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UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard helps Team USA win FIBA U19 World Cup title

University of Kentucky women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard led Team USA in scoring as the Red, White and Blue captured the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup championship in Bangkok, Thailand, by going unbeaten (7-0) at the event. For her efforts, Howard was tabbed to the all-tournament team. No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, Team USA started with wins against Australia, South...

Former UK women’s basketball coach DeMoss, standout Barry set for HOF ceremony

Former UK women’s basketball coach Mickie DeMoss will be inducted into the Women’s College Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday night in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball coach Mickie DeMoss will be inducted into the Women’s College Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Former...

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...

UK women’s basketball schedule features three games in Rupp Arena, doubleheader with men

For the first time in over a decade, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play three regular-season games in Rupp Arena, facing Tennessee on Dec. 31, South Carolina on Jan. 21 and LSU on Feb. 4 in the historic building. All three games will tip at noon ET with the Tennessee and LSU games to be televised on SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be on ESPNU. The Dec....

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for Big Blue Madness 2017 available Sept. 29 at Memorial Coliseum

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network. Tickets are free again...

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for annual tipoff to new Wildcats’ basketball season on sale Sept. 29

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in...

UK women’s assistant coach Elzy presents $40,000 to Summitt Foundation for Alzheimer’s research

University of Kentucky women’s basketball associate head coach Kyra Elzy and her husband Dexter Lander in conjunction with head coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna, presented a $40,000 check to The Pat Summitt Foundation on Monday as a result of the 2016-17 SEC Win Challenge. The SEC Win Challenge raises funds to support the foundation’s work with the 2016-17 challenge expanding to include...

Akhator, Epps make UK Hoops history; both are selections in early rounds of WNBA Draft

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern With the conclusion of their basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps turned their focus to preparing for the 2017 WNBA Draft. And Thursday night, Akhator was the third pick of the draft, taken by the Dallas Wings of the Western Conference. Epps was drafted 33rd overall, the ninth pick in the third round. She was taken...

UK’s Monk named Wooden All-American; Epps, Akhator selected for AP honorable mention squad

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Malik Monk was named a Wooden All-American on Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club after leading the Wildcats to Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships as well as a memorable run to the Elite Eight. Monk, who was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, was one of 10 players on the Wooden All-American Team. He joined...

Jamie Vaught: Cool customer at the FT line, sophomore Morris saves Cats’ life in tourney

Some leftovers from Kentucky women’s NCAA hoops tournament this weekend in Lexington…. — UK heralded seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator were the dominating stars as they gunned in a combined 52 points – which is 71.2 percent of the total team scoring – in leading the Wildcats to a 73-70 win over a pesky Belmont squad Friday afternoon at historic Memorial Coliseum. Akhator also...

Epps, Akhator combine for 52 points, lead Wildcats past Belmont, into second round of NCAA tourney

Makayla Epps scored 30 points and Evelyn Akhator added 22 points and 10 rebounds as fourth-seeded Kentucky held off a determined Belmont squad 73-70 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky trailed 36-35 at halftime, but the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-0 run, which gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Friday’s...

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...

UK women get No. 4 seed in Lexington regional, to host Belmont in NCAA opener in Memorial Coliseum

The No. 18 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has been selected as an at-large team in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, claiming UK’s school-record eight straight appearance in the tournament. Fourth-seeded Kentucky (21-10) will face 13th-seeded Belmont in the first round on Friday at Memorial Coliseum. The game will air live on ESPN2 at Noon.   For the fourth year in a row,...

UK’s Epps unanimous selection to AP All-SEC first team; Akhator also grabs another honor

University of Kentucky women’s basketball seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator continue to add to their lengthy list of postseason honors as both were named All-Southeastern Conference performers by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Epps was a unanimous selection to the first team, while Akhator was named to the second team. Both players were named first team All-SEC by league coaches last week...

No. 20 Wildcat women’s upset bid against fifth-ranked South Carolina come up short in tourney loss

Playing without point guard Taylor Murray, the 20th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats fought hard, but fell to No. 5 South Carolina 89-77 on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Murray was injured late in Friday’s quarterfinal win over Alabama. She missed Saturday’s game with whiplash and is considered day-to-day. This was the second game between the two teams...

Jamie Vaught: Keyed by talented seniors Epps, Akhator, UK women enjoying a season to remember

When you reflect about the current version of UK women’s basketball team, you’d think about its two senior stars – 5-10 guard Makayla Epps and 6-3 forward Evelyn Akhator. And these two Sporting News pre-season All-Americans and All-SEC performers won’t be around much longer so enjoy while you can during the post-season tournament action. The duo of Epps and Akhator, along with its strong supporting...

Wildcats’ Epps, Akhator land first-team honors on All-Southeastern Conference squad

University of Kentucky women’s basketball senior guard Makayla Epps and senior forward Evelyn Akhator have been named All-Southeastern Conference First Team performers by league coaches, it was announced Tuesday. Epps and Akhator are joined on the first team by Ronni Williams (Florida), Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Alaina Coates (South Carolina), A’ja Wilson...

Following double bye, UK women open quest for SEC Tournament Championship Friday

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern The UK women’s basketball team will begin the quest for the conference tournament crown Friday afternoon in Greenville, South Carolina. The Wildcats finished 11-5 in the Southeastern Conference with a 95-87 loss to seventh-ranked South Carolina in Columbia on Sunday. That marked UK’s most conference wins since the 2012-13 season and netted the team a bye for...

UK women fall to South Carolina in regular-season finale, lands No. 4 seed in SEC Tournament

Taylor Murray scored a career-high 29 points, but No. 22 Kentucky fell at seventh-ranked South Carolina 95-87 on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena in the regular season finale for both teams.   Kentucky (20-9, 11-5 SEC) had five players in double figures in the game. In addition to Murray, Makenzie Cann had 15 points, Evelyn Akhator and Maci Morris each had 14, and Makayla Epps added 10. Taylor Murray,...

Perseverance pays off for Matthew Mitchell