Category Archive: UK Hoops

Jessica Hardin finally gets into a SEC game

Jessica Hardin, right, finally got back in a game Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Playing only three minutes and hitting a 3-point shot might not have seemed like a big deal to most players. But for Kentucky’s Jessica Hardin, it was huge Sunday against Florida because it was her first Southeastern Conference game of the year.

After joining the team in the summer when coach Matthew Mitchell held tryouts, Hardin became a consistent contributor for UK before suffering a concussion against Duke in late December before SEC play started. She had not played since.

Murray’s 11 Assists Help Kentucky Top Florida, 67-48

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Evelyn Akhator scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Florida 67-48 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

Sophomore Maci Morris had 15 points, scoring in double figures for the seventh time in the last eight games. Senior Makayla Epps was the third Wildcat in double figures, scoring 14 points.

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray scored just four points, but dished out a career-high 11 assists for Kentucky.

UK-Florida postgame notes, numbers

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. Florida

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 19, 2017

Attendance: 6,604

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 67, Florida 48

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky has now won four in a row and is 19-8 overall, 10-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida is 13-14, 4-10 in league play.

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is now 268-126 overall as a head coach, and 238-97 during his tenure at Kentucky. He is 101-52 in regular-season SEC games.

Emmie Harris verbally commits to Utah State

Emmie Harris with Utah State coaches during her visit Monday.

By LARRY VAUGHT

This has been quite a week for Boyle County senior Emmie Harris.

She made an official visit to Utah State Sunday and Monday, broke the school’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday with a 34-point game, scored 30 more points in a win Friday night and then after the game made her verbal commitment to Utah State.

Emmie Harris Miss Basketball finalist; Sam Adams hits 1,000 points

Emmie Harris

Emmie Harris of Boyle County, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, is one of the finalists for Miss Kentucky  Basketball.

Harris could also possibly announce her college choice today. She made an official visit to Utah State Sunday and Monday. She also has Providence, Santa Clara and others in her decision-making process.

Also congrats to Garrard County senior Sam Adams. She scored 22 points Thursday and now has 1,000 career points joining teammates Maddy Day (1,145) and Sis Logan (1,041)

Basketball Finalists

Kentucky Picks Up Road Win at Arkansas, 69-62

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team had four players in double figures as the Wildcats won their fifth SEC road game of the season by beating Arkansas 69-62 on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.

Sophomore point guard Taylor Murray had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky, while senior guard Makayla Epps added 14 points and four assists.

Senior forward Evelyn Akhator recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. It was Akhator’s 27th career double-double, more than all former UK players except the legendary Valerie Still.

Kentucky Looks to Continue Win Streak Thursday at Arkansas

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON – Fresh off back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins and its lone bye weekend of the season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak Thursday as it travels to face Arkansas at 8 p.m. ET inside Bud Walton Arena.

The game will be broadcast on the SECNetwork+ through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on WLAP 630 AM.

SEC PLANS FOR ENHANCED SECURITY AT BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (February 13, 2017) – Fans attending the 2017 SEC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments will be asked to enter those events with clear bags and should be prepared to arrive early and to see a law enforcement presence in and around the arenas in which those events take place, the Conference office has announced.

The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 1-5 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., followed by the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, March 8-12, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Mitchell proud of way his team kept is poise

Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said after his team’s 66-56 win at Georgia Thursday night that he knew it would be a “tough game” and thought Georgia played that way.

Still, Kentucky won a key road game after beating the Bulldogs 82-61 in Lexington earlier this season.

“Our toughness really came through. They would not go away and we were just able to come up with some tough plays. I thought [Makayla] Epps’ steal was a big momentum shift. It was teetering back and forth, and I thought that was a big play,” Mitchell said.

Akhator has 17 rebounds in 66-56 win at Georgia

Evelyn Akhator (Photo by Britney Howard)

ATHENS, Ga. – Evelyn Akhator scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, recording her 26th career double-double as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Georgia 66-56 on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.

Akhator, the senior from Lagos, Nigeria, recorded her 13th double-double of the season, which is the most in a season by any Kentucky player other than legendary Wildcat Valerie Still.

Earlier this season, Akhator had 24 points and a then-career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Georgia at Memorial Coliseum.

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