Capsule look at UK Hoops non-conference foes

A complete breakdown of all 13 non-conference opponents for the Kentucky women’s basketball team follows. Game times are subject to change and TV selections are still to be determined. The Southeastern Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Miami (Fla.)

Head Coach: Katie Meier (12th season)
Record at Miami (Fla.): 207-143 (.591)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Top Returner: Adrienne Motley, G, Sr. – 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 3.6 rpg

Notes: Miami returns its top four scorers from last season’s squad that earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to South Dakota State in the opening round … The Hurricanes ranked 61st nationally in scoring offense and 103rd in scoring defense … Lost to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

Series History: UK leads series 5-1, including 2-0 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 60-57, Dec. 1, 2001 (H)

 

Albany

Head Coach: Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (First season)

Record at Albany: First season

2015-16 Record: 28-5 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

Top Returner: Imani Tate, G. Sr. – 18.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.1 spg, 5.6 rpg

Notes: Had the most successful season in program history last year, defeating fifth-seeded Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Final Four participant Syracuse in the second round … The NCAA Tournament win over Florida was the first in program history in the event … Won its fifth consecutive America East Tournament title … Program record 28 victories last season … Returns three of it’s top-four scorers from last season who were responsible for more than 50 percent of the team’s scoring … Ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, eighth nationally in scoring margin, fourth nationally in field-goal percentage and 10th nationally in rebound margin last season.

Series History: 2016 will be first meeting

 

New Hampshire

Head Coach: Maureen Magarity (Seventh season)

Record at New Hampshire: 85-94 (.474)

2015-16 Record: 12-18

Top Returner: Carlie Pogue, C, Jr. – 11.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 0.7bpg, .432FG%

Notes: Lost senior Elizabeth Belanger to graduation as the guard led the team in scoring last season and ended her career fifth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,453 points … Returns three players who averaged five or more points per game last season … Averaged 57.5 points per game, allowing 59.9 points per game last season … Returns experienced squad for 2016-17 with seven seniors or juniors.

Series History: 2016 will be first meeting

 

Colorado

Head Coach: JR Payne (First season)

Record at Colorado: First season

2015-16 Record: 7-23

Top Returner: Kennedy Leonard, G, Soph. – 12.1ppg, 4.6apg, 1.4spg, 3.6rpg

Notes: Lost leading scorer Jamee Swan to graduation after she averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season … Return guard Leonard Kennedy and guard/forward Haley Smith, who each averaged 10+ points per game last season … Shot 33.6% from 3 last season to rank 64th nationally in that category … Return a strong sophomore class, including Ashland, Ky., native Alexis Robinson, who averaged 7.6 points per game with 2.5 assists per game last season.

Series History: UK leads 1-0

Last Meeting: W, 86-61, Nov. 22, 2015 (H)

 

Morehead State

Head Coach: Greg Todd (Third season)

Record at Morehead State: 22-38 (.366)

2015-16 Record: 10-20

Top Returner: Brianna McQueen, G, Sr. – 15.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 4.3apg

Notes: The Eagles return their top four scorers from last season who accounted for nearly 1,500 of the team’s points … Guard Miranda Crockett and forwards Eriel McKee and Shay Steele return after averaging more than 13 points per game last season … The Eagles were one of the best offensive teams in the nation, scoring 79.4 points per game to rank 10th nationally in that category. 

Series History: UK leads 28-4, including 18-1 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 112-57, Nov. 18, 2015 (H)

 

Samford

Head Coach: Mike Morris (14th season)

Record at Samford: 242-183 (.569)

2015-16 Record: 20-11

Top Returner: Kassidy Blevins, G, Jr. – 7.3ppg, 1.1apg, 2.2rpg

Notes: One of the best defensive teams in the country last season only allowing 50.2 points per game, which ranked third best in the nation … Lost the top three scorers from last season, including its top rebounder … Last year’s 20-win season was the first for the program since 2012.

Series History: UK leads 1-0, including 1-0 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 90-61, Dec. 21, 2011 (H)

 

Oklahoma

Head Coach: Sherri Coale (21st season)

Record at Oklahoma: 442-217 (.671)

2015-16 Record: 22-11 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

Top Returner: Peyton Little, G. Sr. – 10.9ppg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2.8rpg

Notes: Faced Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season in Memorial Coliseum with the Wildcats earning a 79-58 victory … Veteran squad returning, including four starters and 12 letterwinners … Sooners have 82.1% of their scoring, 81.7% of their rebounding and 93.8% of their assists returning from last season.

Series History: UK leads 2-1, including 1-0 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 79-58, March 21, 2016 (H)

 

Louisville

Head Coach: Jeff Walz (10th season)

Record at Louisville: 234-85 (.734)

2015-16 Record: 26-8 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

Top Returner: Myisha Hines-Allen, F, Jr. – 17.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg

Notes: Return a veteran squad after having a young team last season that won 26 games and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament … Top returners are ACC Player of the Year Myisha Hines-Allen and junior forward Mariya Moore, who had nine 20-point games last season … Scored 72.2 points per game last season to rank 45th nationally in that category, while sitting 36th nationally in rebounding margin.

Series History: UK leads 34-18

Last Meeting: W, 72-54, Dec. 10, 2015 (H)

 

Middle Tennessee

Head Coach: Rick Insell (12th season) 

Record at Middle Tennessee: 276-85 (.786)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Top Returner: Ty Petty, G, Sr. – 12.2ppg, 5.9apg, 1.8spg

Notes: Strong season under long-time head coach Rick Insell in 2015-16, winning 24 games and advancing to the NCAA Tournament after winning its second C-USA Tournament title in the last three seasons … Return two players from last year who averaged double-figure scoring, but lost its leading scorer and leading rebounder in Brea Edwards, who was one of the best 3-point shooters in the country … Return four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s squad.

Series History: UK leads 14-4, including 8-1 in games played in Lexington 

Last Meeting: W, 68-52, Dec. 13, 2015 (A)

 

Arizona State

Head Coach: Charli Turner Thorne (20th season) 

Record at Arizona State: 380-220 (.633)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)

Top Returner: Sophie Brunner, F, Sr. – 10.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.7spg

Notes: Although the Sun Devils return their top two scorers from last season, they graduated five players from last year’s team that won a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title, including 3-point sharpshooter Katie Hempen …  Arizona State was the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Sioux Falls Regional last season and hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Tennessee … ASU ranked 21st nationally in scoring defense allowing just 54.9 points per game last season.

Series History: UK leads 1-0 

Last Meeting: W, 68-64, OT, Nov. 15, 2015 (A)

 

Radford

Head Coach: Mike McGuire (Fourth season) 

Record at Radford: 42-50 (.456)

2015-16 Record: 18-13

Top Returner: Janayla White, F, Jr. – 11.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.8bpg, 1.2apg

Notes: Lost leading scorer Aisha Foy, who averaged 12.2 points per game and 2.2 assists per game … Return two players that posted 10+ points per game last season, including leading rebounder Janayla White … Strong defensive team that ranked 14th nationally by allowing just 53.3 points per game and fifth nationally limiting opponents to 33.3% from the field a year ago … Outrebounded teams by 8.1 rebounds per game, ranking 21st nationally in that category.

Series History: UK leads 1-0, including 1-0 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 89-83, Nov. 26, 1988 (H)

 

Washington State

Head Coach: June Daugherty (10th season) 

Record at Washington State: 104-177 (.370)

2015-16 Record: 14-16

Top Returner: Borislava Hristova, F, Soph. – 16.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg

Notes: Finished ninth in the Pac-12 last season … Led last season by Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection Borislava Hristova, who shined in her first year in college for the Cougars … Lose four seniors off last year’s squad, including the team’s second and third leading scorers who each averaged 6.8 points per game … Had 120 blocks as a team last season, which broke the WSU single-season record.

Series History: UK leads 1-0, including 1-0 in games played in Lexington

Last Meeting: W, 80-51, Nov. 10, 2006 (H)

 

Duke

Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie (10th season) 

Record at Duke: 245-65 (.790)

2015-16 Record: 20-12

Top Returner: Rebecca Greenwell, G, Jr. – 15.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg

Notes: Lost top scorer from last year, Azura Stevens, who averaged 18.9 points per game with 9.6 rebounds and 53 blocks … Return two of its top three scorers from last season in Rebecca Greenwell and Oderah Chidom … Hit 44.5% from the field as a team in 2015-16, ranking 27th nationally in field-goal percentage … Outrebounded teams by 7.2 rebounds per game, which ranked 28th nationally … Return three starters from last year’s team and add former Maryland All-American Lexie Brown, who sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Series History: Duke leads series, 5-2 

Last Meeting: W, 71-61, Dec. 20, 2015 (H)

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