 55 points in 14 of 19 games, the most in school history in the shot-clock era (since 1985-86). - Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison scored in double figures in the wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He totaled 13 points, added four rebounds and a season-high tying three steals on Saturday after leading UK with 14 points on Tuesday, all of which came in the second half. Harrison has made 24 3-pointers over his last nine games and has had a 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games. - Freshman guard Devin Booker charted a game-high 18 points vs. South Carolina, his fifth game with at least 18 points. Booker has stayed hot from 3-point range, shooting 22 for 33 over his last nine games from the perimeter. A member of the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, Willie Cauley-Stein had two steals at South Carolina to become the first player in Kentucky history with 200 or more blocks and 100 or more steals. - Kentucky will play at Missouri at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kentucky got back on the winning track with an 83-69 win at Missouri on Sunday. - Five Wildcats scored in double figures, paced by senior Jennifer O'Neill with 19 points off the bench. O'Neill hit her only 3-point attempt of the game which moved her up to No. 3 on UK's all-time 3-pointers made list. She needs just one more to tie A'dia Mathies at No. 2. Sophomore point guard Makayla Epps followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. - Senior Bria Goss added a season-high tying 16 points, while sophomore Linnae Harper was a beast once again on the boards, grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with 15 points. It marked Harper's second straight double-double and her fifth of the season. Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 10 points and six rebounds in just 22 minutes. - The Wildcats return to Memorial Coliseum on Thursday to face No. 5 Tennessee on the SEC Network. UK has won 13 straight games at home (Rupp Arena included), the school's sixth-longest home winning streak.
GYMNASTICS - The Kentucky gymnastics team fell on the road to No. 10 Georgia, 196.975-194.225 on Saturday in Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats (2-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) recorded four season-high or career-high-tying scores against the Bulldogs, who scored a season-high team score in front of a sellout crowd of 9.957. - Junior Marissa Beucler and freshman Cori Rechenmacher each led or tied for the team lead on two events. Freshman Brittany Furuyama, sophomore Taylor Puryear and senior Kayla Hartley also tallied team-high-tying scores. Beucler, who had not competed in UK's first two meets this season, was a late addition to the lineup after an injury during warmups. Beucler finished first or second on all three events she competed in. - UK began the meet on bars with a 48.900, the second-highest total on the event this season. The Wildcats added a 48.775 on vault before a 48.825 on floor, tied for the second-best score this year. On beam, Kentucky closed the meet with a 47.725. Georgia recorded at least a 49.100 on all four events. - The Wildcats return home to host No. 7 Alabama on Jan. 30. The contest is the second annual DanceBlue Meet, where UK will join the fight against pediatric cancer and support the on-campus organization DanceBlue. The team will raise awareness and money to benefit children with cancer who are treated at the Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic on the UK campus.
RIFLE - The UK rifle team performed solidly over the weekend, scoring 4679 at the Withrow Invitational to finish second among the 10-team field. - Connor Davis recorded a 592 in smallbore to win the event. - Davis, the defending NCAA Air Rifle Champion, scored a 591 in air rifle. - Heather Kirby notched a win in air rifle for the Wildcats with a 594.
SWIMMING AND DIVING - The Kentucky swimming and diving teams posted nine individual wins in the Senior Day meet vs. Louisville on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at UK's Lancaster Aquatic Center. The Kentucky women, ranked No. 31 in the nation, won six events - including two each by Kendal Casey and Danielle Galyer - in a 155-145 loss to No. 13-ranked Louisville. The UK men, ranked No. 36 nationally, got three wins vs. the No. 10-ranked Cardinals, who prevailed the team score 211-89. - Diver Christa Cabot celebrated her Senior Day by opening the meet with a win on the 3-meter board. Later in the day, Rebecca Hamperian, Cabot and senior Lindsay Keahey went 1-2-3 from the 1-meter board. Sophomore Kendal Casey got the Wildcats' first victory in the pool in the 1,000-yard freestyle, taking the lead midway through the event and surging to win by more than four seconds at 10:03.92. The 500 free proved to the Cats' best event of the day as Casey (4:56.31), Kelly Berger and Aubrey Jones swam to the first three spots. The 100 backstroke was a strong event for the Wildcat women. Sophomore Danielle Galyer won with a time of 54.24, followed in second place by teammate Bridgette Alexander. Galyer got a second victory in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:57.20. - The UK men got their first triumph in the 1,000 freestyle. As Kendal Casey did for the women, Drew Aviotti had to come from behind midway through the swim before winning with his season-best clock of 9:12.33. In addition, Kyle Higgins put the Cats in the win column in the 200 butterfly at 1:47.92. The men's divers also got a victory as freshman Levi Lindsey notched 349.58 in six efforts from the 3-meter board. - Kentucky honored 12 athletes on Senior Day, including Christina Bechtel, Christa Cabot, Michael Christian, Brent Dillon, Katrina Keirns, Lindsay Keahey, Blair Kuethe, Abby Myers, Robert Resch, Samantha Shaheen, Derrick Smith and Kristen Wilson. - Kentucky concludes the regular season Friday, Jan. 29, at Cincinnati. The UK swimmers will compete in Cincinnati at 5 p.m. The diving competition will take place in Lexington at the Lancaster Aquatic Center, featuring action on the platform and 3-meter board. Postseason action begins Feb. 17-21 with the Southeastern Conference Championships at Auburn, Ala.
MEN'S TENNIS - Kentucky dropped two tight matches this weekend in the ITA Kick-Off event to two top-30 teams, as the Wildcats fell 4-3 in both matches to No. 26 Penn State in the Friday match, and to No. 24 Vanderbilt in Sunday's consolation final. - Both matches this weekend came down to court six, where both Penn State and Vanderbilt were able to sneak by in the final set of both matches as the Wildcats dropped the matches. Kentucky split the doubles points this weekend, winning the competition on Friday against the Nittany Lions, but falling to the Commodores on Saturday. - UK had both matches feature big comebacks, as on Friday, the Wildcats were leading 3-0 before Penn State rallied to come from behind and win the last four points of the match, while on Sunday, Vanderbilt was up 3-0 on Kentucky, before the Wildcats rallied to tie the match on court five at 3-3 before VU took the final match on court six. - Kentucky is on the road in Columbus, Ohio, at No. 5 Ohio State on Thursday afternoon in the Buckeye State. The match will start at 5 p.m. ET.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - The No. 44 Kentucky women's tennis team advanced to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships with a 4-2 comeback win over No. 32 Arizona State Sunday after a 4-0 win over No. 21 Rice on Saturday at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. With the two upset victories, UK advances to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time since 2005, when Kentucky went all the way to the championship match. - Sunday's win came in comeback fashion, after UK lost the doubles point and lost four of the six first-set singles contests. Kentucky stormed back though and claimed second-set victories on five courts, including two that resulted in Wildcat wins to give them a 2-1 lead. Aldila Sutjiadi gave UK its first point with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court No. 2. Mami Adachi finished soon after with a 7-6 (2), 6-0 win on court No. 4 that put Kentucky ahead for the first time in the match. Taylor Lederman responded to a 6-3 first-set loss with a 6-3, 6-4 win on the sixth court to give the Wildcats a 3-1 edge. After Kelsey Dieters suffered a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 loss on court No. 3, Nadia Ravita clinched the win for Kentucky with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win on court No. 1. - Saturday, Senior Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and junior Kirsten Lewis opened the match with a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Attention turned to Dieters and Adachi as they also came out victorious, winning their doubles match 6-2. In singles competition, Sutjiadi was the first to strike and add another point for the Wildcats, winning her match 6-3, 6-1. Adachi increased Kentucky's lead to 3-0 after a 6-4, 6-1 win in the No. 4 singles match, and Dieters followed with a win of her own, 6-4, 6-3. The Shelby TWP, Mich., native's win clinched the 4-0 win for the Wildcats and completed the ITA Kickoff first-round upset. - Kentucky returns to action on Jan. 31 when it hosts Penn State in Lexington. First serve is set for Noon, ET at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.
TRACK AND FIELD - Kentucky hosted the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet this weekend. - The meet featured 16 top-25 teams. - A staggering nine athletes ran world-leading times. - Furthermore, 15 athletes posted the best time/mark in the NCAA in their respective events, and 67 of the times/marks that now rank in the top-5 of each respective event this season came at the McCravy. - Keffri Neal was the Wildcats' top performer on Saturday, winning the 800M agains a blue chip field with the No. 2 time in the NCAA. - Sha'keela Saunders, on Friday posted a NCAA-leading long jump mark, defeating defending NCAA Champion Jenna Prandini in the process.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 Men's Tennis at Ohio State • 5 p.m. Columbus, Ohio Women's Basketball vs. Tennessee • 7 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum) Men's Basketball at Missouri • 9 p.m. Columbia, Mo.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 Diving vs. Cincinnati • 2 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Lancaster Aquatic Center) Swimming at Cincinnati • 5 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio Gymnastics vs. Alabama • 7 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 Women's Tennis vs. Penn State • Noon Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Complex) Men's Basketball vs. Alabama • 7 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Rifle at Ohio State • 9 a.m. Columbus, Ohio Women's Basketball vs. Georgia • 1 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
MEN'S BASKETBALL Jan. 20, won vs. Vanderbilt, 65-57 Jan. 24, won at South Carolina, 58-43
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Jan. 25, won at Missouri, 83-69
GYMNASTICS Jan. 24, lost at Georgia, 196.975-194.224
MEN'S BASKETBALL - After back-to-back close calls to start conference play, UK won by a combined 71 points in victories over Missouri and Alabama last week. - The top-ranked team in the country - and one of only two teams without a loss - started the week with an 86-37 rout of Missouri. The 49-point win was Kentucky's largest margin of victory vs. an SEC opponent since a 62-point margin against Vanderbilt on March 5, 2003. UK held Missouri to less than 20 points in both halves, marking the second time this season Kentucky has achieved that feat (also vs. Montana State). The Cats also limited the Tigers to 27.1 percent from the floor, the ninth opponent this season held to less than 30 percent. - Kentucky followed up that effort with its first win at Alabama since 2009. In defeating the Crimson Tide by 22 (70-48), UK dealt Alabama its worst loss since Nov. 24, 2008. The victory was UK's most lopsided in the series since the 1992 SEC Tournament and its biggest win in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since rolling Alabama 90-67 on Feb. 14, 1966. - Kentucky continues to lead the nation in scoring margin, scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense and blocks, among others. UK's offense has caught up to its stellar defense with a recent hot streak from behind the arc. The Wildcats have made 61 of 138 shots (44.2 percent) from behind the 3-point line over the last seven games. The 61 3-point field goals is the most by a UK team in a seven-game span since hitting 61 in a seven-game stretch from Dec. 22, 2012 to Jan. 15, 2010. During that span, Devin Booker has hit 20 of 28 3-pointers (71.4 percent). - Junior Willie Cauley-Stein, a national player of the year contender, continues to lead the Wildcats, averaging 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the two victories last week. - UK will return home on Tuesday for a 9 p.m. tilt vs. Vanderbilt before hitting the road for a noon showdown at South Carolina on Saturday.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kentucky split games this week with a 62-56 win over Florida on Thursday and an 84-79 loss at LSU on Sunday. - Against the Gators, sophomores Makayla Epps and Linnae Harper led the way, combining for 34 points and 14 rebounds in the game. Epps led with 20 points, while Harper added 14 points, nine rebounds and career-high six steals. It marked UK's 13th straight win at home which ranks as the sixth-longest home winning streak in school history. - On the road at LSU, the Lady Tigers forced Kentucky into 26 turnovers, the second-highest total of the season, and held on for an 84-79 win. Senior guard Jennifer O'Neill came off the bench for a team-high 19 points, while hitting three 3-pointers. Her three treys moved her up to No. 4 on UK's all-time 3-pointers made list. - Harper recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and freshman Alexis Jennings also came off the bench for her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Bria Goss, in just her second game back since missing six straight with a broken left thumb, added 12 points, while Epps added 10. - UK will take advantage of a bye on Thursday before hitting the road to Missouri on Sunday.
TRACK & FIELD - Dezerea Bryant opened 2015 with head-turning times in both the 60-meter and 200- meter dashes to lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats at the Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House on Saturday. - Bryant ran a 2015 world-leading time of 23.12 in the 200m to open her National Title defense with a strong statement of intent. - She ran a 60M time of 7.18, .06 seconds off her personal best. - Bryant's time was soon eclipsed by Oregon's Jasmine Todd who ran 7.15 competing in Seattle, potentially setting up an early-season showdown next weekend in Lexington. - Transfer Javianne Oliver ran a personal best of 7.32 to finish second with a time that ranks in the national top 10. - Keffri Neal, won the mile with a time of 4:07.10, which was a solid opening salvo as he will look to lower his times as the season progresses. - Rebecca Famurewa won the weight throw with a school-record mark of 67-feet, 11.5 inches/70.21 meters, which is in the No. 4 weight throw mark in the NCAA this year.
RIFLE - The sixth-ranked Kentucky rifle team continued its winning ways when it squeaked out a 4670-4654 win at ninth-ranked Memphis on Sunday. - Kentucky scored its season high in a win over No. 17 Ole Miss by a margin of 4688-4580 on Saturday at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center in Oxford, Mississippi. - With the 2-0 weekend, Kentucky improved to 9-1 this season. - The Wildcats are 5-0 in Great American Rifle Conference competition. - Jonathan Pinkel and Connor Davis led the Wildcats in smallbore on Sunday with scores of 585. - Heather Kirby posted a 594 in air rifle.
MEN'S TENNIS - Kentucky opened the season 2-1 last week, with a 7-0 win over Dayton and a 7-0 win over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels to open the season on Thursday afternoon before falling to the No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-3 on Saturday afternoon to round out the week. - The Wildcats got wins on all three doubles courts in both the matches against Dayton and Eastern Kentucky and only dropped one set in singles all day on Thursday, completing the 2-0 day and winning UK's season opener for the third straight year under head coach Cedric Kauffmann. - UK fell to No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon, after playing its best doubles point of the year, but only managing to win two of its singles matches to fall 4-3. The Fighting Irish and the Wildcats have played four times the last three years, with all four matches coming in 4-3 decisions. - UK hosts the annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wildcats will be hosting a regional for the sixth straight season beginning with Penn State on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. The winners of the two semifinals will meet on Saturday for the championship.
GYMNASTICS - The No. 14 Kentucky gymnastics team opened the 2015 season with a win at Washington on Jan. 12 and a second-place finish on Excite Night on Jan. 16 in Memorial Coliseum. In Seattle, UK earned a 194.975-194.325 win to defeat then-No. 24 Washington, while a 195.600 in front of 5,105 in Memorial Coliseum put the Wildcats ahead of No. 24 Arizona State and behind No. 2 LSU. - Monday at Washington, UK used a strong team performance on all events and responded to adversity to record the season-opening win. The Wildcats counted a fall on their first event, uneven bars, and trailed 48.700-48.500 after the first rotation, but they quickly responded on vault, the second event. UK's 48.900 on vault chipped away at Washington's already-slim lead. Kentucky trailed by 0.050 points at the halfway point, but a 48.825 on floor gave the Wildcats a lead that wouldn't go away. On balance beam, the final event, UK sealed the victory with a 48.750. Kentucky had one fall on beam, but like the two falls and an early deficit to open the competition on bars, the Wildcats responded with two strong routines by sophomore Taylor Puryear and senior Kayla Hartley to close the meet. Hartley led UK on bars and floor, both with a 9.825. Junior Khadijah Hudson and freshman Sydney Waltz posted team-best scores of 9.825 on vault, while freshman Cori Rechenmacher earned a 9.825 on balance beam to lead the Wildcats. - Competing for the second time in five days to open the season, UK recorded a season-high score by over 0.600 points with a 195.600 Friday on Excite Night. UK improved to 7-2 on Excite Night in head coach Tim Garrison's four seasons. The 195.600 marks the first time in program history UK has recorded a score higher than 195.500 in the month of January. Senior Shannon Mitchell and freshman Sydney Waltz each recorded two team-best scores and each tied for the meet high on one event. Mitchell was one of two gymnasts to score a 9.900 on balance beam, while Waltz posted a career-high 9.850 on vault for a meet-high-tying score. Waltz also led UK on uneven bars with a career-best 9.875, while Mitchell was one of three Wildcats to post a 9.775 on floor. It was a close battle between UK and the second-ranked Tigers. LSU held a 0.125-point lead after one event, but a meet-best 49.150 on uneven bars gave the Wildcats a 98.100-98.050 lead at the halfway point. Tied for the ninth-highest bars total in program history, it was one of three events where UK gymnasts recorded four season- or career-best totals. LSU regained its lead on the third event, after a 49.300 on floor and Kentucky scored a season-high 48.825 on balance beam. UK closed with a 48.675 on floor and LSU ended the night with a 49.250 on vault. The Wildcats opened the competition with a 2015-best 48.950 on vault. - Kentucky returns to the road for a dual meet at Georgia on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. ET. The contest between the two SEC foes will air live on the SEC Network + in addition to airing on ESPN2 the following day at 7 p.m. Bart Conner, Kathy Johnson-Clarke & Amanda Plufgard will be on the call from Athens, Ga.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - The No. 29 Kentucky women's tennis team opened the season with a 4-3 loss at Hawaii on Tuesday before a 6-1 win over College of Charleston and a 7-0 win over Belmont Sunday in its home opener. Sunday, nine Wildcats recorded at least one victory in the doubleheader. Freshman Mami Adachi, junior Nadia Ravita and sophomore Aldila Sutjiadi each had three victories. Two of Ravita and Sutjiadi's wins came paired together as the Wildcats' No. 1 doubles pair. - In the first match of the day, UK downed Charleston, 6-1. UK earned the doubles point thanks to 6-2 wins by both Ravita and Sutjiadi and the No. 2 pair of Adachi and senior Kelsey Dieters. In singles competition against the Cougars, Adachi earned a 6-2, 6-1 win on court No. 4 and Ravita posted a 6-3, 6-1 win on court No. 1 to give Kentucky a 3-0 lead. Sutjiadi's 6-1, 6-2 win on court No. 2 clinched the match. The two teams continued playing, where freshman Caterina Brunamonti won 6-2, 6-0 on court six and junior Kirsten Lewis earned a 7-5, 6-2 win on court five to close the match. - In the day's second match, the Wildcats returned right where they left off, with a 6-0 win by senior Kate Lanier and senior Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff on court No. 3 and a 6-2 win by Ravita and Sutjiadi. Winning the doubles point allowed UK to show off its depth in singles, as Ravita and Sutjiadi did not compete and the rest of the Wildcats moved up two courts. Kentucky didn't miss a beat though, and that started with a 6-1, 6-0 win by Morin-Kougoucheff on court No. 4. Adachi's 6-1, 6-0 win on court No. 2 and Brunamonti's 6-0, 6-1 victory on court No. 2 sealed the victory over the Bruins for the Wildcats. Dieters put UK ahead 5-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win on the first court, and senior Stephanie Fox posted a 6-2, 6-1 win on court six. The toughest battle came on court five, as senior Kate Lanier lost the first set, 7-5 before she bounced back to win set No. 2, 6-2 and the tiebreaker, 1-0. - UK is back on the road next weekend, when the Wildcats face Rice on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET in Evanston, Ill. Kentucky will play either Northwestern or Arizona State on Sunday.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 Men's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt - 9 p.m. ET Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Indoor Meet - 10 a.m. Lexington, Ky. (Nutter Fieldhouse) Men's Tennis vs. Penn State (ITA Kick-Off) - 1 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center) Rifle at Withrow Invitational - All Day Murray, Ky.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Indoor Meet - 10 a.m. Lexington, Ky. (Nutter Fieldhouse) Men's Basketball at South Carolina - Noon ET Columbia, S.C. Swimming and Diving vs. Louisville - 1 p.m. Lexington, Ky. (Lancaster Aquatic Center) Men's Tennis - ITA Kick-Off Weekend - TBA Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Center) Women's Tennis vs. Rice - 3 p.m. Evanston, Ill. Gymnastics at Georgia - 4 p.m. Athens, Ga. SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Women's Basketball at Missouri - 7 p.m. Columbia, Mo. Women's Tennis - ITA Kick-Off Weekend - TBA Evanston, Ill.
Baseball - The Kentucky baseball team traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., to face off with Tennessee over the weekend, posting a 14-run win in the series opener on Thursday night, before suffering an 8-2 loss on Friday and a 5-1 setback in the rubber match on Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. - The Wildcats will break for final exams and return to action on Friday with its final home series of the year, welcoming Auburn to Cliff Hagan Stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET. UK will then host the Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, with the series concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. - Kentucky (28-19, 10-14 Southeastern Conference) concluded the week with its RPI at No. 16 and its strength of schedule up to No. 2 in the nation. The Wildcats rank third in the SEC with wins over top-25 teams and is second in the circuit with six top-10 wins. UK has series wins over No. 1 South Carolina, No. 12 Florida and at Texas A&M in 2014, also owning wins over No. 1 Virginia, No. 5 Vanderbilt, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee.
Softball - The Kentucky softball team suffered its first series sweep of the season over the weekend to highly ranked Georgia before claiming a midweek win at Louisville earlier in the week. The Wildcats earned the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament, clinching its fourth straight winning season in conference play. Kentucky started the week with a win at Louisville, marking its first win at Louisville since 2006 and the first season sweep of the Cardinals since 2003. The win over Louisville tied the school record for wins in a season. - Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 1-1 on the week with a 2.10 ERA, striking out seven in 16.2 innings pitched. - Offensively, senior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess went 4-for-11 at the plate with a double, while sophomore infielder Christian Stokes was 4-for-13 with a double, homer and three RBI. Fellow sophomore Nikki Sagermann had a double, homer and three RBI on the week.
Track and field - Two nation-leading times/marks will help give UK track and field momentum entering the postseason. - Andrew Evans recorded an American, and NCAA-leading, 66.37 meters/217-9, to win at the Tennessee Challenge. The mark leads the NCAA by 1.36m. The throw ranks No. 3 in the world this year. With the mark, he moved to fifth on the all-time collegiate list in the discus. - Dezerea Bryant ran a wind-aided 100m time of 10.96 (+4.0), which is the fastest in the world year. - Bryant also broke 11 seconds for the first time in her career, and the first time in school-history.
Wednesday, May 7 Softball vs. Mississippi State - 4 p.m. (SEC Tournament; Columbia, S.C.)
Thursday, May 8 Track & Field at Virginia Challenge - 2 p.m. (Charlottesville, Va.) Women's Golf at NCAA Regionals - All Day (Tallahassee, Fla.) Softball at SEC Tournament - 1:30 p.m.(Columbia, S.C.)
Friday, May 9 Women's Tennis vs. Columbia - 10 a.m. (NCAA Tournament; Charlottesville, Va.) Track & Field at Virginia Challenge - 1 p.m. (Charlottesville, Va.) Men's Tennis vs. Denver - 3 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) Baseball vs. Auburn - 6:30 p.m. Softball at SEC Tournament - 3 p.m. (Columbia, S.C.) Women's Golf at NCAA Regionals - All Day (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Saturday, May, 10 Men's Tennis vs. TBA - 3 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) Women's Tennis vs. TBA - 3 p.m. (NCAA Tournament; Charlottesville, Va.) Baseball vs. Auburn - 7 p.m. Women's Golf at NCAA Regionals - All Day (Tallahassee, Fla.) Softball at SEC Tournament - 8 p.m. (Columbia, S.C.)
Baseball - The Kentucky baseball team completed a four-game week with three wins, including the third series win over a top-ranked team in program history with a series victory over No. 1 South Carolina. UK picked up a midweek win over Western Kentucky, before claiming victories on Friday and Saturday vs. the NCAA-ERA leading Gamecocks. - Last week, the Wildcats faced off with the high-octane Gamecocks in a three-game series that matched up UK, the NCAA leader in runs scored, and South Carolina, the nation's leader with a 1.36 team ERA. UK exploded for 13 runs in the series opener, before getting a tight 2-1 win over the Gamecocks in the series decider on Saturday. Sunday, Kentucky got down in a 2-0 hole after five innings, with USC getting three-run frames in the sixth and ninth innings to secure the win. - The Wildcats notched their third wins over Baseball America No. 1 ranked teams in the first 24 games, also besting top-ranked Virginia in the season opener on Feb. 14. Kentucky now has six wins over No. 1 ranked foes in the last four years of the Gary Henderson era, with UK's series win over the top-ranked Gamecocks marking the third series win over a No. 1 foe in program history (1991 vs. LSU; 2012 vs. LSU; 2014 vs. South Carolina). UK posted 18 runs during the three-game series with the Gamecocks, which is 58 percent of the total amount of runs USC had allowed in its first 19 games of 2014 entering the weekend. In addition, UK stole six bases in the series with USC - including five on Friday night - with the Gamecocks entering the weekend having allowed just four steals in eight attempts.
Men's basketball - The Wildcats advanced to their national-leading 53rd NCAA Tournament appearance. UK is 113-46 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. - Kentucky has advanced to its 44th appearance in the Sweet 16. Kentucky is 3-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Indianapolis. The last time UK played in Indy, UK went 2-0 during the first and second rounds in 2005. - Freshman Julius Randle became the first player since Dwayne Wade in 2003 to have at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in an NCAA Tournament game when he tallied 13 points, 10 boards and six assists against Wichita State. - All four of UK's leading scorers are also scoring in double-digits during postseason play (which includes the SEC Tournament). Aaron Harrison is leading the way having reached double figures in all five contests and is averaging 17.8 points per game. He has also knocked down a team-high 15 3-pointers per outing.
Women's basketball - The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season after defeating Wright State on Saturday, 106-60. UK set program records for most points (106), rebounds (67), field goals made (44), blocked shots (12) and largest margin of victory (+46) in an NCAA Tournament game. The 67 rebounds tied an NCAA record for the most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game. - Seven Wildcats finished in double-figures, led by Jennifer O'Neill's 21 points. Samarie Walker collected her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds. Linnae Harper also chipped in 12 points, while DeNesha Stallworth and Bria Goss had 11. Azia Bishop added 10 points, eight boards and four blocks off the bench. Stallworth also had a season-high five blocked shots. - The win improved UK Hoops to 25-8 on the season, marking the fifth straight 25-plus win season. UK is just one of 10 schools to record five consecutive 25-plus win seasons.
Women's golf - The UK women's golf team claimed its fourth top five finish of the season after placing third at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic this weekend. - UK finished the three-day tournament with a team score of 35-over par, 899. Freshman Haley Mills recorded her second straight top 10 finish by placing seventh with a four-over par, 220. Senior Liz Breed and sophomore Sarah Harris each finished in the top 20, tying for 13th and 17th, respectively.
Gymnastics - The Kentucky gymnastic team scored a 195.075 to finish second in the first session and sixth overall at the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championship Saturday at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala. UK finished behind No. 12 Auburn's 195.550 and ahead of No. 15 Arkansas' 194.900 and Missouri's 194.650 in the first session. No. 4 Alabama won the meet with a 197.875, followed by No. 1 Florida with a 197.700. Among the eight teams, Kentucky finished sixth overall, the Wildcats' highest finish since 2012 when they placed fifth out of seven. - Senior Audrey Harrison, redshirt junior Kayla Hartley and junior Shannon Mitchell earned All-SEC honors. Harrison earned her first career honors thanks to a 39.125 in the all-around, the second-highest total in the first session. Hartley was named All-SEC for the second time in her career after a 9.850 on uneven bars and Mitchell earned her first career award thanks to a 9.875 on vault along with a 9.850 on balance beam. - The Wildcats led the first session with a 49.175 on vault and a 49.050 on bars. UK notched a 48.825 on beam to open the competition, just 0.050 points shy of a session high. Kentucky also scored a 48.025 on floor. Mitchell's 9.875 on vault and 9.850 on beam were both team-bests. Harrison and freshman Taylor Puryear recorded a 9.750 on floor to share team-high honors. Harrison's 39.125 all-around score and Hartley's 9.850 on bars also led the Wildcats.
Softball - The No. 8 University of Kentucky softball team concluded a 6-1 week this weekend by hosting its second home tournament of the year. The Wildcats earned wins this week over Indiana, Kansas, Kent State, Saint Francis and Fairfield behind strong pitching and impressive hitting. - Senior Emily Gaines paced UK offensively hitting .529 (9-for-17) with three doubles, a grand slam and seven RBI. Sophomore Sylver Samuel was second with a .478 (11-for-23) average, adding two doubles and the first four RBI of her career, while junior Griffin Joiner and sophomore Maisie Steed each hit two home runs. Senior Lauren Cumbess and sophomore Nikki Sagermann and Ansley Smith each had had runs. - In the circle, sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA, striking out 17 in 17 innings pitched, while Cumbess was 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched.
Swimming and diving - The University of Kentucky swimming and diving team placed 23rd overall at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22. UK's 23rd-place finish is the school's best since 2008 and the first time since 2011 that the Wildcats scored points and earned a spot in the final standings. - The Wildcats had four athletes at the three-day event, three who earned All-America honors. Junior diver Christa Cabot was named All-American on 3-meter and on platform. Juniors Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers both were named All-Americans in the 200 butterfly. The three are the first women All-Americans at UK since 2011. - Bechtel notched UK's highest finish of the championship in the 200 butterfly when she finished fifth with a school-record time of 1:53.65. Myers finished 12th overall in the same event with a 1:56.43 after a prelim time of 1:56.23, the second-fastest time in UK history. Cabot advanced to the finals at the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career and finished eighth overall in the 3-meter on Friday with a 293.00 before an 11th-place finish on platform on Saturday. She placed 19th in the 1-meter on Thursday, just shy of a finals berth.
Men's tennis - The University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 1-1 this weekend, defeating No. 15 Tennessee on Sunday after falling to the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night in Athens, Ga. - The Wildcats are now the only 6-1 team in the SEC, and sit just one game back of the conference-leading Georgia Bulldogs. Kentucky is 13-5 overall and has captured two wins over top-10 teams this season. - Beck Pennington is undefeated in SEC play this season, at 5-0 on court three for the Wildcats in conference play. The Bowling Green, Ky. native is now up to No. 67 in this week's rankings, a career high, and will rise in the next release on Tuesday afternoon. - Kentucky will continue its SEC season on Friday and Sunday of next weekend, as the Wildcats will play on the road for the final time of the 2014 season, as UK will travel to No. 30 Auburn on Friday afternoon before concluding the weekend on Sunday at No. 42 Auburn.
Women's tennis - The No. 28 University of Kentucky women's tennis team went 0-2 at home against the University of Georgia, who's ranked No. 3 nationally, and No. 47-ranked University of Tennessee. - Georgia handed Kentucky (14-6, 4-4 SEC) their first home loss this season and ended the Wildcats 11-match home streak with a 4-0 win. Georgia won the doubles point and earned an early 1-0 advantage. The Bulldogs won three straight matches to seal their win and remain undefeated in conference play. - Against Tennessee, Kentucky exchanged points with the Volunteers until both were tied at three each. Tennessee won the deciding court and returned to Knoxville with just their second Southeastern Conference win. The Wildcats started the match with an early lead behind wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the point. Singles play was a see-saw affair between the teams that ended with a 4-3 Tennessee win. - Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi and junior Kelsey Dieters were the only two Wildcats to get singles wins. Sutjiadi's came first at the No. 2 slot and over Joana Henderson. The Jakarta, Indonesia native knocked off the junior, 6-2, 6-3. After almost two and a half hours, Dieters toppled Laurence Guevremont in the tie breaking set. Dieters won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and gave Kentucky match point. Tennessee responded with back-to-back wins to claim the match.
Track and field - UK won 13 individual/relay events at last weekend's Arizona State Baldy Castillo Invitational, which served as the outdoor season-opener. - Sha'Keela Saunders jumped her collegiate-best 6.27m/20-7 to win the long jump, a mark that broke Danielle Sampley's school outdoor freshman-record (20-5 in 2008). UK ran 44.94 to win the 4x100m relay, the fifth fastest women's relay in school-history. The UK women also won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:39.18. - Keilah Tyson became the second-fastest outdoor 200m performer in school history, running 23.55 to win that event. Dominique Booker was second in 23.69 to become the No. 4 UK 200m performer all-time. - Matt Hillenbrand and Allison Peare won the men's and women's 1,500m respectively.
Monday, March 24 Women's Basketball vs. Syracuse - 6:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay - All Day
Tuesday, March 25 Baseball vs. Xavier - 6:30 p.m. Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay - All Day
Wednesday, March 26 Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas)
Thursday, March 27 Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas) Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships (Austin, Texas)
Friday, March 28 Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas) Women's Tennis vs. Auburn - 11 a.m. Track & Field at Oliver Nikoloff Invite - 11:30 a.m. (Cincinnati, Ohio) Men's Tennis at Auburn - 3 p.m. Softball vs. Auburn - 6 p.m. Baseball at Vanderbilt - 7:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Louisville - 9:45 p.m. (Indianapolis) Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)
Saturday, March 29 Track & Field at Oliver Nikoloff Invite - 9 a.m. (Cincinnati, Ohio) Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas) Softball vs. Auburn - 3 p.m. Baseball at Vanderbilt - 3 p.m. Volleyball at OVVC Spring Tournament - TBA Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas) Sunday, March 30 Women's Tennis vs. Alabama - 12 p.m. Softball vs. Auburn - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis at Alabama - 2 p.m. Baseball at Vanderbilt - 2 p.m. Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)
Baseball - The No. 20 Kentucky baseball team completed a four-game road trip and opened SEC play at Alabama, picking up a win in a doubleheader split with the Tide on Saturday, and suffering a loss at No. 16 Indiana on Tuesday. - Kentucky (14-6, 1-2 SEC) hosts Western Kentucky Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET and will then open its SEC home schedule by hosting consensus No. 1 South Carolina in a three-game series, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. - UK suffered a midweek loss at Indiana on Tuesday, as the preseason No. 3 ranked Hoosiers got three two-run innings in a 7-2 win, with UK getting the second homer of the year from third baseman Max Kuhn. - Kentucky then ventured to Alabama, ranked No. 21 in the preseason, with the Crimson Tide securing a 3-0 win to open the series, behind a game-changing defensive output, including a bases-loaded triple play, two double plays and the robbing of a would-be game-tying home run. The two teams then split a series-concluding twinbill, with UK getting a 7-2 win in the first game behind homers from Austin Cousino and Micheal Thomas. Chandler Shepherd worked into the eighth inning for his fourth win. In the finale, UK took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning behind a three-run homer from NCAA homer and RBI leader A.J. Reed. Alabama rallied in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run homer to tie the game. The Tide then got a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th for the win.
Men's basketball - The Kentucky men's basketball team opened postseason play with wins over LSU and Georgia in the SEC Tournament before a 61-60 loss to No. 1 Florida in the league's championship game last weekend. - Kentucky will kick off its 53rd NCAA Tournament vs. Kansas State on Friday, March 21 at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET at the Scottrade Center the NCAA has announced. - Kentucky (24-10), seeded eighth in the Midwest Region, will take on ninth-seeded Kansas State (20-12) in the second round of NCAA Tournament. The winner of the UK-KSU matchup will play the winner of No. 1-seeded Wichita State (34-0) and the winner of the 16-seed First Round play-in game between Cal Poly (13-19) and Texas Southern (18-14). Men's golf - For the first time this season the UK men's golf team finished outside of the top five in the team standings through six tournaments. The Wildcats three-day total of 18-over par, 882, put them in 11th place to finish the Schenkel Invitational. - Senior Stephen Powers and junior David Snyder both recorded top 10 individual finishes by tying for sixth and 10th, respectively. Powers collected a 54-hole score of two-under par, 214, which included two rounds of under par play. Snyder finished just a stroke behind Powers with a one-under par, 215. Snyder's first round score of 68 was the low round by a UK player over the weekend. - UK will next travel to Awendaw, S.C., for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate held March 23-25.
Gymnastics - The Kentucky gymnastics team closed the regular season Feb. 14 at No. 1 LSU with a 197.800-195.000 loss. The Wildcats (9-10, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) faced a team ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second time in 2014 and the Tigers were the eighth opponent ranked within the top eight that Kentucky faced in the regular season and the fourth in the top three. - For the third consecutive meet and the sixth time in the past seven contests, the Wildcats scored a 49.000 or higher on at least two events. UK registered a 49.025 on vault and a 49.250 on floor, the second and third rotations of the evening. Kentucky opened with a 48.950 on uneven bars and closed the meet with a 47.775 on balance beam. - Individually, senior Audrey Harrison registered a season-best 39.250 all-around score. Harrison, along with redshirt junior Kayla Hartley, led the Wildcats with a 9.875 on floor. Junior Kenzie Hedges posted a team-best 9.850 on vault, while senior Kayla Sienkowski notched team-high honors on uneven bars with a 9.850. Harrison also posted a team best 9.825 on balance beam in her final regular season meet of her career. - Postseason competition begins for the Wildcats at the Southeastern Conference Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on March 22. UK is seeded seventh and will compete in the first session at 3 p.m. ET against No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Arkansas and Missouri. Kentucky is 2-1 against those teams this season. The second session, which features No. 1 Florida, No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia will commence at 7 p.m. ET and be followed by an awards presentation with all teams.
Softball - The No. 9 Kentucky softball team won its second straight SEC road series for the first time in program history last weekend, winning two of three games at No. 16 Missouri. The wins moved UK to 7-3 this season against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. Kentucky's 4-2 start in league play is its second best in school history. UK also defeated Marshall in a midweek game, 6-2. UK's 21-4 record through 25 games is its best in school history. - Senior outfielder Ginny Carroll paced the UK offense going 6-for-12 with a .538 on-base percentage, while senior Lauren Cumbess hit .429 with a double, homer and two RBI. Sophomore Nikki Sagermann had a home run and five RBI, while senior Emily Gaines had two doubles and three RBI. - In the circle, Cumbess went 2-0 with seven strong innings over Marshall for a win and 1.2 innings over Missouri to clinch the series. Sophomore Kelsey Nunley went 1-1, falling to MU on Friday night before responding with seven strong innings on Saturday in UK's series-evening win.
Swimming and diving - Divers Christa Cabot and Greg Ferrucci qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend. - Cabot, a junior, earned her second consecutive NCAA Championships berth thanks to a second-place finish in the women's 3-meter springboard event, while Ferrucci will make has fourth NCAA appearance after the senior placed third in the men's 3-meter event. - Cabot and Ferrucci will join a field of four swimmers and one relay squad who already earned NCAA berths. Juniors Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers and freshman Danielle Galyer will represent UK at the women's championships this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. Freshman Brandon Flynn, along with UK's 200 medley relay team of senior Lucas Gerotto, junior George Greenhalgh and seniors Eric Bruck and Chris Lott will swim for Kentucky at the men's championships next weekend in Austin, Texas.
Rifle - The University of Kentucky rifle team finished third at the NCAA Championships, shooting an aggregate 4675. - Sophomore Connor Davis claimed the individual air rifle title, the first Wildcat to accomplish the feat since Nancy Johnson in 1994. - Senior Emily Holsopple finished the weekend with a 580 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle. - Following the championships, seven Wildcats received All-America honors, including Emily Holsopple being named Lapua Coaches Association First Team All-America, recognizing the top-five aggregate shooters in the country. Davis, Holsopple and freshman Sonya May were all named First Team All-America in air rifle.
Men's tennis - The No. 15 University of Kentucky men's tennis team completed a sweep of the Magnolia State teams this weekend, collecting a 4-2 win over No. 21 Mississippi State on Friday night, and a 4-1 win over No. 54 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-0 in SEC play. - Kentucky won the doubles point in both matches, as the Wildcats have now won the doubles competition in six of the last seven matches. The Wildcats have two ranked doubles pairs in No. 26 Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai and No. 76 Ryuji Hirooka/Nils Ellefsen. - Sophomore Beck Pennington went 4-0 on the week, picking up wins in both of his singles and doubles matches without dropping a set in either. The No. 67 ranked player in the nation beat Zach White of Mississippi State 6-1, 7-5 on Friday before a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefan Lindmark Sunday. - Kentucky, 5-0 in the SEC, joins Georgia as the only team in conference play with an unblemished mark in league action. UK and UGA meet on Friday in Athens for first place in the conference.
Women's tennis - The No. 24 Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 this weekend when they took on Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the road. - Kentucky (14-4, 4-2 SEC) defeated Mississippi State, 4-2, Friday in Starkville. The Wildcats rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to top the Bulldogs. Winning the doubles point, Kentucky lead early, but Ole Miss picked up three straight points in singles. Down, but not out, Kentucky responded with three singles wins of its own to knock off MSU. - Against Ole Miss, Kentucky fell behind early and never gained the lead. The Rebels claimed the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead over the Wildcats. In the singles competition, Kentucky only won two matches en route to its second loss in conference play. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff was the first Wildcat to get on the scoreboard after Ole Miss stretched its lead to 2-0 with a win at No. 6 singles. - Kentucky hosts No. 12 Georgia Friday at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 11 a.m. ET.
Track and field - The Kentucky women's track and field team scored its most points ever at a NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing with 23 points for ninth place nationally last weekend. - The ninth-place finish earned the Wildcats their highest women's team placement since 1989 when UK ended the meet eighth with the University's previous all-time NCAA Indoor high score, 15 points. - The UK women's team also finished inside the national top-10 for the second time ever, the other being 1989. - Dezerea Bryant became the first woman in Kentucky track and field history to win the NCAA 200-Meter Dash Championship on Friday. - Bryant finished the NCAA Championships as the team's high-scorer having earned 18 points in two events. On Saturday she came agonizingly close to pulling off the indoor short sprint double finishing runner-up in the 60-meter dash. - Nine Kentucky Wildcats earned a total of 13 All-America honors for the 2014 indoor track and field season.
Thursday, March 20 Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Friday, March 21 Women's Tennis vs. Georgia - 11 a.m. Softball vs. Kent State - 2 p.m. Track & Field at Baldy Castillo Invitational - 4 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Men's Tennis at Georgia - 4:30 p.m. Softball vs. Saint Francis PA - 6 p.m. Baseball vs. South Carolina - 6:30 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Kansas State - 9:40 p.m. (NCAA Tournament, St. Louis, Mo.) Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Saturday, March 22 Women's Basketball vs. Wright State - 11 p.m. (NCAA Tournament, Lexington, Ky.) Baseball vs. South Carolina - 2 p.m. Softball vs. Fairfield - 2 p.m. Gymnastics at SEC Championship - 3 p.m. Softball vs. Kansas - 6 p.m. Track & Field at Baldy Castillo Invitational - TBA (Tempe, Ariz.) Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Sunday, March 23 Women's Tennis vs. Tennessee - 12 p.m. Softball vs. Kansas - 12 p.m. Baseball vs. South Carolina - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis at Tennessee - 1 p.m. Softball vs. Kent State - 2 p.m. Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercoll. - All Day (Awendaw, S.C.)
Baseball - The 22nd-ranked Kentucky baseball team completed a five-game week with four wins, including a midweek sweep over Cincinnati and a historic three-game weekend series win over Ball State, that saw the Wildcats score the most runs in a series in program history. - The Wildcats posted a 7-0 win over Cincinnati in the opener of a Wednesday doubleheader, getting the first complete-game shutout in a midweek game in modern program history from sophomore lefty Dylan Dwyer (1-0, 3.00 ERA). UK then swept the twinbill with the Bearcats with a 13-2 win in the nightcap. - UK took a three-run lead into the ninth inning in the series opener on Friday vs. Ball State, before the Cardinals plated three runs to equal the game, with UK allowing a two-out error to plate the tying runs, with another error in the 10th inning allowing the game-winning runs to score. In the second game of the series, UK pounded the Cardinals 24-1, behind the NCAA-leading eighth homer of the year from A.J. Reed. UK then posted a 26-3 win over BSU in the rubber match, with catcher Micheal Thomas homering for the second straight game and Max Kuhn belting his first homer of 2014. UK's 58 runs over the three-game weekend shattered the previous record of 47 runs scored in a three-game series with Tennessee Martin in 2007. - The Wildcats plated 76 runs during their five-game week, with a .385 average, 24 extra-base hits, nine steals, 17 hit batters and a .504 on-base percentage. In 16 games in 2014, UK has hit a SEC-leading .345 with 45 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 182 runs scored, stealing 36 bases. On the mound, UK has a 2.51 team ERA in 143.1 innings, walking 50 and striking out 105, with UK fielding .965 and turning 15 double plays.
Men's basketball - Kentucky finished the regular season with a 22-9 overall record and a 12-6 mark in Southeastern Conference action. UK earned the No. 2 overall seed in the SEC Tournament and will take on the winner of LSU-Alabama at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14 in Atlanta. - Julius Randle had two more double-double efforts in games against Alabama and Florida this week. He now has 18 double-doubles on the year which is a mark that ranks seventh in program history. He also moved to sixth in the freshman record books with 477 points scored on the season. He's also posted eight-consecutive games with at least 10 rebounds. The last player to achieve that feat was DeMarcus Cousins during the 2009-10 season. Randle was named a Wooden Award finalist for the nation's top player. - Freshman Dakari Johnson has scored eight or more points in each of the last three games.
Women's basketball - Kentucky made it to the SEC Tournament championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons and second straight. In the championship game vs. Tennessee, the Wildcats fell in a heartbreaker, 71-70. UK defeated Florida (75-70) in the quaterfinals and South Carolina (68-58) in the semifinals. - Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth and freshman guard Linnae Harper were named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. Stallworth scored a season-high tying 21 points in the championship game on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Harper recorded 11 of her 12 points in the first half. - Over the weekend, junior guard Bria Goss became the 29th Wildcat to score 1,000 career points. Goss had a team-high 14 points in the win vs. South Carolina. - UK will host the NCAA first and second rounds in Memorial Coliseum on March 22 and 24. The Wildcats will find out where they are in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 17 during the NCAA Selection Show.
Women's golf - The Wildcats placed 15th at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate over the weekend with a 54-hole team score of 53-over par, 905. - Freshman Haley Mills led all UK players with her second top 15 finish of the season. Mills finished tied for 12th with a six-over par, 219. - UK will next compete at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La., from March 21-23.
Gymnastics - The Kentucky gymnastics team sent its seniors out in style with another win over a ranked opponent with a 196.150 to defeat No. 22 California and Centenary Friday night in Memorial Coliseum. The second consecutive score of 196.000 or higher for the Wildcats come in the home finale and resulted in an upset win over a ranked team in back-to-back meets. California placed second with a 196.075, while Centenary was third with a 189.625. UK won three individual events along with senior Audrey Harrison's win in the all-around. - Last week, UK set the program record floor score, and the Wildcats followed it up with a 49.425 Friday, the third-highest total in school history and the highest floor score among the three teams Friday night. UK's vault score of 49.275 is a season best and tied for seventh best all-time. Kentucky added a 48.900 on bars and a 48.550 on beam, tied for the meet high. - In addition to her all-around win with a season-best 39.325, Harrison won floor with a 9.900, an honor she shared with freshman Taylor Puryear. Senior Kayla Sienkowski also went out with a bang in her final home meet with a win on balance beam with a season-best 9.825 for her first career event title. Junior Kenzie Hedges tied for the vault title with a career-best 9.925, her first event title of the season.
Softball - The No. 8 University of Kentucky softball team opened its Southeastern Conference schedule with a series win at Mississippi State. The win marked the third time in the last four years UK has won its opening series in league action. - Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley paced UK with a 2-0 record, keeping the Bulldogs scoreless for 14 straight innings, including throwing her second career no-hitter on Friday night. Over the weekend, Nunley allowed just three hits with nine strikeouts with opponents hitting just .068 against her. Behind Nunley, UK committed only one error on the weekend. - Offensively, UK was led by sophomore Nikki Sagermann, who hit .33 with a home run and two RBI, while seniors Krystal Smith and Ginny Carroll and sophomore Ansley Smith each hit homers. The pair of wins continues UK's best start in program history with 18 wins in its first 21 games.
Men's tennis - The No. 22 University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 1-0 this week, defeating No. 8 Texas A&M for its biggest win of the spring season on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats used wins in the doubles point, with victories from the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 position in singles to down the Aggies, 4-0 in Lexington. - Freshman Jerry Lopez clinched the match on court four, clinching his third-straight match, and third-straight SEC match on Friday. The Puerto Vallarta, Mexico native's three clinches are the first three in his career. Lopez's win on Friday came in dramatic fashion, winning a second-set tiebreak, 8-6 on his second match point to seal the win after taking the first set, 6-2. - Senior Tom Jomby continued his stellar play, as he recorded a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 11 Harrison Adams. Friday's win marked the third time this season Jomby has defeated an opponent ranked higher than him. The Nantes, France, native is now 13-1 on the year in singles play, and 3-0 in the SEC. Jomby in doubles also had a big afternoon, as he teamed with sophomore Kevin Lai to defeat the No. 1 team in the nation of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow, 8-7 (4) in the deciding doubles point match.
Women's tennis - The No. 22 University of Kentucky women's tennis went 1-1 this past weekend. The Wildcats were defeated by No. 4 Texas A&M, but rebounded with a 4-2 win over Missouri. - Senior duo Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten and No. 57 Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi suffered their first doubles loss at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles position, respectively, against Texas A&M. McGraw and Sutjiadi were the only Kentucky players to get singles wins against the Aggies. McGraw took down Jana McCord, 6-1, 6-1 while Sutjiadi defeated Ines Deheza, 7-5, 6-2. The Wildcats fell to Texas A&M, 4-2. - Against Missouri, Kentucky bounced back from their loss to beat the Tigers. Kirsten Lewis and Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff knocked off Kelli Hine and Tracy Dong at No. 3 doubles, 8-2. Ravita and Sutjiadi followed with a win at the No. 2 doubles spot to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead. - No. 51 Ravita extended Kentucky's lead when she edged Cierra Gayton-Leach, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles position. Kentucky dropped two straight matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, but Lewis fought hard at No. 4 singles to stop the Tigers' run. She defeated Rhyner, 6-3, 7-6 (3-0), 6-4 and put the Wildcats up, 3-1. Junior Stephanie Fox ended the match with a win at the No. 6 singles slot. Fox downed Dong, 6-0, 6-1 to claim Kentucky's first SEC road win.
Tuesday, March 11 Softball at Marshall - 4 p.m. Baseball at Indiana - 4:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 Baseball vs. Northern Kentucky - 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 13 Swimming & Diving at Zone Diving Champs. - All Day (Columbus, Ohio)
Friday, March 14 Women's Tennis at Mississippi State - 3 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Mississippi State - 4 p.m. Track & Field at Indoor NCAA Championships - 6 p.m. (Albuquerque, N.M.) Men's Basketball at SEC Tournament - 7 p.m. (Atlanta, Ga.) Softball at Missouri - 7:30 p.m. Baseball at Alabama - 7:35 p.m. Gymnastics at LSU - 8 p.m. Rifle at NCAA Championships - All Day (Murray, Ky.) Men's Golf at Schenkel Invitational - All Day (Statesboro, Ga.) Swimming & Diving at Zone Diving Champs. - All Day
Saturday, March 15 Track & Field at Indoor NCAA Championships - 1 p.m. (Albuquerque, N.M.) Softball at Missouri - 3 p.m. Men's Basketball at SEC Tournament - 3:30 p.m. (Atlanta, Ga.) Baseball at Alabama - 7:05 p.m. Swimming & Diving at Zone Diving Champs. - All Day Men's Golf at Schenkel Invitational - All Day (Statesboro, Ga.) Rifle at NCAA Championships - All Day (Murray, Ky.)
Sunday, March 16 Women's Tennis at Ole Miss - 12 p.m. Softball at Missouri - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Ole Miss - 1 p.m. Baseball at Alabama - 2:05 p.m. Men's Basketball at SEC Tournament - 3:15 p.m. Men's Golf at Schenkel Invitational - All Day
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