UK Hoops Set to Pack the House Sunday Against LSU

Jan. 22, 2009

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to “Pack the House” Sunday, Jan. 25 in the 8,500-seat Memorial Coliseum when it plays host to the LSU Lady Tigers at 1 p.m. EST. General admission ticket vouchers are available at area Fazoli’s restaurants and online at UKathletics.com for only $1.

Single-game general admission tickets are available for $5 adults/$2 senior citizens and children 6-18. Ages five and under are admitted free. UK students, faculty and staff also are admitted free with valid identification based on availability. For further ticket information, log on to ukathletics.com or call the UK ticket office at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS (2287).

Fans are encouraged to park in Parking Structure 5 located next to Kennedy’s Bookstore on Limestone Avenue. Parking within Parking Structure 5 will be available free of charge. A shuttle bus service also will be provided and begins one hour prior to game time until one hour after the game. Additional game day parking is available in the E lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum including the Martin Luther King Parking Lot and the Student Center Parking Lot.

Last year, a season high and the seventh-largest crowd in school history of 8,335, watched the Cats battle LSU in Rupp Arena for the “Pack the House” game.

Head Coach Matthew Mitchell Quotes

Opening Statement …
“We would love to pack the house on Sunday. LSU has a good team. We need to get back on the winning track and we need to play well. They are athletic and that hosts a number of problems for us if we're not prepared. Our team is working hard to improve from our poor effort last Sunday. If we can have another couple of days of preparation, then we have a pretty good chance of being ready for them. The bye week was tough because I hate to come off a week without playing a game. It's been good in the sense that we've had a chance to correct mistakes. We're excited to play on Sunday and we'd love a big crowd to show up because they can really impact the game in a big way.”

On how the bye week helps …
“One thing with our players, in the short rotation that we've been playing, is that they've been slipping a little bit. We've not been able to address some things like screening. The bye always helps you sharpen up and we'll have another one later on in the season. As a coach I look forward to those. I think we're better off right now with some things offensively than we were last week. That's just the rigors of a long season and it happens from time to time. We were able to use the extra time to our benefit.”

On breaking the 14-game losing streak against LSU …
“We need to turn it around. We've tried really hard to take each game as they come and focus everything into that. There are specific things we need to do to beat LSU. From a program perspective, it's great to win games like the road game (last season) against Georgia for the first time in 20 years. I think those things are good for your program.”

On learning from the Mississippi State loss …
“We talked a lot about what our main objective needs to be which is playing at an unbelievably passionate level and playing hard. That was the thing that was so disappointing. We gave effort in the game and held Mississippi State to 52 points and below 40 percent shooting. There were good things that happened but we still need to find ways to win the game. It comes down to winning plays like getting loose balls and box outs, and that's what we did not do. That's what we had to get back to this week in order for us to maintain a level of success in this conference.”

On LSU losing Sylvia Fowles …
“Sylvia Fowles was an unbelievable player and she's the kind of player that's hard to replace. Players like her don't come around often and it does dramatically change LSU's team. I think defensively, they were able to take a little more chances and were able to do more creative things. Her presence at the rim made it very difficult for us to score. They have some great defensive stats this year but they don't have that single dominating presence. You really have to focus on execution with them because they play great team defense.”

On why having a big crowd at home improves the performance of the team …
“For us, I can see on the sideline that once the crowd gets going the team gets into it. I can see it in their body language and I can see that they are excited. They just suck it in and get into it. Basketball is an emotional game. You have to play with a lot of passion and a lot of energy. At key times in the games when you need a lift, the crowd can give you that. Crowds don't win and lose game by themselves but they are a big part of trying to help us here at Kentucky. I have great respect for our fans because they know what our players need and they do everything they can to give it to them. It's a significant boost for our team.”

On the importance of getting home wins …
“We were so disappointed to lose at home last Sunday because home games are very important. The boost that you get from your crowd can help you. Our team knows we have to play extremely well. We have to play together and take advantage of any boost we can get at home. It sure is tough to get on the road and win.”