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UK women’s standout Rhyne Howard named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard has been tabbed one of 25 players to the 2020-21 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, continuing her candidacy to become the national player of the year in women’s college basketball. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the...

Barnhart: Elzy has ‘earned and deserved’ chance to lead UK’s women’s basketball program

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart removed the interim tag from Kyra Elzy’s temporary job title on Monday. Elzy, named interim head coach after Matthew Mitchell unexpectedly retired last month, officially received the title permanently after guiding the Wildcats to a 6-0 start to open the season. Terms of Elzy’s contract were not disclosed, pending...

Van Lith, Evans combine for 40 points as Louisville women post 101-58 win over EKU on Sunday

Hailey Van Lith and Dana Evans each scored 20 points on Sunday as Louisville coasted to a 101-58 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center. Van Lith also grabbed 11 rebounds and knocked down five 3-pointers. The freshman guard added two blocks and two steals in her home debut as Louisville improved to 2-0. Louisville’s Merissah Russell prepares to go inside against Eastern Kentucky...

Patterson nets 30 points, 11th-ranked UK women open season with 86-60 win over Murray State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Senior guard Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Murray State 86-60 in Wednesday’s season opener at Memorial Coliseum. Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as No. 11 Kentucky posted an 86-60 win over Murray State. (UK photo) The 30 points were two shy of Patterson’s career-high of 32, set...

UK standout Rhyne Howard selected preseason SEC Player of the Year by media; Cats picked third in poll

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference media have tabbed University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard Rhyne Howard as the preseason SEC Player of the Year and projected the Wildcats to finish third in the league standings. Earlier this week, league coaches also named Howard the SEC Preseason Player of the Year and picked UK to finish second in the conference...

UK women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell announces retirement; Kyra Elzy named interim

Matthew Mitchell, the winningest head coach in University of Kentucky women’s basketball history with more than 300 victories, announced Thursday night that he has retired from coaching, thus resigning as head coach of the Wildcats. UK director of athletics Mitch Barnhart has named associate head coach Kyra Elzy as interim head coach, effective immediately. UK’s Matthew Mitchell announced...

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...