UK Hoops Meets Jacksonville State Tuesday Morning
Nov. 14, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18/15 Kentucky women’s basketball team returns to Memorial Coliseum Tuesday, Nov. 15 to play host to first-time opponent Jacksonville State in the inaugural “Terry Hall Memorial Classic.” Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. ET.
Hall holds the distinction of being the winningest coach in UK women’s basketball history as well as owning the best winning percentage of any coach to guide the program. UK will honor the former coach each season by naming the first home game after her.
“We are excited to get back on the court and play,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Friday night’s game gave us a lot of areas where we can improve. The game against Morehead State, we were able to watch that film and see some areas where we can take steps forward, certainly at this time of year. There are a lot of things to improve on. In the Morehead State game, they played a really, really tough game and were very intense in that first half. We watched that yesterday as a team and hopefully we have learned some things. We had a good practice yesterday and we’ll have to get ready for an early morning start tomorrow which we’re excited for.”
The Wildcats (1-0) are coming off a 96-60 win at Morehead State on Friday in their season opener. Despite trailing by one at the half (32-31), UK exploded on a 36-10 run in the second stanza to win its third consecutive season opener and eighth-straight victory over the Lady Eagles. The Wildcats’ 65 second-half points were the most points in a half in school history.
Sophomore Kastine Evans (Salem, Conn.) was impressive for the Wildcats, as she came off the bench to record a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Also in double digits were All-SEC first team selection A’dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) with 16 points, and sharp-shooter Keyla Snowden with 15, including three 3-pointers. Sophomore Maegan Conwright (Arlington, Texas) followed with 11 points and a career-high tying five assists.
Jacksonville State, located in Jacksonville, Ala., was picked to finish ninth by the Ohio Valley Conference's coaches and sports information directors. The Gamecocks, led by Annette Watts in her second season at JSU, travel to Lexington after falling at Mississippi State on Friday, 78-41.
Fans interested in tickets can visit the Joe Craft Center ticket office, go to UKathletics.com, or call the UK ticket office at 1-800-928-CATS.
Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $7 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are also $7 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (18 and under, 65 and over) are only $4. Age 5 and under are admitted free.
Season tickets for the entire 18-game home schedule are also still available for $45, except lower-level chair back seating, which are $60 and sold out.
If not able to attend the game, it can be heard live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price calling the action for the sixth consecutive season. Fans can follow the UK Hoops team on Twitter at @UKHoopCats and use #UKHoops to comment on the game. A live video stream is available on the subscription video portion of www.UKathletics.com.
Because UK classes are in session, here’s some pertinent parking information you’ll need to know: Please do not park in designated University lots as vehicles will be subject to ticket/tow.
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. When you enter the structure, you will receive a white voucher. Upon arrival at Memorial Coliseum, please exchange your white voucher with a pink payment voucher with any UK Event Staff working the entrances to Memorial Coliseum or at the Guest Services desk, located inside the Lexington Avenue Lobby. Insert the pink payment voucher to exit Parking Structure #5.
There also will be a shuttle from Parking Structure #5 to Memorial Coliseum, which will begin at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To access the shuttle, walk across/above Limestone, via the skybridge (accessible on Floor 3 of the parking structure). Shuttle picks up at the end of the sidewalk on Administration Drive.
UK Hoops Pregame Quotes - Jacksonville State
Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
On preparations for the early start to this game (11 a.m. ET)…
On the play of sophomore guard Kastine Evans…
On if he was surprised by the rise of Kastine Evans amongst UK’s deep group of guards…
On what the difference was between the first and second half against Morehead State on Friday…