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UK Hoops Defeats Pikeville 141-63 in Exhibition Play

UK Hoops Defeats Pikeville 141-63 in Exhibition Play

Eight Wildcats scored in double figures led by Jennifer O’Neill and Alexis Jennings

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Led by eight players with at least 10 points, the Kentucky women’s basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a 141-63 exhibition victory over Pikeville  on Thursday in Memorial Coliseum.

 

The Wildcats improved to 7-1 in exhibition contests under eighth-year head coach Matthew Mitchell. The meeting between UK and NAIA member Pikeville was the first in the series.

 

“It was good to get into Memorial Coliseum tonight and play and be back on that floor,” Mitchell said. “We believe this is the most special place in the country to play and we love being in Memorial. I thought the players did what they were charged to do tonight. We really talked about energy and effort and playing hard. We are long way away from being a finished product, but we have worked very hard on our effort and conditioning and running the floor. So, the things that we could control tonight – I thought we did a pretty good job.”

 

UK’s offensive charge was led by senior guard Jennifer O’Neil (Bronx, N.Y.) and freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.), each with 20 points. As a team, Kentucky was 56-89 from the field and 11-23 from beyond the arc.

 

Kentucky won the turnover battle by a 37-16 margin. Fifty-two of UK’s 141 points came off turnovers, and the Wildcats held an 18-0 advantage in fast-break points.

 

Pikeville was held to 23-57 shooting and 6-20 from beyond the arc. In addition to forcing 63 turnovers, the UK defense held the Bears to 26 points in the paint and just four second-chance points. In contrast, the Wildcats scored 80 points in the paint and had 25 second-chance points.

 

Sophomore Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.) just missed out on a triple-double, with 18 points, a team-high-tying eight rebounds and a team-high-tying eight assists. Senior Bria Goss (Indianapolis) also had eight assists in addition to 11 points and four rebounds, while fellow senior Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) had eight rebounds and 14 points. Sophomore Linnae Harper (Chicago) was one shy of tying for the team lead with 19 points.

 

Kentucky jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a pair of free throws and a Bishop layup. Pikeville cut UK’s lead to two at 7-5, but that’s when the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run to break the game open. The stretch, which gave Kentucky a 19-5 advantage, was fueled by two three-pointers by O’Neill and two Harper layups.

 

With a 26-13 lead, UK extended its advantage to 24 at 40-16. Bishop had five of her 14 points in the run, while Jennings and sophomore Kyvin Goodin-Rogers each tallied four points.

 

A jumper by junior Janee Thompson (Chicago) with seven seconds left in the first half gave UK a 58-34 lead at the break.

 

Eight seconds into the second half, Thompson buried a three to add to UK’s lead, which it extended to 89-42 with a 16-0 run. After a Pikeville jumper ended Kentucky’s run, the Wildcats turned around and scored 11 in a row to hit the century mark for a 100-44 lead.

 

The Wildcats continued to expand on their lead until the final buzzer for a 141-63 victory.

 

Kentucky begins the 2014-15 regular season vs. Appalachian State on Friday, Nov. 14. Set for a 7 p.m. ET first tip from Memorial Coliseum, the contest will air on the SEC Network+ and on the UK Radio Network. Tickets are available on UKHoopstix.com or Ticketmaster.com.

SEC Coaches Pick UK Hoops to Finish Fourth

Jennifer O’Neill and Bria Goss named preseason All-SEC

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference’s head coaches have selected the Kentucky women’s basketball team to finish fourth in the preseason poll released today. Senior guard Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) also was selected to the All-SEC First Team, while senior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) was named to the All-SEC Second Team.

 

O’Neill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, was named the SEC Co-6th Woman of the Year last year after averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game off the bench. O’Neill scored in double figures in 23 games, including netting a school-record 43 points in UK’s thrilling four-overtime win vs. No. 9 Baylor. Goss, a 5-10 senior guard, was the team’s third-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game last season and she set a new UK single-season record when she hit 90.1 percent from the free throw line (127-of-141).

 

Like the preseason SEC media poll released in October, South Carolina was the favorite to win the title, followed by Tennessee (169), Texas A&M (144), Kentucky (135), Georgia (108), Vanderbilt (107), and LSU (94) rounding out the top half of the league. Mississippi State (87), Florida (86), Auburn (53), Missouri (48), Arkansas (40), Alabama (25) and Ole Miss (23) round out the bottom half.

 

The Wildcats open the 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition game against Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +. Events on SEC Network + are exclusively available on SECNetwork.com  and on WatchESPN via computers, smartphones and tablets.

 

Season tickets for UK’s entire 15-game regular-season home schedule are on sale now for $65 at www.ukhoopstix.com although lower-level chair backs ($80) are sold out. Single-game tickets are also on sale through the UK Ticket Office or www.Ticketmaster.com. Single-game reserved tickets are $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free for all games with valid identification.

Single-game Baylor tickets in Rupp Arena are $9 for lower level reserved and $8 for upper level general admission. Youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (ages 65 and up) are only $5. Baylor tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Joe Craft Ticket Office. Office hours are 9 a.m. ET – 4:30 p.m. ET. Groups of 10 or more are $2 each in reserved and general admission areas and can ONLY be purchased by calling the UK ticket office directly.

Order of Finish

  1. South Carolina           169
  2. Tennessee                155
  3. Texas A&M               144
  4. Kentucky                  135
  5. Georgia                     108
  6. Vanderbilt                  107
  7. LSU                          94
  8. Mississippi State       87
  9. Florida                       86
  10. Auburn                    53
  11. Missouri                  48
  12. Arkansas                 40
  13. Alabama                  25
  14. Ole Miss                  23

 

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

 

First Team All-SEC

Jessica Jackson, Arkansas

Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky

Danielle Ballard, LSU

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

 

Second Team All-SEC

Kayla Lewis, Florida

Shacobie Barbee, Georgia

Bria Goss, Kentucky

Tia Faleru, Ole Miss

Morgan Eye, Missouri

Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt

UK Hoops Ranks in Top 15 of Preseason Magazines

UK one of just 10 schools to chart 25-plus wins five consecutive seasons

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After its school-record fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and fifth consecutive season with 25-plus wins, the Kentucky women’s basketball team has earned top-15 preseason rankings by in several preseason publications, including Athlon Sports Magazine, Lindy’s Sports Magazine and Sporting News.

Kentucky, which finished 26-9 in 2013-14 and advanced to its third straight Sweet 16, is ranked No. 11 by Athlon Sports, No. 12 by Lindy’s Sports and No. 15 by Sporting News.

 

Seven letter winners return from last season’s squad, including top scorer and Southeastern Conference Co-6th Woman of the Year Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.), and starters Bria Goss (Indianapolis) and Janee Thompson (Chicago). O’Neill, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, dropped in a team-high 12.6 points per game last year, while Goss, a 5-10 senior guard, was the team’s third-leading scorer with 10.2 ppg. Thompson, a 5-7 junior point guard, averaged 8.6 points per game a year ago, while dishing out a team-best 107 assists. Also returning is senior center Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) who saw action in all 35 games last season with five starts and senior forward Jelléah Sidney (Queens Village, N.Y.) who averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and was second on the team in steals with 41. The dynamic sophomore duo of Linnae Harper (Chicago) and Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.) look to pick up where they left off last season. Harper, a 5-8 guard and member of the SEC All-Freshman team and SEC All-Tournament team, averaged 6.9 points per game overall, including 9.5 ppg in postseason play. Epps, a 5-10 guard, was one of the team’s best shooters, hitting .483 percent from the field (56-of-116).

 

New additions to the roster this season include junior college transfer and 6-foot-6 center Ivana Jakubcova (Bratislava, Slovakia), freshman shooting guard Jaycee Coe (Gainesboro, Tenn.), freshman and forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.) and freshman center Alyssa Rice (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Sophomore forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (Lebanon, Ky.) also will be available for action after sitting out last season with a pulmonary embolism.

The Wildcats open up the 2014-15 season with an exhibition game against Pikeville on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +. Events on SEC Network + are exclusively available on SECNetwork.com  and on WatchESPN via computers, smartphones and tablets.

 

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Athlon’s

  1. Connecticut
  2. South Carolina
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Michigan State
  6. Stanford
  7. Tennessee
  8. Baylor
  9. Texas
  10. Iowa
  11. Kentucky
  12. Duke
  13. North Carolina
  14. Nebraska
  15. California
  16. Louisville
  17. Dayton
  18. West Virginia
  19. Maryland
  20. Georgia
  21. DePaul
  22. Oregon State
  23. Rutgers
  24. Syracuse
  25. Albany

 

Lindy’s Sports

  1. Connecticut
  2. South Carolina
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Stanford
  5. Tennessee
  6. North Carolina
  7. Maryland
  8. Baylor
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Louisville
  11. Duke
  12. Kentucky
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. West Virginia
  15. DePaul
  16. Nebraska
  17. California
  18. Purdue
  19. Gonzaga
  20. Michigan State
  21. Brigham Young
  22. Penn State
  23. Oregon State
  24. Texas
  25. Iowa

 

Sporting News

  1. Connecticut
  2. Norte Dame
  3. South Carolina
  4. Stanford
  5. UCLA
  6. Baylor
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Tennessee
  9. Louisville
  10. Texas
  11. Duke
  12. California
  13. DePaul
  14. Nebraska
  15. Kentucky
  16. Michigan State
  17. Oklahoma State
  18. North Carolina
  19. Maryland
  20. West Virginia