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Jan. 30 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 30:

Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap

  • Averaged a team-high 21.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in UK's two SEC road wins over Ole Miss and Alabama last week.
  • Hit 52.9 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line for the week.
  • Scored 16 of her team-high 18 points in the decisive second-half vs. Ole Miss.
  • Grabbed her 27th career and fifth double-double of the season vs. Alabama with a team-high 25 points and 15 rebounds.
  • It marked her sixth career 25-point and 15-rebound game, her first of the season.
  • With 43 points in the two games and 1,639 in her career, she moved up two spots to No. 3 on the all-time scoring list, passing Pam Browning (1,598 points from 1974-78) and Sam Mahoney (1,601 points from 2005-08).
  • With six steals and 274 in her career, she moved up to No. 3 on UK's all-time steals list, passing Patty Jo Hedges (271 steals from 1979-83).
  • Just three rebounds shy (997) of joining Valerie Still as the only two players in school history to pull down 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Swimming and diving: Lisa Faulkner

  • Won both events she competed in, the one- and three-meter dive.
  • Received a career-best score of 321.20 on the one-meter board.
  • Score of 321.20 on the one-meter board is the third best in program history.

Swimming and diving: Greg Ferrucci

  • Won both the one- and three-meter board competitions.
  • Has won the last six diving events he's competed in.
  • Recorded a career-best score of 368.85 on the one-meter board.
  • His score of 368.85 on the one-meter board is the fourth best all-time at Kentucky, bettering his previous best score of 362.25 which was then the fourth-best score all-time at Kentucky.

Men's basketball: Doron Lamb

  • Tallied game-high 19 points in helping lead Kentucky to 66-60 win over Georgia on Saturday.
  • Recorded 14th multiple 3-pointer game this season.
  • Hit two free throws late to help ice the game against the Bulldogs

Women's basketball: Jennifer O'Neill

  • Averaged 7.5 points off the bench in just 14.5 minutes per game in UK's two SEC wins over Ole Miss and Alabama last week.
  • Was critical in UK's win over Ole Miss, scoring eight of her 10 points in the final minutes. With UK trailing by two points with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, O'Neill hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cats a lead they would not relinquish.
  • Also dished out a career-high-tying four assists vs. the Rebels.
  • Scored five points in 11 minutes off the bench in UK's win over Alabama.
  • Has made at least one 3-pointer in six consecutive games.

Swimming and diving: Chatham Penrod

  • Part of two Keating Aquatic Center record times.
  • Swam first leg in victorious 200 medley relay which set a KAC pool record time of 1:45.07.
  • Won the 200 backstroke by setting a KAC pool record with a finish of 2:02.63.
  • Won every race she was a part of.

UK Sports Report (week of Jan. 31)

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Beginning this week, we're going to start posting the UK Sports Report on the blog. The UK Sports Report is a weekly recap of UK's athletics events from the week before that we've typically handed out to the media, but from this point forward, we're also going to post it on here. I hope to have a slightly cleaner format next week and we'll likely post it on Mondays, but for now, here's the first online edition of the UK Sports Report:

Men's basketball
- UK improved to 16-4 and 4-2 in the SEC with Saturday's 66-60 win over Georgia. Doron Lamb scored a game-high 19 points and was joined by Darius Miller (14), Brandon Knight (11) and DeAndre Liggins (11) in double figures.
- Kentucky is 28-0 at Rupp Arena under head coach John Calipari. UK has won 29 in a row at home, beginning with the 2009 NIT game at Memorial Coliseum and continuing with the last 28 at Rupp. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation.

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- Senior All-American Victoria Dunlap averaged a team-high 21.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in UK's two SEC road wins vs. Ole Miss and Alabama last week. Dunlap scored 18 points in the come-from-behind win over the Rebels, including 16 in the decisive second half.
- Against the Tide, Dunlap paced the winning effort with 25 points and 15 rebounds, marking her 27th career and fifth double-double of the season. She also moved up to No. 3 on both the all-time scoring and steals lists at UK.
- Junior sharpshooter Keyla Snowden came off the bench for 13 points after netting 4-of-5 3-point attempts.
- Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies added 12 points and four assists in helping the Cats win their sixth consecutive game.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team scored its highest team score of the year behind an incredible individual performance from senior Phylicia Reshard, who took the all-around crown, but the Wildcats fell just short to No. 3 Georgia 195.550-195.000.
- Reshard was excellent for Kentucky on all four events, posting two career highs en route to earning Kentucky's first all-around title in an SEC dual-meet since 2007. She scored a career high on uneven bars with a 9.775 and beam with a score of 9.825. The senior also tied a career high on floor with a mark of 9.875. Reshard, who was participating as an all-around for only the second time in her career, scored a career high in the all-around competition with a 39.250 to take home event honors.
- Junior Whitney Rose took home medalist honors on vault for the third time this season and the 12th time of her career. On floor, the Wildcats scored the top four scores with Reshard and fellow senior Jasmine Minion taking home event titles. It was the first career event title on floor for Reshard and the fifth of Minion's career.

Men's tennis
- Senior Brad Cox outlasted No. 100 Danny Kreyman 15-13 in a second-set tiebreaker to seal No. 12 Kentucky's 4-0 victory over No. 22 Wake Forest, advancing the Wildcats to the National Indoors for the second consecutive season. UK defeated No. 42 Boise State 4-1 on Saturday.
- With the win Kentucky earns one of 16 spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Men's Team Indoor Championships to be held in Seattle on Feb. 18-21. The appearance in the National Indoors is the second consecutive for Kentucky. Last year, Kentucky defeated Wake Forest 4-3 in Lexington to earn its first appearance in the round of 16 of the indoor or outdoor championships since 2005.
- On the week, UK went 3-0 with wins over three teams in the ITA top 50. Individually, Kentucky was led by Cox and junior Eric Quigley. Cox went 3-0 with a win over No. 100 Kreyman to improve his season record to 6-0. Quigley was just as impressive, going 3-0 with wins over No. 45 Jonathan Wolff of Wake Forest and No. 62 Damian Hume of Boise St.

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- The men's and women's swimming and diving teams topped Cincinnati on Saturday but dropped races to Virginia Tech in a double dual meet among Kentucky, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech.
- UK set five Keating Aquatics Center records throughout the afternoon. All four of UK's relays etched their names into the KAC record books and senior Chatham Penrod set a new clip in the 200 backstroke.

Track and field
- The track and field team tabulated four individual victories and placed six others in the top five of their respective events, at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet this weekend.
- Precious Nwokey put together the best performance of her career, setting the school record in the pentathlon with 4,024 total points. The junior's score is currently No. 4 in the NCAA and No. 1 in the SEC, narrowly missing out an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 4,075.
- Senior Sharif Webb won the 800-meter run. It was his first attempt at the event this season, finishing with a time of 1:50.59.
- Sophomore Cally Macumber notched her first career victory in the women's one-mile run with a personal-best time of 4:48.70. Macumber earned All-SEC honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track a season ago.
- Freshman Julie Nunn picked up the first win of her young career, in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 54.78.
- In his final season in the blue and white, Keenan Hall won his first long jump title, landing in the pit 23-07.25/7.19m from the launching board. Hall was the only UK athlete entered into the event.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Men's basketball at Ole Miss - 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 3
Women's basketball hosts Auburn - 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 4
Gymnastics at Auburn - 8 p.m.
Track and field at Virginia Tech Elite Meet

Saturday, Feb. 5
Women's tennis at Michigan - noon
Men's tennis at Virginia - 6 p.m.
Men's basketball at Florida - 9 p.m.
Track and field at Virginia Tech Elite Meet
Rifle hosts West Virginia

Jan. 16 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 16:

Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap

  • Averaged a team-high 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in UK's two SEC wins last week.
  • Recorded her 26th career and fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds against Mississippi State. She also added a game-high five steals and three assists.
  • Scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in helping UK secure its first conference win of the season over South Carolina. She also collected three steals and two blocks in the win.
  • Her 22 points vs. the Bulldogs moved her up to No. 5 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,567 career points, passing Sara Potts (1,563 points from 2001-05).
  • Took sole possession of third place on UK's all-time double-doubles list with 26 career double-doubles, passing Josh Mills (25 from 1990-93).
  • Two blocks vs. South Carolina moved her up to No. 2 on UK's all-time list with 157, passing Valerie Still (156 blocks from 1979-83).
  • Has now scored 20 or more points six times this season, including three of her last four games.

Swimming and diving: Greg Ferrucci

  • Won the one- and three-meter boards against Alabama on Saturday.
  • Named SEC Male Diver of the Week for his performance against the Crimson Tide.
  • Set a new career-best score of 362.25 on the one-meter board.
  • Ferrucci's score on the one-meter board ranks fourth all-time at Kentucky.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

  • Came off the bench and broke the UK freshman single-game scoring record with 35 points against Auburn.
  • Shot 11 of 17 from the field, including a career -est four 3-pointers. 
  • Also pulled down eight rebounds in the win.
  • Came off the bench in win over LSU and scored 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds.
  • Has scored in double figures in 10 straight games.

Men's basketball: Brandon Knight

  • Scored in double figures for the 11th and 12th straight games in helping lead UK to a 2-0 record on the week.
  • Along with his 13 points against Auburn, Knight also pulled down five rebounds and dished out six assists.
  • Hit a career-best five 3-pointers, going 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point line against LSU, scoring a game-high 19 points.
  • Also pulled down six boards in the win.

Women's basketball: Bernisha Pinkett

  • Averaged team's second-highest point total with 15.5 ppg in UK's two SEC wins last week.
  • Came off the bench to notch a career-high 18 points and four assists in a career-high 25 minutes of play in helping UK secure its first conference win of the season over South Carolina. Her previous high was 17 points vs. No. 12 Notre Dame.
  • Hit a season-high 72.7 percent, connecting on 8-of-11 attempts from the floor against the Gamecocks.
  • Dished out a career-high four assists vs. USC.
  • Followed that performance with 13 points in a reserve role vs. Mississippi State. Also added four rebounds and three assists in the win.
  • Has now scored in double figures six times this season.

Jan. 9 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 9:

Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap

  • Averaged a team-high 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in a tough three-game stretch for Kentucky.
  • Jumped four spots on UK's all-time scoring list to No. 6 with 1,525 points.
  • Put together her third double-double of the season against Arkansas with 26 points and 13 rebounds and now has 25 in her career to tie Josh Mills for No. 3 all-time on UK's all-time double-doubles list.
  • Hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line against Georgia and now has 376 career free throws, moving her into third place on UK's all-time free-throws made list.
  • Totaled four blocks in the week and needs just one more to move to No. 2 on that list.

Swimming & diving: Greg Ferrucci

  • Came in third place in the men's one-meter championship at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 3
  • Earned a sixth-place finish in the men's three-meter championship at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 4.
  • Came in fifth place on the platform at the Tennessee Diving Invitational on Jan. 5
  • Recorded a second-place finish on the three-meter board in Columbia, S.C., in the Cats' double dual meet against South Carolina and the College of Charleston.
  • Scored a 385.90 to win the one-meter board in the Cats' double dual meet against the Gamecocks and the College of Charleston.
  • Currently holds the second best score in UK history on the platform dive, the third best mark in the men's three-meter board and the fourth best score in the men's one meter board.

Gymnastics: Andrea Mitchell

Performed well in the team's first event of the year, finishing in the top five in three events to help Kentucky defeat No. 17 Illinois and Northern Illinois with a score of 194.350 ... Was solid on each event, however was the star of the meet on floor, posting a career-high mark of 9.95 for her first career event title on that event ... The high score was the third highest posting in school history, becoming only the seventh gymnasts in UK history to record a score of 9.5 or higher on floor ... With the impressive mark, Mitchell ranks No. 1 in the country on floor, posting the highest score on the event so far this season ... Was also impressive on bars, where she has developed a new routine for this season, scoring a solid score of 9.775 ... Finished third in the all around competition and first on the UK team with a score of 38.975.

Nov. 21 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 21:

Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap

Registered her first season and 23rd career double-double with a game-high 24 points and 14 rebounds in the 81-76 win over No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday. Went 7-of-12 from the floor and 10-of-12 shooting from the foul line, playing a team-high 38 minutes. Grabbed a season- and game-high 14 rebounds while adding a team-high four assists, three block and two steals in the win. Averages a league-high 4.3 steals per game and has now grabbed at least one in 44 of her last 45 games. With 24 points, Dunlap has now scored in double digits in 36 of her last 39 games, including 10 straight. Made 10-of-12 free throws in the game, moving up to fourth place on UK's career free throws made list with 326.

Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot

Sophomore Stephanie Klefot led the Wildcats to a much-needed road victory at Ole Miss in helping UK to its third straight victory over an SEC West foe. Klefot had a match-high 26 digs to lead UK with an astounding average of 6.50 digs per frame. Her 26 digs in the four-set match is the highest total for a four-set match in SEC action this season and it marks the third time in the last four matches she has tallied 25 or more digs in a match. Klefot has now charted 493 digs for the season and with one more regular-season match to play she is set to become just the fourth player in school history to amass 500 or more digs in a single year. She currently ranks fifth for a single season in UK allure. Klefot also dished out three assists in the match which matches a career high for dimes in a single outing.

Men's basketball: Brandon Knight

Knight scored a personal-best 21 points in leading Kentucky to a 79-48 win at Portland. Knight shot better than 50 percent from the field (7-of-13), while hitting a pair of 3-pointers and going 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also blocked a career-high two shots.

Men's basketball: Darius Miller

Helped lead Kentucky to a 79-48 win at Portland with a solid all-around game. Finished with career highs in steals and blocks while scoring 15 points, shooting 6-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. Scored seven straight points during UK's 15-0 run to open the game against Portland

Volleyball: Becky Pavan

Junior Becky Pavan led the Wildcats to a hard-fought and much-needed road victory at Ole Miss on Friday. Pavan paced the UK offense to the tune of a team-high 12 kills. Pavan also added offensive numbers with a pair of aces and a total of five blocks. For the week, she averaged 3.00 kills per stanza on a sizzling .417 hitting clip. She also notched 1.25 rejections per set for 4.25 points per stanza which ranks as tops on the team. As a middle blocker, she also picked up four digs which is just the third time this season she has scooped up four or more digs in a match. For the week, her numbers were more than double her season average in kills, hitting percentage, aces, digs, blocks and points per game.

Women's basketball: Bernisha Pinkett

Freshman Bernisha Pinkett came off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, in just 23 minutes against No. 12 Notre Dame. Pulled down a career-high five rebounds, including four offensive boards. Led all scorers at halftime with 10 points, including 2-of-4 shooting from behind the arc. Currently UK's third-leading scorer with 12.0 points a game.

Swimming & diving: Kayla Sergesketter

Senior Kayla Sergesketter led the women's side in the Tennessee Invitational by earning NCAA (B) qualifying times in the 200 freestyle relay as the lead swimmer, the 400 medley relay as the anchor, the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, the 200 medley relay where she was the anchor, the 100 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay as the anchor.

Oct. 17 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Oct. 17:

Volleyball: Whitney Billings

Freshman Whitney Billings had an outstanding weekend in helping lead the Blue and White to a pair of Southeastern Conference home victories. Billings put together a sensational complete effort for the Wildcats and was exceptional in all phases of the game. Against Alabama, Billings paced the squad with a team-high 14 kills on a .312 hitting percentage, just the fourth time in her career she has eclipsed the .300 mark. She also contributed 12 digs in the victory for her fifth career double-double and the first of her career in conference action. Billings then added eight kills and a team-high 13 digs in a win over Mississippi State. It is the second time in four matches Billings has led the Wildcats in digs for a match. She was targeted 20 times this weekend off of the service line and was perfect with a 1.000 reception percentage. For the weekend, Billings led the team with 3.14 kills per set while ranking second on the squad with 3.57 digs per set. She totaled 3.50 points per stanza to rank second on the squad. Her numbers for the week were all well above her season average, including kills per set, hitting percentage, assists, aces, digs, receptions and points.

Women's tennis: Megan Broderick

Advanced to the round of 16 of the main singles draw at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. Teamed up with sophomore Jessica Stiles to advance to the semifinals of the main doubles draw.

Football: Winston Guy

Had 10 tackles and an interception.

Football: Mike Hartline

Completed 32 of 42 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns in upset of South Carolina.

Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot

Sophomore Stephanie Klefot continues to be a force for the Wildcats from the back line. Klefot picked up 32 digs in seven sets action for an average of 4.57 digs per set in helping lead UK to a pair of SEC victories. With 21 scoops against Alabama, Klefot has now posted six matches this season with 20 or more digs. She has led the Blue and White in digs in 17 matches this season. With 11 digs against Mississippi State, Klefot has charted 10 or more digs in 19 of UK's 20 matches this season. With the 32 scoops this weekend, she surpassed her season total from a year ago.

Football: Chris Matthews

Caught a career-high 12 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown.

Cross country: Luis Orta

Orta has led the men's team in each of its three previous meets of the season and made it a fourth with a strong finish Friday in Boone, N.C. The sophomore navigated the 8,000-meter course in 24:49.30 for his fourth consecutive top-25 finish.

Volleyball: Becky Pavan

Junior Becky Pavan continued her efficient play in helping the Wildcats to a pair of SEC home victories this weekend. Pavan charted 2.86 kills per stanza on a team-high .395 hitting clip in seven sets of action. Against Alabama, Pavan totaled 13 kills for her 20th career match with 10 or more hammers. She totaled the 13 kills on a .500 hitting clip and contributed a team-high four blocks. Against Mississippi State, Pavan turned in the most complete performance of the season. She notched seven kills in the win, but it was her contributions from the service line that paid the most dividends for the Blue and White. UK scored 19 points with its starting middle blocker at the service line in the three set match with the Bulldogs. She had four runs of six or more points while adding a season-high three service aces. With her strong service performance she was forced into action from the back row and came through with a career-high six digs in the match. She also dished out a pair of assists and added two blocks to her line. For the weekend, Pavan led the team with 4.00 points per set, well above her average of 2.47 for the season.

Swimming and diving: Kelcy Perry

  • Kelcy Perry led the Kentucky women's swimming and diving team to a pair of wins over Southern Illinois and Missouri to open the season.
  • Perry, a sophomore from Richmond, Ky., won the 200- and 100-butterfly and was a member of the victorious 200-medley relay.
  • Perry set a personal-best time in the 200-butterfly with a 2:04.93.
  • Perry's previous best was 2:10.17. In the 100-fly, Perry swam to a first place finish with a time of 56.20.
  • Perry combined with Chatham Penrod, Jenna Willis, and Jenna Newsome for Kentucky's victory in the 200-medley relay. Perry swam the third leg in a time of 25.04.

Football: Ryan Tydlacka

Punted for 41.5-yard average and had three punts inside the 20-yard line.

Jan. 31 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 31:

Men's basketball: DeMarcus Cousins

Averaged a double-double on the week, while recording back-to-back double-doubles against South Carolina and No. 21 Vanderbilt ... Shot better than 78 percent from the free throw line on the week ... Recorded his third and fourth 20-10 games this season ... Has 12 double-doubles this season, a UK freshman record ... Tied career high 27 points against South Carolina ... Recorded his 13 th multi-block game this season ... His double-double against Vanderbilt was his 12 th of the season, the most in the league ... He has recorded four straight double-doubles, the second time he's done so this season ... Double-double against Vanderbilt came in only 24 minutes

Women's basketball: Victoria Dunlap

  • Junior forward Victoria Dunlap averaged a double-double with 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 51.7 percent from the field.
  • Helped Kentucky earn its first back-to-back SEC road wins since 2005-06 and helped UK break the school record for most consecutive SEC games wins with five.
  • Posted her ninth 20-plus point performance of the season in UK's 71-62 upset at No. 18 LSU Thursday.
  • Netted 13 of her game-high 24 points in the crucial second half, including seven points in the final 8:57 of the game to help UK grab its first win in Baton Rouge since 1995.
  • Became the 27th member of UK's 1,000-point club on Sunday after registering her 19th career double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Mississippi State.

Swimming and diving: Lisa Faulkner

Junior Lisa Faulkner posted the fifth double-victory of the season as she swept both of the boards in UK victories over Cincinnati and Vanderbilt. Faulkner, the lone diver on the roster, captured valuable points for the Wildcats as she swept the events -- and did so in 30+ point fashion over her closest finishers.

Swimming and diving: John Fox

Diver John Fox posted his first double-victory of his young career by sweeping the boards in a UK win over Cincinnati. Fox claimed the one-meter and three-meter boards in stylish fashion. His 303.33 score on the one-meter is a career-best clip. He also posted the victory by nearly 100 points over the second-place finisher in the event. The one-meter score is also good enough to qualify for NCAA Zones.

Men's tennis: Alberto Gonzalez

With a historic bid on the line, junior Alberto Gonzalez completed a brilliant come from behind win to push UK into the round of 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Associations National Indoor Championship. Gonzalez win over Wake Forest's Danny Kreyman at the No. 5 singles position gave No. 14 Kentucky a 4-3 win over No. 16 Wake and its first final 16 appearance in a indoor or outdoor national championship since 2005. With all matches decided it was up to Gonzalez to send the Cats to the finals. Gonzalez really stepped up his game and fought hard for the Wildcats winning both his single matches over the weekend while also helping UK claim the doubles point on Sunday.

SWIM 07_08 Greene action 01.jpgSwimming and diving: Kyle Greene

Senior Kyle Greene was instrumental in helping the Wildcats dominate Cincinnati to cap off dual meet action with a win. Greene, participating in Senior Day festivities, charted a season-best clip in the 100-back as he took second behind teammate Zach McGinnis for a 1-2 finish. In the 100-free he was UK's top finisher. Finally, Greene took the first-leg in UK's winning 200-free relay that captured an NCAA 'B' time standard in the winning tap.

Women's tennis: Caroline Lilley

  • Grabbed Kentucky's third point in their upset over No. 24 Alabama with a victory over No. 82 Alexa Guarachi 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9)
  • Upset No. 66 Sasha Krupina 6-4, 6-3 to take the Cats' first point in their 4-2 loss to No. 10 Georgia Tech
  • Lilley currently stands 3-1 on the indoor season

Swimming and diving: Zach McGinnis

Freshman Zach McGinnis continued to be a dominating force for the Blue and White in the backstroke events as he has emerged as UK's top threat in the discipline. McGinnis tapped first in both the 100 and 200-back events in a win over Cincinnati. He also took the opening backstroke leg of the winning 200-medley relay, which marked his third win of the day.

Rifle: Jen Pason

Senior shooter Jen Pason had a good week in leading UK to a win at Nebraska Saturday in Lincoln. Pason totaled a 576 in smallbore and a 584 in air rifle for the Wildcats against Nebraska. "Jen showed great determination in fighting for every point for her team Saturday against Nebraska," UK assistant coach Stacy Underwood said. "She is very eager to improve on her performance through hard training during the next two weeks before NCAA Qualifies. Jen and her senior teammates are looking forward to helping make a big push in the coming weeks for the postseason."

Track and field: Precious Nwokey

Precious Nwokey won the pentathlon at the McCravy Memorial Track Meet with a score of 3804 points, the top mark in the SEC this season.

Swimming and diving: Kayla Sergesketter

Junior Kayla Sergesketter was a valuable scorer for the Blue and White in its defeat of both Cincinnati and Vanderbilt on Saturday. Sergesketter notched a season-high time in the 50-free and also came home with a victory in the 100-free. Additionally, she was the third leg of the winning 200-free relay to cap off a tremendous meet for the Wildcats.

Track and field: Kristin Smith

Senior Kristin Smith broke the weight throw varsity school record for the second time this season. Smith's mark of 20.51/67-3.5 earned her an NCAA provisional qualifier and a national standing of fourth-place overall. The Wildcats hosted the Rod McCravy Memorial this past weekend where Smith finished in second place.

Track and field: Rondel Sorrillo

Rondel Sorrillo picked up the first NCAA automatic qualifier for the Wildcats this season. Sorrillo ran a 20.77 in the 200-meter dash, which currently stands as the second best time in the nation. His time of 20.77 is only .05 away from Sorrillo's personal best and the UK varsity school record set by Sorrillo in 2009. His time of 20.77 notched a first place win at the Rod McCravy Memorial, which the Wildcats hosted at the E.J. Nutter Field House.

Swimming and diving: Trina Winsor

Freshman Trina Winsor captured individual victories in three events -- the only UK swimmer to achieve the feat in wins over Cincinnati and Vanderbilt this weekend. Her victory in the 400-IM and time of 4:25.01 marked the sixth-best time in school history in the event. She also went on to claim wins in the 200 and 500-free events.

Jan. 24 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 24:

Swimming & diving: Elvis Burrows

Senior Elvis Burrows was an integral part in three of Kentucky's top events in a loss to No. 16 Louisville this weekend. Burrows took the butterfly leg of the second-place 200-medley relay which achieved an NCAA 'B' time standard. He then led a 1-2 finish in the 100-butterfly by the Blue and White. Finally, he was the second place finisher in a 1-2 finish for UK in the 50-free. His time in the event (20.07) was an NCAA 'B' time standard and his best of the season.

Men's basketball: DeMarcus Cousins

Cousins, a 6-11 forward from Mobile, Ala., scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action in helping lead Kentucky (19-0, 4-0 SEC) to a 101-70 win against Arkansas. It was Cousins' 10 th double-double of the season, one shy of the UK freshman record of 11 (Chris Mills) in a season. He has recorded two straight double-doubles and has recorded six double-doubles this season while playing less than 20 minutes in the game.

Swimming & diving: John Fox

Freshman John Fox gained valuable points for the Wildcats with a victory on the three-meter board and a runner-up finish on the one-meter board at Louisville this weekend. Fox's three-meter score of 324.08 was nearly 20 points more than the second-place finisher, and it is his career-best mark in the event.

Rifle: Logan Fox

Logan Fox had an outstanding week, with solid performances in both the win over Army and the loss to Alaska-Fairbanks. In the win over Army, Fox totaled a 587 in air rifle and a 573 in smallbore, with his air rifle score ranking fifth best in the match. In the match with UAF, Fox had a 581 in air rifle and a 576 in smallbore. "Logan has made some great gains in his performance this semester," assistant coach Stacy Underwood said. "He has been very focused on working and fine-tuning his mental game plan in practice. This weekend's match against Ole Miss was indicator that his training is paying off and he is ready to compete at a higher level. It's great to have such depth on our team so that ever team member continually strives for a better performance."

Gymnastics: Emily Green

UK senior Emily Green won the floor exercise with a career-high and meet individual-high score of 9.950. She became only the third gymnast in school history to record a 9.950 on the floor exercise along with former Wildcat and current assistant coach Heather Hite and three-time all-around NCAA champion Jenny Hansen. Green posted her second title of the season, first on floor exercise. Green finished second on the beam with a team-high 9.800.

Rifle: Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson continued to lead the UK rifle team with solid performances against Army and Alaska-Fairbanks. Jackson has had an outstanding senior season and totaled a team-best 589 in air rifle against UAF and a 578 in smallbore. In the win over Army, Jackson had the best air rifle score of the match (592) and the second-best smallbore score of the match (583). "Ashley was an unwavering force in the past three matches," assistant coach Stacy Underwood said. "Although she had solid scores, the most impressive part was the determination and focus she displayed during each match. There were several times where she had to make the decision to expect more from herself and she prevailed like a true champion."

Swimming & diving: Chatham Penrod

Junior Chatham Penrod claimed both backstroke events for the second consecutive meet, and was the only UK athlete to earn two individual victories. Her time in the 100-backstroke (55.61) is an NCAA 'B' time standard. She also took the backstroke leg in the winning 200-medley relay which also achieved an NCAA 'B' mark in Kentucky's loss at No. 13 Louisville this week.

Women's basketball: Lydia Watkins

  • Senior forward Lydia Watkins averaged 8.0 points and 7.5 rebounds off the bench in helping Kentucky earn two SEC wins and improve to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in SEC play.
  • Watkins scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field in an 18-point win over Auburn. With the Tigers trimming a 20-point UK lead to 10 points midway through the second half, Watkins made a series of critical plays for the Cats. She recorded two steals, made a conventional three-point play and scored another basket, all in a span of 49 seconds to thwart the Tigers' rally and extend UK's advantage to 17 points.
  • Pulled down a season- and game-high 12 rebounds and scored six points in UK's win over Arkansas.
  • Has scored in double digits in four consecutive games while averaging just 18.0 minutes per game.

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