If Kentucky wanted to solve the recurring problem of poor play in the final minutes of close games, this was the way to do it. UK never let it get close, scoring the game's first 15 points, leading by double digits the final 35:34 and by 20 or much more the final 28:21 en route to the 90-59 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.
For the game against South Carolina on Saturday, DeAndre Liggins took his turn coming off the Kentucky bench. It agreed with him. Liggins, who had made five of 17 shots (one of eight from three-point range) the previous two games, contributed 11 points to UK's 90-59 victory.
We're down to the final four now, the final four games of the regular season when a team wants to make its final push, to get things right on the freeway to the post-season. And for the first 20 minutes Saturday, and for much of 40, the Cats played some of their best basketball of the entire campaign.
To hopefully continue on his hot streak, Miller said he and his teammates just have to bear down and focus as best as they can. It's been a long season, he said, but the hard part begins as soon as the regular season ends.
OK, parents. How far would you go to support the endeavors of your kids? For Robin and King Dunlap IV -- whose daughter, Victoria, will soon depart the University of Kentucky as the best women's basketball player not named Valerie Still ever to play at the school -- that answer is literally thousands upon thousands of miles.
Rod Strickland noticed it the moment John Wall stepped on the basketball court for his first practice at the University of Kentucky. Coaches, players and fans were well aware that Wall had arrived in Lexington as the top high school recruit, but Strickland could tell through the first set of drills that although Wall possessed a lot of swagger he wasn't content to rest on his reputation. Even before he was told to take the reins, it was clear Wall was a leader.
On the night he arrived in the city where he trained before the Washington Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall, Wall was presented a challenge by Orlando Magic all-star center Dwight Howard at the celebrity pool tournament hosted by Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. Howard dared anyone to get on the stage and show who could do the best rendition of the popular dance, the Dougie. Boston Celtics reserve Glen "Big Baby" Davis joined Wall and several others in a Dougie dance-off, and Wall was fairly confident about who came away the winner.
Brandon Gainer, TB, Kentucky: The weight room has been good to Gainer, who's bulked up to more than 215 pounds. He was pushing to play last season, but was slowed by injury. With Derrick Locke gone, the Wildcats need Gainer to make a move next season.
Kentucky improves to 7-2 overall on the year, while Georgia Southern drops to 4-6 overall. UK will now move onto the Championship game of the tournament will face Florida State for the second time in as many days.
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 13:
Women's golf: Ashleigh Albrecht
Led Kentucky at the UCF Challenge to its second-lowest team round in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88.
Shot an opening-round, bogey-free, 6-under-par, 66, the second-lowest individual round in program history.
Eagled the par 5 seventh hole from 59 yards out.
Women's tennis: Megan Broderick
Went 2-1 in singles play over the week and is tied for the team lead with three wins in singles play during the spring season.
Went 2-1 in doubles play over the week, including a win while paired with freshman Khristina Blajkevitch over the No. 13 doubles tandem in the country.
Swimming and diving: Lisa Faulkner
Earned a career-best score on the three-meter board (347.60).
Holds the second-best score on the three-meter board in UK history (347.60).
Finished in fourth place on the three-meter board.
Finished in the top nine on all three boards at the SEC Diving Championships.
Swimming and diving: Greg Ferrucci
Named SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year.
Earned career-best marks on the one-meter, three-meter and platform.
Holds the second-best score on the three-meter board in UK history (400.55).
Holds the second-best score on the platform in UK history (336.00).
Holds the third best score on the one-meter in UK history (378.50).
Finished in the top-seven on all three boards at the SEC Diving Championships.
Men's basketball: Terrence Jones
Averaged a double-double on the week.
Recorded his league-leading eighth double-double of the season against Tennesssee.
Tied season high with four blocks against the Vols.
Tallied team-high 25 points at Vanderbilt.
Has scored in double-figures in four straight games and 16 of his last 17 games.
Softball: Emily Jolly
Freshman Emily Jolly was the lone true freshman to start all five opening weekend games for the Blue and White when she made five starts at second base.
In her first career game, she had a two-run single to help upset No. 22/24 Ohio State.
Matched a single-game UK record with three doubles in UK's victory over DePaul, a feat only achieved by one other player in school history.
She also plated a pair of scores in that outing, including driving in the game's final two runs in the eighth inning to help UK secure a comeback from three down to defeat the Blue Demons by a 6-3 final margin.
For the week, she batted .308 with four RBI, three extra-base hits and a perfect fielding percentage, which included eight putouts and eight assists.
Men's basketball: DeAndre Liggins
Scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Tied career high with 19 points against Tennessee while recording career-high five steals.
Had an efficient shooting night by making 5-of-6 field goals and 7 of 8 at the foul line.
Posted ninth double-digit scoring effort against Vanderbilt.
The Wildcats are 8-1 when Liggins scores in double-figures.
Softball: Sam DeMartine
Sam DeMartine helped UK go 4-1 to start the season, which included a run-rule five-inning upset of No. 22/24 Ohio State in the opener.
UK has now defeated a top-25 ranked team in the season opener in two straight seasons.
DeMartine's RBI single in the top of the third proved to be the only offense UK would need to defeat the Buckeyes.
For the week, DeMartine led the team with a .462 batting average and a team-best two home runs.
One of her bombs led a three-run comeback effort to down DePaul in extra innings when she hit a solo shot in the top of the seventh to begin the rally from three back.
Her two runs scored against the Blue Demons is a career high.
She led the team for the weekend with two multi-hit games.
Teamed with Erika Silence for the first back-to-back home runs of the season in the win over Ohio State.
The three home runs against the Buckeyes matched a school record for home runs in a single game.
Women's basketball: A'dia Mathies
Averaged a team-high 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in UK's two games last week.
Hit 48 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line in two games.
Scored a game-high 16 points in UK's first win over LSU in Lexington since 1994.
Also charted a game-high four steals and two assists in the win. Her second assist fed Brittany Henderson who scored the game-winning field goal with 1.1 seconds remaining.
Scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the decisive second half and at one point strung together seven straight points from the 8:38 mark to 6:01 remaining in the game, putting the Wildcats up 40-37.
Scored a team-high 16 points while recording seven rebounds and a game-high four assists against South Carolina.
Only Wildcat to score at least one point in all 25 games.
Has now scored in double figures 46 times in her career.
Track and field: Sharif Webb
Senior Sharif Webb grabbed a fifth-place finish in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:47.91 at the Husky Classic to capture his spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Webb's time locked in the Wildcats first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season.
The senior narrowly missed out on surpassing his career-best time of 1:47.86, set last season at Notre Dame. His personal-best time currently ranks second on UK's all-time 800m list, only trailing David Freeman who ran 1:47.40 in 2003.
Webb returned to Kentucky this season as the Wildcats' only men's indoor All-America honoree a year ago and with his performance Saturday will have an opportunity to duplicate that run.
Men's basketball - Terrence Jones averaged a double-double on the week with 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks en route to being named SEC Freshman of the Week. - Brandon Knight went for 20 points against Vanderbilt, his 10th 20-point game this season. It is the most 20-point games by any UK freshman in school history. - Terrence Jones tallied his eighth 20-point game this season, tied for fourth among UK freshmen in program history.
Women's basketball - Kentucky snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday with a thrilling last-second win over LSU in front of a season-high 7,646 fans in Memorial Coliseum. A'dia Mathies found Brittany Henderson open in the paint with 1.1 seconds remaining, giving UK a 49-47 win over the visiting Lady Tigers. It marked UK's first win in Lexington over LSU since 1994. - Mathies recorded a game-high 16 points and four steals in the win, her third-straight game with 16 or more points. - All-America candidate Victoria Dunlap added 15 points, a team-high four rebounds and a game-high three blocks. She also had three steals, which moved her to eighth on UK's single-season list.
Softball - UK began its 2011 season with a 4-1 mark at the FIU Combat Classic which included an upset of No. 22/24 Ohio State on opening night. It marks the second straight season UK has began the year with an upset of a ranked opponent. - Freshman Emily Jolly set a UK single-game record with three doubles in a win over DePaul.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team swept all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point and then continued its momentum into singles by claiming all six singles matches to take down No. 38 Miami (Fla.) 7-0. Kentucky also defeated Cleveland State 6-1 to complete the doubleheader sweep. - Kentucky was impressive in both matches, winning 11 of the 12 singles matches and all five doubles matches that were played Sunday. The Miami match marked the sixth time this year that UK has faced a top-50 team, with UK holding a 4-2 mark in those matches. - UK claimed the doubles point against both Miami and Cleveland State. The Wildcats are now 4-0 this season when they win the doubles point. - Junior Eric Quigley paced the Wildcats all week, winning three matches, including one over the 11th-ranked player in the country.
Track and field - Sharif Webb locked in UK's first NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the year, running the 800-meters in 1:47.91, Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle. - Webb was one of 10 Wildcats who claimed personal-best marks with at least one occurring at each of the three meets UK attended. In preparation for the conference championships that begin in two weeks, schools send split squads across the nation in search of the best competitions in each event area. Kentucky sent sprinters, jumpers and vaulters to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., distance runners to the Husky Classic and mostly throwers to the Akron Invitational. - Shelby Kennard won the women's pole vault at the Tyson Invitational as the only athlete to clear 12-09.50/3.90 meters. The win marked Kennard's first during her young career and moved her up to second on UK's all-time indoor pole vault list. - Precious Nwokey came away with personal-best marks in two crucial events, the 60-meter hurdles and long jump, that will help her make a championship run in the pentathlon at the SEC Championships. Nwokey won the women's long jump on her first jump of 20-02.50/6/16 meters and moved up to fifth on UK's all-time indoor long jump list. The junior also set a personal-best time in the women's 200 meter with a time of 24.50.
Rifle - Newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel had standout performances in air rifle, leading the Kentucky rifle team to a 4675 total team score in the NCAA Qualifying Round, held on Saturday at UK's Barker Hall. - Kentucky shot the qualifying round on Saturday, along with in-state foe Morehead State. UK's 4675 total team score clinches a berth in the NCAA Championships. - Junghänel led the way in air rifle with a 595, while Holsopple contributed at 593 in air rifle. Heather Greathouse added a 582 in air rifle, with Ethan Settlemires and Logan Fox each tallying a 582 in air rifle. In smallbore, Junghänel led the team with a 584, with Greathouse totaling the second-best score on the club, a 582. Holsopple added a 579, with Fox contributing a 578 and Settlemires a 574.
Swimming and diving - Kentucky concluded a strong start to the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships with three to-seven finishes by freshman diver Greg Ferrucci and three top-nine finishes by senior diver Lisa Faulkner. Ferrucci was named the SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year after the SEC Diving Championships finished Sunday evening. - Ferrucci now ranks in the top three all-time in UK history on every board, including the second-best mark on the three-meter board and the second-best score on the platform. - Faulkner's score of 347.60 on the three-meter board is the second-best score in school history.
Women's golf - The Kentucky women's golf team opened its spring season Sunday in Sorrento, Fla., at the UCF Challenge with the second-lowest team score in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88. Sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht led the way for UK with an opening-round, bogey-free 6-under-par 66. Albrecht's 66 is the second-lowest individual round in program history and put her in a tie for first after day one.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team finished its opening road trip, which included five of its first six matches away from the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex, with a 4-3 loss to No. 31 Ohio State, 7-0 loss at No. 19 Northwestern and 5-2 loss at No. 53 Purdue. - Senior Megan Broderick and sophomore Jessica Stiles went 2-1 in singles play for the week, and Broderick was a part of two wins in doubles play as well.
Monday, Feb. 14 Women's golf at UCF Challenge (Sorrento, Fla.)
Tuesday, Feb. 15 Men's basketball hosts Mississippi St. - 7 p.m. Women's golf at UCF Challenge (Sorrento, Fla.)
Wednesday, Feb. 16 Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.)
Thursday, Feb. 17 Women's basketball at Georgia - 7 p.m. Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.) Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)
Friday, Feb. 18 Softball vs. Georgia Southern - 10 a.m. (Tallahassee, Fla.) Softball vs. Middle Tennessee St. - 12:30 p.m. (Tallahassee, Fla.) Baseball at College of Charleston - 5 p.m. Gymnastics at Alabama - 8:30 p.m. Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.) Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)
Saturday, Feb. 19 Women's tennis hosts Miami (Ohio) - noon Softball at Florida State - 12:30 p.m. Men's basketball hosts South Carolina - 4 p.m. Baseball vs. Marshall - 5 p.m. (Charleston, S.C.) Women's tennis hosts Eastern Kentucky - 6 p.m. Swimming at SEC Championships (Gainesville, Fla.) Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)
Sunday, Feb. 20 Baseball vs. Miami (Ohio) - 11 a.m. (Charleston, S.C.) Women's basketball at Vanderbilt - 2 p.m. Gymnastics at Ohio State - 3:30 p.m. Men's tennis at National Indoors (Seattle)
"It was magical," Jenkins said of a performance in which he equaled a career-high of six three-pointers. For Kentucky, it was magical only in the sense of yet another possible victory that -- poof! -- disappeared in the final minutes of a possession-by-possession game.
With a meager six-man rotation for the most part, Kentucky had been betting against long odds they would be able to avoid injury all season. But in Saturday's 81-77 loss at Vanderbilt, in the 24th game, luck finally ran out.
19. Dicky Lyons Jr. Remember when Lyons Jr. infuriated Rich Brooks by guaranteeing a road victory over Mississippi State in 2006? All Lyons Jr. did was go to Starkville, roll up 117 yards receiving and make a circus TD catch to spark the Kentucky victory that launched the turnaround of the Brooks era. Walking the talk is as righteous as sports gets.
The celebrity treatment is operating in full force for Tim Masthay. Masthay and his wife, Amanda, had just finished lunch at a Green Bay restaurant and were ready to settle up when they received a message from the restaurant's manager. "They told us lunch was on the house," Masthay said. "That was a nice little surprise."
Turnovers mean extra possessions. They mean extra chances to score, especially in transition. UK is averaging 25.5 points (23.3 points in SEC play) off opponent mistakes this season, which is a huge chunk of its offense.
The UK gymnastics team is asking the question; why have one head coach when we can have two? Technically, Heather Hite and Chuck Dickerson, the team's two coaches, are assistants, but they are the two who manage the team.
The Kentucky baseball team is tired of coming close. After back-to-back seasons where they finished a half-game out of the postseason the Cats are determined to make a return. "The past two years our goal was to make it to postseason and we came up a half-game short both times so this year we're hungry to get back," junior outfielder Chad Wright said. "I feel like if we play like we should we could win (the SEC) because we have a lot of experience back in our pitching staff."
There used to be a time when chicks didn't dig the long ball, ground-ball putouts were the norm and a 2-1 score was just another day at the park. Those times are resurfacing at Kentucky's baseball diamonds. For the Kentucky baseball and softball teams to succeed this season, it's going to come down to pitching.
On a day where a number of Kentucky track and field student-athletes excelled under the pressure of championship like fields and conditions, senior Sharif Webb rose to the top as he locked in UK's first NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the year, Saturday at the Husky Classic in Seattle.
Freshman Greg Ferrucci and senior Lisa Faulkner turned in another great performance Saturday on day two of the Southeastern Conference Diving Championships. Ferrucci earned a career-high score of 400.55 in the men's three-meter board prelims, the second best score in school history. Ferrucci's score of 400.55 broke his previous career high by nearly 15 points.
Softball: UK rallies for extra-inning comeback over DePaul (UKathletics.com)
The Kentucky offense found its rhythm for five runs over the final two innings in a dramatic comeback 6-3 victory over DePaul in extra innings to preserve its perfect record at the FIU Combat Classic in Miami late Saturday night. Trailing 3-1 going into the top of the seventh, UK rallied for a pair of scores to force extra innings before plating three runs in the top of the eighth to secure its third consecutive victory to begin the 2011 season.
Rifle - The rifle team rode a school-record team score to a 4696-4680 win over No. 1 West Virginia, clinching the 2010-11 Great American Rifle Conference regular-season championship on Saturday at UK's Barker Hall. - Kentucky completed an undefeated season in conference action with the win, besting the 2008-09 NCAA Champion Mountaineers, who also entered the match undefeated in league play and needing a win over UK to clinch the title. - With the win, UK has clinched its fourth all-time regular-season GARC Championship and its first since the 2008-09 season. - Kentucky's 4696 total team score eclipsed the school record set earlier in the year when the Wildcats totaled a 4691 win over Memphis in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 21.
Men's basketball - The Wildcats dropped a 70-68 heartbreaker at Florida over the weekend. After falling behind by 13, the Cats battled back to take a one-point lead late in the game, but a last-second 3-pointer by Brandon Knight fell short. - UK hosts Tennessee on Tuesday. The Wildcats have posted a 160-51 (.758) record against SEC East teams since the league split into divisions in 1991-92. Kentucky is 5-1 in games following a loss this season. - John Calipari is 28-0 at Rupp Arena as the UK head coach. The Wildcats have the second longest home winning streak in the country at 29.
Women's basketball - Kentucky put together an impressive win over Auburn on Thursday for its seventh consecutive victory. The Cats defeated the Tigers 69-38 in Memorial Coliseum, marking the largest margin of victory in SEC play in school history. It also marked the first time UK has held an SEC opponent under 40 points in school history. - Sophomore Brittany Henderson led the winning effort with a career-high 13 points while also grabbing seven rebounds. - Senior Victoria Dunlap collected her second consecutive and sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She has now eclipsed the 1,000-rebound mark (1,007), becoming just the second player in school history to chart more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.
Gymnastics - Senior Andrea Mitchell took home the all-around title with a career-high score of 39.275 and the University of Kentucky gymnastics team posted season-high marks on balance beam and vault, but fell short in an upset bid at No. 22 Auburn 194.625-194.450. - Mitchell was spectacular for the Wildcats, scoring season highs on vault, uneven bars and beam to post a career-high score in the all-around. The all-around win for Mitchell was the first individual all-around title for UK on the road in the SEC since 2006. - Kentucky defeated Auburn on vault with a season-high post of 49.2 while also scoring a season-high mark on beam with a 48.375. UK took home event honors at three events with Jasmine Minion winning event honors on vault and Mitchell claiming honors on bars and beam.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team could not repeat its historic upset last season against Virginia, losing to the top-ranked Cavaliers 7-0 in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. - Virginia, which boasts two top-10 ranked doubles teams and six top-105 ranked singles players, took control of the match from the beginning, winning the doubles point and all six singles matches. - Kentucky took two first sets in singles against the Cavaliers.
Track and field - The track and field team wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a win by junior Walter Luttrell in the men's 5,000-meter run and placed six other student-athletes in the top six of their respective events on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. - Luttrell secured his victory with a personal-best and SEC-leading time of 14:29.50 in the men's 5,000-meter run, claiming the Wildcats lone win of the day. The junior is now the two-time defending champion and record holder in the event at the VT Elite Meet, previously winning with a time of 14:41.65, Feb. 5, 2010. - Senior Mary Angell recorded her third consecutive top-six finish in the women's shot put with a throw of 50-07.25/15.42 meters. The senior's season-best mark of 51-01.75 currently sits second in the conference. - Junior Keith Hayes ran his second-fastest 60-meter hurdle race this season, in 7.82, approaching his season-best time of 7.80, which currently ranks ninth in the NCAA. - Freshman Kyron Joseph recorded two top-five finishes Friday, claiming fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.82 and third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.58. Joseph was followed closely in the 200-meter by fellow freshman Kadeem Kushimo who grabbed fifth in 21.79.
Women's tennis - The Kentucky women's tennis team fell to No. 7 Michigan 7-0 on Saturday at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. - Kentucky will host Ohio State on Wednesday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center for its first home match of the season. Matches will begin at 1 p.m.
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.
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.
Women's basketball - 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.
Swimming and diving - 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.
Tuesday, Feb. 1 Men's basketball at Ole Miss - 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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.