February 2019 archive

No. 11 Kentucky Falls to No. 19 Texas A&M

Maci Morris, left, and Rhyne Howard try to contain A&M’s Chennedy Carter. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 11 points, all in the second half, but it was not enough as the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to No. 19 Texas A&M 62-55 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky (23-6, 10-5 SEC) struggled from the field for most of the game, hitting just 22 of 61 (36.1 percent) of its shots, including just five of 22 (22.7 percent) from behind the arc. Texas A&M made 23 of its 56 field goal attempts (41.1 percent) in the game. The Aggies also took advantage of their superior size to win the rebounding battle 47-28. A&M also led in points in the paint, 32-14, and second-chance points, 12-5.

Vols providing special fan cards for Kentucky game

Thompson-Boling Arena will be decorated for Saturday’s top-10 clash between the seventh-ranked Vols and No. 4 Kentucky with 15,000 special Tennessee Basketball Fan Cards.

The two-sided cards are orange and white with one side featuring the Thompson-Boling Arena fan mantra of “Feed the Floor” and the other containing a photo collage of head coach Rick Barnes and members of the 2018-19 team.

UT fans will get the opportunity to perform a few card stunts with the posters during the game by following the instructions provided by members of the spirit squad.

This special giveaway and interactive fan initiative is compliments of longtime UT Athletics corporate partners Food City and Coca-Cola. 

Guest post: National anthem controversy more diverse than just a black and white issue

Keri Scaggs

By KERI SCAGGS, Contributing Writer

This past Saturday, the SEC found itself in the midst of another story involving athletes kneeling during the national anthem. While this was done expressly to counteract an event happening on the Ole Miss campus, it didn’t take long for it to be THE story.

There was a time I would’ve found this upsetting, feeling it was disrespectful. When the kneeling began, I found myself disturbed, thinking it to be a slap in the face of our nation. I grew up in a musical family in Boyd County, the daughter of a proud Marine (redundant, I know). A strong sense of patriotism was instilled in both me and my late sister. That has never left me, though the way I view it has changed dramatically.

Leading scorers Maci Morris, Taylor Murray, Rhyne Howard are no “prima donnas”

Maci Morris. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray along with freshman Rhyne Howard have been Kentucky’s scoring trio this season that have the Cats ranked No. 11 going into tonight’s home game against Texas A&M.

They have helped assure Kentucky of getting back into the NCAA Tournament by doing more than just scoring, though, this season.

“The great thing about those three, they get a lot of attention because they score points, but after every game we show a highlight reel from the previous game and the first thing we show are people taking charges,” Mitchell said. ” And, the two people that were first up in the last game from LSU were Rhyne Howard and Taylor Murray.

Calipari tried to put Keldon Johnson in position to bust zone

Keldon Johnson. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Tuesday’s win over Arkansas, I wondered how coach John Calipari felt about freshman Keldon Johnson taking 14 shots — and making only five. Johnson finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

“Well there was a couple where he is should have made passes and we told him,” said Calipari. “They collapsed on defense. But what we were trying to get him to do in the zone is catch the ball near the middle or catch it anywhere from 15 feet and just drive it to the middle of the zone.

Three areas of concern for UK basketball going into NCAA Tournament play

Tyler Herro (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Since the NCAA Tournament is quickly approaching and most Kentucky fans are celebrating a potential number one-seed and excited about UK’s prospects of adding banner number nine to the Rupp Arena rafters, I thought I would jump right in and throw a little cold water on the party. As previously promised here are my thoughts on three areas that UK fans should be at least some what concerned about going into the NCAA Tournament in March.  So before anyone gets a chance to hurl something my direction I’m going to jump right in.

Kentucky Walks-Off Northern Kentucky With Four-Run Rally

Kentucky celebrates its walk-off win over Northern Kentucky. (Brittney Howard/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Dalton Reed ripped a single back up the middle to score Ryan Shinn and complete a four-run ninth inning rally as Kentucky posted its first walk-off win of the season with a 5-4 decision over Northern Kentucky at Kentucky Proud Park.

Trailing 4-1 entering the final at bat, the Wildcats (5-3) notched their third walk-off victory under head coach Nick Mingione and their first since defeating No. 9 Auburn on March 23, 2018. Coincidentally, the score in that victory also was 5-4 although the winning run came on a wild pitch after Luke Heyer homered to tie the game earlier in the inning. The Cats’ last walk-off hit came from Dorian Hairston, who homered in the 12th inning to defeat No. 2 South Carolina on May 8, 2016.

UK women seek 7th straight win against Texas A&M Thursday night

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to extend the longest active winning streak in the Southeastern Conference to seven games, the No. 11 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will conclude the home portion of its 2018-19 schedule Thursday when it plays host to No. 19 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.

Senior guard Maci Morris is scheduled to sign autographs postgame Thursday.

Maci Morris Named to SEC Community Service Team

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Maci Morris has been named to the Southeastern Conference’s Community Service Team for her hard work in the Lexington community since arriving on campus.

This marks the 21st year for the SEC Community Service Team for women’s basketball as well as for men’s basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994. Senior Alyssa Rice was named to the team last season.

Did John Calipari even think Arkansas would be a breather for Cats?

Ashton Hagans. (Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you thought Kentucky looked sluggish, out of sync or even just downright uninterested against Arkansas, especially in the first half Tuesday night, you were not alone.

Kentucky coach John Calipari knew his team was not right in its 70-66 comeback win that came three days after a blowout win over Auburn and four days before a Southeastern Conference showdown at Tennessee. Plus, the Razorbacks had already lost five straight games coming into the UK game.