Women's Basketball
Cats Tipoff 2000 With Winthrop

(Jan. 2, 2000) -- The University of Kentucky women's basketball team will open the 21st century at home on Monday, Jan. 3 when it faces Big South opponent Winthrop for the first time in school history at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats (7-4) look to bounce back after a heartbreaking one-point loss to Xavier on Saturday. The Musketeers snapped Kentucky's four-game home win streak when XU's Kim Holz nailed a free throw with less than a second remaining to seal a win 68-67. UK ended the '90s (Jan. 1, 1990-Dec. 31, 1999) with a 155-133 (54.0%) overall record.

"We need open this new millenium with a win because the basketball only gets harder from here," UK Coach Bernadette Mattox said. "The brutal SEC schedule begins Thursday with Auburn and we need to come out against Winthrop with intensity and full court pressure. They are a good basketball team and we can't take anyone for granted."

Winthrop, located in Rock Hill, S.C., enters Memorial Coliseum for the first time ever with a 3-7 overall record, 0-3 on the road. The Lady Eagles, led by sixth-year head coach Robin Muller, are coming off a 76-53 win over USC Aiken on Thursday at home.

The young Lady Eagle team is comprised of four juniors and sophomores and three freshmen, with no seniors. Winthrop's leading scorer is sophomore Charlotta Wennefors who averages 9.4 points per game. Following in the scoring line is junior Crystal Green who averages 8.6 points and leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game.

Winthrop returns two starters from last year's team that went 11-18 overall and 4-6 in the Big South Conference. Its three wins this season came versus Jacksonville (56-49), Fairleigh Dickinson (71-62) and USC Aiken (76-53).

Kentucky boasts four of its five starters in double-figure scoring averages this season. Junior forward Laura Meadows leads with 13.2 points per game while sophomore LaTonya McDole, who has led the Cats in three consecutive games, continues to climb the scoring column with 12.5 ppg. Senior guard Erica Jackson averages 11.9 points per game and is followed by senior center Shantia Owens with 10.4 ppg. Senior guard Tiffany Wait, who will start her 100th career game on Monday, marginally misses the double-figure mark with 8.5 ppg.

Admission is only $10 for a family of four or more.



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