Rifle - Behind gritty performances from veterans Heather Greathouse and Ethan Settlemires, the Kentucky rifle team won the overall national title at the 2010-11 NCAA Championships. After UK won the smallbore NCAA Title on Friday in the first day of competition, the Wildcats held off West Virginia's charge in air rifle on Saturday to secure the first national championship in program history, finishing with a 4700 team total score. - Kentucky entered the final day of competition on Saturday owning a seven-point lead. UK claimed its first-ever NCAA Championship in smallbore on Friday, totaling a 2336 team score, led by Settlemires and Greathouse. Settlemires won the NCAA individual championship on Friday with a 590 in smallbore, becoming the first individual NCAA Champion in smallbore in program history.
Men's basketball - Kentucky won its league-leading 27th SEC Tournament championship, defeating Florida 70-54 in the championship game. Darius Miller was named the tournament MVP and the Wildcats placed Miller, Josh Harrellson and Brandon Knight on the SEC All-Tournament team. - UK will be making its NCAA record 51st appearance in the NCAA Tournament, taking on Princeton in the second round of the tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Women's basketball - The No. 17/16 Kentucky women's basketball team earned its eighth bid to the NCAA Tournament with a No. 4 seed in the Spokane Regional. UK will play 13th-seeded Hampton on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Albuquerque, N.M. - It is the eighth overall NCAA Tournament berth for the Cats and their first back-to-back appearances since the 1982-83 seasons. UK is 7-7 all-time in the Big Dance, including a 3-1 mark under Matthew Mitchell.
Softball - Behind a pair of comeback victories, the 23rd-ranked softball team defeated No. 7 Tennessee in two out of three games to capture the series to begin SEC play. It marked the first time since 2000 UK had won the series with its border-state rival. - Senior Megan Yocke batted .556 on the weekend, which included a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in the rubber match between the two teams. She was then intentionally walked in the bottom of the 10th to set the stage for Kara Dill's walk-off RBI-single.
Baseball - The Wildcats posted four wins on the week, totaling a staggering 1.40 ERA as a team in 45 innings pitched, walking just 13 and striking out 45. UK got stellar starting pitching during the week, including quality starts from four of five starters a complete-game shutout from junior Alex Meyer on Saturday. - Kentucky has been a well-rounded team, totaling a .295 batting average and a 3.51 team ERA, fielding at a .978 clip. The Wildcats have been led by center fielder Brian Adams, who has hit .368 with five doubles and five RBI.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team scored three wins over the weekend, defeating William and Mary on Friday and North Carolina and George Washington on Sunday. Kentucky was led in both meets by senior Phylicia Reshard, who won the all-around against William and Mary and finished second in the all-around in Sunday's quad-meet. - The Wildcats defeated William and Mary on each event, with junior Storey Morris winning the uneven bars title, Reshard winning the vault title, seniors Jasmine Minion, Andrea Mitchell and Reshard winning on floor, and Mitchell grabbing event honors on beam.
Men's tennis - The Wildcats were led by impressive play in doubles, taking the doubles point from both Tennessee and Georgia. Against Tennessee, Kentucky got upset wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles with senior Alberto Gonzalez and freshman Tom Jomby taking down the 55th-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while junior Alex Musialek and sophomore Anthony Rossi defeated the 52nd-ranked team. UK was equally impressive against Georgia in doubles with junior Eric Quigley and senior Brad Cox knocking off the sixth-ranked doubles team in the nation and Gonzalez and Jomby posting a win over the 36th-ranked doubles team. UK dropped the overall matches to nationally ranked Tennessee and Georgia. - In singles, Musialek led the UK charge with a convincing win over No. 24 Javier Garrapiz, while Rossi and Jomby also posted singles wins.
Swimming and diving - Freshman diver Greg Ferrucci and senior diver Lisa Faulkner earned spots in the men's and women's NCAA swimming and diving championships, respectively, thanks to their performances in the Zone C Diving Championships. - Ferrucci recorded a score of 339.60 in the preliminaries and finished with a mark of 716.35 in the finals to finish in second place on the men's one-meter and earn his spot in the NCAAs. Faulkner earned a score of 296.35 in the women's one-meter preliminaries and finished with a score of 581.15 in the finals to finish in fifth place and earn a spot in the NCAA championships.
Track and field - Kentucky track and field junior Keith Hayes capped off an incredible three-week run leading up to the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, grabbing two points for the Wildcats. - Hayes earned his first All-America honor for his top-eight performance in the finals Saturday.
Men's golf - Behind impressive final rounds from sophomore Chase Parker and freshman Cody Martin, the UK men's golf team moved up four spots on the leaderboard to finish 13th in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. Martin (80-70-69-219) and Parker (78-72-70-220) led the Wildcats, posting solid scores on the final day to earn a top-25 finish. - Martin carded the lowest UK round of the day Tuesday, earning a 1-under-par 69 to move 36 spots up the leaderboard. He finished the tournament in a tie for 21st, totaling a 9-over-par 219 after a 10-ove-par 80 in the opening round and an even-par 70 in the second round.
Women's golf - The Cats competed in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic and finished in 18th place with a final score of 95-over-par 959. - Sophomore Heather Lott led the Wildcats with a final score of 12-over par to finish the tournament in a tie for 31st among the 111 competing golfers.
Women's tennis - The Cats dropped a pair of SEC road matches over the weekend to Tennessee and Georgia. The Wildcats fell 6-1 in each match. - Freshman Khristina Blajkevitch won a thrilling victory over UT's Kata Szekely 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10). Senior Megan Broderick topped Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia after the 48th-ranked player had to retire.
Tuesday, March 15 Baseball hosts Murray State - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 Softball at Arkansas (DH) - 5 p.m. Women's tennis at Baylor • 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17 Men's tennis hosts Notre Dame - 1 p.m. Women's tennis at TCU - 2 p.m. Men's basketball vs. Princeton - 2:45 p.m. (Tampa, Fla.) Men's tennis hosts Butler - 7 p.m. Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas)
Friday, March 18 Baseball hosts Tennessee - 6:30 p.m. Softball at LSU - 7 p.m. Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas) Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Saturday, March 19 Women's tennis at Texas Tech - 10 a.m. Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Alabama - 1 p.m. Softball at LSU - 4 p.m. Women's basketball vs. Hampton - 6:30 p.m. (Albuquerque, N.M.) Men's basketball vs. West Virginia/Clemson/UAB - TBA (Tampa, Fla.) Gymnastics at SEC Championships (Birmingham, Ala.) Women's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas) Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Sunday, March 20 Baseball hosts Tennessee - 1 p.m. Softball at LSU - 2 p.m. Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Men's basketball - UK extended its home winning streak to 33 games, which is the second-longest streak in the country. The 33-game winning streak is tied for the longest streak in Rupp Arena history and the third-longest streak in program history. John Calipari is 32-0 at Rupp Arena as Kentucky's head coach. - Over the last four games Darius Miller is averaging 18 points and 5.5 rebounds. He's made 25-of-47 shots for 53.2 percent, including 12-of-24 3-pointers. He's also blocked 10 shots. - Kentucky will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday, hosting Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are 84-6 all-time on Senior Night.
Women's basketball - Senior Victoria Dunlap recorded a team-high 19 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 76-62 win over Auburn in the final game of the regular season. UK improved to 22-7 overall, 11-5 in league play, which tied the school record for SEC wins set last season and tied the school mark for SEC road wins (five) set in 2005-06. - UK has earned a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the second consecutive season and is preparing to square off with the winner of LSU (No. 7 seed) and Alabama (No. 10 seed) in the quarterfinals.
Softball - Kentucky went 3-1 at the Stanford Nike Invitational behind the play of Megan Yocke. Yocke batted .615 in front of her hometown and charted two hits in every game. - Junior pitcher Chanda Bell tossed the second no-hitter of her career in a 7-0 win over Colorado State. The history didn't stop there as Bell also topped her own single-game record with 16 strikeouts, besting her previous high of 15. Additionally, she became the school's all-time career leader in strikeouts thrown, passing Keary Camunas for first on the list. - Kentucky has matched its best start in program history winning 11 of its first 14 games.
Baseball - Kentucky rebounded from three losses during the season-opening weekend by winning four of five games last week, including picking up a series win over the University of Illinois Chicago over the weekend. - UK has posted a .307 team batting average through its eight games in 2011 totaling five homers and 45 RBI. On the mound as a team, UK owns a 3.99 ERA with a pair of saves and 65 strikeouts in 70 innings. - Individually, catcher Luke Maile leads UK at the plate with a .419 average with four doubles and five RBI. Shortstop Taylor Black, named this week's SEC Player of the Week, is coming off a monster week that saw him total nine RBI and a .529 batting average. On the mound, UK junior Alex Meyer has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA through his first two starts in 2011. Meyer has struck out 20 in 12 innings, allowing only six hits and a .158 opposing batting average.
Gymnastics - UK defeated LSU on Friday with a season-high score of 195.575. UK has now defeated the Tigers for the second consecutive season after posting its first win over LSU in 31 tries last year in the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas. Kentucky has now posted back-to-back wins over an SEC opponent for the first time since defeating Auburn in 2005 and 2006. The victory in a SEC dual meet is the first for the Kentucky program since it took down Auburn on Jan. 12, 2008. - Kentucky finished third at the event, defeating Bowling Green 194.65-189.45, while No. 7 Nebraska won the four-team meet with a 196.5 and No. 15 Iowa finished second with a 195.5. Seniors Andrea Mitchell and Phylicia Reshard finished second and third in the all-around competition, respectively, with Mitchell earning a 39.25 and Reshard a 39.075. - The meet wraps up a stretch of four meets in 10 days for UK, with Kentucky showing major improvements during the difficult stretch. The Wildcats faced five top-25 teams the last two weeks, defeating No. 20 LSU with its season-best score of 195.575. Kentucky also scored a 195.05 at then-No. 14 Ohio State and finished off the 10-day stretch with a solid-road score of 194.65 Sunday at the Masters Classic. UK's best improvement throughout the last two weeks came on beam, where Kentucky improved its season-high mark from 48.375 to 48.7.
Rifle - Despite getting strong performances on Sunday from newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel in air rifle, the Kentucky rifle team posted a 4672 total team score to finish second at the 2010-11 Great American Rifle Conference Championships. - Holsopple and Junghänel led UK in air rifle, with both newcomers totaling a 591. Ethan Settlemires finished with a 588, while Megan English had a 590 and Heather Greathouse - who led UK in smallbore on Saturday - totaled a 578. - The Wildcats, who won the regular-season title with an unbeaten slate, finished with a 4672 total team score, with No. 1 West Virginia winning the GARC Championships with a 4704 team score.
Track and field - Junior Precious Nwokey launched herself to the 2011 SEC pentathlon championship with the third-highest point total in the NCAA this season, Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. With her performance the junior also broke her own school record with 4,185 points. - Junior Keith Hayes took home the silver medal in the men's 60-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 7.78. Hayes' time ranks second on UK's all-time 60m hurdles list, only trailing former Wildcat star Mikel Thomas at 7.74. - The women's team equaled their 2010 point total of 38 points but finished one spot higher in eighth place at the conclusion of the 2011 SEC Championships on Sunday. - The men's team finished ninth with 20 points and had contributions from Keith Hayes (eight points), Josh Nadzam (three points), Colin Boevers (two points), the 4x400m relay (four points) and the distance medley relay (three points).
Men's golf - The men's golf team scored the lowest team round of the tournament to finish in second, while sophomore Chase Parker finish tied for second at the final day of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. - Kentucky (293-302-279-874) was extremely impressive in the final round, posting a 9-under-par for the lowest 18-hole round of the season en route to the lowest 54-hole tournament score of the year of 874. The final round of 279 was the eighth-lowest mark during the Brian Craig Era. - UK was led in the event by Parker (73-69-70-212), who finished in a tie for second place for his best collegiate finish.
Women's golf - The Cats began play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship in New Orleans on Sunday. Kentucky was led by sophomore Ashleigh Albrecht who shot a 3-over par, 75. Kentucky, competing in one of the most competitive tournaments of the spring season, finished the first round with a 17-over par, 305.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team got wins at Nos. 1-3 singles, but fell to No. 37 Indiana at home on Saturday. Senior Megan Broderick, sophomore Jessica Stiles and freshman Caitlin McGraw each earned their fifth wins of the season in singles play.
Swimming and diving - The men's and women's swimming units competed in a last chance meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday and Saturday. The Kentucky men and women had 200-free relay teams earn NCAA (B) provisional times.
Monday, Feb. 28 Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)
Tuesday, March 1 Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9 p.m. Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans)
Wednesday, March 2 Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 1 p.m.
Friday, March 4 Men's tennis at Ole Miss - 3 p.m. Women's basketball vs. Alabama/LSU • 3:30 p.m. (Nashville) Women's tennis hosts Ole Miss - 4 p.m. Gymnastics hosts George Washington and Bowling Green - 7 p.m. Baseball vs. Rice - 8 p.m. (Houston) Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier
Saturday, March 5 Softball at Southern Illinois • 1 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Baseball vs. Houston • 4:30 p.m. (Houston) Women's basketball SEC semifinal game - 4/6:30 p.m. (Nashville) Softball vs. SIUE - 7 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Track and field at Iowa State Qualifier Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)
Sunday, March 6 Softball vs. Wright State - 10 a.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Women's tennis hosts Mississippi State - 11 a.m. Baseball vs. Utah - noon (Houston) Men's basketball at Tennessee - noon Men's tennis at Mississippi State - 1 p.m. Softball vs. Purdue - 2 p.m. (Carbondale, Ill.) Women's basketball SEC championship game - 5:30 p.m. (Nashville)
Men's basketball - The Wildcats went 2-0 on the week, earning wins over Mississippi State and South Carolina as Terrence Jones recorded back-to-back double-doubles in the wins. - Brandon Knight recorded his 11th 20-point game of the season against Mississippi State, a UK freshman record. Knight scored in double figures for the 21st straight game against South Carolina, marking the longest streak since Jodie Meeks had 32 straight in the 2008-09 season. - The Wildcats extended their home-winning streak to 32, the second-longest streak in the country. UK is 31-0 at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. It's the second-longest streak for a UK coach in Rupp Arena behind Rick Pitino's 33 straight home wins in 1992-94.
Women's basketball - Kentucky went 1-1 in its two SEC road games last week, rebounding from a tough loss at Georgia on Thursday to chart a monumental win at Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon. UK defeated the Commodores 80-71, marking its first win in Memorial Gym since 1986. - Five Wildcats scored in double figures sparked by 22 points from Keyla Snowden. The sharp-shooting junior nailed four 3-pointers while dishing out a team-high three assists in her first start since Jan. 19. Snowden has hit 52 three-pointers this season which moves her to eighth on UK's single-season list.
Softball - UK captured the Garnet and Gold tournament at Florida State to improve to 8-2 overall on the season, which matches the best start to a season in school allure. - Junior Brittany Cervantes made history for UK with home runs in three consecutive at-bats. Cervantes led the offense with a .625 batting average, which included a 4-for-4 day in the championship win over FSU. - Junior pitcher Chanda Bell matched her own single-game record with 15 strikeouts in a win over Georgia Southern. She now has 25 games in her career with 10 or more fanned batters.
Baseball - The baseball team opened its 2011 season as part of a three-game weekend in Charleston, S.C., falling to No. 20 College of Charleston, Marshall and Miami (Ohio). - Kentucky got a sterling starting pitching performance on Sunday vs. Miami (Ohio) from junior Alex Meyer, who tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run, while striking out a career-best 13. Meyer was the hard-luck loser in the 3- 1 loss to the RedHawks, with the go-ahead run scoring on an error. - The Wildcats were held to a .181 batting average on the weekend, playing a host of newcomers and first-year starters. Sophomore catcher Luke Maile led the Wildcats at the plate, batting .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI. Kapteyn batted .250 (3-for-12) with a double, a homer and three RBI. Senior shortstop Taylor Black belted his first career triple to spark a run-scoring opportunity for the Wildcats in Sunday's game.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team posted a 49.4 on vault against the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes for the highest vault score in school history. UK was led on the event by senior Phylicia Reshard, who posted a career-high 9.95, becoming only the sixth gymnast in school annuals to post a 9.95 or higher on the event. Every Wildcat scored above a 9.85 on vault as UK had the top five scores on the event. Senior Andrea Mitchell notched a season-best 9.85, while Colleen Williams earned a career-best 9.85. - UK also earned its highest overall team score of the year when it scored a 195.05 against the Buckeyes. Kentucky defeated Ohio State on vault and uneven bars to post the high score. - Junior Storey Morris posted a 9.825 on bars for her highest mark of the season, earning her event honors. Freshman Audrey Harrison also had a great meet for Kentucky, scoring a career-high 9.775 on floor and a 9.65 on balance beam.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team wasted no time getting back on the winning track after falling to No. 5 Texas, posting a dominating 4-1 victory over No. 14 Texas Tech. Kentucky was flawless in doubles action to grab the doubles point and then continued its strong play into singles, scoring wins from senior Alberto Gonzalez, junior Eric Quigley and freshman Tom Jomby. Kentucky is now 5-0 this season when it wins the doubles point. - UK followed its win over Texas Tech with a 4-2 victory over No. 29 Washington. The victory over No. 29 Washington was the sixth win this season for the Wildcats over a top-50 ranked team. - No. 79 Anthoyn Rossi was the clinching point for the Wildcats against Washington when he scored a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win over Tobi Obenaus at No. 5 singles. The native of France has been impressive for UK this season with a 6-2 dual-match record.
Swimming and diving - The swimming teams wrapped up the SEC Swimming Championships on Saturday in style with six swimmers turning in times that rank in the top 10 all-time in program history. Senior Chatham Penrod now owns the top three 100 backstroke times and the top time in the 200 backstroke. - Combined with the diving unit, the Kentucky women finished in seventh place with 236 points and the Kentucky men finished in eighth with 199 points.
Women's golf - Senior Ashleigh Albrecht closed out the UCF Challenge with an even-par 72 and earned co-tournament champion honors. As a team, the Cats turned in their lowest 54-hole total of the year last Tuesday with a 17-over par 881. The score put the Cats in fourth place in the 17-team field. - Albrecht's first-round 6-under par 66 is the second-lowest individual score in program history and the Cats' first-round score of, one-under par, 287 is the second-lowest team score in program history since records began being kept in 1987-88.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team picked up its first two wins of the season with a doubleheader sweep of Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. - After dropping the doubles point, the Cats took down the RedHawks 4-3 to get the doubleheader off on the right foot. In the second billing UK defeated Eastern Kentucky without dropping a single match or set, winning 7-0.
Monday, Feb. 21 Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Tuesday, Feb. 22 Baseball at Morehead State - 2 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Friday, Feb. 25 Softball vs. Memphis • Noon (Stanford, Calif.) Softball vs. Colorado St. - 2:10 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4 p.m. Gymnastics hosts LSU - 7 p.m. Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Saturday, Feb. 26 Women's tennis hosts Indiana - 10:30 a.m. Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m. Men's basketball hosts Florida - 4 p.m. Softball at Stanford - 4:30 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Softball vs. UC Davis - 9 p.m. (Stanford, Calif.) Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.) Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.) Swimming and diving at Last Chance Meet (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Sunday, Feb. 27 Softball vs. North Dakota State - noon (Stanford, Calif.) Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1 p.m. Women's basketball at Auburn - 2 p.m. Gymnastics vs. Nebraska/Iowa/Bowling Green - 3 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb.) Women's golf at Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (New Orleans) Track and field at SEC Championships (Fayetteville, Ark.)
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)
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes.
These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 7:
Volleyball: Whitney Billings
Freshman Whitney Billings put together a complete performance for the Wildcats during their 1-1 road trip. Billings provided UK with a spark both offensively and defensively this week. The Helena, Ala., native charted 14 kills on a .306 hitting percentage in a wild five-set loss to Alabama. It marked the 14th time this season she had topped the 10-kill mark and the fifth time she hit for an above .300 clip. Billings’ floor defense was impressive as the freshman picked up 35 digs on the weekend for an average of 3.89 scoops per set which ranked second on the squad only behind libero Stephanie Klefot. Billings also added six blocks for the weekend including a pair of solo rejections. She was targeted 60 times from the service line and committed just one error for a stellar .983 percentage. Her two assists against the Tide is a career-best for a match, while she totaled back-to-back 15 or more dig performances for the first time in her career.
Volleyball: Gretchen Giesler
Junior Gretchen Giesler led the Blue and White with 2.89 kills per set on a team-best .447 hitting percentage. Giesler was one of two players to reach double-figures in the kill column with 10 in the win over Mississippi State. She followed that performance with the best offensive output of her career in the five-set thriller against Alabama. Giesler tossed down a career-best 16 kills on .483 hitting against the Tide. Her previous career-best number was 13 set last season. Giesler paced the squad with 26 kills on the weekend while also adding five blocks for the week. She averaged twice as many kills per set and over .200 percent better than her average hitting percentage for the season.
Football: Winston Guy
Women's golf: Betsie Johnson
Betsie Johnson led the Cats for the third straight tournament. Johnson was the highest placing golfer on the team in three of the Cats' four fall tournaments.
Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot
Sophomore Stephanie Klefot was sensational for the Wildcats this weekend during their 1-1 road trip. Klefot led a strong defensive effort against Mississippi State as the Blue and White totaled a season-high 77 digs in the win. Klefot was responsible for a match-high 21 digs to lead the way. She followed that performance with a career-best and match-high 28-scoop effort in five-thrilling sets against Alabama. Klefot’s 28 digs is the most since BriAnne Sauer had 35 in 2009 for any UK player. The sophomore picked up nearly 50 digs on the week in nine sets of action for a staggering 5.44 digs per set average. She topped the 20-dig plateau twice and has now tallied 10 career matches with 20 or more digs, including seven this season. Klefot’s 4.44 digs per set in SEC action ranks third in the SEC – and this week she averaged a dig more than her league average. For the season, Klefot has racked up 429 digs and needs just 11 more to break into the single-season top-10 list at UK. Additionally, Klefot posted a .971 reception percentage as she was targeted 68 times and had a mere two reception errors. For the season, Klefot averaged a .963 clip in that category.
Men's soccer: Brendan Murphy
Freshman Brendan Murphy picked a great time for his first career goal, netting the game-winning goal against South Carolina in the 87th minute … Goal broke the 1-1 tie and gave UK the win, avoiding the school-record 10th overtime game of the season … Murphy’s goal may have been the best goal for the Wildcats all season, as he took the ball on the far side of the pitch, working his way through the South Carolina defense inside the box, side-stepping a sliding tackle and leaping a Carolina defender, firing an off-balance shot from the near side of the 18-yard box, sailing into the net at the near post.
Men's tennis: Eric Quigley
Junior Eric Quigley defeated several highly-ranked players to take home the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships consolation singles title Sunday.
Quigley won the title with a three-set victory over No. 26 Dennis Nevolo of Illinois 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
The victory was one of many so far this fall for Quigley, who has a 18-3 record with a 12-1 mark against top-45 ranked players, including wins over Nos. 1, 13 (twice), 21, 26 (twice), 28, 30, 31, 33, 44 and 45.
The finals appearance is the fourth of the season for Quigley, who won his second consecutive USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in late October. The junior also played in the finals of the ITA All-American Championships in early October and the Land Rover Napa Valley Tennis Classic in September.
Golda Johansson Borst, the newest head coach at the University of Kentucky, took the reins of the women's golf program three weeks ago as the eighth coach in school history and fourth coach in varsity annals.
Johansson Borst joined UK after serving as an assistant coach at LSU since August 2007. During her stay in Baton Rouge, La., LSU advanced to the NCAA regionals in each of her three seasons, highlighted by a 12th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship.
A four-year letterwinner for the women's golf team, Johansson Borst graduated from Tennessee in 2006 with a degree in communication studies. At Tennessee, Johansson Borst served as team captain in 2005 and finished with a 76.19 stroke average. Additionally, Johansson Borst earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 and was named a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Johansson Borst's top collegiate finishes came when she placed second in both the 2005 Bryan Park National Collegiate and 2006 Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.
Johansson Borst and the Lady Volunteers advanced to the NCAA Women's Golf Championship during the 2004-06 seasons.
A native of Karlshamn, Sweden, Johansson Borst competed for the Swedish National Golf Team from 1999-2003. With Johansson Borst, the team claimed medalist honors at the Girls Team European Championship in 2000, second at the Lady's Team European Championship in 2001 and third in the Lady's Team European Championship in 2002.
Cat Scratches sat down with UK's newest coach on Monday to discuss her first few weeks on the job, what she brings to Kentucky and what lies ahead in the next few months of her transition.