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Jamie Vaught: UK women’s hoopster a cookie addict, loves scary movies — and excels academically

Blair Green has been a very productive member of the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program for the past two years. A versatile athlete with a high basketball IQ, Green enters her junior year with lots of promise after an outstanding sophomore year. The 6-foot guard averaged 19.2 minutes and 5.8 points while starting seven games last season with UK finishing at No. 16 in the final Associated...

Kentucky Wesleyan women’s basketball adds three recruits; Panthers posted 28-3 record last season

The Kentucky Wesleyan College women’s basketball team has added three recruits as Shaylee McDonald, Shiya Hoosier and Corina Conley have all made commitments to continue their careers in Owensboro. McDonald is a 5-foot-7 guard from Washington Courthouse, Ohio, and a graduate of Miami Trace High School. She is the two-time Frontier Athletic Conference Player of the Year and netted more than 1,000...

Former five-star prospect Olivia Owens transfers to UK; 6-foot-4 center spent two seasons at Maryland

Olivia Owens, a five-star prospect and one of the best centers in the nation coming out of high school in 2018, has transferred to the University of Kentucky. A 6-foot-4 center and native of Albany, N.Y., Owens spent the past two seasons at Maryland. “We are so excited that Olivia has chosen to be a Kentucky Wildcat and cannot wait to get her on campus and working with our team and staff,”...

EKU women’s basketball adds Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson; averaged 7.2 points last season

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has added Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the past three seasons. As a junior, Johnson averaged 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. She netted a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting during Texas State’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State....

Louisville standouts Jazmine Jones, Kylee Shook selected in WNBA Draft by New York Liberty

University of Louisville women’s basketball standouts Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook were selected in back-to-back picks by the New York Liberty in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Jones went 12th overall and was the final pick of the first round, while Shook went 13th. Jones is the fourth UofL player to be selected in the first found, joined by Asia Durr, Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry. Louisville standouts...

Former Auburn star Benton transfers to Kentucky; earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2018-19

Robyn Benton, who was an All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team performer at Auburn before averaging double-digit points per game as a sophomore, has elected to transfer and signed with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program. Benton will have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer rules. “Robyn is a fantastic player that really is going to fit in perfectly...

UK sophomore guard Rhyne Howard one of five named Wooden Award All-America live on ESPN

For the third time this postseason, University of Kentucky women’s basketball sophomore guard Rhyne Howard has been tabbed a first team All-America selection as the Wooden Award named the star to its All-America team Wednesday night live on ESPN’s SportsCenter. In March, Howard was named one of 15 players nationally to the Wooden Award National Ballot with the selection committee then selecting...

Kentucky women’s hoops season ends with 90-72 revenge loss to Baylor in Sweet 16

Kentucky had made the Elite Eight three of the last four years, and Saturday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Baylor was against a team the Wildcats had already beaten this year, a 133-130 four-overtime win back in December. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Baylor got its comeuppance, though, and the Wildcats’ season is over.   The Wildcats lost 90-72, shooting 35 percent...

Kentucky women's hoops season ends with 90-72 revenge loss to Baylor in Sweet 16

Kentucky had made the Elite Eight three of the last four years, and Saturday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Baylor was against a team the Wildcats had already beaten this year, a 133-130 four-overtime win back in December. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Baylor got its comeuppance, though, and the Wildcats’ season is over.   The Wildcats lost 90-72, shooting 35 percent...

Two Kentucky student-athletes among national finalists for national scholar award

Two University of Kentucky student-athletes are among the finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award given by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The finalists were chosen from more than 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.   UK baseball team member Dorian Hairston is among 16 male finalists nationwide, and women’s...

No. 3 Kentucky women advance easily
to round of 32 in NCAA Tournament

Not much stood in Kentucky’s way en route to a 106-60 win over No. 14 Wright State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats were hosting their opener at Memorial Coliseum on campus, and they already out-matched Wright State anyway. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky wasn’t going to get through without putting its foot down, and it...

No. 3 Kentucky women advance easily to round of 32 in NCAA Tournament

Not much stood in Kentucky’s way en route to a 106-60 win over No. 14 Wright State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Wildcats were hosting their opener at Memorial Coliseum on campus, and they already out-matched Wright State anyway. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky wasn’t going to get through without putting its foot down, and it...

Northern Kentucky women's basketball to host McNeese State in WBI first round

Northern Kentucky University has received a postseason berth to participate in the Women’s Basketball Invitational for the second straight year, and the Norse will host McNeese State University in a first-round game Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in The Bank of Kentucky Center.   NKU enters the WBI with a 17-12 overall record. The Norse were 13-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference and finished in third...

Kentucky a No. 3 seed in women's NCAAs, hosts first weekend at Memorial Coliseum

Kentucky already knew it would host the first weekend of the upcoming NCAA Tournament before Monday’s selection show, but there was still suspense to be had. That mystery was resolved with mixed results. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats earned a favorable No. 3 seed and was not paired in a region with UConn for the first time since 2011; the Huskies beat Kentucky...

Kentucky loses heartbreaker in SEC final, awaits NCAA tournament selection

Kentucky’s women’s basketball team has now made the SEC tournament final four of the last five years, and Sunday it lost its fourth SEC tournament final in the last five years. It doesn’t count for much in the long run, but Sunday was the closest Matthew Mitchell’s team has come to winning the league tournament. The Wildcats held a five-point lead over Tennessee with about...

Kentucky women upset South Carolina
to earn spot in SEC tournament final

Kentucky will play in its fourth SEC tournament final in five years, earning a 68-58 win Saturday over top-seeded South Carolina in Duluth, Ga.   The No. 4-seeded Wildcats had lost both its previous meetings against the Gamecocks this season; first, a 68-59 loss in Columbia on Jan. 9, and then a brutal 81-58 loss in Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 20 that now stands as the Wildcats’ only loss...

Kentucky women upset South Carolina to earn spot in SEC tournament final

Kentucky will play in its fourth SEC tournament final in five years, earning a 68-58 win Saturday over top-seeded South Carolina in Duluth, Ga.   The No. 4-seeded Wildcats had lost both its previous meetings against the Gamecocks this season; first, a 68-59 loss in Columbia on Jan. 9, and then a brutal 81-58 loss in Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 20 that now stands as the Wildcats’ only loss...

Kentucky tops Florida in third try, advances to Saturday's SEC semifinal

Kentucky women’s basketball’s revenge tour through the SEC tournament began Friday when the fourth-seeded Wildcats topped Florida 75-70 in the quarterfinals in Duluth, Ga.   With about 1 1/2 minutes to play, the score stood tied at 70 when sophomore Janee Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put-back to break the tie. It’s Kentucky’s fifth SEC tournament semifinals...

Two Morehead State University women's players receive All-OVC second-team honors

Morehead players Terrice Robinson (left) and Almesha Jones (right) were named to the second-team All-OVC. (Photo by Guy Huffman from Morehead State)   Morehead State senior guard Terrice Robinson and junior guard Almesha Jones have been named Second-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference by College Sports Madness.   In 25 games, Robinson averaged a team-high 16.3 points. She handed out 76 assists...

EKU women advance to OVC quarterfinals with three-point win over Eastern Illinois

The No. 5 seed Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team dispatched No. 8 Eastern Illinois, 75-52, on Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.   The Lady Colonels (16-12, 9-7 OVC) will face No. 4 Tennessee State (12-17, 9-7 OVC) on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET.  EKU has now advanced to the OVC quarterfinals three...