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Mitchell, UK women taking it one game at a time as play opens in the SEC tournament against Bama

The Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at 2 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the event, playing 12th-seeded Alabama at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. “We go one game at a time,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “If the seeds hold, what a great opportunity to compete against some teams that have beaten us and...

Perseverance pays off for Matthew Mitchell

Senior Day Surprise: Epps, Akhator key No. 22 UK Hoops to upset of No. 3 Mississippi State

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern UK Hoops honored seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator in the best way possible in their final regular season game in Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky upset third-ranked Mississippi State 78-75 in overtime Thursday night. UK has won eight straight games on Senior Night “I think for me, the best feeling is that Makayla and Evelyn will always have tonight,” coach...

Wildcat women ring up fourth straight SEC win, top Florida in annual Play4Kay Pink Game

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern UK Hoops is riding a four-game Southeastern Conference winning streak after defeating the Florida Gators 57-48 in UK’s annual Play4Kay Pink Game on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum. The Play4Kay Pink Game honors North Carolina Sate head coach Kay Yow, who battled and lost her life to breast cancer. During the final stages of her battle with cancer, Coach...

Veteran Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn thinks UK women’s basketball is on the right track

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is nearing the final games of its season and sits fourth in the SEC standings, one game behind Texas A&M and one game ahead of both Missouri and Tennessee. Lin Dunn, a Hall of Fame coach who came out of retirement to serve as a UK assistant coach this season, is “very optimistic” about the progress the...

UK women look to continue winning ways in road encounter at Georgia

Fresh off getting back in the win column last Sunday against Vanderbilt, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Thursday at 7 p.m. as it travels to face Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum. Kentucky (16-8, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) is coming off a 71-63 win against Vanderbilt last Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. The win got Kentucky off a two-game losing skid...

UK Hoops looking to return to winning ways, host fourth-ranked South Carolina Thursday

After seeing its five-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference play end Monday night at Missouri, the No. 25 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to get back in the win column Thursday when it plays host to No. 4 South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game and arrive early to Memorial Coliseum. UK students will...

UK women put five-game winning streak on the line with tough road encounter at Missouri

Fresh off its dominating performance against Ole Miss, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will put its five-game win streak on the line Monday at 7 p.m. at Missouri, which has won four straight games, including a win over nationally ranked Texas A&M.    “We are heavy into preparation for Missouri,” UK coach Matthew Mitchell said Friday. “They are a very good basketball...

Akhator’s double-double paves the way for UK women in easy 89-57 victory over Ole Miss

Evelyn Akhator scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game by beating Ole Miss 89-57 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. “It sure was a great win,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They came out with tremendous enthusiasm and energy on the defensive end, created a lot of turnovers early in the game that led to some fast-break...

UK Hoops looks to extend four-game SEC win streak with home matchup against Ole Miss

After playing three of its last four games away from Memorial Coliseum, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks forward to being back in the historic building with a chance to extend its four-game Southeastern Conference win streak Thursday at 7 p.m. ET against Ole Miss. Single-game tickets for all Kentucky home games are available through the UK Ticket Office and through ticketmaster.com....

Morris pours in 18 points, grabs nine boards to lead UK women to 64-60 win over Auburn

Maci Morris scored 18 points and had a career-high nine rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game, beating Auburn 64-60 in a back-and-forth contest on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. Senior Makayla Epps had 17 points, and made three key plays for Kentucky in the second half. Twice, with the shot clock about to expire, Epps nailed three-point shots. Then, with...

UK women’s team hopes to build on recent momentum during two-game road swing

After earning double-digit wins last week against Alabama and Georgia, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its momentum as it begins a two-game Southeastern Conference road swing at LSU on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. “I can tell you, LSU is going to be a very difficult game,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They are No. 1...

Surging Akhator, UK defense too much for Georgia, as Wildcats roll to 82-61 victory

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern When most players have a career-high game in scoring, their next game isn’t quite the same. That wasn’t the case for UK senior Evelyn Akhator. After her career-high 29 points on the road against Alabama on Thursday, Akhator returned to Memorial Coliseum to score 24 points in UK Hoops’ 82-61 win over Georgia. UK Hoops improved to 12-6 on the season, 3-2...

Akhator scores career-high 29 points to lead Kentucky past Alabama in SEC matchup

Kentucky forward Evelyn Akhator had a career-high 29 points, and added a season-high 15 rebounds, as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Alabama 71-54 on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum.   For Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, it was her ninth double-double of the season and the 22nd of her two-year career with the Wildcats. She hit 12 of her first 13 field goals, and finished 12-of-14...

Texas A&M uses second-half surge to hand Kentucky women first home loss of season

Texas A&M used a second-half surge to power past No. 24 Kentucky on Sunday, handing UK its first home loss at Memorial Coliseum this season with a 77-68 victory. “(It’s a) tough one to lose there because Texas A&M played a lot harder than we did,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is not what you want to do. You do not want to lose a game because of effort. Hats off to them....

Epps pours in 17 points, Cats use 26-3 second-quarter run to hold off Missouri by two

Senior Makayla Epps scored 17 points, and Kentucky took advantage of a 26-3 second-quarter run, then survived a late Missouri comeback, as the Wildcats held off the Tigers 64-62 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. Epps, the senior from Lebanon, Kentucky, also had grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. Epps’ fellow senior, Evelyn Akhator, had 14 points and a team-high...

Mitchell’s struggling UK women’s team seeks to get back on track against Missouri

Looking to get back in the win column after dropping two tough road games at highly-ranked Duke and Tennessee last week, the No. 24 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team opens its Southeastern Conference home schedule against Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.  “We are really banged up right now and we’ve gotta find a way to work our way through a challenging time...

Cats can’t recover from slow start in 72-65 loss at Tennessee in SEC opener

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team dropped its Southeastern Conference opener Sunday, falling 72-65 to Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. The setback was the second in a row for the Wildcats, who lost at Duke Thursday night in Durham to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said a slow start by the Wildcats hurt his team’s...

Wildcats look to rebound from Duke loss in SEC road opener against Tennessee

After navigating through the nation’s third-most difficult schedule thus far with nine non-conference wins, the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to begin Southeastern Conference play on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena against the Tennessee Lady Vols, who have won four straight games. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Pam Ward on play-by-play...

Cats go cold in second half, wrap up non-conference schedule with road loss to No. 15 Duke

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray scored 18 points, but the 17th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 15 Duke 69-54 on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Makayla Epps had 12 points and Maci Morris added 11 for the Wildcats, who fell to 9-4 on the season. Evelyn Akhator had only one point, but did grab a season-high 15 rebounds. Kentucky went cold in the second half, hitting just...