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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 12)

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Men's basketball
- The SEC regular-season champion, Kentucky Wildcats, make their NCAA-record 52nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning an at-large bid as the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament.
- The Wildcats just missed the league's automatic bid, dropping a 71-64 game to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC Tournament championship.
- UK was led offensively Sunday by senior Darius Miller, who tallied a team-high 16 points.
- The Wildcats got a pair of double-double performances from Anthony Davis (12p, 10r) and Terrence Jones (12p, 11r) on Sunday. For Davis it was his fourth-straight double-double. He also added three blocks.
- Doron Lamb rounded out Kentucky's four double-digit scorers against Vanderbilt.

Rifle
- The UK rifle team concluded its 2011-12 season with a second-place overall finish at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.
- In the first day, UK won its second consecutive team national championship in smallbore. The NCAA Championship in smallbore was just the second in program history.
- The Wildcats' (11-1, 6-0) second-place finish is the fifth all-time runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in program history.
- The championships conclude another stellar season for the Wildcats, which completed a second consecutive undefeated GARC regular-season schedule.

Baseball

- The No. 23 Kentucky baseball team completed a five-game week with a three-game weekend series sweep over Canisius, in addition to midweek wins over Tennessee Tech and Marshall.
- The Wildcats are the lone undefeated team in the NCAA, posting a 16-0 record, owning the longest winning streak and the most wins in the nation.
- UK's 16-0 start is the third-best start to a season in the over 100-year history of the program, passing the 15-0 start the 2000 team opened up with under Keith Madison. The 2007 and 2008 teams own the school record with a 19-0 start.
- During the week, UK posted a 10-6 win over Tennessee Tech and a 7-3 win over Marshall. UK then charted a 19-9 win over Canisius in the series opener, before winning the series on Saturday with a 7-5 result and sweeping the Golden Griffins with a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday.
- UK has been paced by the best offense in the SEC, owning a .349 team average, belting 16 homers through 16 games, with a 3.25 ERA on the mound and 163 strikeouts in 144 innings.

Men's tennis

- The men's tennis team had another great weekend in SEC play, defeating No. 33 South Carolina and No. 9 Florida at home.
- The wins were Kentucky's 10th and 11th over ranked teams for this season, while the victory over Florida was UK's 24th over a top-25 team since the start of the 2009 season. UK has now beat Florida in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since 1992-93.
- Sophomore Grant Roberts stole the show Sunday vs. UF with a three-set match to clinch the UK victory. Senior No. 6 Eric Quigley, sophomore No. 98 Tom Jomby and Roberts each earned two singles wins over the weekend.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team had yet another winning weekend when it scored one of the highest team scores in school history of 196.025 against George Washington and Ball State. The two wins guarantee UK a winning regular season for the first time since 2008.
- UK has now posted consecutive 195.95 scores or higher for the first time since 2002, while Tim Garrison is the first head coach in school history to post a 196 or higher in his opening year.
- UK scored a 49.0 or higher on three events, including a season high on bars, while UK set or tied eight season highs and seven career highs in the meet.

Softball
- Kentucky dropped three games with No. 1 Alabama in its home-opening weekend. The Tide escaped a 3-1 nine-inning thriller in the opening game.
- Griffin Joiner, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, led the Wildcats with a .544 batting average and a homer.
- Pitcher Lauren Cumbess tossed a career-high 10 strikeouts in a tough-luck loss to the Tide in the second game of the series.
- UK will take a weekend off from SEC action by hosting the UK Invitational.
- Kentucky finished its indoor season Friday at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

Track and field

- Senior Terri-Ann Grant represented the Wildcats at the championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m/5-10.00.
- Grant's performance earned her second-team All-America honors.
- Kentucky begins its outdoor season March 16 at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

Women's tennis
- Kentucky dropped a 6-1 decision in its opening SEC road match of the season at South Carolina.
- Khristina Blajkevitch captured the lone point for the Wildcats with a 3-6, 6-3, (10-8) win at No. 3 singles.
- UK remains on the road at Florida and its match has been postponed until Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Men's golf

- Kentucky finished third at the USF Invitational after back-to-back rounds of 4-under-par and 1-over-par in the final two rounds of the tournament.
- Chase Parker led the way for UK with a fourth-place finish after a 5-under-par 67 in the second round.
- Parker's 67 tied his career-low round, and was his second round of 5-under-par in as many tournaments.
- Parker, Cody Martin and Stephen Powers each finished in the top 25.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 12

Women's tennis at Florida - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

Softball hosts Western Illinois - 3:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Wright State - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

Baseball hosts Murray State - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 15

Women's tennis vs. Miami - 5:00 p.m. (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Men's basketball vs. WKU/MVSU - 6:50 p.m. (Louisville)

Friday, March 16

Softball hosts N.C. State - 3:00 p.m.
Softball hosts UAB - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Track and Field at Bulls Invitational (Tampa)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

Saturday, March 17

Men's basketball vs. UConn/Iowa State - TBA (Louisville)
Softball hosts Missouri-Kansas City - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts TBD - 3:00 p.m. /5:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 2:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Centenary -7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

Sunday, March 18
Softball hosts TBD - 11:00 a.m. /1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 5)

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Men's basketball
-The Wildcats closed out an historic regular season on Sunday with a 74-59 win at No. 16 Florida to put a cap on a perfect 16-0 run in Southeastern Conference play. It was the third time in UK and SEC history that a team posted a perfect 16-0 mark in league play. The last time it occurred in the 2003 season.
- Anthony Davis led the Wildcats with his 14th double-double of the season on a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. He added six blocks as well.
- Terrence Jones (19) and Marquis Teague (12) both scored in double-figures for the Wildcats.
- Kentucky shot 52.5 pct. from the field while holding Florida to 38.2 pct. and 16 points below their season average.

Women's basketball

- Kentucky fell to LSU, 61-72, in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
- Junior guard A'dia Mathies and senior guard Keyla Snowden were each named to the SEC All-Tournament Team.
- Mathies averaged 21.0 points per game in UK's two tournament appearances, while Snowden averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 3-pointers per game.
- UK defeated Florida, 71-67, in the quarterfinals. It was UK's third trip to the SEC semifinals in as many years.

Baseball
- The Kentucky baseball team continued its hot start to the season with five wins during the week to improve to 11-0 on the season. The Wildcats return to action with another five-game week, starting Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair of midweek tests against Tennessee Tech and Marshall at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
- Kentucky (11-0) owns the best record in the nation and is one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball, joining 10-0 Gonzaga. The Wildcats are off to the fourth-best start to a season in school annals and the best since opening up a school-record 19-0 in 2007 and 2008 and a 15-0 start in 2000.
- The Wildcats have been paced by a balanced approach throughout the year, with an explosive offense that owns a .334 average with 13 homers in 11 games, a 2.64 team ERA with 113 strikeouts in 99 innings and a .983 fielding percentage.

Men's tennis

- UK started conference play in style by winning its first two conference matches of the year, defeating No. 17 LSU 5-1 and No. 47 Arkansas 6-1. Also won its lone non-conference match of week, taking down Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2. The win over LSU marked Kentucky's 23rd over a top-25 opponent since the start of the 2009 season.
- Kentucky won the doubles point in all three matches, including sweeping doubles play against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas. The Wildcats are now 9-0 on the season when they win the doubles point.
- Kentucky played well in singles action, winning 13 of the 17 singles matches last week that ended in a decision. Sophomore Tom Jomby led the way with a 3-0 record in singles, while seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek and sophomores Grant Roberts and Alejandro Gomez grabbed two singles wins each.

Gymnastics
- Earned their second-consecutive win over a top-25 opponent with an impressive team score of 195.95 at No. 21 Illinois on Friday. The high score marks only the 11th time in school history the Wildcats have scored a 195.95 or higher in a meet.
- The win moved Kentucky to No. 25 in the latest GymInfo rankings with an RQS of 194.930. It marks only the second time since 2007 that UK has been ranked in the top 25 at this point in the season (week two of RQS rankings).
- Kentucky sealed the win over Illinois on balance beam with an impressive team score of 49.050, which was only the 10th time in school history UK has posted a 49.05 or higher on the event. Overall, Kentucky set or tied 10 season highs and 10 career highs in the meet.

Softball
- The softball team capped its 18-game road trip with a 3-2 weekend at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational which saw UK plate eight or more runs in its three victories. Junior Kara Dill, senior Chanda Bell and freshman Griffin Joiner were tabbed to the All-Tournament team after pacing the Wildcats.
- Dill extended her career-long hitting streak to 15 games and batted .500 for the weekend. She's logged multiple-hits in eight games this season including twice this weekend.
- Freshman Griffin Joiner moved into the No. 3 spot in the batting order and excelled for the Wildcats with a team-high .571 batting average.
- Bell was involved in all three of UK's wins including charting two victories and notching a save. She tossed 15 strikeouts and limited opponent batters to just 0.61 hits per inning.

Track and field

- Senior distance runner Luis Orta was named the SEC Men's Runner of the Year by the league coaches on Friday.
- Sophomore Matt Hillenbrand ran a career-best time in the mile, crossing the finish line in 4:06.33 at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
- Freshman Keffri Neal also ran a career-best time at the Alex Wilson Invitational, Neal finished 14th in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.97.

Women's tennis
- The women's tennis team suffered a pair of 4-3 losses in its opening weekend of SEC action. The Wildcats fell to LSU and Arkansas by the same score.
- Jessica Stiles was impressive for the Blue and White as she garnered sweeps at the No. 1 spot in both of the Wildcats' matches against conference competition.
- Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff also logged wins in both matches for UK in the No. 4 spot.

Men's golf
- Kentucky, as a team, was in a tie for fifth after the first round of the USF Invitational.
- David Snyder was in a tie for 15th after the first round, following a 1-over-par 73.
- Four Wildcats rank in the top 25 after one round of competition.
- Joseph Barr and Chase Parker each eagled the par 5 11th hole during Sunday's first round.

Upcoming schedule


Monday, March 5
Men's golf at USF Invitational

Tuesday, March 6
Baseball hosts Tennessee Tech - 4:00 p.m.
Men's golf at USF Invitational

Wednesday, March 7

Baseball hosts Marshall - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.)

Friday, March 9
Men's tennis hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball vs. Arkansas/LSU - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans)
Women's tennis at South Carolina - 3:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Canisius - 4:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Alabama - 6:00 p.m.
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Nampa, Idaho)
Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic

Saturday, March 10
Softball hosts Alabama - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Canisius - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball SEC Semifinals - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans)
Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Track and field at NCAA Championships (Nampa, Idaho)
Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.)
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic

Sunday, March 11

Softball hosts Alabama - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Canisius - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Florida - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball SEC Finals - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans)
Women's tennis at Florida - 1:00 p.m.
Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 27)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky won its 45th SEC Championship outright Saturday on the heels of an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt.
- Freshman Anthony Davis led the way with his 13th double-double of the season, scoring a career and game-high 28 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. He also added five blocked shots and two steals.
- Freshman Marquis Teague added 16 points while dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds. Terrence Jones also scored in double-figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks.
- UK celebrates Senior Night against Georgia on Thursday, honoring seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky won all three games last week, including an impressive 76-40 win on the road at Mississippi State in the regular season finale on Sunday to give the Wildcats their first regular season championship since 1982.
- The Cats earned the No. 1 seed, and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the third-straight season and now prepare to square off against the winner of Florida (No. 8 seed) and Auburn (No. 9 seed) in the quarterfinals Friday, March 2.
- The Cats, who were picked to finish second in the SEC standings by the league coaches and media, have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. He has led UK to its third straight 20-win season with a 24-5 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.
- The 13 league wins were a school record for SEC wins in a season and UK was the only school in the SEC to go undefeated at home. UK's 18-0 home record is just the third undefeated season in school history.

Baseball
- The Kentucky baseball team posted three wins on the weekend to sweep Buffalo in the home-opening set.
- The Wildcats return to action with home midweek contests vs. Morehead State (Tuesday) and Xavier (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. ET, before hosting Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series Friday-Sunday.
- Kentucky (6-0) is off to its best start to a season since opening 19-0 during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Wildcats have utilized a balanced approach with a .341 team average, a 3.50 team ERA and a staggering .996 fielding percentage. UK has made just one error on the year, coming on an attempted pickoff at second base.

Rifle
- UK rifle finished second at the 2011-12 GARC Championships over the weekend at Ole Miss, placing third overall in smallbore and second overall in air rifle, finishing just six points shy of champion West Virginia.
- Kentucky completed the final day of the GARC Championships with a solid air rifle score to finish second to West Virginia overall, after UK placed third in smallbore on Saturday. UK, the regular-season conference champions and the defending NCAA Champions, fell just six points shy of the Mountaineers.
- UK was led on Sunday by a strong air rifle performance, as Settlemires paced the team with a 595. Greathouse fired a 592, while Wheatley finished with a 590. Henri Junghanel totaled a 585 and Katie Fretts fired a 579 to round out the starting lineup.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky could not avenge an earlier loss this season to highly ranked Ohio State, falling 4-0 to the second-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The win extended Ohio State's home winning streak to an impressive 136 consecutive matches, which is the longest in the nation.
- The Wildcats dropped the doubles point with tight losses at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, while OSU continued its momentum in singles action, earning singles matches at Nos. 2, 4, and 6 for the win.
- UK junior Anthony Rossi, who is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, did not record a decision in the match, keeping his singles streak alive at 16 consecutive matches.

Gymnastics

- UK gymnastics posted its best meet of the year Friday, earning a team score of 195.525 en route to defeating No. 15 Auburn and Pittsburgh. It was Kentucky's first league win this year.
- The Wildcats earned season-best team scores on two events, scoring a 49.125 on uneven bars and a 49.2 on floor exercise. The high score on bars is tied for the 12th-highest score on the event in school history, while UK's 49.2 on floor is tied for the 16th-best in school history.
- Sophomore Audrey Harrison won her second all-around title on the season for UK, scoring a career-best 39.175. Senior Storey Morris finished first overall on uneven bars, while Harrison finished tied for first on beam and won the floor title outright with a 9.9.

Softball

- UK went 3-1 at the Georgia Southern Invitational where Kara Dill and Chanda Bell were named to the All-Tournament team. Dill batted .600 for the weekend and extended her season-long hitting streak to 10 games. Bell picked up two wins to become the school's all-time career leader in victories with 55.
- Freshman Griffin Joiner had a breakout weekend with a .417 average. Joiner also reached base three other times by way of a walk and a hit by pitch, and registered her first career stolen base.

Track and field
- The Kentucky men's team finished eighth at the SEC Championships with 38 points, while the women's teams placed 12th with seven points.
- Senior Kentucky men's distance runner Luis Orta won the men's 3,000m run Saturday and the men's 5,000m run Sunday, becoming the first student-athlete to win both races in the same championship since Georgia's Ian Burrell in 2007.
- Orta was a co-recipient on the men's side of the Cliff Harper Trophy, awarded each year to the high-points scorer of the meet.
- Orta was the first Kentucky athlete ever to win the 3K at the SEC Indoor Championships, and was the first Wildcat to win the 5K since Richard Ede in 1987.

Women's tennis
- Kentucky traveled for a midweek match with Akron, where the Cats lost a heartbreaker, 4-3. UK also traveled to Indiana to face the Hoosiers and dropped the match, 5-2.
- Sophomore Khristina Blajkevitch excelled despite the tough competition at Indiana, bringing home a win in singles and doubles play.
- Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten grabbed wins for the Wildcats in singles play vs. the Zips while also defeating their opponents in their respective doubles matches.

Men's golf
- Kentucky finished in a tie for ninth at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, its first tournament of the spring season.
- Freshman David Snyder finished in a tie for 10th after a career-low round of 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish at even-par.
- Junior Chase Parker carded a career-low round of 5-under-par in the final round to finish in a tie for 25th.
- Kentucky's final round team score of 285 was the second lowest third round of the tournament.

Swimming and diving
- Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company on the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet.
- Gerotto swam a 46.75 in the 100-fly, just three one hundredths of a second off the UK record, and good enough to place him 13th overall in the nation this year. Tyler Reed swam a 43.08 in the men's 100-freestyle to push himself to Seattle for the NCAA Championships in that event.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Baseball hosts Morehead St. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Men's tennis at Louisiana-Lafayette - 2:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Xavier - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
Men's basketball hosts Georgia - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Women's basketball vs. Florida/Auburn - 1:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Softball vs. Texas A&M CC - 2:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Men's tennis at LSU - 4:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts LSU - 5:00 p.m.
Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - 7:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Gymnastics at Illinois - 8:00 p.m.
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying

Saturday, March 3
Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - Noon (Lafayette, La.)
Softball at Louisiana-Lafayette - 2:30 p.m.
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball SEC Semifinals - 4:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying

Sunday, March 4
Softball vs. Nicholls State - 11:00 a.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Men's basketball at Florida - Noon
Women's tennis hosts Arkansas - Noon
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball SEC Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Men's golf at USF Invitational

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 20)

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Men's basketball
- The Wildcats pushed the nation's longest current winning streak to 18 games after posting a 77-62 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Lexington on Saturday.
- Terrence Jones tallied his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Doron Lamb led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, while Darius Miller hit 3-of-7 from 3-point range for 15 points. Kyle Wiltjer was 3-of-4 from 3-point range for a personal best in league play with 13 points. Anthony Davis was the fifth Wildcat to record double-figures with 10 points.
- As a team, UK hit 10-of-18 from downtown, the most in SEC play this year.

Women's basketball
- The Wildcats currently sit in a tie with Tennessee for first place with three games remaining in the regular season. UK had one of its best starts in program history, winning 21 of its first 23 games and each of its first 10 games in SEC play.
- The Wildcats have their sights set on winning their first SEC regular season championship since 1982. The Cats are just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11. Kentucky has won the last three meetings against Vanderbilt, including a 78-68 win last season in Lexington.
- UK ranks in the top 10 of four national statistical categories, including leading the nation in turnover margin (+11.9). The Cats have forced at least 23 turnovers in six of the last seven games.

Baseball
- The baseball team opened up the 2012 season with two wins on opening weekend and will finalize the opening weekend Monday at 2 p.m. ET at USC Upstate (2-0) after rain postponed the regular-scheduled Sunday finale.
- The Wildcats used a 10-4 win at Wofford in the lidlifter, behind a dominating performance from Taylor Rogers on the mound, who fanned a career high nine in his season debut. UK also got a homer from 2011 All-SEC third baseman Thomas McCarthy to cap the scoring, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
- In a 10-2 beatdown of Eastern Michigan, a team that won 37 games in 2011, UK used a 13-hit attack to total 10 runs for the second consecutive game. UK's starter Jerad Grundy turned in a winning performance in his debut, striking out four in 5.2 innings and retiring 12 consecutive hitters in the middle of the game.

Rifle
- Kentucky completed the NCAA qualifying competition on Saturday at Barker Hall, totaling a 4657 total team score.
- Kentucky will return to action at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships, hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., at the Patricia C. Lamar Army National Guard Readiness Center Feb. 25-26.
- UK was led in air rifle by Wheatley and Greathouse, with the duo each charting a 590. Henri Junghänel (587), Emily Holsopple (589) and Ethan Settlemires (587) rounded out the UK starting lineup in air gun.

Men's tennis
- UK went 1-2 over the weekend in the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. The Wildcats defeated No. 11 Texas A&M 4-0 in the first round after claiming the doubles point and getting three quality singles wins. The win punched UK's ticket to the quarterfinals of the event for the first time since it advanced to the semifinals in 1997.
- UK would fall in the quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, dropping one of the closest matches of the tournament to No. 3 Ohio State 4-3. Against OSU, seniors No. 6 Eric Quigley and No. 20 Alex Musialek defeated ranked foes. Quigley took down No. 16 Chase Buchanan, while Musialek defeated No. 12 Blaz Rola.
- Rossi led UK at the event, going 3-0 in singles play. The junior has won 16 consecutive singles matches for UK and is an impressive 26-2 on the season, including 9-0 in dual matches.

Swimming and diving
- The swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2012 SEC Championships on Saturday with the men placing in seventh and the women finishing ninth.
- For the swimmers, Lucas Gerotto led the way for UK, placing third in the men's 100-fly with a time of 47.00 in the finals. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native finished on the podium of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career.
- For the divers, it was a very successful meet as the Wildcats qualified divers for the finals in every event. Greg Ferrucci took second in the men's 3m springboard to cap what was the best-ever 3m competition for UK in school history. The Wildcats also qualified John Fox and Corey Cowger for the finals of the event. Ferrucci went on to place third overall in the 1m springboard, jumping from seventh to third in his final dive of the competition.

Gymnastics

- UK concluded the road portion of its 2012 SEC schedule by falling 197.225-193.125 to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday. UK gymnasts set or tied four season highs and three career highs in the meet.
- Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led UK on uneven bars for the third time this season with a career-high tying 9.875, while sophomore Holly Cunningham paced UK on vault for the third time in the last four meets.
- Sophomores Kayla Hartley and Kayla Sienkowski performed well. Hartley continued her strong scores on floor exercise with a team-high 9.8, while Sienkowski finished tied for first overall on balance beam with a career-best 9.825. The event title for Sienkowski was the first of her career.

Softball

- The softball team went 3-2 over the weekend at the FAU Kickoff Classic. UK shutout Wright State behind a terrific pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Cumbess who yielded just two hits and struck out six in the win.
- Kentucky then rallied for a seventh-inning comeback for the second time this season in knocking off the host Owls. UK plated four runs in the final frame to pull away 6-3 in the game.
- Junior Kara Dill led the bats for the Wildcats with a .438 weekend that included a pair of multi-hit outings and converting on all five steal attempts. Dill scored twice, drove in two runs and hit her first double of the season.

Women's tennis

- The women's tennis team hosted its last doubleheader of the season, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 5-2, and Evansville, 7-0 on Saturday.
- Junior Jessica Stiles posted an impressive comeback at the No. 1 singles spot against Eastern's Amandine Faouzi after trailing in the first two sets. She ultimately won, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
- Kentucky kicked off the spring with an eighth place finish at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla.
- Junior Ashleigh Albrecht led the Cats, finishing tied for 20th with a 5-over-par 221.
- Sophomore Liz Breed finished the weekend with a team-high 11 birdies.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 20
Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Women's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Women's tennis at Akron - 1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Mississippi State - 9:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)

Thursday, Feb. 23

Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24
Softball vs. North Florida - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Softball vs. Jacksonville St. - 1:30 p.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 4:00 p.m.
Gymnastics hosts Auburn/Pittsburgh - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Softball vs. Radford - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.)
Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - Noon
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m.
Softball at Georgia Southern - 3:30 p.m.
Men's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m.
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, Feb. 26
Women's tennis at Indiana - 11:00 a.m.
Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball at Mississippi State - 1:30 p.m.
Track and field hosts SEC Championships
Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 13)

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MEN'S BASKETBALL
- With a pair of wins over SEC foes this week, Kentucky owns a 17-game winning streak. UK knocked off No. 8 Florida at home before defeating Vanderbilt in Nashville. Kentucky's win over the Commodores marked the first victory for a No. 1 ranked team in the last four tries against the home-standing team in Memorial Gym.
- Kentucky has won its first 11 in league play, the best SEC start for the Wildcats since the 2002-03 team went 16-0.
- Doron Lamb scored a game-high 16 points against Vanderbilt. He has hit multiple 3-pointers in seven of the last eight games.
- Anthony Davis finished with seven blocks against the Commodores, giving him 127 on the season and moving him to seventh on the SEC single-season blocks list and 12th on UK's career blocks list.
- In the win over Florida, Marquis Teague notched his first career double-double effort with 12 points and 10 rebounds. It marked the first double-double by way of points and assists since John Wall achieved the feat during the 2009-10 season.

GYMNASTICS
- The gymnastics team posted its best home score of the season on Friday, falling 196-194.7 to defending National Champion Alabama in Memorial Coliseum.
- UK earned a season-high score on floor exercise with a 48.85 and was led on the event by sophomore Kayla Hartley's 9.9 score. Hartley's high mark brought home the floor title on the event as she became only the 18th gymnast in school history to earn a 9.9 or higher on the event. The score of 9.9 is the highest for any UK gymnast this season on any event.
- Senior Storey Morris had a great meet, finishing tied for second on beam and tied for third on uneven bars, while sophomore Kenzie Hedge finished second on vault.

MEN'S TENNIS
- Behind another match-clinching point from Alejandro Gomez, the men's tennis team continued its blitzing pace to start the season with a 4-3 win over No. 30 Notre Dame on Sunday.
- Kentucky is now 9-0 on the year, extending its best start to a season in the 30-year tenure of head coach Dennis Emery. The win over UND was UK's sixth of the season over a ranked foe after already taking down No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 29 Indiana, No. 53 Michigan State and No. 59 North Carolina State.
- Four Wildcats earned singles wins Sunday, including No. 5 Eric Quigley, No. 36 Anthony Rossi, No. 95 Tom Jomby and No. 111 Alejandro Gomez. Rossi is currently riding a 13-match winning streak, while Quigley has won nine consecutive matches.

SOFTBALL
- Kentucky went 1-3 in its opening weekend of the season with its victory coming in dramatic fashion. The Wildcats used a seventh-inning rally highlighted by a two-run homer from Rachel Riley to capture the win over the Tigers.
- Freshman Griffin Joiner hit the game-winning solo blast for UK. Two other Wildcats hit their first career homers in L.A. as well. Ginny Carroll and Krystal Smith belted back-to-back bombs in the final game with UCLA.

TRACK AND FIELD
- Keilah Tyson won the 200-meter dash, breaking the UK 200m freshman record for the second time in as many weeks with a time of 23.69. Tyson's time is the second fastest in school history.
- Luis Orta finished sixth in the 5,000m run with a time of 14:02.45, the fourth fastest time in UK history, and the fastest time in the SEC this year.
- Walter Luttrell finished 10th in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:08.90, the 10th fastest in UK history and the third fastest in the SEC this year.
- Darryl Bradshaw ran a career-best 8.00 in the 60m hurdles. Bradshaw's time is the sixth fastest in program history.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
- Women's tennis hosted a doubleheader, defeating Winthrop 4-0 and Cincinnati 7-0.
- The Cats moved into second place in the SEC Eastern Division with their two victories.
- Sophomore Misha Testerman played her best match of the year, defeating Cincinnati's Carly Wilson, 6-0, 6-0.

WOMEN'S GOLF
- Through one round at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla., the women's golf team sits in ninth place, 13 strokes off the lead. Kentucky finished the opening round with a nine-over-par 297.
- Junior Ashleigh Albrecht paced Kentucky through the first round, shooting a one-under par 71. With two birdies and an eagle, Albrecht finished the day tied for fifth, five strokes off the lead. Albrecht carded an impressive eagle on the 354-yard, par-four ninth hole - the only eagle of the day.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, Feb. 13
Women's basketball at Tennessee - 7:00 p.m.
Women's golf at UCF Challenge

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Women's golf at UCF Challenge

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Thursday, Feb. 16
Women's basketball at Alabama - 7:30 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Friday, Feb. 17
Softball vs. Wright State - 4:00 p.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Baseball vs. Wofford - 4:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Softball at Florida Atlantic - 6:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.)

Saturday, Feb. 18
Rifle hosts NCAA Qualifier - 8:00 a.m.
Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn - 9:00 a.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 10:00 a.m.
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - Noon (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Softball vs. Michigan - 1:00 p.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Gymnastics at Georgia - 4:00 p.m.
Men's basketball hosts Ole Miss - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Evansville - 6:00 p.m.
Swimming and diving at SEC Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.)

Sunday, Feb. 19

Softball vs. Maryland - 11:00 a.m. (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 3:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Men's tennis at National Team Indoors (Charlottesville, Va.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 6)

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Men's basketball
-The Wildcats continued to reverse their road fortunes tallying an 86-52 win in Columbia, S.C., over the South Carolina Gamecocks for their fifth-straight road win. It marks the longest such streak in league play since the 2004-05 team ran off five-straight wins away from Rupp Arena in the SEC.
- Anthony Davis just missed a triple-double in the win, scoring a game-high 22 points, while pulling down eight rebounds and blocking eight shots, both game highs.
- Doron Lamb added 18 points, a season-high in league play, while Terrence Jones finished with 16 points, all coming in the first half. Jones also added six rebounds and four assists. Kyle Wiltjer chipped in 12 points, to round out the UK double-digit scorers.
- UK shot 51.6 pct. from the field, while holding South Carolina to 30.5 pct. from the field.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 last week with an 82-41 win over Ole Miss in Lexington and a 61-51 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge. The Ole Miss win gave the Wildcats their 18th consecutive victory at home, a winning streak that ranks fourth in school history and ties for sixth nationally. UK forced an SEC-high 36 turnovers in the game, breaking the previous record of 30 set vs. Auburn on Jan. 26.
- Freshman guard Bria Goss led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points to go along with three steals. Her 17 double-figure scoring games this season are tied for the sixth most in UK freshman history.
- On Sunday, UK struggled to find its offensive rhythm as it scored a season-low 18 points in the first half vs. the LSU and shot just 35.0 percent (21-of-60) for the game. The loss snapped UK's school-record 13-game SEC winning streak and gave the Cats their first loss in conference play this season.
- The Wildcats' 21-3 start ties their best start in program history. UK also began the 1982-83 season at 21-3 UK is just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11.

Rifle

- The rifle team completed its regular-season with two wins in Morgantown, W.Va., during the weekend. The wins over West Virginia and N.C. State clinching UK's second consecutive GARC regular-season championship.
- UK finished 6-0 in conference play for the second consecutive season, with its win on Friday vs. WVU coming as a matchup of the only remaining conference unbeatens. Following the win vs. WVU, UK was guaranteed of the conference title, completing the undefeated league slate with a win over N.C. State on Saturday.
- UK was led on the weekend by strong performances from Emily Holsopple, Henri Junghanel and Ethan Settlemires.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team continued to show its improvement by tying its season-high team score of 195.05 in a dual-meet loss at No. 14 LSU on Friday. The Wildcats have now eclipsed the 195 mark in two consecutive meets for the first time since the beginning of the 2010 season.
- UK was led in the meet by all-around competitors sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross, who each posted career-high scores in the all-around. Harrison earned a 39.125, while Gross posted a 38.975.
- Sophomore Holly Cunningham performed extremely well for the Wildcats, sticking her vault to earn a career-high 9.85 and then finishing off the meet by going 9.8 on balance beam. UK defeated the top-15 ranked Tigers on beam with a team score of 48.875, while the Wildcats posted a season-high 48.75 on floor exercise.
- The Wildcats again used 18 or more routines from freshmen or sophomores and have now used at least 18 routines from underclassmen in every meet this season. UK also set or tied nine season and career highs in the meet.

Men's tennis

- The men's tennis team has started the season with an 8-0 record and is off to its best start in the 30-year tenure of head coach Dennis Emery. UK posted two wins over the week, defeating No. 12 Pepperdine 4-2 and Abilene Christian 7-0 on Sunday.
- Three Wildcats earned singles wins over ranked foes against Pepperdine led by senior No. 13 Alex Musialek's win over No. 21 Sebastian Fanselow. Fellow senior No. 5 Eric Quigley took down No. 35 Finn Tearney, while junior No. 36 Anthony Rossi defeated No. 49 Mousheg Hovhannisyan. Sophomore No. 111 Alejandro Gomez clinched the match for UK against PU with his 6-1, 6-1 win over Daivd Sofaer.
- The win against Pepperdine marked Kentucky's 21st win over a top-25 opponent dating back to the 2009 season, while both wins extended UK's home record over the past four years to 49-9.
- Against Abilene Christian, Kentucky received singles wins from Quigley, Gomez, sophomores Grant Roberts, Maks Gold and Ryuji Hirooka, and freshman Brett Johnson. UK also got doubles wins from Gold/Hirooka and Matt Davis/Roberts.

Track and field
- The men's and women's track and field teams competed in their third meet of the indoor season Friday and Saturday, as they headed north for the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
- Keilah Tyson, the reigning SEC Women's Freshman of the Week, broke her second UK freshman record in as many weeks. Tyson competed in her first 200-meter dash of her collegiate career, winning the race with a time of 23.93. Tyson's time is the third best 200m dash in UK history. The Norfolk, Va., native also had the seventh best long jump mark (6.08m/19-11.50) in school history.
- Junior Walter Luttrell shattered his career-best time in the 5,000m run Friday en route to winning the event with a 14:14.35, the fifth fastest time in UK history. Luttrell's time is the top time in the SEC this season.
- Junior Darryl Bradshaw ran a career-best time in the finals of the 60m hurdles, finishing sixth with a time of 8.01. Bradshaw's time is the sixth fastest in Kentucky history.

Swimming and diving
- Louisville defeated UK on the men's side with a final tally of 188-107, and also took home the win on the women's side 183-107.
- Kentucky was led by its divers, as three of the four diving competitions were Wildcat victories. Greg Ferrucci took home first in both events, claiming a 366.30 on the three meter, and earning a 353.17 on the one meter.
- Tyler Reed had yet another impressive meet in his senior campaign, as Reed placed second in the 100-free tapping in at 44.79, and also recorded a fourth-place finish in the 50-free with a time of 20.85.
- Megan Eppler finished first in the 50-freestyle tapping in at 23.36, while also taking first in the 100-freestyle turning a time of 50.84.
- The meet in Louisville served as the Wildcats final dual meet of the season, as UK's focus now shifts towards the SEC Championships Feb. 15-18 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Women's tennis

- Women's tennis continued its nine-game homestand, hosting Purdue and Miami (Ohio) over the weekend.
- The Cats fell to Purdue, 6-1, but defeated Miami (Ohio), 4-1.
- Freshman Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff had a strong performance in doubles. With the help of Caitlin McGraw against Purdue and Khrisina Blajkevitch against Miami (Ohio), Morin-Kougoucheff grabbed victories at the No. 1 doubles position in both matches.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Men's basketball hosts Florida - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 9
Softball at UCLA - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10
Softball at UCLA - 5:00 p.m.
Gymnastics hosts Alabama - 7:00 p.m.
Softball vs. Pacific - 8:00 p.m. (Los Angeles)
Track and field at Husky Classic/SPIRE Collegiate Invitational (Seattle/Geneva, Ohio)

Saturday, Feb. 11

Women's tennis hosts Winthrop - 10:00 a.m.
Softball at UCLA - 5:30 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Cincinnati - 6:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m.
Track and field at Husky Classic/SPIRE Collegiate Invitational (Seattle/Geneva, Ohio)

Sunday, Feb. 12

Men's tennis at Notre Dame - Noon
Women's golf at UCF Challenge

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 30)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky won its 13th straight game and fourth straight on the road, traveling to Baton Rouge, La., and collecting a 74-50 win over LSU.
- Terrence Jones had his strongest game of the season, scoring a season-high 27 points and narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. Jones also blocked a game-high tying three shots.
- Anthony Davis posted a double-double, his 11th, tallying 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocks and two steals. Darius Miller also scored in double-figures, finishing with 13 points.
- UK held LSU to 39.6 pct. from the field, the 14th time this season the Cats have held its opponent below 40 pct.

Women's basketball

- Kentucky improved to 20-2, 9-0 SEC with wins over Auburn and Alabama last week. This is the first time in program history UK has started conference play 9-0 and UK's 20-2 start ties its best start in program history through the first 22 games. Kentucky's best start to a season was in 1982-83 (21-2). The Wildcats have also won a school-record 12 straight SEC games dating back to last season, including seven in a row at home.
- UK defeated Auburn on the road last Thursday 66-48, paced by junior A'dia Mathies' team-high 20 points and sophomore Samarie Walker's career-high 15 rebounds. UK forced the Tigers into 30 turnovers, the most in league play in the Matthew Mitchell era.
- On Sunday, Kentucky earned its third consecutive 20-win season with an 82-68 win over Alabama. The balanced scoring effort was led by senior Keyla Snowden with 14 points, while Mathies and freshman Bria Goss added 13 and 11 points, respectively. UK forced the Tide into 25 turnovers, resulting in 29 points for the Wildcats.
- UK's current 17-game home winning streak is the fourth longest in program history. The Wildcats will play host to Ole Miss on Thursday before hitting the road for three straight away contests.

Gymnastics
- The youth-filled Kentucky gymnastics team continued to show its improvement over the weekend when it earned a dual-meet victory against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday with a season-high score of 195.05. The high mark was the best in a regular-season dual meet on the road since the 2011 squad went 195.05 at Ohio State. It is also the highest team score in a dual-meet road victory since March of 2010.
- Kentucky posted season-high team scores on bars and beam, earning a 48.825 on bars to crush the previous season high of 48.5. On beam, Kentucky earned a team score of 48.975, which is tied for the 12th-highest beam score in school history and the highest since the 2009 team posted a 49.1 on March 15 in Alaska. UK's gymnasts did well on every event, setting or tying 17 season highs and 14 career highs in the meet.
- Three Wildcats took home event title honors. Sophomore Holly Cunningham finishing first on vault with a 9.825, while junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo and senior Storey Morris finished first on uneven bars and balance beam, respectively. Sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross competed in the all-around competition and both earned career-high marks. Harrison scored a 39.0, while Gross posted a 38.875.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky kicked off its home portion of the 2012 spring schedule with a very successful week, going 4-0 overall with three wins over teams ranked in the top 60 in the nation.
- The Wildcats started the week with a 7-0 win over No. 29 Indiana in its home opener before taking down in-state foe Eastern Kentucky 6-0. Over the weekend, UK hosted the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where they defeated No. 57 North Carolina State 4-0 and No. 22 Tulsa 4-1 to earn a spot in the National Indoor Championships for the third consecutive season.
- Senior Eric Quigley was the headline of the week early on, as he became the school's all-time winningest singles player with his 145th singles win on Tuesday against EKU. Quigley, who now owns a 147-44 career record, passed former UK great Paul Varga, who played from 1982-85, and ended his career with a 144-80 record.
- Sophomore Alejandro Gomez was the star for Kentucky on Saturday as he clinched the decisive fourth point in UK's win over Tulsa. With the Wildcats holding a 3-1 lead and the remaining three singles matches in the third set, Gomez posted a 6-0 third-set win at No. 5 singles to seal the UK victory. The win moved UK to 47-9 at home since the start of the 2009 season and was the Wildcats' 20th victory over a top-25 team since 2009.

Track and field
- Freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson broke the women's indoor 60-meter dash freshman school record Saturday with a time of 7.36 at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet. Tyson's race tied the third fastest time in program history.
- Senior Terri-Ann Grant won the high jump, setting a personal record in the event, eclipsing 1.82m/5-11.50, the second best high jump mark in program history.
- Freshman Terence Boyd had a strong weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial, recording the seventh best mark in UK history in the long jump Friday, and the eighth best mark in UK history in the triple jump Saturday.
- Junior Luis Orta finished second in the men's 3,000m run with a time of 8:10.58, a career-best for the Caracas, Venezuela native, and the eighth best in school history.

Swimming and diving
- Behind wins in 25 of 32 events, the University of Kentucky swimming and diving teams defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday at the Lancaster Aquatic Center with the men claiming a 192-101 win, and the women claiming a 169.5-116.5 win.
- Tyler Reed led the Wildcats again on the men's side, swimming his best-ever time in a dual meet in the 50-freestyle, pacing the field with a 20.53 in that event. Also, in the 200-freestyle, Reed recorded a 1:38.95.
- Greg Ferrucci posted a 418.65 in the one-meter competition, smashing his own school record by over 20 points. Ferrucci finished first in the one meter, and three-meter competitions, pacing the field with a 423.75 in the three-meter. The 423.75 was just six points shy of the UK program record, which Ferrucci owns.

Rifle
- UK rifle competed in a pair of matches over the weekend, including a 4635-4566 win over Morehead State on Sunday at UK's Barker Hall. UK also shot in the Withrow Invitational, hosted by Murray State, on Friday.
- In both matches, UK shot with a new starting lineup, featuring primarily freshmen and newcomers. In the win on Sunday, freshmen Elijah Ellis and Jonathan Pinkel led the way, with Pinkel setting new career highs in both guns.
- Kentucky returns to its grueling spring semester road schedule, traveling to Morgantown, W.Va., for a pair of conference matches to conclude the regular season. UK will face West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 4, before facing off with North Carolina State on Sunday, Feb. 5.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Men's basketball hosts Tennessee - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2
Women's basketball hosts Ole Miss - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3
Swimming and diving at Louisville - 2:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at LSU - 8:00 p.m.
Track and field at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

Saturday, Feb. 4

Women's tennis hosts Purdue - Noon
Men's basketball at South Carolina - 6:00 p.m.
Rifle at West Virginia
Track and field at Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

Sunday, Feb. 5

Men's tennis hosts Pepperdine - Noon
Women's basketball at LSU - 3:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts Miami (OH) - 4:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Abilene Christian - 6:00 p.m.
Rifle vs. NC State (Morgantown, W. Va.)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 23)

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Men's basketball
- The Wildcats pushed their winning streak to 11 games, posting a hard-fought 77-71 win over Alabama on Saturday.
- Kentucky had six players score in double-figures for the first time since the 2004-05 season, led by Terrence Jones' team-high 15 points. Doron Lamb (14), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13), Anthony Davis (11), Darius Miller (11) and Marquis Teague (10) also scored in double-figures in the victory.
- The Wildcats hit a number of crucial free throws down the stretch against Alabama, going 8-for-8 from the line inside the final minute of play.
- UK's 11-game winning streak is the second longest by the Wildcats in the John Calipari era.

Women's basketball

- With wins over Georgia and Florida last week, Kentucky improved to 18-2 overall, 7-0 in the SEC which ties its best start in program history through the first 20 games. UK's best start to a season was in 1982-83 (21-2).
- Trailing by 10 (46-36) vs. UGA with 15:42 left in the game, UK went on a 24-7 run paced by 13 points from freshman guard Bria Goss, to capture its first win in Athens, Ga., since 2008. The rookie guard ended the game with a career-high 22 points, netting 17 of those in the decisive second half.
- Sophomore forward Samarie Walker gave the Cats a boost off the bench as she recorded a career-best 18 points and nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of play vs. UGA. Overall, UK's bench outscored Georgia's 34-0.
- On Sunday, it was another balanced effort as the Cats won their 16th consecutive home game with a 57-52 victory over the Gators. Ten players scored at least two points, paced by senior guard Keyla Snowden who led with 11.
- Sophomore guard Kastine Evans scored all 10 of her points in the second stanza, including eight of them in a key 17-2 second-half run. Goss pulled down a career-high nine rebounds, while Walker came off the bench for another solid performance, adding nine points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying three blocks and three steals.

Rifle
- The defending NCAA Champion Kentucky rifle team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday at No. 1 TCU, 4703-4694, with TCU using a school-record team score to win its nation-leading 26th consecutive regular season match.
- UK lost its first match of the year, with the Wildcats only losing two regular-season matches in the last two years, both vs. TCU.
- UK fell behind in smallbore at TCU, before bouncing back to narrow the gap in air rifle behind starring performances from Ethan Settlemires (595), Henri Junghanel (594) and Emily Holsopple (592). Settlemires led UK in smallbore with a 583.

Gymnastics
- Behind a season-high team score on floor exercise where two Wildcats set or tied their career-high marks, the gymnastics team showed improvement from its first SEC meet of the year to its second meet of the year in a 196.275-194.075 loss to No. 8 Florida at Memorial Coliseum.
- Of UK's 24 routines in the meet, a total of 20 were performed by freshmen or sophomores. Overall, the youthful Wildcats showed improvement from last week, setting 10 season-high marks and setting or tying nine career-high scores on the night. Sophomore Audrey Harrison and freshman Alexis Gross were the lone two all-around competitors in the meet for Kentucky.
- UK saved its best event of the night for last, earning a season-high mark of 48.625 on floor. Harrison finished fourth overall on the event and led UK with a season-high and career-tying mark of 9.8, while Gross followed close behind with a 9.725. Freshman Kenzie Hedges set a career high with a 9.725, while sophomore Kayla Sienkowski went 9.7. Freshman Shelby Hilton made her second-consecutive floor lineup and went 9.675, while sophomore Kayla Hartley completed the UK rotation with a 9.375.

Men's tennis

- The No. 7 men's tennis team started its 2012 season off on the right note by earning a 6-1 win over No. 53 Michigan State and a 7-0 win over IUPUI to sweep a doubleheader at the Indianapolis Tennis Center in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon. The doubleheader was hosted by IUPUI. Kentucky played well in both matches, winning five of its six doubles matches and 11 of its 12 singles matches. It marked the first-ever meeting between the Wildcats and either IUPUI or Michigan State.
- Senior co-captain Eric Quigley earned two singles wins in the opening day, moving him into sole possession of second place on UK's career singles wins list with 143 victories. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., is now only one win shy of tying Paul Varga's school-record 144 career singles wins. Quigley is 143-44 all-time at Kentucky.
- Quigley, along with sophomores Grant Roberts and No. 111 Alejandro Gomez, went 2-0 in singles action, while junior No. 36 Anthony Rossi and sophomores No. 95 Tom Jomby, Ryuji Hirooka and Maks Gold went 1-0 in singles action. True freshman Brett Johnson, who was playing in his first collegiate match, won his lone singles match.

Women's tennis
- The women's tennis team is now 3-0 on the season after its opening weekend of regular season play.
- Jessica Stiles and Khristina Blajkevitch, the 34th-ranked doubles team, defeated Marshall's 35th-ranked doubles team of Dominika Zaprazna and Maria Voscekova, 9-8 (8) in the season opener.
- Freshmen Stephanie Fox and Edmee Morin- Kougoucheff put on strong performances in both singles and doubles play, ending the weekend undefeated.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 24
Men's tennis hosts Indiana • 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky • 7:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at Georgia • 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 26
Women's basketball at Auburn • 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27
Men's tennis hosts NC State • Noon
Track and field hosts Rod McCravy Memorial

Saturday, Jan. 28
Swimming and diving hosts Cincinnati • 10:00 a.m.
Men's tennis hosts Tulsa/ETSU • 10 a.m./1:00 p.m.
Men's basketball at LSU • 4:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Illinois-Chicago • 6:00 p.m.
Track and field hosts Rod McCravy Memorial

Sunday, Jan. 29
Women's basketball hosts Alabama • 2:00 p.m.

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 16)

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Men's basketball

- The Wildcats return home for a pair of league games this week beginning with Arkansas on Tuesday night. UK just completed a two-game road stretch where they posted a 2-0 record, including a 65-62 win over Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday.

- Kentucky had to come from behind, trailing the Volunteers by as many as eight in the second half, but the Wildcats were up to the challenge, including freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who led UK with his third double-double this season. He finished with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

- Fellow freshman Anthony Davis was named the SEC Freshman of the Week after he finished with a game-high 18 points and added eight rebounds and four blocks, while Terrence Jones was the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 10 points.

 

Women's basketball

- Kentucky remains the only undefeated team in the SEC at 5-0 after two hard-fought wins over No. 6/7 Tennessee and No. 24/RV South Carolina last week. The Wildcats captured a one-point 61-60 victory over the Lady Vols on Thursday in Memorial Coliseum, snapping the Lady Vols' 36-game SEC winning streak.

- Junior guard A'dia Mathies turned in one of the most impressive individual performances in UK Hoops history in the win by netting a career-best 34 points to go along with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. She hit the game winner with 4.2 seconds remaining to give UK its third win over top-10 team this season and first win over Tennessee in five tries. For her efforts she was tabbed the SEC Player of the Week.

- The Cats then defeated South Carolina on the road, 66-58, marking their first win in Columbia, S.C. since 2009. The balanced scoring effort was led by Keyla Snowden who came off the bench for 15 points and three steals. Ten of the 11 players who saw action scored at least two points.

 

Rifle

- Kentucky got strong outings from Emily Holsopple and Ethan Settlemires to lead the defending national champion Kentucky rifle team improved to 8-0 win a win at Army, 4693-4646, on Saturday at the Tronsure Rifle Range.

- Kentucky opened its spring portion of the schedule with the win at West Point, totaling a 2325 total smallbore score and a 2368 total air rifle team tally.

- Holsopple and Settlemires led UK in both guns, with the duo each charting a 585 in smallbore. Settlemires led UK in air rifle with a 594, with Holsopple adding a 593. Also in air rifle, Henri Junghänel finished with a 592, with Heather Greathouse recording a 592 and Stacy Wheatley posting a 589. Katie Fretts finished with a 585 in air rifle. Holsopple and Settlemires led UK with 585's, with Junghänel charting a 576, Greathouse a 579, Wheatley a 572 and Fretts a 569.

 

Gymnastics

- The No. 23 University of Kentucky gymnastics team concluded its first Southeastern Conference meet of the season by falling 196.650-191.975 to No. 11 Arkansas at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.

- In all, Kentucky had 19 of 24 routines performed by freshmen and sophomores in the meet, while five Wildcats made their collegiate debuts on an event in the meet.

- Kentucky's youth shined on vault with freshman Kenzie Hedges leading the way with a 9.775, while sophomore Holly Cunningham was second on the team and tied a career high with a 9.75. Freshman Sara Shipley went second in the lineup and scored a 9.725, while sophomore Audrey Harrison went 9.7. Senior Storey Morris posted a 9.65 followed by freshman Shelby Hilton, who was making her collegiate debut, earning a 9.475. Kentucky scored a 48.6 as a team on the event.

 

Men's tennis

- The Kentucky men's tennis team completed a successful four-day run in the Southeastern Conference Coaches' Indoor Championships with junior Anthony Rossi claiming the singles title at the event. Rossi used a very workmanlike performance Monday to win the final over the No. 10 Sadio Doumbia.

- Rossi becomes the first Kentucky player to win the singles title in the annual event since Adam Malik did it back in 1989. The UK star is only the second player in school history to win the event.

- Kentucky had a good showing at the event overall with three singles players making the quarterfinals in Rossi, Eric Quigley and Tom Jomby. UK also had two doubles tandems in the quarterfinals, while sophomore Panav Jha and Quigley advanced to the doubles semifinals.

 

Track and field

- The Kentucky men's and women's track and field programs began their seasons Friday and Saturday by hosting the Kentucky Invitational at Nutter Field House.

- The Wildcats got strong performances from its men's one-milers, as junior Luis Orta ran a personal-best and SEC-leading time of 4:09.59 to finish in second. Sophomore Adam Kahleifeh finished fourth with a time of 4:12.20.

- Freshman Bradley Szypka finished second in the men's shot put with a throw of 16.28m/53-05.00, while junior Darryl Bradshaw finished third in the 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 8.18.

- The Wildcats placed in the top three in six different events Saturday.

 

Swimming and diving

- The UK swimming and diving teams combined to go 2-2 over the weekend, with both teams dropping an SEC dual meet to Alabama on Saturday, but quickly rebounding to sweep Emory University on Sunday.

- On Sunday in the women's 100-butterfly, UK had a dominating performance taking first through fifth.

Julia Gerotto led the way, recording a time of 57.49, while Anna Mattox followed up with a 58.47 for second place. Lindsay Lash, Abby Myers, and Diana Norkus rounded out the top-five for Kentucky.

- Overall on the weekend, Kentucky won seven of the contested eight diving events. Sophomore Greg Ferrucci claimed first place in three of the four events he was entered in.

 

Women's tennis

- Women's tennis traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Spring Invitational.

- The team swept Kansas in doubles play. The 34th-ranked duo of Khristina Blajkevitch and Jessica Stiles took on the Kansas' 42nd-ranked doubles team of Monica Pezzotti and Paulina Los, defeating them 8-4.

- Freshman Stephanie Fox faced Washington State's 123rd-ranked Elizaveta Luzina and beat her in straight sets with a score of 6-1, 6-3.

 

Upcoming schedule

 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Men's basketball hosts Arkansas - 9:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

Women's basketball at Georgia - 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Jan. 20

Women's tennis hosts Marshall - Noon

Gymnastics hosts Florida - 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

Men's basketball hosts Alabama - Noon

Rifle at TCU

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

Women's tennis hosts Belmont - 11:00 a.m.

Men's tennis vs. Michigan State - 2:00 p.m. (Indianapolis)

Women's basketball hosts Florida - 2:00 p.m.

Women's tennis hosts Morehead State - 6:00 p.m.

Men's tennis vs. IUPUI - TBA (Indianapolis)

Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 9)

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Men's basketball
- The Wildcats opened conference play on Saturday, tallying a 79-64 win over South Carolina, pushing the nation's longest home winning-streak to 45 games (44 in Rupp Arena; one in Memorial).
- Anthony Davis recorded his ninth double-double (12p, 10r) on the season, fourth most by a freshmen in UK history. It was the fifth-straight double-double for Davis, who also added seven blocks pushing his season total to 75, fifth on the UK single-season blocks' list.
- Terrence Jones led all scorers with 20 points, the most since scoring 26 points against St. John's.
- Marquis Teague (17) and Doron Lamb (10) also scored in double-figures for the Wildcats in the win. UK shot 59.2 percent from the field, its highest since shooting 61.3 percent in the season-opener.

Women's basketball

- Kentucky is coming off back-to-back home victories over Arkansas and Mississippi State to improve to 14-2 overall, 3-0 in conference action. The Wildcats are 3-0 in SEC play for the first time since the 1992-93 season and just the fourth time in 30 years of SEC basketball.
- Matthew Mitchell charted his 100th win at UK, becoming just the third coach in school history to do so. He is the second fastest coach to accomplish the feat, reaching the milestone in 151 games.
- Junior guard A'dia Mathies continues to dominate in almost every statistical category for Kentucky as she averaged a team-high 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals last week. She scored a team-high 21 points, while netting a career-high five 3-pointers vs. Arkansas and followed that performance with 20 points and five rebounds in UK's record-setting win over Mississippi State.
- The Cats' 48-point margin of victory was the largest in an SEC game in program history. The Wildcats also hit a school-record 14 3-pointers vs. the Lady Bulldogs en route to the 88-40 win.
- Freshman Bria Goss continues to impress as she has hit 8-of-11 from the field over the last two games, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 14 of 16 games, including each of the last eight.

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team kicked off the Tim Garrison Era in fine fashion Saturday night, finishing second at the Excite Night at the Kentucky Classic event with a team score of 194.325 in front of 3,686 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
- UK was led in the meet by sophomore Audrey Harrison, who earned her first collegiate all-around title with a mark of 38.375. Freshman Sara Shipley finished tied for fourth on vault with a team-high score of 9.85, while senior Storey Morris was fourth on beam with a 9.750.
- Vault was the Wildcats' best event of the night as Kentucky earned a team score of 49.025. Shipley led the way for UK on the event with her high score of 9.85, while fellow freshman Kenzie Hedges made the most of her first collegiate meet with a 9.825. Morris and Harrison each posted 9.8s, while sophomore Holly Cunningham wrapped up the scoring with a 9.75.

Men's tennis
- The Kentucky men's tennis team completed its first weekend of competition in 2012 with a dominating
performance in bot singles and doubles at the Rainbow Warrior Challenge in Honolulu.
- The Wildcats, which enter the spring season ranked seventh in the nation, were led at the event by No. 5 Eric Quigley, No. 13 Alex Musialek and No. 36 Anthony Rossi. All three UK stars went 2-0 in singles
play at the event.
- Joining the three stars with a perfect 2-0 record in singles play were three sophomores in No. 85 Panav Jha, Ryuji Hirooka and Maks Gold.
- Earlier in the week, Kentucky made a splash in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings,
earning six ranked singles players, more than any other team in the nation.

Swimming and diving

- The Kentucky diving team competed in the Georgia Diving Invitational this week in Athens, Ga. UK was
paced by sophomore Greg Ferrucci who posted a score of 412.20 in the three-meter competition. The score was good enough to land the defending Southeastern Conference Freshman Diver of the Year the overall championship in the event. John Fox placed eighth in the same competition, posting a score of 334.10.
- The score of 412.20 on the three-meter dive set a new school record for Ferrucci, passing Ben Starchuk, who had held the record since 2005 with a score of 406.43 on Feb. 5, 2005.
- The UK swimming teams defeated Indian River State College on Thursday afternoon in Ft. Pierce, Fla., as the men's team downed IRSC 165-76 while the women defeated the Pioneers 194-48. Kentucky won
10 races en route to the victory including wins by Megan Eppler, Tyler Reed, and Julia Gerotto.
- The Wildcats will return to Southeastern Conference action on Sat., Jan. 14 as the Wildcats will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in a dual meet scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET at the Don Gambril Olympic Pool.

Upcoming schedule


Wednesday, Jan. 11
Men's basketball at Auburn - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12
Women's basketball hosts Tennessee - 7:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Hawaii Invitational

Friday, Jan. 13
Gymnastics at Arkansas - 8:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Hawaii Invitational
Men's tennis hosts SEC Indoors
Track and field hosts Kentucky Invitational

Saturday, Jan. 14

Men's basketball at Tennessee - Noon
Swimming and diving at Alabama - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Hawaii Invitational
Men's tennis hosts SEC Indoors
Track and field hosts Kentucky Invitational
Rifle at Army

Sunday, Jan. 15
Women's basketball at South Carolina - 3:00 p.m.
Men's tennis hosts SEC Indoors
Swimming and diving at Emory

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