LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for a sixth time under head coach Matthew Mitchell when it faces third-seeded and host NC State on Monday at 7 p.m. ET inside Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.
The game will be televised regionally on ESPN with the entire state of Kentucky seeing the contest while a majority of the nation will be in whip-around coverage. Darren Headrick will have the game on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Every game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament can be streamed through WatchESPN.
Kentucky (25-7) advanced to the second round after a come-from-behind victory Saturday against Princeton. The Wildcats were led in the game by senior guards Taylor Murray and Maci Morris who each scored 19 points. Murray added five rebounds, four assists and three steals while Morris hit three 3s with four rebounds and two steals. Combined the two players scored 19 of UK’s 28 third-quarter points that put the Wildcats in the lead for good against the Tigers.
NC State (27-5) advanced to the second round of the event with a 3-51 win against Maine in the opening round Friday. Graduate student guard Kiara Leslie led the Wolfpack with 20 points adding six rebounds and three 3s while freshman center Elissa Cunane had 16 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kai Crutchfield had 14 points with five rebounds and two assists also hitting three 3s.
Leslie is the team’s leading scorer averaging 15.6 points per game with 7.1 rebounds per game and 93 assists while Cunane is averaging 13.7 points per game with 5.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Aislinn Konig is the team’s leading 3-point shooter hitting 89-of-222 from long range this season while also leading the team with 122 assists.
Kentucky and NC State are meeting for the sixth time in program history with NC State holding a 3-2 record against the Wildcats. This is the fourth meeting between the two teams in Raleigh, N.C., with NC State holding a 2-1 record in those meetings. Monday is the first meeting between the two teams since a 66-62 NC State win on Dec. 30, 1995 at a neutral site.