Kentucky prep players Zion Harmon and David Johnson added to Under 16 National Team training camp roster

Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jordan Noah Collier (Westtown H.S./West Chester, Pa.); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Jason Harris (Desert Ridge H.S./Mesa, Ariz.); David Johnson (Trinity H.S./Louisville, Ky.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.); Joshua Nickelberry (Northwood Temple H.S./Eastover, N.C.) and Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.) today were added to the 2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team training camp roster. Three of the athletes – Mannion, Nickelberry and Weems – participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team October minicamp, and this will mark the first USA Basketball experience for the remaining five.

Kentucky got tight in Friday’s loss but Prince confident today will be different

Katie Reed had one of UK’s three hits Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

Oregon blanks UK 4-0 to open Super Regional

EUGENE, Ore. – The third-seeded Oregon Ducks got a run in the third inning and three in the sixth to take game one of the Eugene Super Regional, shutting out the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0 at Jane Sanders Stadium.

Meagan Prince was solid all day in the circle for the Wildcats, only allowing five hits to the potent Oregon offense, but the UK offense only was able to manage three hits of its own off Megan Kleist – who got a complete-game shutout in the circle for the Ducks.

Pinch hit home run eliminates UK from SEC tourney

Justin Lewis (Butch Dills Photo)

HOOVER, Ala. – TJ Hopkins hit a pinch hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning to give South Carolina a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Kentucky, eliminating the Wildcats from the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday.

The Wildcats (39-20) return to Lexington after a 10-day road trip through Florida and Alabama and will await the NCAA Tournament draw on Monday. UK is expected to host a regional as one of the nation’s top 16 seeds and is still in the discussion for one of the eight national seeds that would maintain home field through the Super Regionals.

Wynyard to Play for New Zealand at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup

Tai Wynyard (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball’s Tai Wynyard will once again suit up for his home country of New Zealand. Wynyard was selected to represent the Kiwis at this year’s FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.

Wynyard, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season, was selected as one of 12 members of the Junior Tall Blacks for the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, which will be held July 1-9 in Cairo.

Seven Wildcats Move on to Eugene on NCAATF East Prelims Day One

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky qualified seven of a possible 11 Wildcats on to the NCAA Championships finals site on day one of the NCAA East Preliminary Championships, held for the first time at the UK Outdoor Track and Field Complex, Thursday.

A further four Wildcats from a possible nine made it out of the first round into track event quarterfinals in front of 1,104 fans.

The name of the game at the preliminary championships is advancing to the national championships finals site.

Defensive miscues doom Cats in 10-0 loss to LSU

Butch Dill Photo

HOOVER, Ala. – No. 6 LSU capitalized on extra opportunities, posting a pair of five-run innings to defeat No. 8 Kentucky 10-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of Thursday’s action at the SEC Tournament.

The Wildcats (39-19) will face South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. ET in an elimination game. The winner will square off with LSU in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinal round.

Hall of Famer Lin Dunn Signs Contract Extension

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Lin Dunn has signed a contract extension and will continue her role as assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.

“I am thrilled that Lin is returning for another year,” Mitchell said. “The contributions she has and will continue to make in our program are immense. Like all of us, Lin is focused on helping Kentucky be the premier environment for young women to come develop into the very best students, players and citizens they can be. It is an honor to work by her side every day.”

Breanne ‘Buzz’ Ray named Academic All-American, only 2nd in UK program history

Breanne Ray (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior right fielder Breanne Ray was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, it was announced by the organization on Thursday afternoon.

Ray becomes the second Academic All-American in program history, joining Meagan Aull, who earned national honors in 2011.

The Benton, Kentucky native is currently hitting .277 on the season with two home runs, and a career-high 28 RBI. She has eight extra-base hits on the season and a fielding percentage over .960. 

Wildcats Draw Road Trip to West Virginia for Big 12/SEC Challenge

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Always one of the main events of the college basketball season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team’s draw in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge will once again be an enticing one as the Wildcats will travel to West Virginia on Jan. 27.

It will mark the Wildcats’ third all-time trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, to play the Mountaineers and the first since defeating WVU 106-100 on Dec. 7, 1970. UK is 1-1 in games at West Virginia, but the Wildcats own the all-time head-to-head edge 15-5, including a 9-1 record over the last 10 games.

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