Category Archive: UK Hoops

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.

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.

UK-Alabama postgame notes, numbers

Makayla Epps (Brittney Howard/UK Athletics Photo)

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. Alabama

Coleman Coliseum – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jan. 12, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 71, Texas A&M 54

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is 259-124 overall as a head coach and 229-95 during his tenure at Kentucky.

–          With today’s victory, Kentucky improves to 27-17 in the overall series record against Alabama.

o   Kentucky has won the last three contests between the programs including a 73-48 victory in Lexington last season.

Kentucky Earns Key SEC Road Win at Alabama, 71-54

Evelyn Akhator (Photo by Britney Howard)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Forward Evelyn Akhator had a career-high 29 points, and added a season-high 15 rebounds, as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Alabama 71-54 on Thursday night at Coleman Coliseum in SEC action.

For Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, it was her ninth double-double of the season and the 22nd of her two-year career with the Wildcats. She hit 12 of her first 13 field goals, and finished 12-of-14 from the field for the game.

UK Hoops starts difficult stretch at Alabama

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team begins a difficult stretch of four of its next six games on the road in Southeastern Conference play when it travels to face Alabama, who is receiving votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25, on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET inside Coleman Coliseum.

Four UK WBB Signees Named McDonald’s All-American Nominees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Matthew Mitchell’s 2017 signing class continues to get national praise as all four high school signees in the class – Dorie Harrison (Nashville, Tenn.), Keke McKinney (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kameron Roach (Hopkins, S.C.) and Tatyana Wyatt (Columbus, Ga.) – have been named nominees for the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.

The annual McDonald’s All-American Game will take place March 29 in Chicago. Official team rosters have yet to be selected. Harrison, McKinney, Roach, Wyatt and junior college transfer Amanda Paschal make up UK’s 2017 signing class, which ranks No. 17 in the nation according to All Star Girls Report.

Strong Second Half Pushes Texas A&M Past No. 24 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Texas A&M Aggies used a second-half surge to power past the No. 24 Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday, handing UK its first home loss inside Memorial Coliseum this season with a 77-68 result.

Kentucky seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator each had 20 points in the game to lead all Kentucky scorers. With the loss, Kentucky falls to 10-6 overall on the season and is 1-2 now inside of Southeastern Conference action.

The Wildcats will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the Crimson Tide on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET. The game can be seen live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

No. 24 Kentucky Continues Home Stretch Sunday vs. Texas A&M

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After earning its first Southeastern Conference win of the season Thursday against Missouri by hitting nine 3-pointers, the No. 24 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same Sunday when it plays host to Texas A&M at 2 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.  

Mitchell happy to get “important” victory

Makenzie Cann (Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say Thursday night after his team beat Missouri 64-62 in Memorial Coliseum.

Opening statement …

“So proud of our team. What an important victory for us and every one of those in this league is a good win and a great win for us tonight. Huge second quarter for us obviously really turned the game around and helped us make enough plays to win. You have to credit Missouri. They’re well-coached, play really hard, never stopped fighting and made it really, really tough at the end, so a lot of credit goes to them. Real proud of our team under difficult circumstances and just happy to get the victory.”

No. 24 Kentucky Gets Past Missouri 64-62 in SEC Home Opener

Makayla Epps (Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Makayla Epps scored 17 points, and Kentucky took advantage of a 26-3 second-quarter run, then survived a late Missouri comeback, as the Wildcats held off the Tigers 64-62 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Epps, the senior from Lebanon, Kentucky, also had grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. The team’s other senior, Evelyn Akhator, had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Kentucky, while Maci Morris added 11 points for the Wildcats.

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