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Former UK guard Amber Smith takes on new role with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky women’s basketball team will have more stability in the future after two assistant coaches signed extensions and two others were re-assigned. Amber Smith, a former standout is now an assistant coach, while former assistant Lin Dunn has been named special assistant to the head coach. Dunn has spent the past two seasons in her current role, while Smith, a...

Former standout guard Amber Smith joins UK coach Matthew Mitchell’s staff

Amber Smith has rejoined the UK women’s basketball program A member of the most successful senior class in Kentucky women’s basketball history, former Wildcat guard Amber Smith has returned to Lexington and joined the women’s basketball support staff, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday. Smith will be involved in a variety of areas within the program, helping the coaching staff...

Four men's basketball players among 43 UK athletes named to Winter SEC Honor Roll

A total of 398 student-athletes were named to the 2011-12 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll, announced Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.   The 2011-12 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2011 Spring, Summer and Fall terms.   Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed...

UK women's basketball survives and advances with win vs. McNeese State in NCAA opener

(Box Score)   Staff report   A day after two No. 2 seeds were knocked of in their opening games of the men’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 2 seeded UK women’s basketball team avoided suffering a similar fate in their first-round matchup.   No. 15 seed McNeese State lead by as many as four points in the first half, but UK closed the half on an 8-1 run and took a 31-28 lead into...

UK Hoops takes down South Carolina, clinches share of first SEC championship

Considering it was a feat they had not accomplished in 30 years, it was fitting the Kentucky Wildcats clinched a share of the Southeastern Conference title in the most pulse-pounding of ways.   Kentucky overcame a furious rally by South Carolina and a final 10 seconds that made March Madness feel like it had arrived early to defeat the visiting Gamecocks 53-50 to complete a perfect 18-0 home record...

Undefeated UK Hoops set to get stronger with addition of UConn transfer Sunday

On the surface the undefeated University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, ranked No. 8 nationally by the Associated Press, does not seem to be in need of reinforcements, but the Wildcats are about to get one any way.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] University of Connecticut transfer and former McDonald’s All-American Samarie Walker is set to make her UK debut Sunday after...

UK Hoops excited to play at Rupp Arena for first time in more than three years

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team returns to Rupp Arena for the first time since 2008 Thursday for a matchup versus No. 6 Duke.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “My main focus has been on how to stop Duke and how to get some points on the board for us,” said UK head coach Matthew Mitchell. “I really haven’t spent much time on the venue. I...

UK Hoops gets revenge for 2010 loss with blowout win versus rival UofL

The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville women’s basketball teams may both be ranked in the top 15, but the Cardinals were no match for the Wildcats Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] No. 12 UK shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the field and 52.6 percent (10-19) from three-point range to earn a 74-54 win over No. 10 UofL in front of a sold-out...

Matthew Mitchell, UK Hoops team have high expectations for 2011-12 season

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team opens the 2011-12 season ranked No. 18 and No. 15 in the Associated Press and coaches’ polls respectively, but don’t tell head coach Matthew Mitchell.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “You could not find a less interested coach in the preseason ranking,” he said.   “It has no bearing on what this...