Akhator Leads Kentucky Past Georgia, 82-61

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Evelyn Akhator scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team topped Georgia 82-61 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

For Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, it was her second consecutive double-double, following her 29-point, 15-rebound performance in an SEC win over Alabama on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. Sunday’s double-double was Akhator’s 10th this season and 23rd in her two-year Kentucky career.

Calipari, Pearl insist they respect each other

John Calipari with Mychal Mulder, Wenyen Gabriel Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The day before Kentucky played Auburn, UK coach John Calipari said that Auburn coach Bruce Peal was “good at what he does.”

Pearl and Calipari have coached against each for years and the Tigers beat visiting Kentucky last year. Saturday at Rupp Arena, Kentucky pulled away for a 92-72 victory.

John Calipari: “I don’t enjoy coaching the way I coached today.”

John Calipari felt he had to call too many plays. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you thought John Calipari was a little loud on the Kentucky sideline Saturday, you were right. But it was his team, not officials, that he was battling most of the time.

Calipari is still waiting for his team to be “empowered” and show more discipline and didn’t see what he wanted in Saturday’s win.

Kentucky vs Auburn Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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Why did Kentucky have so much trouble at the foul line Saturday?

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

From 3-point range, Kentucky was 11 of 19 against Auburn in Saturday’s win. But at the foul line, UK missed 15 of 32 shots. How can that happen?

“It’s contagious. We were in there arguing who missed the first couple. I said, first of all, Isaiah. Briscoe said it was Wenyen. I said it wasn’t Wenyen. Someone missed before Wenyen, and I think it was Bam, and then Bam was saying it was somebody else. But what happens is you see a guy miss, and now you’re going to the line saying, ‘Geez, I can’t miss,'” Calipari said after the game.

Freshman Wenyen Gabriel’s board work helps Kentucky fight off pesky Auburn 92-72

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Kentucky coach John Calipari has been waiting for freshman Wenyan Gabriel to become more of a factor.

Saturday against Auburn, Gabriel did.

He hit two 3-pointers in the first half to help jump start the UK offense but his energy stats were even better. Four minutes into the second half he already had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal. Plus, he drew charges on back to back possessions.

UK-Auburn postgame notes, numbers

Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

Auburn at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 14, 2017
Attendance: 24,372 (season high)

Final Score: No. 6/6 Kentucky 92, Auburn 72

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 15-2 overall, 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 11-6, 1-4 in the SEC.
This is the third time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first five league games.
Kentucky leads the series 92-18, including 47-2 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Mississippi State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Kentucky Looks to Keep Momentum Alive Sunday vs. Georgia

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After an impressive road win Thursday at Alabama, who is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same Sunday as it plays host to Georgia at 3 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will serve as UK’s annual Alumni Game with former players invited back to attend the game and be introduced at halftime.

Five-star Lynn Bowden commits to Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Five-star Ohio athletie Lynn Bowdown confirmed what most anticipated Saturday when he gave his verbal commitment to Kentucky.

He’s ranked among the nation’s top five overall athletes by several recruiting services. He played quarterback in high school and rushed for 2,288 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2016 and threw for 1,319 yards and 19 touchdowns.

He had basically narrowed his list to UK, Penn State and West Virginia.

The 6-1, 185-pound  could play slot receiver, running back or defensive back at UK.  He had offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi. He was also verbally committed to Indiana at one time.

Numbers forecast big win over Auburn

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

The Cats’ string of 20+ point SEC wins to begin a conference season ended on Tuesday night in Nashville. The Commodores managed to stay within reach of the Cats to the final minute of the basketball game before falling to the Cats 87-81 in Nashville. While it is not a 20+ SEC victory, it is nonetheless another SEC road win, and the Cats remain unbeaten in four starts this SEC season.