LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to continue its winning ways currently riding a three-game winning streak, including an impressive 83-60 victory at highly ranked Mississippi State on Thursday, the No. 16 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team starts a two-game homestand on Sunday, Feb. 21, against Coach Jimmy Dykes and Arkansas at 3 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.
The game will be televised nationally on SEC Network with Courtney Lyle and former Georgia coach Andy Landers calling the action.
During the game, UK alumnae and the first female commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, Brigid DeVries will be honored with the 2016 Sue Feamster Trailblazer Award. The award, given to those who have provided exceptional leadership and paved the way for others to succeed, will be presented by former UK coach Sue Feamster, who received the inaugural award in 2008.
In addition, Sunday’s game vs. Arkansas is UK’s annual "Play 4 Kay" Pink Game. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research and related projects, assisting the undeserved and unifying people for a common cure.
A limited number of reserved tickets remain for $9 for all ages, while general admission single-game tickets are sold out for Sunday’s game. UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification. Tickets are available online at ukhoopstix.com, while parking and other information is available at ukathleticsgameday.com/hoops.
Kentucky is coming off a dominating victory over Mississippi State on Thursday, earning its third straight double-digit victory in league play. The Wildcats secured an 83-60 win over the Bulldogs behind outrebounding MSU, 49-34, and committing single-digit turnovers for the first time this season. UK shot 44.8% from the field in the game, limiting MSU to just 35.4%, including 29.4% from 3. Freshman guard Maci Morris (pictured) led Kentucky with a career-high tying 17 points, while junior guard Makayla Epps had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
During Kentucky’s recent three-game winning streak, the Wildcats are shooting 47.8% from the floor, including 40% from 3, scoring 74.7 points per game. In the three games, Kentucky is averaging 15.3 assists per game, only turning the ball over 11.3 times per game and forcing opponents into 16.3 miscues per game.
The win over Mississippi State was Kentucky’s fourth win over a ranked foe this season and seventh win over a team either ranked or receiving votes in the national rankings at the time UK played them. The Wildcats will conclude regular season play against tough competition, facing an Arkansas team Sunday with three wins over ranked foes, before Missouri, who is receiving votes in both rankings, next Thursday. The regular season finale will be at No. 12 Texas A&M.
Arkansas enters the week with an 11-15 record, including a 6-7 mark in league play. The Razorbacks are 1-8 on the road this season, including a 1-5 mark away from home in SEC play. Arkansas has played a difficult conference schedule with seven games against ranked foes. The Razorbacks have won three of those games with victories over then-No. 13/10 Texas A&M, then-No. 13/15 Tennessee and then-No. 24 Missouri.
Arkansas is coming off a home win over Alabama on Thursday, taking down the Crimson Tide, 69-67. Jessica Jackson led Arkansas with 20 points, adding eight rebounds, while Jordan Danberry hit the game-winning shot and had 12 points with 10 assists. The Razorbacks had 19 turnovers, but forced Alabama into 22 miscues.
Jackson leads the way for Arkansas with 16.6 points per game, including 6.6 rebounds per game and a team-high 29 blocks. Devin Cosper is averaging 8.5 points per game with 40 assists, while Danberry leads the team with 61 assists averaging 6.8 points per game.
Sunday’s meeting between Kentucky and Arkansas is the 32nd all-time between the two schools in women’s basketball. Kentucky leads the all-time series, 19-13, including a 12-3 mark in games played in Lexington, Kentucky.
Kentucky has won five straight meetings between the two teams, including the lone meeting last year in Fayetteville, when UK claimed a 56-51 victory. The Wildcats have won seven straight home games against the Razorbacks dating back to the 2005 season, including four of those seven games by double-digits. Matthew Mitchell is 9-1 in his tenure at Kentucky against Arkansas.
Jimmy Dykes, a former Eddie Sutton assistant at Kentucky, is now in his second year as the head coach at Arkansas.
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