Men's basketball - Kentucky enjoyed a 2-0 week in league play with home victories over Texas A&M and Georgia. - Sophomore forward Alex Poythress sparked the Cats to the win over the Aggies with a season-high 16 points, which included a run of seven straight points to ignite a 21-7 run in the second half. Freshman forward Julius Randle turned in his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. - Against the Bulldogs, UK received an incredible defensive performance from sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. The 7-0 forward logged six blocks and six steals with the six swipes marking a new career-high. He's the only player in the John Calipari era to have six or more in either defensive category in the same game. UK forced the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers while matching season-bests in blocks (11) and steals (9). - Kentucky hits the road for a pair of matchups this week beginning at LSU on Tuesday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky split games this week in Lexington, falling in a heartbreaker to Alabama on Thursday, 57-55, and battling back from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Arkansas on Sunday, 68-58. - Against the Tide, junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill hit two free throws to tie the game with 12.5 seconds to play before Alabama's Diasha Simmons scored two of her game-high 21 points with three seconds on the clock, giving the Tide their first win in Lexington since 2002. Senior forward Samarie Walker scored a team-high 18 points despite playing just 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Junior guard Bria Goss tossed in 14 points. - Sunday was Alumni Day for the Wildcats as more than 45 alumni returned to the Bluegrass for the weekend's festivities. O'Neill, who earned her way into the starting lineup for the second time this season, netted a career-high tying five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 21 points. She also grabbed a season-high six rebounds. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson, who came off the bench for the first time this season, added 13 points. Goss had 10 points and also grabbed six rebounds. It marked the seventh straight win over the Razorbacks in Lexington.
Gymnastics - In its first true road meet of the season, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team had season high scores on three events en route to a 195.150-193.775 win over Missouri Friday night at the Hearnes Center. - The Wildcats (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their first three events, vault, uneven bars and floor, all with season best scores. Individually, UK notched three event titles along with the senior Audrey Harrison's all-around win. Fifteen career or season highs were set or tied in UK's first dual meet of the year. - Harrison led UK with a 38.675 to win the all-around title for the second time in three weeks to open the year. Harrison also won floor and tied two others, including sophomore Tiara Phipps, for the win on uneven bars. Sophomore Amy Roemmele won balance beam. Harrison posted UK's first 9.900 of the season on floor and tied Phipps on uneven bars, who was making her collegiate debut on the event. - The Wildcats cap a three-week roadtrip at sixth-ranked Georgia on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. Last season, UK tied then-No. 6 UGA, 195.825-195.825 in Lexington. With a season-high team score, the Wildcats won beam and floor, the final two events. Harrison won the all-around title and notched the top score on floor while Alexis Gross tallied a win on bars.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4683 Friday at the Withrow Invitational in Murray, Ky. - Senior Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1182, shooting a 592 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle. - Freshman Sonya May delivered UK's best air rifle score, shooting a 593, while fellow freshman Heather Kirby posted a 590. - Sophomore Connor Davis spent the weekend in Munich, Germany, competing in the Bavarian Airgun Championships. Swimming and diving - University of Kentucky divers claimed the top two scores in all four events, including three events where the Wildcats swept the field, as UK suffered a defeat at No. 7/13 Louisville Saturday afternoon. - Wins in three of the first four events for the women gave UK a lead early over the 13th-ranked Cardinal, and helped set up a closely-scored meet halfway through the competition. The Wildcats were unable to hang on for the upset and lost 193-107. The men fell by a final score of 212.5-87.5 to the Cardinals, ranked seventh nationally. - Junior Christa Cabot won both the 1- and 3-meter dive, while fellow junior Lindsay Keahey placed second in both events to round out UK's scoring. On the men's side, seniors Greg Ferrucci and John Fox won the 1- and 3-meter, respectively. Fox placed second in the 1-meter, while senior Zack Peterson was second in the 3-meter. The Wildcats also claimed third and fourth place in the 1-meter to sweep the competition. - Along with four diving wins, freshman Kelly Berger won the 1,000 yard freestyle and senior Kristen Wilson claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle. Berger added a second-place finish, while Wilson finished third in three additional races. - The Wildcats host their final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center. The senior day meet marks the end of the regular season for Kentucky before the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship competitions.
Men's tennis - The No. 8 University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 2-1 this weekend, defeating No. 56 Indiana and No. 45 BYU in the early part of the week, before dropping the Lexington Regional final of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to No. 29 Notre Dame in Lexington. - Kentucky continued its dominance over Indiana with a 6-1 midweek win, getting the doubles point, and five of the six singles matches to secure the win for the Wildcats. Indiana has not defeated Kentucky at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center since the series resumed annually in 1991-92. - This week, Kentucky squares off with Notre Dame again on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind., for the teams' annual regular season dual match. Women's tennis - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 10 Duke, 4-0, in the regional championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend. - Duke took the doubles point early and the Wildcats hoped to regain composure in the singles competition. They fell short getting swept, with Duke's Ester Goldfield clinching the match over Kelsey Dieters in the No. 3 position. - No. 42 Kentucky falls to 3-1 on the season. The Wildcats will travel to Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 1 before returning home for a doubleheader against Marshall University and Morehead State, Feb. 8.
Track and field - The UK track and field teams each made statements during last weekends USTFCCCA "Meet of the Week" the Rod McCravy Memorial. UK posted two world-leading times, three nation-leading times, broke four meet and two school-records. - Kendra Harrison had literally a world-class performance as she ran the fastest times on earth this season in both the 60-meter hurdles (7.96) and as anchor of the 4x400m relay 3.33.35. Both of Harrison's performances broke UK records. - Dezerea Bryant proved herself as a world-class competitor too, tying 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and World-Record Holder (4x100m relay) Tianna Bartoletta as both crossed the finish line in 7.194 seconds. - Matt Hillenbrand dominated a 3k field featuring multiple All-Americans with a SEC-leading time of 7:59.55 breaking the 8-minute barrier for the first time. - Brad Szpka won his third shot put competition from as many starts this season, this time with a personal-best throw 19.43m/63'9" which ranks No. 8 nationally.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week which included a 74-66 win over Tennessee and a last-second heartbreaker in overtime at Arkansas on Tuesday. - In UK's win over the Vols, freshman Andrew Harrison poured in a career-high 26 points while going 10-for-10 at the free throw line to lead UK to a .958 clip as a team. Harrison also played flawlessly without committing a single turnover. Classmate Julius Randle chipped in with 18 points after scoring 20 at Arkansas. - Freshman James Young had 23 tallies against the Razorbacks, while sophomore Alex Poythress contributed 12 points. Harrison sunk a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to force the game into overtime. Young tied the score at 85 and it appeared a double-overtime would be played, before Arkansas capitalized on a last-second put-back for the win. - Kentucky remains at home for the next two contests. UK will face Texas A&M on Tuesday and Georgia on Saturday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky traveled to Auburn for its only game of the week and it took all 40 minutes to capture its third conference win of the season. Despite a tough stretch to the start the game, the Wildcats used an uncharacteristic 2-3 zone defense and solid rebounding to grind out the 73-71 win. Trailing by 13 points in the first half, UK battled back to within one at the half, 36-37. UK controlled most of the second half and led by as many as nine points but Auburn pulled within one, 70-69, with 3:01 to play. - The outside shooting of junior Jennifer O'Neill and crucial back-to-back offensive rebounds in the final minute by senior Samarie Walker and freshman Linnae Harper helped seal the win. UK shot 45 percent from the floor (27-of-60) and just 44.8 percent from the free-throw line (13-of-29). O'Neill finished with a team-high 16 points off the bench, hitting a season-high tying four 3-pointers. Walker grabbed her second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-high four assists. Harper added 13 points and pulled down a career-high tying seven rebounds, including five offensive. - UK plays host to Alabama and Arkansas in its next two games in Memorial Coliseum. Gymnastics - In its first road competition of the season, the No. 17 University of Kentucky gymnastics team fell to No. 6 Nebraska and No. 3 Alabama at the Ozone Collegiate Gymnastic Classic Saturday night in Knoxville, Tenn. - The Wildcats (3-2, 0-1 SEC) scored a 194.650, behind the Cornhuskers' 196.250 and the Crimson Tide's 196.050. Alabama notched the top scores on vault and uneven bars, while Nebraska tallied meet highs on balance beam and floor. The Wildcats scored a 48.875 on floor, the second-highest total at the meet, along with a 48.750 on vault, a 48.625 on beam and a 48.400 on bars. - Senior Audrey Harrison, a Knoxville native, came in third in the all-around with a season-high 39.175. Her total came behind two Nebraska gymnasts and just 0.250 out of second place. Junior Shelby Hilton also competed on all four events and posted a 38.600 to place sixth. Sophomore Marissa Beucler registered a career-high-tying 9.725 on vault. - The Wildcats continue a three-week road trip at Missouri on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m., ET. Kentucky is 1-0 in Southeastern Conference action against Mizzou, with a 194.250-194.125 home win last season in the Tigers' first season in the SEC. The last time the Wildcats traveled to Columbia, Mo. was in 2004.
Rifle - The University of Kentucky rifle team knocked off two top-15 opponents this weekend, defeating No. 11 Murray State 4700-4661 Saturday and No. 7 Army 4697-4655. - Kentucky's 4700 Saturday against Murray State marked a season high for the Wildcats. - Emily Holsopple led the Wildcats with an individual aggregate of 1183 against the Racers, while Jonathan Pinkel posted an individual aggregate of 1180 as an individual. - Sunday against Army, Connor Davis posted a personal-best 589 in smallbore and Emily Holsopple shot a season-high 595.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team started the season with three wins, collecting two 7-0 results over Dayton and Eastern Kentucky on Friday night and a 4-3 win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday. - Kentucky's win at No. 7 Duke was the program's first win in Durham since the 1974 season. The win for Cedric Kauffmann marked his fifth win over a top-10 team in his 34 matches as the Wildcats' head coach. - Tom Jomby played No. 1 singles in all three matches, and went 3-0 on the weekend including a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 52 Jason Tahir of Duke. Jomby teamed with Kevin Lai in doubles to also go 3-0 to accumulate a 6-0 weekend overall for the Frenchman. - Senior Alejandro Gomez clinched the win at No. 7 Duke on Sunday with a 6-5 (6), 6-5 (4) win on court three over No. 95 Bruno Semenzato. After missing the second half of the 2013 season with injury, Gomez went 3-0 this weekend.
Women's tennis - The University of Kentucky women's tennis team started its 2014 season and home opener Saturday, Jan. 18 with a 7-0 win over Cincinnati in the morning and a 4-2 win over Ball State in the evening at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Ky. - Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi is 2-0 in the No. 1 singles position after defeating Cincinnati's Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 7-5, 6-3 and Ball State's Coutney Wild, 7-6, 6-2. Sutjiadi's win over Poggensee-Wei clinched the overall match for the Wildcats and gave them their first win of the 2014 season. - No. 56 CeCe Witten and Kelsey Dieters completely dominated in the No. 1 doubles position taking down UC's Caitlin O' Gara and Kelly Poggensee-Wei, 6-1 and Ball State's Bethany Moore and Kristel Saunders, 6-3. - After dropping two singles matches, Ball State managed get within one of the Wildcats, but Senior Caitlin McGraw defeated Toni Ormond, 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match point and beat Ball State. - Kentucky is now 2-0 in dual matches for the season. The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 24 against Tulane at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend in Durham, N.C.
Track and field - Kentucky won eight of 30 events, five for the sixth-ranked women's team and three on the men's side at the Kentucky Invitational Friday and Saturday. UK finished the meet having won three of the four relays as the Wildcat women's team claimed the 4x400m relay after UK won both the men's and women's distance medleys on Friday. - Dezerea Bryant shattered school-records during wins in both the 60 and 200 meters Saturday. Bryant's 60m time of 7.18 seconds leads the nation and her 200m time of 23.08 ranks No. 2 nationally. - Kendra Harrison also broke teammate Kayla Parker's 60m hurdles school record, with a nation-leading time of her own: 8.19. Harrison also won the 400m with a time of 54.49, which ranks No. 8 nationally. - Keffri Neal continued a hot start to the season, winning his second race from two starts with a mile personal-best time of 4:04.04. Bradley Szypka also sustained his strong early-season form by winning the shot put with a top mark of 18.78m/61' 7.5" for his second victory in as many meets this campaign. - UK will host the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet next weekend. Of the 15 teams scheduled to compete, seven are ranked inside the national top-25 (both men's and women's).
Tuesday, Jan. 21 Men's Tennis vs. Indiana - 4 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23 Women's Basketball vs. Alabama - 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 24 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m. Men's Tennis vs. BYU - 1 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Tulane - 1:30 p.m. (Durham, N.C.) Gymnastics at Missouri - 7:30 p.m. Rifle at Withrow Invitational, Murray, Ky. - All Day
Saturday, Jan. 25 Track & Field - Rod McCravy Memorial - 10 a.m. Swimming/Diving at Louisville - 1 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Georgia - 1:30 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.) Men's Tennis vs. Notre Dame/Minnesota - TBA
Sunday, Jan. 26 Women's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 1 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Duke/Columbia - TBA (Durham, N.C.)
Men's basketball - The 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats opened SEC play by securing two wins this week. UK opened with an 85-63 victory over Mississippi State at home. - Kentucky was led by the play of freshman James Young who had career-highs in points (26), rebounds (10) and assists (5) to lead the Cats. - The Blue and White then traveled to Vanderbilt and came away with a 71-62 road victory. Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein sparked the Cats with a team-high 15 points. Cauley-Stein also contributed six rebounds and a pair of steals. - UK will remain on the road for a matchup with Arkansas on Tuesday, before hosting Tennessee in the squads' lone meeting of 2014 on Saturday.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 last week with a 68-59 loss at No. 10/11 South Carolina and an 80-69 win over Missouri at home. - In the USC game, junior center Azia Bishop recorded her third career and second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson also added 12 points, 10 coming in the second half. - The Cats rebounded with a hard-fought win over Missouri at home, giving UK its 700th program victory. Junior guard Bria Goss shined in the win as she charted a team-high 20 points, a season-high tying eight rebounds, and took two charges giving her 21 for the season. The league's leading free-throw shooter was a was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line and is now hitting .912 percent (52-of-57) from the charity stripe. Thompson followed with 16 points and a game-high six assists, while junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill and senior forward DeNesha Stallworth scored 11 points apiece. Walker followed with her 17th career double-double and sixth of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She also recorded two of UK's six blocks, just one shy of the season high. Gymnastics - The No. 17 Kentucky gymnastics team defeated three teams to win the annual Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic event to open the 2014 season Friday night in Memorial Coliseum in front of 5,839 fans. UK (3-0, 0-0 SEC) scored a 195.000, ahead of No. 15 Penn State's 193.975. West Virginia placed third with a 193.700, while Ball State scored a 190.875. - UK senior Audrey Harrison won the all-around title with a 39.075 along with a win on beam with a 9.850. She joined redshirt junior Kayla Hartley with a meet-best 9.825 on floor. The Wildcats claimed the top scores on vault with a 48.600, beam with a 48.675 and floor with a 48.950. UK's uneven bars score of 48.775 was second to West Virginia's. - The Wildcats hit the road for the second week of the season when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Ozone Invite Jan. 18. UK will compete against No. 2 Alabama and No. 10 Nebraska in the neutral-site event at 8 p.m. ET. Kentucky's next home contest is Feb. 7 against No. 1 and defending national champion Florida.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team opened the spring season with a 4688-4623 win at No. 8 Ohio State. - Senior Emily Holsopple led Kentucky with an aggregate score of 1179, shooting a team-best 587 in smallbore and a 592 in air rifle. - Sophomore Connor Davis shot a team high in air rifle with a 593, the seventh time he has led the team in air rifle.
Swimming and diving - After over six weeks off from competition, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday against Alabama and Arkansas. - Against the two Southeastern Conference foes, the Wildcats registered eight wins and 10 second place finishes. Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers, both juniors, along with Kelly Berger, a freshman, each recorded a win and runner-up finishes. Bechtel also helped a relay team to a second-place showing. - The Wildcats travel to in-state rival Louisville on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. The meet comes a week before UK's final home contest of the season, Feb. 1 against Cincinnati at the Lancaster Aquatics Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 Men's Basketball at Arkansas - 9 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17 Men's Tennis vs. Dayton - 1 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky - 5 p.m. Track & Field - Kentucky Invitational - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 Track & Field - Kentucky Invitational - 9 a.m. Women's Tennis vs. Cincinnati - 10 a.m. Men's Basketball vs. Tennessee - 12 p.m. Women's Tennis vs. Ball State - 6 p.m. Women's Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Nebraska - 7 p.m. (Knoxville, Tenn.) Rifle vs. Murray State - All Day (West Point, N.Y.)
Sunday, Jan. 19 Men's Tennis at Duke - 1 p.m. (Cary, N.C.) Women's Basketball at Auburn - 2 p.m. Rifle at Army - All Day (West Point, N.Y.)
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with an 85-63 SEC-opening win at Alabama followed by a loss to Florida at home. - Against the Tide, four Wildcats scored in double figures led by Jennifer O'Neill with 17 points off the bench. Azia Bishop looked impressive in her fourth starting assignment of the season, charting a season-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks. Kastine Evans followed with a season-high tying 15 points and Samarie Walker notched her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and game-high 13 rebounds. - The Cats returned home only to struggle offensively against Florida on Sunday, shooting just 35.2 percent (25-of-71) from the field and 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the free-throw line in the 83-73 loss. It marked UK's second-lowest field goal percentage of the season and the loss snapped UK's nine-game home winning streak and its six-game winning streak vs. the Gators. O'Neill once again led the Cats in scoring with 15 points. Walker posted her second straight double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. - UK will travel to South Carolina on Thursday before playing host to Missouri on Sunday.
Swimming and diving - The Kentucky diving team competed at the Georgia Diving Invitational, Jan. 3-5 in Athens, Ga. Seniors John Fox and Greg Ferrucci, along with junior Lindsay Keahey advanced to the finals and finished in the top 12 on each event at the three-day, 14-team competition. - Fox placed eighth on the 3-meter and ninth on the 1-meter and platform, while Keahey finished seventh on platform and 12th in the 1- and 3-meter finals. Ferrucci tallied UK's highest finish with a fifth-place showing on platform after finishing 10th on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter. - UK swimming and diving returns to action on Jan. 11 against Alabama and Arkansas in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Wednesday, Jan. 8 Men's Basketball vs. Mississippi State - 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 Women's Basketball at South Carolina - 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 Gymnastics hosts Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic vs. Penn State, West Virginia & Ball State - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 Swimming and Diving at Alabama, Arkansas - 11 a.m. Men's Basketball at Vanderbilt - 3:30 p.m. Rifle at Ohio State - All Day
Sunday, Jan. 12 Women's Basketball vs. Missouri - 5 p.m.
Men's basketball - The 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats defeated in-state rival and No. 4 rated Louisville by a 73-66 score in the lone competition of the week for the Cats. With the win, UK has won 17 consecutive home games and is 76-2 in Rupp Arena under John Calipari. - UK limited Louisville to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and improves to 8-0 on the year when keeping opponents under 40.0 percent shooting. - Freshmen James Young and Andrew Harrison led UK with 18 points apiece, and classmate Julius Randle added 17 first half points. Young contributed a team-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, while also leading the team with a career-best four assists. Harrison's 18 points marked a career-best with 11 of those tallies coming after halftime. - UK is open this week before opening up Southeastern Conference action on Jan. 8 with a home contest vs. Mississippi State at 8 p.m. ET.
Women's basketball - Kentucky returned home from a short holiday break to defeat Grambling State in commanding fashion, 109-46, on Sunday. The Wildcats completed nonconference play at 12-1, just the seventh one-loss nonconference season in 40 years of varsity play. - Six players netted double figures, led by junior Bria Goss who dropped in a career-high 23 points to go along with a season-high eight rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. Freshman Linnae Harper scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds, while sophomore Janee Thompson added 13 points. Seniors Kastine Evans and Samarie Walker followed with 11 points apiece and freshman Makayla Epps charted a career-high 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting with a career-high seven rebounds. - It marked the fifth time this season UK has scored 100 or more points and the 60-19 halftime lead was the largest in school history. UK has now won nine straight in Memorial and 44 consecutive games in Memorial vs. nonconference opponents. - The Wildcats begin SEC play on the road Thursday when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to meet the Crimson Tide. Game time is now 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET. Upcoming schedule
Thursday, Jan. 2 Women's Basketball at Alabama - 3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 3 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day
Saturday, Jan. 4 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day
Sunday, Jan. 5 Swimming & Diving at Georgia Diving Invitational - All Day Women's Basketball vs. Florida - 3 p.m.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 on the week with a home victory against Boise State before dropping an 82-77 loss at No. 18/21 North Carolina. - Both Harrisons logged 17 or more points, with Andrew Harrison logging a career-best six assists. Freshman James Young had a game-high 21 points in a win over Boise State earlier in the week. Young has hit multiple 3-pointers in four-straight games. - Kentucky will take a week off from competition for finals week. UK wraps up with 2013 calendar year with Belmont on Saturday and Louisville on the following Saturday.
Women's basketball - No. 5/6 Kentucky improved to 11-0 with wins over DePaul (96-85) and East Tennessee State (73-56) last week. The 11-0 start ties the school record for the best start to a season, set in 2009-10. The 11-game winning streak also ties the second-longest winning streak in school history. - The Wildcats took a hard-fought 96-85 win over the Blue Demons in Chicago on Thursday. Playing without All-SEC forward DeNesha Stallworth due to a knee injury, UK had to overcome an 11-point first-half deficit. Thanks in large part to the gritty play of freshmen Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps, the Wildcats defeated DePaul 96-85, ending their nonconference road schedule undefeated. Harper netted a career-high 18 points in her homecoming, 12 coming in the decisive second half. - Epps added a career-high 10 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. Also in double digits was senior Kastine Evans with 14, senior Samarie Walker with 13 and a team-high eight rebounds, and junior Jennifer O'Neill with 12 points. The Wildcats shot a season-high 55.9 percent from the field, their highest shooting performance since hitting a 57.1 percent clip vs. Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 1, 2009. - Against East Tennessee State, Harper once again came off the bench to spark the Wildcats. She netted all 10 of her points in the first half, hitting 5-of-6 attempts. She was one of three Wildcats in double figures as Walker and Janee Thompson led with 12 points apiece in the 73-56 win. After a week-long break for finals, the Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 22 vs. No. 2 Duke in Rupp Arena for their annual "Pack the House" game.
Track and field - Kentucky won six events at the indoor track and field season-beginning Hoosier Open on Friday inside Indiana's Gladstein Fieldhouse. - Kayla Parker ran the nation's fastest 60-meter hurdles time, setting the school record 8.24 seconds to win the event for the second straight year. - Junior transfer Kendra Harrison won two events, the 60m and 300m. - Brad Szypka won the Hoosier Open shot put for the second year running as his top throw, 18.82m/61'9", fell just half and inch short of his PR. - Keffri Neal won the 1,000m for the second-consecutive year, with nearly a three-second personal-best time, 2:22.82. - Terence Boyd won the long jump, with an indoor-best jump 7.29m/23'11". - Justin Kretchmer made a nice debut as the freshman won the high jump with a top clearance 2.10m/6'10.75". - UK's next competition will be the home opening Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House on January 17, 2014. Upcoming schedule
Tuesday, Dec. 17 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)
Wednesday, Dec. 18 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas) Saturday, Dec. 21 Swimming & Diving at USA Diving Winter National Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas) Men's Basketball vs. Belmont - 12 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22 Women's Basketball vs. No. 2 Duke - 3 p.m.
Men's basketball - Kentucky dropped a neutral-site contest to 20th ranked Baylor on Friday night by a 67-62 margin. - Freshman Julius Randle led the squad with 16 points for his ninth-straight double-figure scoring effort. He also snagged a team-best eight rebounds. Freshmen guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison both dished out career-bests with six assists. Aaron Harrison logged 15 points and reached double-figures in the opening half for the third straight game. Freshman James Young knocked down a quartet of 3-pointers and has hit multiple 3's in five games this season. - UK continues its tough stretch in the month of December with a home date vs. undefeated Boise State on Tuesday, before traveling to top-20 ranked North Carolina on Saturday for its first true road test of the season. Women's basketball - No. 7 Kentucky improved to 9-0 on the season after defeating No. 9 Baylor in one of the most epic games in college basketball history. Playing in a double-header with the UK men's team in the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Wildcats defeated the Lady Bears in a four overtime thriller, 133-130. - The 263 combined points set a new NCAA record, besting the previous high for a Division I women's game of 252 points in SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997. The Wildcats also won consecutive games against top-10 teams for the first time in school history and set school records for points (133), free-throws made (49) and free-throws attempted (66). - Junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill came off the bench to net a school-record 43 points on 14-of-31 shooting, netting 33 in the second half and overtime periods. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson added a career-high 20 points, while senior forward DeNesha Stallworth charted 16 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four steals. Senior guard Kastine Evans and junior guard Bria Goss scored 14 and 13 points, respectively and senior forward Samarie Walker grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the game. - The Cats travel to the Windy City on Thursday to face DePaul at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
Volleyball - The 17th-ranked Kentucky volleyball began the weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Duquesne in the NCAA Tournament's first round before a 3-1 loss to No. 20 Michigan State in the second round of the tournament. - The Wildcats, who made the NCAA Tournament for a school-record ninth consecutive year, finished the season with a 22-9 record, marking the third straight 20-win season for UK. Kentucky's visit to the second round in 2013 marks the first time in program history UK has won at least one NCAA game in three straight years. - In the win over Duquesne, senior Whitney Billings, led UK with a match-high 18 kills on .406 hitting to go along with eight digs and two service aces. Freshman Anni Thomasson also reached double digits with 12 kills and three digs, while junior libero Jackie Napper recorded 11 digs. Billings added 18 kills with 13 digs for her 43rd career double-double against Michigan State, while junior Lauren O'Conner added seven kills. - Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals this weekend. Michigan State and Penn State will open the tournament on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. ET, with Stanford and Minnesota facing off at 7 p.m. The regional championship is slated for 4 p.m. on Dec 14, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Seattle. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups and this marks the second time in three seasons Memorial Coliseum will host this premier volleyball event. Tickets are available now at UKathletics.com/tickets.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 Men's Basketball vs. Boise State - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12 Women's Basketball at DePaul - 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 Track and Field at Hoosier Open - TBA (Bloomington, Ind.)
Saturday, Dec. 14 Men's Basketball at North Carolina - 5:15 p.m. Track and Field at Hoosier Open - TBA (Bloomington, Ind.)
Sunday, Dec. 15 Women's Basketball vs. ETSU - 2 p.m.
Men's basketball - Kentucky went 2-0 on the week with a win over Eastern Michigan at home before traveling to Brooklyn and claiming a 79-65 win over Providence. - Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein led the way with an average of 15 points, eight rebounds and an astounding eight blocks per game. He swatted nine shots vs. the Friars which is a total that ranks as the second-highest output in a single game in school history. - Freshman Aaron Harrison had a team-high 22 points vs. Eastern Michigan and followed that with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Providence. Freshman Julius Randle tied Jim Andrews' record of seven-straight double-doubles to open the season with one vs. Eastern Michigan before it was snapped against Providence. He logged 12 points and eight boards against the Friars and his reached double-digit scoring in every game this season. Freshman James Young poured in a team-best 18 points in the win over Providence. - UK will return to action with a doubleheader with its women's programs at AT&T stadium on Friday, Dec. 6 vs. Baylor. It marks the second-straight opponent in the month of December vs. a team with two or few losses and either receiving votes or ranked in the Associated Press' top-25 poll.
Women's basketball - No. 7 Kentucky improved to 8-0 with wins over Bradley and No. 4/3 Louisville. In the Bradley game, UK used a 25-0 run midway through the first half and would lead by as many as 42 points in the second half, defeating the Braves 117-77. - The 117 points were the most in the Matthew Mitchell Era and the second-most in school history. Six Wildcats finished in double digits led by senior Samarie Walker's career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Senior DeNesha Stallworth added her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 boards. - In the 50th "Battle of the Bluegrass"game vs. No. 4/3 Louisville in Memorial Coliseum, the Wildcats came out flat in the first half, shooting just 31 percent and trailing by as many as 14 points. However, UK stormed out of the gate in the second half, using a 24-9 spurt and its signature pressure defense to take over the game and win, 69-64. Stallworth, who had just one point and two defensive rebounds in the first half, netted 15 second-half points and grabbed six rebounds, four of them offensive, to aid in the comeback. Point guard Jennifer O'Neill also hit a key jumper with two minutes to play, helping UK seal its 16th straight win over the Cardinals in Memorial Coliseum. It marked UK's first regular-season win over a top-five team since defeating top-ranked Tennessee in 2006 and the first in Memorial Coliseum since upsetting No. 5 Auburn in 2000. - The Wildcats hit the road for their next matchup with a top-10 opponent when they travel to Dallas to meet No. 9 Baylor in the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. The game is the first in a double-header with the nationally-ranked UK men's basketball team vs. Baylor. Football - The Kentucky football team concluded its 2013 season with a 27-14 loss to Tennessee on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. - Offensively, Kentucky had 393 yards of total offense, which was its best offensive output in a Southeastern Conference game this season. UK threw for 254 yards, the second-most yards through the air this season, while sophomore running back Dyshawn Mobley rushed a career-high 17 times for a career-best 143 yards. - The UK defense recovered a fumble in the game, its 12th fumble recovery this season, ranking tops in the SEC. Senior linebacker Avery Williamson had six tackles in the game, ending the season with 102 tackles and concluding his career with 196 total tackles.
Volleyball - The 17th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team closed the regular season with a 3-2 (11-25, 26-28, 25-22, 25-18, 10-15) loss Wednesday to No. 6 Florida. The Wildcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a decisive fifth frame, but fell just shy of completing the upset at Memorial Coliseum. - Senior Whitney Billings led the Wildcats with 20 kills in addition to 18 digs for the 12th double-double outing of the season and 42nd of her career. Freshman Anni Thomasson added 16 kills and nine digs, while sophomore setter Morgan Bergren also recorded a double-double with 50 assists and a career-high 13 digs. Junior libero Jackie Napper led the Wildcats with 20 digs. - UK earned its school-record ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid with the No. 15 national seed. Kentucky hosts Duquesne Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Coliseum. The winner of that contest plays the winner of the Michigan State-Ohio matchup in the NCAA Second Round for a spot in the Lexington Regional. UK owns a 14-14 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Thursday, Dec. 5 Swimming & Diving at USA Winter Nationals - All Day (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Friday, Dec. 6 Women's Basketball at Baylor - 7:30 p.m. (Arlington, Texas) Volleyball vs. Duquesne - 7:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) Men's Basketball at Baylor - 10 p.m. (Arlington, Texas) Swimming & Diving at USA Winter Nationals - All Day (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Saturday, Dec. 7 Swimming & Diving at USA Winter Nationals - All Day (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Men's basketball - UK earned a 105-76 triumph over visiting UT Arlington in its only competition of the week. UK's 105 points is the second-most ever scored in the John Calipari era. - Freshman James Young had a career-high 26 points after knocking down a UK season-best five 3-pointers. Freshman Julius Randle logged his fifth-straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. He's the first freshman and just the fourth player in program history to begin a season with five-straight double-doubles. - Kentucky forced a pair of shot clock violations in the game to run its season total to seven for the year, surpassing last year's total of six just five games into the season. The Wildcaats won the battle of the boards by 12. Kentucky has out-rebounded its opponent in every game this season. - UK will have three games in the next seven days. The Wildcats host Cleveland State Monday and Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, before traveling to Brooklyn to face Providence at the Barclays Center. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - No. 7 UK improved to 6-0 with wins over Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee. The Wildcats averaged 100.0 points per game, defeating Lipscomb 116-49, the second-most points in school history. UK downed MTSU, 84-72. - A school-record eight Wildcats scored in double figures against Lipscomb, led by junior Bria Goss' 18 points in 17 minutes. Sophomore Janee Thompson had 16 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while senior Bernisha Pinkett added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Senior Samarie Walker charted her second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. - UK led by as many as 17 points and shot 50 percent from the field to open at MTSU. Goss netted a team-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting while senior Kastine Evans followed with 15. The win snapped a two-game losing skid at Middle Tennessee, giving UK its first road win since 1989. - UK returns to Memorial Coliseum for its two games, playing host to Bradley at Noon on Wednesday and intrastate rival and third-ranked Louisville on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Cross country - Cally Macumber battled back brilliantly from a tough-luck break to finish 13th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:26.40 Saturday. She finished in the NCAA Championship top-15 for the second straight season as she was sixth in 2012.
Football - The Kentucky football team fell over the weekend in its final road game of the 2013 season, 59-17 to Georgia. - In his first career start, sophomore running back Dyshawn Mobley rushed 10 times for 92 yards, including a career-long 69-yard touchdown rush. - Defensively, Kentucky recovered its SEC-leading 11th fumble of the season in the second quarter. The Wildcats rank top-10 nationally in that category. Freshman nickelback Blake McClain led the UK defense with a career-best 12 tackles.
Rifle - No. 1 Kentucky dropped a pair of contests over the weekend at No. 2 Alaska-Fairbanks, 4695-4689 Sunday and 4702-4671 Saturday. - The loss on Saturday snapped UK's nine-match winning streak dating back to December 2012. - After the fall season, UK is 5-2 on the season and will return to action on Jan. 11, 2014 at Ohio State.
Women's soccer - Kentucky fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 2 UCLA, 3-0 Friday at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. - Arin Gilliland had one of the best seasons in school history, setting a UK record in shots (100), finishing with 12 goals, three off the school record, 10 assists, one off the record and 34 points, just four shy the UK record. - This season marked Kentucky's second straight season advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round for the first time in program history. The Wildcats finished with a 14-7-1 record, the same as 2012. Swimming and diving - The UK swimming and diving team competed at the Ohio State Invitational Nov. 22-24. The five-team field featured three squads ranked in the top 15 in both the men's and women's rankings. - UK junior Christina Bechtel set two school record times, with a 1:54.21 to win the 200 yard butterfly and a 51.36 for a second-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly. Bechtel also placed second in the 400 medley relay along with four more top-11 finishes. - Junior diver Christa Cabot won the platform event with a score of 283.50. She finished in the top five in both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events. - The OSU Invite is the end of the fall season. The Wildcats will compete at several individual events before competing as a team on Jan. 11 vs. Alabama and Arkansas.
Volleyball - No. 16 Kentucky went 1-1 on the weekend against Texas A&M and No. 4 Missouri. - UK began the weekend with a balanced effort in a sweep of the Aggies. Three UK players had double-figure kills including a team-high from senior Whitney Billings who had 15. Billings also added 10 digs for her 39th career double-double. Four players logged double-digit digs as UK had 62 for the match, a new program record for scoops in a three-set match in the 25-point rally scoring era. Senior Alexandra Morgan continued her assault defensively with her 10th match of the season in league player with five or more blocks, this time coming up with a squad-best eight against Texas A&M. Missouri swept the Cats on Senior Day as the Tigers remain undefeated. - Kentucky concludes the regular season with No. 7 Florida at home Wednesday before the NCAA Selection Show on Dec. 1. UK is in pursuit of a program-record ninth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
Monday, Nov. 25 Men's Basketball vs. Cleveland State - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Women's Basketball vs. Bradley - 12 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Eastern Michigan - 4 p.m. Volleyball vs. Florida - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 Football vs. Tennessee - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 1 Women's Basketball vs. Louisville - 1 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Providence - 8:30 p.m. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Men's basketball - UK went 1-1 on the week with a 78-74 loss to No. 2 Michigan State and an 87-49 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday. - Freshman Julius Randle logged a pair of double-doubles during the week to become the first UK player since Reggie Hanson in 1989-90 to begin the season with four-straight double-doubles. Randle had 27 points and 13 rebounds against Michigan State to become the first D-I freshman to open his career with three-straight 20-10 outings since Kansas State's Michael Beasley in 2007. - Fellow freshman James Young poured in 19 points against the Spartans and followed with a 10-point outing against Robert Morris.
Women's basketball - No. 7/8 Kentucky improved to 4-0 with wins over Georgia Southern (103-38) and Central Michigan (96-74) at home last week. - Six players scored in double figures vs. GSU led by senior Bernisha Pinkett who came off the bench and scored a game- and season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Senior Kastine Evans netted a season-high tying 15 points, while seniors DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Azia Bishop came off the bench for her second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action and freshman Linnae Harper scored a career-high 13 points. - Against Central Michigan, six players once again hit the double-digit mark, this time paced by Stallworth with a season-high 21 points. Sophomore Janee Thompson registered career highs in minutes played (28), points (17), field goals attempted (12) and steals (6), while tying her career high in rebounds (4). Walker notched her first double-double of the season and 12th of her career with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Bishop finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
Cross country - Cally Macumber earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by finishing second individually at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Friday. With the result, Macumber was named to the All-Southeast Region Team for the second straight season. Macumber led the UK women's team to a fifth-place finish, as the Wildcats ended up with 186 points. - Seniors Allison Peare and Anna Bostrom worked together to place 30th and 36th respectively with times of 21:22.20 and 21:25.90. - The UK men's team finished 12th overall with 336 points. Seniors Matt Hillenbrand and Adam Kahleifeh finished 30th and 53rd respectively with times of 29:59.60 of 30:38.30.
Football - The Kentucky football team fell in a hard-fought defensive battle over the weekend at Vanderbilt, 22-6. The UK defense played one of its better games by limiting Vanderbilt to 22 points, which was the Commodores' fewest output in the last 16 games. - Senior defensive lineman Donte Rumph had a career game for UK, recording a career-best 10 tackles to go along with a tackle for loss. Junior defensive end Alvin "Bud" Dupree had 1.5 sacks in the game, while fellow junior Za'Darius Smith had half a sack. - The Kentucky offense rushed for 142 yards in the game, the second most vs. an SEC opponent this season. Jalen Whitlow, Raymond Sanders and Jojo Kemp all have rushed for more than 400 yards this season, the first time UK has had three Cats surpass 400 rushing yards in a season since 1986.
Men's soccer - The Kentucky men's soccer team completed its 2013 season with a 1-0 loss to the host and eventual champion Charlotte 49ers in the semifinals of the Conference USA Tournament on Friday. - UK's berth in the C-USA Tournament Semifinals marked the first back-to-back trips to the semifinals in program history. UK had three underclassmen named C-USA All-Tournament Team, sophomore keeper Callum Irving, and freshmen defenders Charlie Reymann and Jordan Wilson.
Women's soccer - Kentucky won its first round match of the NCAA Tournament, 3-1, over Ohio State on Friday night, marking the first time in program history that Kentucky has advanced in the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons - Caitlin Landis scored the game-opening goal in the 50th minute. Arin Gilliland scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute, collecting her team-leading 12th goal of the season on a breakaway slotted far post. Gilliland also tabbed an assist on Kentucky's third goal from freshman Zoe Swift for her fourth multi-point game of the season, which also leads the team and ties for the SEC lead. Volleyball - The Kentucky volleyball team enjoyed a 2-0 road swing through the Magnolia state with 3-0 sweeps at Mississippi State and Ole Miss. - UK began the week with a season-high 19 blocks to take down the Bulldogs. Senior Alexandra Morgan had a career-high 11 rejections which marked the most blocks by a Wildcat in a single match in the 25-point rally scoring era against the Bulldogs. - Against Ole Miss, Morgan again led the team with six blocks to run her total for the week to 17 and a 2.83 block per set rate. She also went errorless on the weekend with 13 kills at a .419 rate. Senior Whitney Billings led the offense against the Rebels with 11 kills, while also adding eight digs to her stat line.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Men's Basketball vs. Texas-Arlington - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 Women's Basketball vs. Lipscomb - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 Volleyball vs. Texas A&M - 7 p.m. Women's Soccer at UCLA - 10:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament) Swimming & Diving at Ohio State Invitational - All Day
Saturday, Nov. 23 Football at Georgia - 7 p.m. Rifle at Alaska - All Day Cross Country at NCAA Championships - TBA Swimming & Diving at Ohio State Invitational - All Day
Sunday, Nov. 24 Volleyball vs. Missouri - 1:30 p.m. Women's Basketball at Middle Tennessee State - 3 p.m. Swimming & Diving at Ohio State Invitational - All Day Rifle at Alaska - All Day