Kentucky Starts Four-Game Home Stretch with Morehead State
LEXINGTON, Ky. – On the heels of an impressive road victory at highly ranked Arizona State over the weekend, the No. 13/13 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways when it plays host to in-state foe Morehead State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
“We have a quick turnaround from our trip out to Arizona State and the players had yesterday off so really one day to prepare for a very explosive Morehead State team,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They have scored over 100 points in both of their games and they really like to push the tempo and really attack the basket. The things that are giving us trouble right now as we become a better team are some things that they do well that we are not doing great at on defense. So it will be a real challenge to go out today and try to get better and try to improve. We really need to do that and make sure we are ready for a good challenge tomorrow night against Morehead State.”
|Morehead State at Kentucky
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 7 p.m. ET
Lexington, Ky. - Memorial Coliseum
Game Notes: UK | Morehead State
Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Season tickets (including Rupp Arena games) are available for $65 online at UKathletics.com/tickets or by calling the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818 or (800) 928-2287. Single-game reserved tickets are $9 for all ages, while adult general admission single-game tickets are $8. For those aged 6-18 or 65-and-over, general admission costs are $5 per ticket. Children age five-and-under are admitted free in the general admission seating area, and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification.
The game will be live streamed on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas calling the action. SEC Network+ is available through WatchESPN. The game can also be heard live on the UK Sports Radio Network with Neil Price calling the action for the 11th consecutive season. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call on 630AM WLAP.
Complete parking information is listed below and available online at www.ukathleticsgameday.com/hoops along with answers to many other game-day questions for fans.
Kentucky (2-0) is coming off a big road win at then-No. 15 Arizona State on Sunday when the Wildcats erased a 12-point second-half deficit to claim a 68-64 overtime victory. The win was Kentucky’s 78th all-time against a ranked opponent, including the 37th under Mitchell. The comeback tied the 10th-largest comeback in the Mitchell Era.
Junior guard Makayla Epps was the star for Kentucky, scoring 20 points – all after halftime – including eight in overtime. Epps made big play after big play, hitting two free throws to tie the game with 30 seconds to go in the fourth period before two more free throws tied the game again with seven seconds to play in regulation. In overtime, Epps hit the game-winning jumper in the paint with 38 seconds remaining before getting a defensive rebound and hitting two clutch free throws with three seconds left to clinch the victory.
Two other Wildcats scored in double figures in the game with senior guard Janee Thompson scoring 11 points with four assists in 42 minutes and freshman forward Batouly Camara going for a career-high 10 points and three rebounds.
So far this season, Kentucky has had seven different players score in double figures, including all four newcomers. Camara had 10 against ASU, while guard Taylor Murray had 12 vs. Rice and freshman guard Maci Morris and junior college transfer Evelyn Akhator had 16 vs. Rice.
The win at Arizona moved the Wildcats up five spots in both the USA Today/Coaches Top 25 and Associated Press Top 25 to No. 13. The ranking marks the 116th consecutive week Kentucky has been ranked inside the top 25 – the longest stretch in program history.
UK is scheduled to face several teams also ranked in both major polls, including No. 2/2 South Carolina (twice), No. 4/5 Tennessee, No. 16/16 Louisville, No. 9/14 Duke, No. 11/10 Mississippi State and No. 12/12 Texas A&M. Kentucky is also scheduled to face Florida, Arkansas and Missouri, who are all receiving votes in one of the two polls.
Morehead State (1-1) started the year by falling to Marshall in the season opener before taking down Kentucky Christian most recently. The Eagles have had strong offensive outputs in their opening contests, averaging 111 points per game. MSU lost to the Thundering Herd on Friday, 104-101, before breaking the school scoring record with a 121-91 victory over the Knights in Saturday’s matchup with KCU.
Junior transfer Kay Kay Tate is leading the Eagles in scoring this year with 21.5 ppg, fueled by a 31-point effort against Marshall. Junior forward Shay Steele is averaging 20.0 points per game, more than six points higher than her average last season, along with 10.0 rebounds per game. Steele led the team in the win over KCU with a double-double of 34 points and 13 rebounds, both career marks for the junior forward.
Three other players are averaging double-digit scoring figures in freshman guard Miranda Crockett (19.0), junior guard Aaliyah Wells (18.0) and sophomore forward Eriel McKee (16.5). McKee also leads the team in rebounding, pulling down an average of 10.5 boards per game, and steals, with 15 total after a then-career-high seven swipes against Marshall before bettering that mark with eight against Kentucky Christian.
The Eagles are shooting at a .470 clip, but are also allowing opponents to shoot at a .457 success rate. Morehead State also holds the statistical advantage in rebounds per game (52.5-44.5), blocks (13-4) and steals (40-19), while also committing 20 fewer turnovers in its two games combined.
Kentucky holds a 27-4 lead in the series against Morehead State, including winning 10 straight games in the series dating back to 1990. Kentucky leads the all-time series in games played in Lexington, 17-1. The two teams met last year in Lexington on Nov. 19, 2014 with Kentucky taking down the Eagles 91-62. Current Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell started his head coaching career at Morehead State. Mitchell coached the eagles for two seasons before taking the head job at Kentucky.
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Spectator parking is located in the following areas:
- All E-lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum are off control beginning 3 hours prior to tip. This includes the College of Education E-lots, located off Scott Street.
- The South Limestone Garage (PS#5, adjacent to Kennedy's Bookstore) and the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) are available 2 hours prior to tip-off.
- Lexington Authority Transit Center Parking Garage is available after 5 p.m. ET on weekdays and all day on weekends.
- When parking in the Transit Center, pull a yellow token from the dispenser and keep in your vehicle. See the event staff attendant at the entrance near Lexington Avenue/High Street to receive a free parking voucher before the game. When exiting the garage after the game, place your yellow token in the machine, then scan the barcode on your free parking voucher to exit.
- Disabled parking is available in the E-Lot (Employee Lot) north of the Joe Craft Center, adjacent to the metered spaces running along the front of the Craft Center with a valid, state issued disabled hang tag. These spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis until full.
Please note: parking is prohibited in any R-lots (Residential). Vehicles parked in Residential lots without a proper permit, along yellow curbs, grass spaces, or other non-specified and unapproved areas may be subject to ticket and/or tow.
- Free shuttle services are available beginning 2 hours prior to tip off from the South Limestone Garage located off Limestone and Upper Street and the Transit Center Parking Garage located off High Street and Vine Street.
- The Parking Structure #5 shuttle (blue route) picks up/drops off on Administration Drive, at the end of the pedestrian sky bridge accessed from the 3rd floor of the parking garage. The pickup/drop off point near Memorial Coliseum is at the Euclid entrance.
- Transit Center Parking Garage (green route) picks up/drops off near the corner of High Street and Martin Luther King. The pickup/drop off point near Memorial Coliseum is near the Ticket Office at the Lexington Avenue entrance.
- Shuttles will start back up at halftime and continue until 1 hour post-game to return guests to their parking areas.
Game day Information:
- Doors to Memorial Coliseum will open one (1) hour prior to tip-off.
- UK Athletics encourages women's basketball fans to arrive early to ease traffic and parking congestion around the Coliseum.
- Surface lots (i.e. Joe Craft Center North, Rose Street lot and the Alumni Center lot) reach capacity approximately 1.5 hours prior to tip-off, at which point vehicles should proceed directly to the South Limestone Garage (PS#5), Rose Street Garage (PS#2), the E-lots near the College of Education or the Lexington Authority Transit Center Parking Garage near High Street and Lexington Avenue.
For more information on parking around Memorial Coliseum and other game-day questions visit ukathleticsgameday.com/hoops.Head Coach Matthew Mitchell