Men's basketball - Kentucky earned a hard-fought 72-62 win over visiting Auburn on Saturday to push its win-streak to a season-long five games. - The Wildcats received another double-double effort from freshman Nerlens Noel who posted 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. - Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led five players in double-figures with a team-best 14 points. Sophomore Ryan Harrow and freshman Willie Cauley-Stein both notched 12 points, with senior Julius Mays pitching in with 10.
Women's basketball - Kentucky improved to 21-3 overall, 9-2 in the SEC with hard-fought road wins at Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week. - Against the Razorbacks, the Wildcats rallied from an 11-point first half deficit for an 80-74 overtime win. Sophomore guard Bria Goss scored 16 of her team-high 17 points in the second half and overtime after not starting the game for the first time in her career, a stretch of 57 consecutive starts. - On Sunday vs. Vanderbilt, A'dia Mathies put on quite the show by charting a season-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. She also dished out a game-high five assists and three steals. She has now reached double figures in 22-of-24 games, including 15 in a row. The 28 points moved her up to No. 3 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,815.
Gymnastics - No. 18 Kentucky tied No. 6 Georgia 195.825 on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum. - The team score was a season-high for the Wildcats. - Audrey Harrison won the individual all-around title for the second straight week with a career-high 39.3. - Harrison also won floor exercise, and she now has eight individual titles this season. - Harrison has four all-around crowns this season, and they all have come in SEC competition. - Jill Chappel, Shelby Hilton and Shannon Mitchell all tied or set new event career highs on Friday.
Softball - The UK softball team started its 2013 season in style, going 4-2 against some of the best teams in the nation at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. UK got the season started fast with a nine-inning, 3-2 victory over No. 3 California in its season opener before defeating No. 20 Stanford in the weekend finale. UK also defeated Oregon State - who was also receiving votes in both preseason polls. - Junior pitcher Lauren Cumbess was the difference in the huge UK victory, pitching all nine innings, allowing only six hits and two runs while striking out six. Cumbess also went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI - including the game winner. - Five Wildcats closed the opening weekend with a batting average well over .350, including freshman Nikki Sagermann, who leads the team with a .429 mark. Junior Ginny Carroll leads the team in RBI with six, while senior Alice O'Brien has scored a team-high seven runs. - On top of Cumbess' pitching performance against Cal, freshman hurler Kelsey Nunley was UK's star pitcher on the weekend, going 3-0 with wins against WMU, OSU and Stanford. In all, Nunley threw 17.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs while striking out a team-high 19.
Men's tennis - The Kentucky men's tennis team climbed to No. 7 in this week's ITA rankings, after starting out the season 6-0. The Wildcats dropped their first match of 2013 in a back-and-forth affair 4-3 on Saturday night at No. 19 Illinois. - In the loss, No. 94 Anthony Rossi upped his record to 6-1 on court one singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win, while Charles Minc improved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court five. - The Wildcats won the doubles point for the seventh time in seven tries with wins on courts two and three.
Women's tennis - The Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 59 Tulane 6-1 on Saturday in New Orleans. - Freshman Kirsten Lewis recorded Kentucky's lone win of the match, defeating Caroline Magnusson 0-6, 7-6 (1-0) (7). - Freshman Nadia Ravita lost her first match of the season, falling 6-0, 6-4 to Klara Vyskocilova in the No. 1 slot.
Track and field - Cally Macumber won the 3,000 meters at the Husky Classic on Saturday. - Macumber's time of 8:59.98 set a new indoor school record. - Chelsea Oswald took eighth with a PR 9:06.64, third-fastest indoor time in school history. - The rest of the Wildcats spent the weekend competing at the Tyson Invitational on the Arkansas campus. - Bradley Szypka finished second in the shot put with a PR-tying throw of 18.50m/60-08.50. - Keffri Neal took second in the men's 800-meter final with a PR, team-best time of 1:49.79. - Allison Peare ran a season-best, team-leading 2:09.04 in the women's 800 meters to finish fourth - Keith Hayes produced a season-best time of 7.79 in the 60-meter hurdles finals to place fourth.
Women's golf - The UK women's golf team began their 2013 spring season at the Lady Puerto Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico at the Rio Mar Beach Resort River Course. - The Wildcats opened up the invitational on Sunday carding a 13-over-par, 301 and are currently in seventh place. Senior Ashleigh Albrecht recorded the low round for UK with a 2-over-par, 74. - The tournament will resume on Monday at 7 a.m. ET and the tournament is scheduled to wrap up with a final round on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Monday, Feb. 11 Women's golf at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico)
Tuesday, Feb. 12 Men's tennis hosts Notre Dame - 1:00 p.m. Women's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m. Men's basketball at Florida - 7:00 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 7:00 p.m. Women's golf at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico)
Thursday, Feb. 14 Softball vs. Cal Poly - 6:30 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.) Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m. Softball at San Diego State - 9:00 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.)
Friday, Feb. 15 Baseball vs. UNC Asheville - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.) Softball vs. Washington - 2:15 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.) Gymnastics hosts Missouri - 7:00 p.m. Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)
Saturday, Feb. 16 Softball vs. UC Riverside - Noon (San Diego, Calif.) Men's basketball at Tennessee - 1:00 p.m. Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 4:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.) Softball vs. Oklahoma - 4:30 p.m. (San Diego, Calif.) Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)
Sunday, Feb. 17 Women's tennis hosts Indiana - 11:00 a.m. Baseball vs. Niagara - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.) Women's tennis hosts Northern Kentucky - 6:00 p.m. Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier Men's tennis at ITA National Indoor Championships (Seattle, Wash.)
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team knocked off No. 1 West Virginia en route to winning the Great American Rifle Conference Regular Season Championship for a third consecutive year. - Junior Aaron Holsopple led the Wildcats in smallbore, shooting a personal best 588. - Senior Henri Junghanel shot a team best 594 in air rifle.
Men's basketball - After playing four of its last five on the road, UK returns to Rupp Arena on Tuesday to begin a two-game homestand beginning with a matchup with South Carolina. - Kentucky has won five of its last six games including a dramatic overtime thriller in College Station, Texas, on Saturday. Freshman Nerlens Noel charted a double-double with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Julius Mays contributed a season-high 19 points and added a season-best four 3-pointers.
Women's basketball - No. 8/7 Kentucky dropped its only game of the week, falling to No. 14/13 Georgia in a tight contest at home, 75-71. Despite leading by eight points with 5:37 to play, Georgia stormed back with a 10-0 run and eventually took a four-point lead with 2:18 left. - The loss snapped UK's school-record home winning streak at 34, giving the Cats their first home loss since Feb. 7, 2011. - Four players scored in double figures led by senior guard A'dia Mathies and redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill with 18 points apiece.
Gymnastics - UK Gymnastics fell 195.875-195.25 to No. 6 LSU on Friday in Memorial Coliseum. - Audrey Harrison shared the individual all-around title with LSU's All-American Rheagan Courville. - Harrison now has three all-around wins this season and six total individual victories this season. - Sara Shipley scored career-high 9.8s on both uneven bars and balance beam.
Men's tennis - The No. 9 Kentucky men's tennis teams went 1-0 on the week, capturing a 4-3 win over No. 8 Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, 4-3 as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season, and knocking off their third top-25 opponent. - Kentucky again won the doubles point, as UK has now won the doubles point in all six matches this season, and has won 16 of the 18 doubles matches played. - Grant Roberts picked up the clinching match for UK, coming from behind to claim a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win. No. 15 Tom Jomby also pick up a singles win, knocking off No. 36 Guillermo Alcorta 6-4, 7-5.
Women's tennis - The Kentucky women's tennis team defeated Marshall 5-2 on Friday, led by early singles wins from senior Jessica Stiles and junior Caitlin McGraw. - The Wildcats fell to No. 48 Penn State on Sunday 4-3. Freshman Nadia Ravita defeated No. 27 Petra Januskova in the No. 1 singles slot in two sets to improve her collegiate career to 4-0 in singles play. - Sophomore Stephanie Fox improved her record on the year to 4-0 with a two-set win in singles play.
Track and field - The Kentucky track and field teams completed the first road trip of the new year this past weekend. The Wildcats split squads between the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind. - In Nebraska Morganne Phillips took second in her first collegiate 400 meters race in 54.75. - Keith Hayes took third in the men's 60-meter hurdles finals with 2013-best time of 7.89. - Joanne Imbert tied her personal-best 1.76m/5-09.25 to finish fourth in the women's high jump. - Bradley Szypka took fourth with a new PR shot put mark 18.50m/60-08.50. - Kayla Parker took fourth in the women's long jump, with a personal record 5.88m/58-08.0. - At Notre Dame Matt Hillenbrand finished sixth with a personal record 4:02.78 in the Meyo Mile.
Swimming and diving - UK's men's and women's swimming and diving teams each got their second dual-meet victories of the season on Saturday over Cincinnati. The women won 158-116, while the men earned 152-115 victory. - Sophomore swimmer Sam Sheen earned three victories on Saturday. She had two individual wins in the breaststroke taking first in the 100-breaststroke (1:04.58) and 200-breaststroke (2:22.73) while also contributing in the 400-medley relay. Chris Lott was a freestyle ace for the UK men, first winning the 100-freestyle (46.19) and then took the 50-freestyle (20.92). - Junior diver Zack Peterson swept the male diving events for the first time in his career. On the 1-meter, Peterson finished with a 300.37, and on the 3-meter board, he finished with a 328.87. For the women, freshman Rebecca Hamperian took the both events as well, scoring a 296.92 on the 1-meter springboard and a 282.97 on the 3-meter as UK divers swept all events Saturday.
Thursday, Feb. 7 Women's basketball at Arkansas - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8 Softball vs. California - 1:30 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Gymnastics hosts Georgia - 7:00 p.m. Softball vs. Western Michigan - 7:30 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Track and field at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Saturday, Feb. 9 Women's tennis at Tulane - Noon Men's basketball hosts Auburn - 4:00 p.m. Softball vs. Oregon State - 4:00 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Softball at Arizona State - 6:30 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Men's tennis at Illinois - 7:00 p.m. Track and field at Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.) Track and field at Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.)
Sunday, Feb. 10 Softball vs. Portland State - 10:30 a.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Softball vs. Stanford - 1:30 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.) Women's basketball at Vanderbilt - 4:00 p.m. Women's golf at Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Puerto Rico)
Men's basketball - Following its most complete victory of the season within SEC action, the Wildcats conclude its two-game road swing through the Heart of Dixie at Alabama on Tuesday. - Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer turned in another 17-point performance, while classmate Ryan Harrow reached double figures for the eighth straight game and dished out a UK career-high eight assists in the win. Freshman Nerlens Noel continued his imposing defensive prowess with a career-high seven blocks to couple with 10 points and nine rebounds. - Alabama enters the matchup following a one-point victory over Texas A&M on Saturday. The Anthony Grant-led Crimson Tide are 11-6 overall on the season and own a 3-1 record within SEC play.
Women's basketball - No. 5 Kentucky improved to 18-1 overall, 6-0 in the SEC with commanding wins over Mississippi State and Auburn last week in Memorial Coliseum. The Cats are now riding a school-record 33-game home winning streak and the nation's longest overall winning streak at 17. - The 100-47 win over Mississippi State was the largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent in school history. Junior center DeNesha Stallworth led four players in double digits with a UK career-high 25 points in just 24 minutes of action. Senior All-America candidate A'dia Mathies followed with 21 points. UK forced 25 turnovers and won the rebounding battle 46-20. - In UK's "We Back Pat" game vs. Auburn, defense was again the name of the game. The Wildcats held the Tigers to just 21 first half points, taking a 51-21 lead at the break. Mathies led the way with 16 points in the opening stanza. She went on to notch her second straight 20-point game with a season-high 24 points on a near perfect shooting night. Mathies hit 8-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Gymnastics - The No. 14 University of Kentucky gymnastics team defeated No. 9 Arkansas in convincing fashion in front of more than 5,600 fans inside Memorial Coliseum on Friday. - The Wildcats took the meet 195.5-193.075 while winning every team and individual event. - The Wildcats continued the unprecedented start to the season as Friday's win gave the program back-to-back SEC wins for the first time ever. All four wins this season have come against higher-ranked opponents. - Kentucky is off to the best start in school history as the Wildcats have never before topped 195 in all three meets to begin the season. - Audrey Harrison stole the Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic show winning the individual all-around competition for the second consecutive week. The Knoxville, Tenn., native's season high 39.275 was highlighted by her 9.9 to anchor on uneven bars with a score, which ties for her career high. - Harrison won individual titles on bars and floor exercise (9.85). The junior now has four event titles this year and 11 all-time.
Rifle - Kentucky knocked off two top-15 teams over the weekend in Oxford, Miss., defeating No. 11 Ole Miss (4670 - 4611) on Saturday and No. 10 Memphis (4646 - 4598) on Sunday. - Senior Heather Greathouse led the Wildcats in their win over Ole Miss, shooting an 1176 aggregate score. Freshman Connor Davis delivered a 594 in air rifle. - Senior Ed Ryznar had a strong showing in Kentucky's win over Memphis, shooting a 574 in smallbore and 588 in air rifle. - Sophomore Cody Manning recorded a new personal best aggregate score of 1162 in Sunday's match with Memphis.
Men's tennis - The Kentucky men's tennis team got off to a 2-0 start to the 2013 season with two 7-0 wins over Northern Kentucky and Morehead State. - The pair of wins were the first in the head coaching career of Cedric Kauffmann. - No. 15 Tom Jomby and No. 94 Anthony Rossi each earned singles wins on Sunday, while Jomby and Kevin Lai went 2-0 on the day in doubles. - UK next takes to the court on Wednesday at No. 22 Indiana in Bloomington for the Wildcats first of 15 matches versus ranked teams in 2013.
Women's tennis - The Kentucky women's tennis team opened the 2013 season with two dominating wins, defeating Morehead State 7-0 and Belmont 6-1 on Saturday. - Freshman Nadia Ravita opened her collegiate career with two singles wins in the No. 1 spot and two doubles wins paired with junior Caitlin McGraw in the No. 1 doubles slot. - Sophomore Stephanie Fox failed to drop a set in two singles wins on Saturday, taking both contests 6-0, 6-0.
Tuesday, Jan. 22 Men's basketball at Alabama - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Men's tennis at Indiana - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24 Women's basketball at South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25 Track and field hosts Rod McCravy Memorial - 10:00 a.m. Men's tennis hosts Michigan State - 1:00 p.m. Gymnastics at Alabama - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26 Track and field hosts Rod McCravy Memorial - 10:00 a.m. Swimming and diving host Louisville - 12:30 p.m. Men's basketball hosts LSU - 4:00 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Texas/South Carolina
Men's basketball • Kentucky dropped its first SEC home opener in the John Calipari era to the hot-shooting Texas A&M Aggies behind a 40-point effort from Elston Turner on Saturday. • UK freshman Nerlens Noel had his best game in the blue and white with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and four steals. He's the first player in the NCAA to put up those numbers in a single game since 1996-97. • Sophomore Ryan Harrow scored in double-figures in the sixth-straight game with 14 points, while freshman Archie Goodwin led the squad with 17 points. Women's basketball • No. 6/6 Kentucky improved to 16-1 overall, 4-0 in the SEC and increased its school-record winning streak to 15 after hard-fought wins over the league's newest members No. 20/21 Texas A&M (65-52) and Missouri (69-43) last week. • Against the Aggies, the Wildcats rallied from a six-point half time deficit, using its tenacious defense along with the hot shooting of reigning SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies and redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O'Neill. Mathies hit three of her four 3-pointers in the second half for 11 of her season-high 23 points, while O'Neill added 15 points and a career-high eight assists in the win. • The Cats traveled to Missouri for the first time in program history on Sunday and again, it was their pressure defense that sealed the victory and snapped the Tigers' 11-game home winning streak. The Tigers, who came into the game leading the nation in 3-pointers made per game with 9.9, were limited to a season-low two 3-pointers. UK also held Missouri's Morgan Eye, the nation's leading 3-point shooter, to just six points and zero treys for the first time this season.
Gymnastics • The University of Kentucky gymnastics team performed solidly on all four events to gather an overall team score of 195.525, in a win at Auburn on Friday night. • The win was Kentucky's first SEC road victory in a dual meet since 1999, and the first SEC season-opening win since 2008. • The Wildcats are off to the best start in school history as they've compiled two straight scores more than 195 to begin a season for the first time ever. • Junior Audrey Harrison posted a 39.2 to win her first career SEC dual all-around competition, and her fifth career all-around title. • Overall, Kentucky earned 13 season or career-high scores in the meet. Rifle • The Kentucky rifle team won its first match of the spring Sunday with a 4705 - 4687 victory over No. 4 Alaska-Fairbanks. • Senior Henri Junghänel led the Wildcats with an aggregate score of 1184, delivering a 590 in smallbore to go along with a 594 in air rifle. • The Wildcats had a strong showing across the board in air rifle with all six shooters breaking the 590 barrier.
Track and field • Bradley Szypka, Cally Macumber and Darryl Bradshaw dazzled the home crowd in Nutter Field House as all three took event titles on Saturday at the Kentucky Invitational, the Wildcats' first home meet of the season. • Szypka won the shot put for the second consecutive meet with a personal record of 18:36m/60-03.0, which came on his final throw. The mark gave him the No. 4 shot put in the nation this season as of Saturday evening. • Macumber won the mile in PR time of 4:42.30, as she pulled away from the field, which included two unattached runners who competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at 800 meters. • The cross country All-American's time - in her first run of the indoor season - currently ranks as second-fastest mile in the country this season. • Bradshaw won the men's 60-meter hurdles in 8:07, while Brandon Bagley took fifth in the event with a time of 8.24. • Kadeem Kushimo also turned in a PR time of 47.85 in the 400m, which was the best run by a collegiate competitor in the event. The sophomore finished second overall. Upcoming schedule
Men's basketball - The Wildcats will open up conference play on the road for the fourth time in the last 10 years and the second time in the John Calipari era with a date at Vanderbilt on Thursday. UK defeated Eastern Michigan in dominating fashion to conclude non-conference action. - Freshman Alex Poythress had 16 points, sophomore Ryan Harrow passed out eight assists and freshman Willie Cauley-Stein had a double-double to lead the way. - Kentucky shot 51.7 percent against the Eagles marking the fifth time this season UK has eclipsed the 50 percent mark. UK is undefeated in those contests. - The Wildcats also secured a season-high 52 rebounds, and limited Eastern Michigan to 38 points and a 24.2 percent field-goal percentage which ranks as the fewest points and lowest percentage in the John Calipari era. Women's basketball - No. 6/6 Kentucky is 2-0 to start SEC play for the second straight season after wins over Florida and Alabama last week. In the Florida game, UK broke the school record for consecutive wins in a single season (12) and tied the school record for consecutive home wins (30) with a 76-69 win over the Gators. - Four players scored in double digits led by the reigning SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies' season-high 20 points against the Gators. She also dished out four assists and took a team-high four charges in the game. - The Cats then traveled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the their SEC road opener, picking up their 13th straight win with a hard-fought victory over Alabama 87-70. Five players broke into the double-digit scoring column and three Wildcats had double-figure rebounds. - Junior center DeNesha Stallworth got her second straight double-double with a game-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. Mathies scored all 17 of her points in just 16 minutes of the second half, nailing a career-high-tying five 3-pointers.
Gymnastics - The No. 25 University of Kentucky gymnastics team notched the program's best-ever score at a season-opening meet on Sunday. The Wildcats totaled 195.125 to finish second in the quad meet behind Cal's 195.425. Arizona finished third (194.825) and Auburn was fourth (194.625). - Kentucky completed the afternoon with a total score more than 195 at the season's first meet for the first time in school history. The Wildcats also enjoyed a day of individual triumphs and firsts as Audrey Harrison set a career-high on uneven bars with a 9.9 to finish in a tie for first on the event. Kayla Hartley tied a career-high of 9.9 to win floor. Harrison's bars title was the first of her career in the event, while she also ran her career tally of individual titles to eight. Hartley now has four career individual titles, all on beam. - Alexis Gross set a career-high with a 9.875. Kayla Sienkowski and Hartley both also had career-performances as both picked up scores of 9.75. Sienkowski was competing on bars for the first time in her UK career. Shelby Hilton rounded out the action on bars with a 9.725.
Swimming and diving - Junior diver Greg Ferrucci picked up a win on the 3-meter springboard at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Friday with a winning score of 410.85. - Junior swimmer Lucas Gerotto earned two wins at LSU Saturday. He picked up a win in the 100-backstroke finishing at 50.41. He also remained unbeaten in dual meets in the 100-butterfly with a winning time of 49.37.
Upcoming schedule Thursday, Jan. 10 Women's basketball hosts Texas A&M - 6:00 p.m. Men's basketball at Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 Gymnastics at Auburn - 8:00 p.m. Track and field hosts Kentucky Invitational
Saturday, Jan. 12 Men's basketball hosts Texas A&M - 4:00 p.m. Track and field hosts Kentucky Invitational
Sunday, Jan. 13 Women's basketball at Missouri - 1:30 p.m. Rifle vs. Alaska-Fairbanks (Murray, Ky.)
Men's basketball - Kentucky captured an 88-50 win over Lipscomb in its lone action of the week following finals week. - The Wildcats were led by a career-best day from sophomore Kyle Wiltjer who led the team with 23 points on 7-of-9 from 3-point range. He also added a career-high 12 rebounds for the first 20-point, 10-rebound double-double of the season for UK. - Freshman Nerlens Noel continues his steady play with seven points, nine rebounds, four steals and seven blocked shots. He's the first Wildcat to have consecutive seven-block efforts since Anthony Davis had seven vs. Tennessee and eight at LSU a season ago. - UK will enjoy another week between competition for the second-straight week before hosting Marshall on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Women's basketball - No. 7/6 Kentucky is in southern California this week for a two-game road swing. The Wildcats meet Pepperdine on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. PST/10 p.m. EST in the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif., followed by a matchup with UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST in Santa Barbara, Calif., at The Thunderdome. The trip gives California natives Brittany Henderson and DeNesha Stallworth the opportunity to play in their home state in front of their friends and family. - Henderson, a senior forward, hails from Pasadena, Calif., while Stallworth, a junior transfer from Cal, is a native of Richmond, Calif. Henderson played her prep career at John Muir High School, while Stallworth played at Pinole Valley. Stallworth went on to play two seasons at California before transferring to Kentucky last season. - The Wildcats return to game action after a week off for final exams. Prior to their break, the Cats defeated a tough Middle Tennessee squad 68-46 for their seventh consecutive win. The winning streak ties for 10th nationally. Overall, UK ranks seventh in the nation in scoring margin, outscoring its opponent by +26.2 points per game. UK also ranks third nationally in turnover margin (10.89) as the Wildcats are forcing 27.7 turnovers per game, while committing just 16.8. - Leading the way has been senior and All-America candidate A'dia Mathies. The 5-foot-9 guard averages a team-high 13.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game. - Dominating the inside game is the dynamic post duo of Stallworth and junior forward Samarie Walker who average 11.3 and 5.4 points per game, respectively. Walker tops the team in rebounding with 7.9 rpg, while Stallworth averages 5.4 rpg and a team-high 1.7 blocks per game.
Tuesday, Dec. 18 Women's basketball at Pepperdine - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 21 Women's basketball at UC Santa Barbara - 6:00 p.m.
Men's basketball - The Kentucky men's basketball team secured a pair of non-conference home victories this week with wins over Samford on Tuesday and Portland on Saturday. It was the third-straight year UK had met the Pilots in regular-season action with the Blue and White winning all three meetings. - Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein sparked the win over Samford with the first double-double of the year for the Cats. Cauley-Stein logged 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in that win. - Against Portland the Wildcats were spearheaded by the best performance of the season from sophomore Ryan Harrow who had season-highs with 10 points, four rebounds and six assists. - Freshmen Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel provided consistent performances yet again for UK. Goodwin led the team in scoring in both outings and logged four assists in both games to run his total to six straight games with four or more dimes. Noel had seven points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks against Portland. He had 12 swats on the weekend for an average of 6.0 per game.
Volleyball - The Kentucky volleyball team closed its season with a 22-11 overall record after falling in the NCAA round of 16 to top-seeded Penn State on Friday. - The Wildcats were making their second-straight Sweet 16 appearance and third in the last four years under eighth-year head coach Craig Skinner. Only nine teams in the nation have reached that stage in back-to-back years, and 12 have advanced in three of the last four. UK is one of 14 teams in the nation to advance to eight-straight NCAA tournaments - all under the direction of Skinner. - Senior libero Stephanie Klefot closes out her career with 1,924 career digs including a team-high 10 in the loss to the Nittany Lions. She is also the only player in program history to play in three Sweet 16s. - Junior Whitney Billings has 987 career kills and 930 career digs, and is on pace to become the first player in program history in the 25-point rally scoring era to tally more than 1,000 career kills and digs.
Women's basketball - Kentucky improved to 8-1 on the season after two impressive home victories vs. DePaul and Middle Tennessee in a three-day span over the weekend. - UK has now won 27 straight home games, a streak that ranks second all-time and is just three wins shy of tying the school record of 30 consecutive home victories from 1980-1982. - Against DePaul on Friday in Rupp Arena, UK dominated the Blue Demons from the start, winning 96-64 in front of a school-record 18,488 fans. - Junior Samarie Walker posted her fifth career and second double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards. She is pulling down a team-high 7.9 rebounds and shooting a team-high .545 percent from the floor. - Junior DeNesha Stallworth recorded her 14th career double-double and second at UK with career highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds. She scored her 1,000th-career point with a field goal at the 16:25 mark in the first half, reaching the milestone in just 79 games. Against the Blue Raiders, Stallworth again put up big numbers as she scored a team-best 16 points, while recording a career-high five assists and two blocks. Overall this season, eight players are averaging between 13.0 and 5.2 points per game for a very balanced scoring attack. - Senior All-America candidate A'dia Mathies leads the team with 13.0 points per game.
Track and field - The Kentucky Track and Field teams began the indoor season on Friday as nine Wildcats won individual events. - Twenty-three competitors finished in the top three of their events as further evidence that the Wildcats are adjusting well to the new coaching staff. - Sprinter Morganne Phillips broke a 25-year-old Gladstien Fieldhouse record with a time of 37.70 in the 300 meters breaking the previous mark of 37.93, which had stood since Feb. 7, 1987. Phillips' time also stands as the fastest in the nation at 300m so far this season. - Bradley Szypka and Isiah Kent took the top two spots respectively in the shot put. Szypka's mark of 18.29m/60-00.25 currently leads the nation, and Kent owns the third best mark in America himself at 18.05m/59-02.75. - Keffri Neal vanquished the field in the 1,000m to win with a time of 2:25.97, which currently stands as the best time in the country. - The Kentucky men went 1-2-3 in the 60m hurdles final, as Keith Hayes won with a time of 7.82, Darryl Bradshaw took second (8.06) and Brandon Bagley (8:10) secured the podium sweep. Hayes' performance was second-best in the nation in the event this season. - Terence Boyd's winning jump of 6.95m/22-09.75 gave him the top spot in the long jump. - In the men's 300m, Hayes won with a time of 34.73 and he was followed by Ben Mason (35.14) in second place. - Kayla Parker claimed the 60m hurdles final with a time of 8.43 to provide another highpoint for the Wildcat women. - Andrew Evans, a 2012 outdoor All-American, won the weight throw with a top mark of 18.03m/59-02.00. Upcoming schedule Saturday, Dec. 15 Men's basketball hosts Lipscomb - 12:30 p.m.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - The Kentucky basketball team will play its final midweek contest in the month of December when the Blue and White takes on Samford on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Kentucky and Samford met for the first time a season ago with the Wildcats earning an 82-50 win. - Freshman Archie Goodwin has logged four or more assists in four consecutive games including five against Baylor on Saturday. Classmate Alex Poythress leads the Southeastern Conference hitting .672 percent of his shots, while fellow freshman Nerlens Noel leads the league with 2.9 blocks per game. - Samford enters the matchup owning a 2-7 overall record which includes a pair of losses to ranked foes in Louisville and Memphis.
VOLLEYBALL - The Kentucky volleyball team advanced to its second straight Sweet 16 following wins over East Tennessee State and Ohio State in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. With back-to-back appearances in the round of 16, UK is one of just eight schools to achieve the feat. It's the first time in the Craig Skinner era that UK has won two matches in the tournament in consecutive years and the first time in program history since the 1987-88 seasons. - Senior Ashley Frazier's 12 kills on .500 hitting sparked a 3-0 sweep of ETSU on Friday. Then it was a spectacular display of defensive fortitude that halted the high-octane attack of Ohio State. UK charted 11.5 blocks and picked up 55 digs to fluster the Buckeyes into a .213 hitting clip and no more than 14 kills in a set following the opening frame en route to a 3-1 win. - Junior Alexandra Morgan had seven blocks in the win, and senior Stephanie Klefot logged 18 digs to lead the way vs. OSU. Sophomore Lauren O'Conner paced three attackers in double-figures with a team-high 16 kills, while junior Whitney Billings notched her 17th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 12 digs in the winning effort. - Kentucky will move on to face No. 1 seed Penn State on Friday at 5 p.m. in the West Lafeytte Regional. It is the second-consecutive season UK will face the top overall seed in the tournament. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kentucky improved to 6-1 with wins over Miami (Ohio) and No. 6/7 Louisville last week. Against the RedHawks, junior Bernisha Pinkett had a career day as she came off the bench to record her first career double-double. She set personal-bests with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while equaling her career-high with five assists. She became the first Wildcat to post a 20-point and 10-rebound game since Victoria Dunlap (22 pts/11 rbs) vs. Vanderbilt on March 5, 2011. - Sunday's matchup at Louisville pitted two of the nation's top two teams as No. 9/8 UK traveled to No. 6/7 Louisville. It marked the first meeting with both teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, and it turned out to be quite the barnburner. - Trailing by 14 points with 15:08 to play in the game, the Wildcats clawed back and charted one of the biggest comebacks in the Matthew Mitchell era. Led by junior DeNesha Stallworth's game-high 14 points, the Cats outscored the Cards 18-6 in the final 10 minutes, but the most valuable player of the game turned out to be one of the most unlikely players. - Freshman point guard Janee Thompson, who did not see action in the first half and who was averaging just 5.2 points coming into the game, came off the bench to hit three straight critical free throws down the stretch and nail the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds to play. She ended with 13 points in just 16 minutes of action, giving the Cats their first win over the Cards on the road since 1999 and their first win over a top-10 foe on the road since defeating No. 8 Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1991.
SWIMMING & DIVING - The Kentucky diving team competed at the Miami Open last weekend in Oxford, Ohio in a field that included the Guangdong Provincial diving team from China. - Junior diver Greg Ferrucci picked up a third-place score of 386.0 while senior John Fox earned a 322.4, good for fifth place in the 1-meter. Freshman Rebecca Hamperian earned a fifth-place score of 275.35. Sophomore Sarah Chewning earned sixth place with a final tally of 271.05 in the 3-meter. - Sophomore Christa Cabot earned a career high score of 301.95 to take second place in the women's 1-meter. Junior Corey Cowger earned an NCAA Zone qualifying score of 326.45 on the 3-meter board.
Football - The Kentucky football team dropped its final game of the 2012 season on Saturday, falling 37-17 to border state rival Tennessee in Knoxville. - Junior tailback Jonathan George led the team in rushing with 59 yards on eight carries, including a career-long 45-yard touchdown rush. George also had three receptions for 54 yards, while senior La'Rod King led the team in receiving with 10 receptions for 78 yards. Sophomore fullback D.J. Warren had his first career touchdown reception in the game. - Defensively, sophomore linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree led the team with 10 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack. Junior linebacker Avery Williamson had seven tackles and a pass breakup in the game. Freshman defensive lineman Farrington Huguenin made his first career start in the game, blocking a PAT and recording two quarterback hurries.
Men's basketball - The Kentucky men's basketball team charted a pair of victories over instate foe Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn this week at home in Rupp Arena to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 55 games. - The freshman trio of Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel led the way for the Cats. Goodwin had a career-high 28 points against Morehead State and then nearly had the second triple-double in school history against LIU with a team-high 22 points, and career-highs of nine points and nine rebounds. - Poythress had two 20-point efforts to run his consecutive 20-point outings to four to become the first UK freshman to achieve the feat since Dwight Anderson in the 1978-79 season. - Noel averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, dished out nine assists, and had 11 blocks in two victories for the Wildcats.
Volleyball - The Kentucky volleyball team concluded the regular season with a pair of sweeps on the road at Missouri and Auburn this week. - Senior Whitney Billings led the way with more than four kills per set including notching her 16th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs at Auburn. Senior Stephanie Klefot had 28 digs and added nine assists in the two wins, while freshman Kayla Tronick had six or more kills in both wins. - Kentucky finishes the season with 20 victories and has logged 20 or more wins in five of the last six seasons under Craig Skinner. - UK has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for an unprecedented eighth-consecutive season making Skinner the only coach in school history to lead his team to the field of 64 in each of his seasons at the helm. - UK is hosting the first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament at Memorial Colieseum on Friday and Saturday. Women's basketball - No. 9/8 Kentucky improved to 4-1 with commanding wins over Morehead State and USC Upstate last week. The Wildcats defeated the Eagles on Friday 73-37 and took a 100-34 win over the Spartans on Sunday. - UK has extended its home winning streak to 24, the third-longest winning streak in school history, and its winning streak over nonconference opponents at home improved to 34. - Four players scored in double figures vs. Morehead led by junior Samarie Walker, who was named the MVP of the second annual "Terry Hall Memorial Classic" after posting her fourth career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. - Senior All-America candidate A'dia Mathies followed with 11 points, while sophomores Azia Bishop and Bria Goss added 10 points each. Bishop and junior DeNesha Stallworth grabbed 10 rebounds apiece as UK outrebounded the Eagles 63-21. The 63 rebounds were just three shy of the school record. - Against USC Upstate, Mathies led all scorers in the 100-34 rout of the Spartans by scoring a game-high 17 points. She climbed to No. 7 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,508 career points and is No. 6 on the steals list with 264. Walker again had an impressive outing as she posted 13 points, four blocks, three steals, three rebounds and two assists in just 23 minutes of action. - All 13 players scored at least two points as UK improved to 37-0 when scoring 100 points or more.
Football - Kentucky was impressive both on offense and defense in a win over Samford. Offensively, Kentucky posted 455 yards of total offense including 342 on the ground, while the UK defense limited Samford to 102 yards of total offense - which was the lowest output by a UK opponent since 1996. - True freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow went 10-of-13 for 66 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 59 yards and a rushing touchdown. Junior Raymond Sanders led the team in rushing with 123 yards and a TD. - Linebacker Avery Williamson paced the defense with 13 tackles, including two sacks, becoming the first player since 1990 to have four straight games with 13 or more tackles.
Men's basketball - Freshmen Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel led the effort against Duke as Poythress scored 20 points, while Noel contributed 15 points and eight rebounds. - Kentucky used sharp shooting in going over the century mark in the 101-49 victory over Lafayette. Kentucky's .645 shooting from the floor as a team was the best under fourth-year head coach John Calipari and best for any UK team since 2008. - Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer hit a career-high seven 3-pointers. Poythress charted a career-high 22 points to become the first freshman to have back-to-back 20-point efforts since Brandon Knight in February 2011.
Volleyball - Junior Alexandra Morgan shined in a 3-1 win over Georgia with nine kills on a .400 hitting percentage, but it was her defense that proved the difference. Morgan had a career-high 10 blocks to accompany three aces and four digs. The 10 rejections was easily a career high and it marks the first 10-block performance by a Wildcat since Lauren Rapp had 10 blocks in an NCAA Tournament victory back in 2010. - UK honored the senior class of Ashley Frazier, Christine Hartmann and Stephanie Klefot before the match. Frazier had nine kills, Hartmann a double-double with 45 assists and 13 digs, and Klefot a match-high 19 scoops in the victory.
Women's basketball - UK's first road trip of the season wasn't a very pleasant one as the Wildcats dropped an 85-51 decision to No. 1 Baylor in the programs' first-ever meeting. It didn't help that UK shot its lowest shooting percentage since 2008, netting just 27.1 percent from the field. Senior guard A'dia Mathies led UK with 12 points, while sophomore guard Bria Goss added 11. - UK regrouped and charted an 80-46 win over High Point on Saturday, hitting 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and forcing 32 turnovers on season-high tying 19 steals. Mathies once again led the way, scoring all 17 of her points in the first half. Junior forward Samarie Walker pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds to go along with six points, three assists and three steals.
Women's soccer - UK fell to No. 5/6 UCLA in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship, ending their season with a 14-6-1 mark. - It was the first time UK had ever advanced in the NCAA Tournament in 20 years of competition. - Kentucky finished the season with a 2-1-1 record against top-15 teams in the country, knocking off No. 12 Louisville, No. 13 Florida and earning a draw with No. 6 Texas A&M.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4693 on Saturday but fell to top-ranked TCU. - Freshman Connor Davis tied a program best in air rifle with a 597. Senior Henri Junghänel led the team with an aggregate score of 1185, shooting a 590 in smallbore followed by a 595 in air rifle. Cross country - Cally Macumber capped a great season with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA National Championships on Saturday. She finished the 6K race in a season-best time of 19:42.20, fewer than 15 seconds behind the race winner. She is the highest NCAA finisher for the Wildcat women since Valerie McGovern was the national runner-up in 1989. Macumber became the first woman in UK history to complete a 6K race in less than 20 minutes. - Chelsea Oswald also had an impressive day as she came in 37th with a time of 20:13.00. Both Macumber and Oswald earned All-America honors, marking the first time since 1988 that multiple UK women were garnered that recognition in the same year. - Luis Orta also impressed by finishing with a time of 30:52.30 in his first NCAA Championship appearance.
Swimming and diving - Kentucky's men's and women's swimming teams earned second place finishes in the Volunteer Invitational this weekend. The Wildcats earned strong individual performances from freshman Matt Roman and junior Lucas Gerotto on the men's side, while sophomore Julia Gerotto, senior Mandy Myers and senior Megan Eppler led the way for the women. - Junior diver Greg Ferrucci had a big weekend, sweeping the 1-meter (369.95), 3-meter (410.90), and the platform (383.35) events over Tennessee and Duke.
Men's soccer - Kentucky fell to No. 19 Xavier, 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. - UK hosted just its second NCAA Tournament game in the history of the program and its first since 2003. UK's NCAA Tournament berth was also its first in nine seasons, with the Wildcats making its fifth all-time postseason appearance.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 Men's basketball hosts Morehead State - 7:00 p.m. Volleyball at Missouri - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23 Volleyball at Auburn - 4:00 p.m. Women's basketball hosts Morehead State - 4:00 p.m. Men's basketball hosts LIU Brooklyn - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24 Football at Tennessee - 12:21 p.m.