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Kentucky Women To Face FIU In Fab Four Classic




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    The University of Kentucky womens basketball team leaves for Miami, Fla., today in preparation for the 2000 Block Party Basketball Weekend on Dec. 16-17 sponsored by the Orange Bowl Committee. The Cats will face host FIU in the second-annual Fab Four Classic on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the Sunshine Network.

    The Cats (2-5) hope to snap a three-game losing streak after losing to Louisville on Dec. 9, 63-57. Starting center and leading scorer SeSe Helm missed the game versus the Cardinals with a partial MCL tear in her left knee and will not play versus the Golden Panthers. Helm is also questionable for UKs game on Tuesday, Dec. 19 versus the Miami Hurricanes.

    "Weve had a good week of workouts and although we will miss SeSe, this gives the other players an opportunity to step up and contribute for the team," UK Coach Bernadette Mattox said. "The two games we will play in Florida will be great experiences for our young players before we head into Southeastern Conference play."

    Kentucky meets FIU (5-1) for the first time in school history in the final game of the second annual Fab Four Classic. SEC foe Florida and the Lobos of New Mexico will tip-off the doubleheader at 2 p.m. Both games of the Baptist Health Systems Women's Fab Four Classic will be played in FIU's Golden Panther Arena. The men's tournament, held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the National Car Rental Arena in Sunrise, Fla., will feature Miami and Nebraska in the first game of the eighth annual Orange Bowl Basketball Classic presented by First Union. The second game is a rematch of the 1999 NCAA Tournament West Regional semifinal, which pitted Florida and Gonzaga. Both games of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will also be televised on the Sunshine Network.

    The Cats will remain in Florida after the Fab Four Classic to match up with the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Knight Sports Complex in Coral Gables, Fla. UK and Miami havent met since an 80-68 UK win in the second round of the NWIT in 1990. UK leads all-times series with the Canes 4-0.

     

     

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