Wildcats Host Third-Ranked Louisville at Memorial Coliseum Sunday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to get back in the win column following a difficult road trip through the Sunshine State last weekend, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play host to undefeated and third-ranked Louisville on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.
The game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network with Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors and Steffi Sorensen on the call.
“Big game against Louisville on Sunday. It’s always a difficult game and over the past 10 years has been a very tough game with very few exceptions,” said UK coach Matthew Mitchell. “They’re always tough because they’re always very well coached and really good players, and that’s the story this year. Really talented team, really well-coached and big challenge facing us on Sunday. We’re working hard to get ready for it.”
UK enters Sunday's game on a two-game losing skid, falling on the road last weekend at Florida Gulf Coast and Miami (Fla.), who both have been receiving votes a majority of the season in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. The losses ended a stretch of five games in 11 days for the Wildcats, who went 2-3 during that stretch with all three losses coming on the road to teams that have been or are currently ranked/receiving votes in the national polls.
Kentucky (8-3) is in the middle of stretch where eight straight opponents are either ranked/receiving votes or have been ranked/receiving votes this season. The stretch includes at FGCU (rv), at Miami (rv), vs. No. 3/4 Louisville, No. 24/rv Cal, at MTSU (rv), vs. No. 7/7 Tennessee and at No. 19/22 Texas A&M. UK is 0-1 vs. ranked foes this season, falling at top-10 ranked Baylor.
Junior guard Maci Morris (pictured) is leading Kentucky in scoring this season by averaging 15.8 points per game. The native of Pineville, Ky., has hit a team-best 30 3-pointers and sits second on the team with 11 steals and 10 blocks. Fellow junior guard Taylor Murray is averaging 12.3 points per game, while sitting second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. Murray has a team-best 40 assists and 18 steals. As a team, UK is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from 3 and has a +10.2 rebounding margin this season.
Louisville enters the contest with a perfect 12-0 record, earning three wins already over ranked opponents. The Cardinals have defeated No. 5 Ohio State, No. 24 Michigan and No. 10 Oregon. UofL has one win over a Southeastern Conference team already this season, taking down Vanderbilt, 79-57, on Dec. 7 in the KFC Yum! Center.
Most recently, Louisville defeated Tennessee State, 92-56, on Dec. 12 inside the KFC Yum! Center with seven different players scoring in double figures. The Cardinals shot 54.3 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from long range and outrebounded TSU, 52-31.
Junior guard Asia Durr is the leading scorer for the Cardinals this season averaging 17.8 points per game. Durr is hitting 44.8 percent of her shots, including 46.1 percent (35-of-17) from 3. Senior forward Myisha Hines-Allen is averaging 13.1 points per game with 9.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Jazmine Jones is posting 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Dana Evans has a team-best 52 assists this season to go along with a team-high 23 steals.
As a squad, the Cardinals are hitting 50.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3 and averaging 84.4 points per game, while opponents are scoring just 55.3 points per game. UofL has a +11.7 rebounding margin and a +5.8 turnover margin.
Kentucky owns a 34-19 all-time record against Louisville in women's basketball, including a 22-4 mark in games played in Lexington. This is the first time the two teams have met in Memorial Coliseum since UK posted a 74-54 victory over the Cards on Dec. 4, 2011. Louisville has not defeated Kentucky in Lexington since earning an 80-65 victory over the Wildcats on Dec. 20, 2007 in Rupp Arena. The Cardinals have not defeated Kentucky in Memorial Coliseum since a 68-67 victory over the Wildcats on Feb. 6, 1979. The Wildcats have won five of the last six meetings in the series.
Louisville earned its first win over Kentucky in six tries last season in the KFC Yum! Center, taking down the Wildcats 69-67 in overtime. Then-senior Makayla Epps had 22 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, while Murray had a career-high 21 points and Morris added 10 points. UK shot 42.1 percent from the floor in the game, but the Wildcats committed 19 turnovers and lost the battle of the boards 49-40.
Fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game and all Wildcat fans will receive a free pompom upon entry into Memorial Coliseum. Sophomore guard Jaida Roper is scheduled to sign autographs following the game on the main concourse near the Lexington Avenue entrance. Young fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Kid Zone pregame with games, poster making stations, coloring stations and more.
Single-game tickets are $9 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children ages five and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas.
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