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Seniors Epps, Akhator come to end of the line as Cats fall to Buckeyes in NCAA tournament

Fourth-seeded Kentucky rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to within one point of the lead, but the Wildcats could not overcome fifth-seeded Ohio State’s advantage, as the Buckeyes won 82-68 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum. It was a 33-15 run over 13 minutes that allowed Kentucky to methodically cut into the Ohio State lead. But Ohio State ended the game on a 17-4 run to put it away. Kentucky...

Belmont the first obstacle for Mitchell’s Wildcats as NCAA tourney opens at Memorial Coliseum

After earning its school-record eighth straight appearance in the Big Dance, the No. 18 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Friday at Noon ET by hosting 13th-seeded Belmont in the first round inside historic Memorial Coliseum. First-round action in Lexington starts Friday with Kentucky-Belmont before fifth-seeded Ohio State battles 12th-seeded...

Mitchell says coaching Kentucky during current NCAA tournament run ‘a beautiful thing’

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky is still dancing and Matthew Mitchell is enjoying every minute of it. “This team loves one another,” Mitchell after the Wildcats defeated Oklahoma 79-58 Monday night to advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the fourth time in five years. “It is a beautiful thing to be coaching this team right now because these are great kids that really,...

Kentucky women face No. 24 Oklahoma in NCAA tourney second round Monday in Memorial

After one of the best defensive performances in a NCAA Tournament game in program history, the No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same when it faces sixth-seeded and No. 24 Oklahoma in a second-round matchup on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are available online at ukhoopstix.com or by calling the UK Ticket Office (open Monday at 9 a.m.)...

No. 8 UofL NCAA bid falls short as as DePaul hangs on for 73-72 win to earn trip to Sweet 16

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It had been a rough three quarters for the University of Louisville women’s team’s best player, Myisha Hines-Allen, and it was about to get rougher. After scoring 10 points in the first eight minutes of the Cardinals’ NCAA Tournament second-round game against DePaul, Hines-Allen had been held to four points in the next 32 minutes. Now,...

DePaul’s 3-point gunners will test Cards; Walz looking for widespread improvement against DePaul

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Better defense. Better effort. Faster start. That’s the most important trio of factors that University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz thinks his players must have Sunday if they expect to advance in the NCAA Tournament. After overcoming a slow start to defeat No. 14 Central Arkansas 87-60 in the opening round Friday...

UK women open NCAA Tournament run with Memorial Coliseum matchup with UNC Asheville

The No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin its run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum when it faces 14th-seeded UNC Asheville. The game will air live on ESPN2 and tickets are available at ukhoopstix.com. For the third time in program history and third year in a row, Kentucky has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the...

Defense a concern, but so is offense as UofL women prepare to tip off in NCAA Tournament

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It’s not difficult to discern a theme for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team heading into this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. As sophomore power forward Myisha Hines-Allen so succinctly puts it: “Defense. Defense. Defense.” The third-seeded Cardinals (25-7) will get their bid for a fourth straight Sweet...

Upset Special: No. 8 Cardinals land in Dallas Region, not Lexington, for NCAA Women’s Basketball tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament hasn’t even started yet, and the University of Louisville has already been upset, thanks to the selection committee. Virtually everyone was predicting that the No. 8 Cardinals (25-7) would get a No. 3 seed and be sent to the Lexington Region, meaning they would play two home games, then take...