Category: UK Hoops

Fisher, Torres, Viverito, Cutler, basketball officials will join me on radio shows

Alan Cutler, right, will join us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning from 7:30-8. (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wednesday I’ll get to host the Leach Report from 9-10 a.m. and will have Chris Fisher, Aaron Torres and Frank Viverito as guests.

Tom Leach will be in Arkansas Tuesday night calling the UK-Arkansas game for the UK Radio Network.

Fisher covers UK sports and recruiting for The Cats Pause and the 247Sports Network. He’ll update us on recruiting but I also want his perspective on how freshmen have played this year compared to what he expected.

Morris Scores Career High 35 Points, But UK Falls to No. 8 South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Maci Morris scored a career-high 35 points, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 8 South Carolina 81-63 on Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena.

Morris hit 13 of 23 from the floor, including five of nine from behind the arc. She made all four of her free throw attempts in the game. The junior from Bell County (Ky.) High School surpassed her previous career high of 29 points, set during her freshman season on December 11, 2016 against Arizona State.

UK signee Blair Green has had spectacular season

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has an outstanding group of high school senior girls basketball players this year that is going to make the Miss Basketball voting really difficult.

A strong case could be made for at least five players, including Kentucky signee Blair Green of Harlan County.  The 6-1 Green has scored 3,005 points and grabbed 1,064 points in her career.

“Not only is Blair an elite athlete here in the mountains and in the country, she is a tremendous leader and role model for our area,” said Debbie Green, Blair’s coach and mother.

Kentucky Sweeps Regular Season Series from Arkansas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 20 points as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Arkansas 78-57 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky (13-14, 5-8 SEC) got 13 points and nine rebounds from senior Alyssa Rice, while KeKe McKinney and Tatyana Wyatt each had 11 points. Dorie Harrison had 10 points in just 12 minutes of action.

Arkansas was able to keep the game close in the first half by hitting seven three-point shots in the game’s first 20 minutes. But the Razorbacks made only three shots from behind the arc in the second half, as Kentucky took control.

Help Mercer County senior Lexy Lake earn spot in 3-point contest at Final Four

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mercer County senior Lexy Lake has a chance to earn a spot in the High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship at the Final Four in Houston but she needs your help.

She is one of 16 girls vying for the final spot in the 3-point contest.

The bracket-style contest voting started today and the first round voting runs through Feb. 20. Weekly winners advance to the next round and win four votes to get a chance to go to the Final Four to compete.

DeMoss, Barry Named to WBB Hall of Fame Class of 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Mickie DeMoss and letterwinner Ceal Barry have been named honorees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced tonight by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Class of 2018 was selected from a list of 10 finalists, which included former UK All-American Valerie Still. The 2018 induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be officially inducted in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 9.

Kentucky Falls at No. 2 Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Maci Morris scored 21 points, but a big second half was not enough as the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost at No. 2 Mississippi State 74-55 on Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum.

With her effort, Morris moved into 27th place on Kentucky’s career scoring list with 1,074 points. The junior from Bell County (Ky.) High School passed Kim Denkins (1,057 points) and Tedra Eberhart (1,071) in Sunday’s game.

Kentucky (12-14, 4-8 SEC) got eight points and nine rebounds from freshman Dorie Harrison, while Taylor Murray and Amanda Paschal each had seven points.

Kentucky falls just short at No. 15 Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Taylor Murray tied a season high with 23 points, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost at No. 15 Missouri 83-78 on Thursday night.

Kentucky (12-13, 4-7 SEC) got 22 points from Maci Morris, with 15 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Freshman Dorie Harrison had 12 points for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats shot the ball well, hitting half (30-60) of their shots from the field, including 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) in the fourth quarter. However, Missouri hit 26 of its 47 shots in the game for 55.3 percent. The Tigers also hit 10 of their 21 three-point shots, while Kentucky converted on seven of 16 from behind the arc.

LSU coach credits Maci Morris for having “guts” to take last-second shot

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Maci Morris had a last-second shot in Sunday’s two-point loss to LSU that could have put the game into overtime but it missed.

Still, it was intersting what LSU coach Nikki Fargas had to say about Morris after the game in Rupp Arena.

 “It looked good. We had a couple of kids around her. They were running the dribble handoff action and she got a clean catch off her penetration and I thought we gambled on that, and I didn’t like the fact that we gambled and gave her that look,” Fargas said.

Kentucky Loses Heartbreaker to LSU, 72-70

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team mounted another fourth-quarter rally on Sunday, but this one came up just short, as the Wildcats fell to LSU 72-70 in SEC action at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky (12-12, 4-6 SEC) had used big fourth quarters to win games over Alabama and Auburn in the last two weeks, and Sunday’s game appeared to be following a similar pattern. The Wildcats cut a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to one, 71-70, with 18 seconds left. After LSU hit one of two at the line with 16 seconds remaining, the Wildcats had a final possession with a chance to tie or win. But Maci Morris’ shot from the right side rimmed out, giving the Tigers a hard-fought win.