NBL fixture: Perth Wildcats avoid early travel to COVID hotspots as schedule gets pushed back


The NBL have delayed the start of the season until December 3 and ensured the Perth Wildcats will avoid the nation’s major COVID hotspots until January 30.

And all Wildcats players will be vaccinated for the start of the season, avoiding any potential issues with changing laws.

The league has today released a fixture heavily designed around playing at venues with fans in attendance while avoiding border closures.

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Matches were initially scheduled to start on November 18 but the later tip-off has eased the COVID-19 pressures on the NBL.

The fixture will see the Wildcats playing seven of their first nine games at home, with their only travel to Adelaide and Brisbane during that time.

The 36ers, Brisbane and New Zealand will all play in Perth twice in the early rounds.

Perth won’t play in NSW until January 30 and their first match in Victoria isn’t until February 26.

“It’s a credit to the league that they have been able to put together a fixture that presents the least amount if interruptions that seems possible,” Wildcats CEO Troy Georgiu said.

“Our priority was for our members to be able to attend games. The fact that we have a lot of home games during school holidays is great. People can watch summer hoops at night and we have some mouthwatering games during that time.

“We’ve got early games like Vic Law playing against his former team and a new JackJumpers team that is filled with former Wildcats.”

Perth's 2021-22 fixture.
Camera IconPerth’s 2021-22 fixture. Credit: The West Australian

With 28 games scheduled across a 10-team competition, the Wildcats will play Adelaide four times and the remaining teams on three occasions. They won’t play any of the Victorian or NSW teams more than once at RAC Arena.

While that will require them to spend time in the nation’s most COVID-impacted states, Georgiu said the entire squad would be vaccinated.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Bryce Cotton of the Wildcats runs with the ball under pressure from Sam McDaniel of United during the round 16 NBL match between Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at John Cain Arena, on May 05, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Camera IconAll of Perth’s players will be vaccinated this season. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

“We didn’t mandate it so we are pleased that our players put themselves into a position where they can play even if laws come into place at some point during the season,” Georgiu said.

The NBL has planned for all teams to have four practice matches but an NBL Cup has not been announced.

NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said the fixture could change if required, but everyone was looking forward to a more normal season.

“We are confident that as the country opens back up, our schedule will open up with it and we will get back to running the competition like we used to,” he said.

PERTH WILDCATS 2021/22 SCHEDULE

(Home games in bold)

Fri Dec 3 v Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena

Sun Dec 12 v Adelaide 36ers at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Fri Dec 17 v Tasmania JackJumpers at RAC Arena

Thurs Dec 23 v Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena

Sat Jan 1 v Brisbane Bullets at Nissan Arena

Sat Jan 8 v New Zealand Breakers at RAC Arena

Fri Jan 14 v New Zealand Breakers at RAC Arena

Thurs Jan 20 v Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena

Fri Jan 28 v Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena

Sun Jan 30 v Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena

Fri Feb 4 v Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena

Sun Feb 6 v Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena

Sun Feb 13 v Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre

Fri Feb 18 v Melbourne United at RAC Arena

Sun Feb 20 v Adelaide 36ers at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Thurs Feb 24 v Tasmania JackJumpers at RAC Arena

Sat Feb 26 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at John Cain Arena

Sat Mar 5 v Tasmania JackJumpers at venue TBA

Sat Mar 12 v Illawarra Hawks at RAC Arena

Sun Mar 20 v Melbourne United at John Cain Arena

Thurs Mar 24 v Sydney Kings at RAC Arena

Sun Mar 27 v Melbourne United at John Cain Arena

Sat Apr 2 v Cairns Taipans at Cairns Convention Centre

Tues Apr 5 v Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre

Fri Apr 8 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at John Cain Arena

Thurs Apr 14 v Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena

Sat Apr 16 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at RAC Arena

Sat Apr 23 v New Zealand Breakers at venue TBA



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NBL fixture: Perth Wildcats avoid early travel to COVID hotspots as schedule gets pushed back


The NBL have delayed the start of the season until December 3 and ensured the Perth Wildcats will avoid the nation’s major COVID hotspots until January 30.

And all Wildcats players will be vaccinated for the start of the season, avoiding any potential issues with changing laws.

The league has today released a fixture heavily designed around playing at venues with fans in attendance while avoiding border closures.

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL FIXTURE

Matches were initially scheduled to start on November 18 but the later tip-off has eased the COVID-19 pressures on the NBL.

The fixture will see the Wildcats playing seven of their first nine games at home, with their only travel to Adelaide and Brisbane during that time.

The 36ers, Brisbane and New Zealand will all play in Perth twice in the early rounds.

Perth won’t play in NSW until January 30 and their first match in Victoria isn’t until February 26.

“It’s a credit to the league that they have been able to put together a fixture that presents the least amount if interruptions that seems possible,” Wildcats CEO Troy Georgiu said.

“Our priority was for our members to be able to attend games. The fact that we have a lot of home games during school holidays is great. People can watch summer hoops at night and we have some mouthwatering games during that time.

“We’ve got early games like Vic Law playing against his former team and a new JackJumpers team that is filled with former Wildcats.”

Perth's 2021-22 fixture.
Camera IconPerth’s 2021-22 fixture. Credit: The West Australian

With 28 games scheduled across a 10-team competition, the Wildcats will play Adelaide four times and the remaining teams on three occasions. They won’t play any of the Victorian or NSW teams more than once at RAC Arena.

While that will require them to spend time in the nation’s most COVID-impacted states, Georgiu said the entire squad would be vaccinated.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Bryce Cotton of the Wildcats runs with the ball under pressure from Sam McDaniel of United during the round 16 NBL match between Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at John Cain Arena, on May 05, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Camera IconAll of Perth’s players will be vaccinated this season. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

“We didn’t mandate it so we are pleased that our players put themselves into a position where they can play even if laws come into place at some point during the season,” Georgiu said.

The NBL has planned for all teams to have four practice matches but an NBL Cup has not been announced.

NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said the fixture could change if required, but everyone was looking forward to a more normal season.

“We are confident that as the country opens back up, our schedule will open up with it and we will get back to running the competition like we used to,” he said.

PERTH WILDCATS 2021/22 SCHEDULE

(Home games in bold)

Fri Dec 3 v Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena

Sun Dec 12 v Adelaide 36ers at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Fri Dec 17 v Tasmania JackJumpers at RAC Arena

Thurs Dec 23 v Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena

Sat Jan 1 v Brisbane Bullets at Nissan Arena

Sat Jan 8 v New Zealand Breakers at RAC Arena

Fri Jan 14 v New Zealand Breakers at RAC Arena

Thurs Jan 20 v Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena

Fri Jan 28 v Adelaide 36ers at RAC Arena

Sun Jan 30 v Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena

Fri Feb 4 v Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena

Sun Feb 6 v Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena

Sun Feb 13 v Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre

Fri Feb 18 v Melbourne United at RAC Arena

Sun Feb 20 v Adelaide 36ers at Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Thurs Feb 24 v Tasmania JackJumpers at RAC Arena

Sat Feb 26 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at John Cain Arena

Sat Mar 5 v Tasmania JackJumpers at venue TBA

Sat Mar 12 v Illawarra Hawks at RAC Arena

Sun Mar 20 v Melbourne United at John Cain Arena

Thurs Mar 24 v Sydney Kings at RAC Arena

Sun Mar 27 v Melbourne United at John Cain Arena

Sat Apr 2 v Cairns Taipans at Cairns Convention Centre

Tues Apr 5 v Illawarra Hawks at WIN Entertainment Centre

Fri Apr 8 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at John Cain Arena

Thurs Apr 14 v Cairns Taipans at RAC Arena

Sat Apr 16 v South East Melbourne Phoenix at RAC Arena

Sat Apr 23 v New Zealand Breakers at venue TBA



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Wildcats Travel to John Jacobs Invitational Saturday


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s track and field teams continue their outdoor season this weekend with a visit to another Big 12 campus, as the Wildcats compete in a one-day meet at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational this Saturday (April 24) at the John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman, Oklahoma.
 
The meet was shifted from an original two-day event to one day due to inclement weather in the Norman area on Friday. The competition begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., CT with the men’s and women’s javelin throw, while the running events will start at 1 p.m., CT with the 4×100-meter relays and run until 4:55 p.m., CT.
 
K-State will be joined at the meet by the host Sooners as well as Big 12 rival Oklahoma State, along with a variety of athletes from some other local schools. All six of the men’s and women’s teams in the meet rank among the Top 60 nationally led by the No. 23 Oklahoma men and No. 27 K-State women. In the latest Midwest Regional rankings, all three men’s teams are in the Top 10 led by the No. 2 Sooners and No. 3 Wildcats, while on the women’s side, the schools rank 1-2-3 led by the top-ranked Wildcats.
 
“Saturday is going to be a smaller meet in terms of numbers. It’s going to be Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and us,” said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto. “Weather looks like it should be fine, 70 degrees and no rain in the forecast. We have around 50 athletes traveling. Some of our folks who have been competing every week will be off, so they can get more training in. I anticipate some quality marks by those going as training has progressed well and conditions should be better for us.”
 
K-State did drop in the latest USTFCCCA National Rating Index (TFRI) that was released on Monday (April 19) with the women’s team checking in at No. 27 (89.01) and the men’s squad coming in at No. 57 (34.62). The Wildcats remain one of the top teams in the Midwest in the latest USTFCCCA Regional Rating Index (TFRI), as the women’s team ranks first (703.89) and the men’s team places third (447.87).
 
The Wildcats will have nearly 50 athletes competing in various events on Saturday, including nationally-ranked performers, sophomore Vitoria Alves (100 meter hurdles/20th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put/15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus/31st), senior Ashley Petr (discus/20th), senior Tejaswin Shankar (high jump/16th), senior Logan Wolfley (javelin/16th) and women’s 4×400 meter relay (21st).
 
Seventeen of the 48 athletes will compete in at least two events or relays, while freshman decathlete Urte Bacianskaite is set to compete in four events, including the women’s 200 meters, long jump, shot put and javelin.
 
Tuning into the John Jacobs Invitational
Fans wanting to follow along with the John Jacobs Invitational can watch the live stream on SoonerSports.TV (https://soonersports.com/watch/?Live=498&type=Archive). This is premium event on the service, so there will be a cost associated to watch. There are monthly subscriptions ($9.99) available at SoonerSports.TV. For more information, please visit the FAQ section on SoonerSports.TV.
 
The live results link will be provided by Delta Timing (https://tf.deltatiming.com/oklahoma/2021-john-jacobs-invitational), while results will also be available at Oklahoma Athletics (www.SoonerSports.com).
 
Due to COVID-19, the general public will not be allowed at the John Jacobs Track Complex.
 
For more information on the outdoor meet, including a full schedule of events, records and more can be found on kstatesports.com by clicking here.
 
USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week (April 13-19)
Despite inclement weather at the Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend in Waco, Texas, K-State still saw a number of athletes earn USTFCCCA Top-10 Marks of the Week for the dates of April 13-19. Senior Tejaswin Shankar posted the fifth-best mark in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.88m/52-01.25, sophomore Chantoba Bright (13.15m/43-3.25) and senior Helene Ingvaldsen (65.31m/215-7) each registered the seventh-best marks in the women’s triple jump and hammer throws, while senior Jullane Walker recorded the ninth-best leap in the men’s long jump at 7.56m/24-9.75.
 
Wildcats Rank Among the Best Nationally
K-State currently has 24 athletes among the Top 50 in their respective events this outdoor season, while the Wildcats place among the Top 50 in both the men’s 4×400-meter relay (3:08.79/47th) and women’s 4×400-meter relay (3:34.52/21st).
 
Seniors Lauren Taubert (5,831/4th) and Ariel Okorie (5,474/17th) still rank among the nation’s best in the heptathlon, while junior Matas Adamonis ranks 21st in the decathlon with 7,293.
 
The throws group continues to have a number of top performers, including senior Helene Ingvaldsen (hammer, 66.89m/219-5, 8th), junior Taylor Latimer (shot put, 17.12m/56-2, 15th), senior Cameron Lewis (discus, 56.24m/184-6, 31st), freshman Kade McCall (hammer, 65.15m/213-9, 33rd), senior Ashley Petr (discus, 55.20m/181-1, 20th), senior Shaelyn Ward (hammer, 62.60m/205-4, 35th) and senior Logan Wolfley (javelin, 70.92m/232-8, 16th).
 
The jumps group is also highly-rated, including junior Chantoba Bright in both the triple jump (13.19m/43-3.25, 17th) and long jump (6.31m/20-8.5, 31st), senior Tejaswin Shankar in both the high jump (2.19m/7-2.25, 16th) and triple jump (15.88m/52-1.25, 26th), freshman Rhianna Phipps in the triple jump (13.18m/43-3, 20th), senior Jah Strange in the triple jump (16.26m/53-4.25, 8th) and senior Jullane Walker in the long jump (7.56m/24-9.75, 43rd).
 
In the sprints, sophomore Vitoria Alves and O’shalia Johnson and senior Kimisha Chambers all rank among the nation’s best in their respective events. Chambers is 12th nationally (57.64) in the 400-meter hurdles, while Alves is 20th (13.14) in the 100-meter hurdles. Johnson is 39th (53.31) in the 400 meters.
 
Last Time Out
K-State enjoyed solid effort in the two-day Michael Johnson Invitational last weekend (April 16-17) in Waco, Texas, as the Wildcats collected eight event titles, including a sweep of the men’s and women’s long jump and triple jump events, at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
 
In all, 18 Wildcats collected personal bests throughout the weekend.
 
K-State’s run of first-place finishes started on Friday with a pair of titles by senior Helene Ingvaldsen in the women’s hammer and sophomore Kassidy Johnson in the women’s 1,500 meters. It was Ingvaldsen’s second title in the hammer this spring and the first since the UTSA Invitational on March 20, while it was Johnson’s second career win in the 1,500 meters at the Michael Johnson Invitational and the first this outdoor season.
 
Senior Colin Echols started the run of first-place finishes in the first event of the day on Saturday with a personal-best throw of 53.31m/174-11.10 to win the men’s discus throw, which was then followed by titles by seniors Jullane Walker and Taishia Pryce in the men’s and women’s long jump competitions and senior Tejaswin Shankar and junior Chantoba Bright in the men’s and women’s triple jump events. Senior Kyle Alcine wrapped up the day with a win in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.10m/6-10.75.
 
Walker and Pryce followed Echols with wins in the men’s and women’s long jump in the third and fourth events of the day, as Walker recorded a mark of 7.56m/24-09.75 on his first attempt to win by 4 inches, while Pryce posted her winning jump of 6.14m/20-01.75 on her second attempt.
 
Bright was part of a 1-2 finish in the women’s triple jump, as her mark of 13.19m/43-03.25 defeated teammate and freshman Rhianna Phipps, who finished second with a jump of 12.90m/42-04.00. Bright and Phipps were both coming off wins last weekend at the Jim Click Shootout, as Bright won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.31m/20-08.50 and Phipps captured the triple jump title with a personal-best of 13.18m/43-03.00.
 
Shankar finished off the sweep in the triple jump with a first-place mark of 15.88m/52-01.25 to win by more than 2 feet, while sophomore Devon Richardson placed third with a leap of 15.07m/49-05.50.
 
Alcine won the high jump by outdueling Texas Tech’s Jequan Hogan on misses. The senior did not have a miss until he couldn’t clear the bar on all three attempts at 2.15m.
 
In addition to the successful day in the field, the men’s and women’s relay teams also performed well against a strong field. The women’x 4×100 meter relay team of Wurrie Njadoe, Shalysa Wray, Bright and Kimisha Chambers started things off with a third-place finish with a time of 45.72 before Chambers and Wray joined O’shalia Johnson and Lauren Taubert to place third overall – second among collegians – in the women’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:38.19. The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Tim Lambert, Jr., Justin Davis, Sean Wilson and Strange also finished third, including second among collegians, with a time of 3:11.02.
 
Big Day in the Women’s Hammer
Senior Helene Ingvaldsen led a 1-2-3 finish by Wildcat seniors in the women’s hammer at the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 16. She was followed by Shaelyn Ward, who finished second with a mark of 61.65m/202-3.25, while Ashley Petr completed 1-2-3 performance by the Wildcats with a personal-best toss of 59.49m/195-02.25 to place third and continue the ninth-best mark in school history.
 
Ingvaldsen’s winning throw of 65.71m/215-07 on her final attempt eclipsed the mark of former Wildcat Sara Saratovic, who set the previous record at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium of 63.21m/207-4 on April 3, 2015.
She threw better than 62 meters in all six attempts in the hammer.
 
Ingvaldsen and Ward were the only participants to throw better than 60 meters or 200 feet.
 
Up Next

The Wildcats will travel to College Station, Texas on Saturday, May 1 for the Texas A&M Alumni Muster.
 



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Maddy Siegrist Leads Wildcats to Win Over Hoyas, 64-56 | Sports


After a tough loss to Creighton on Friday night, Villanova women’s basketball bounced back on Sunday afternoon, traveling to D.C. and beating Georgetown 64-56. 

Both teams started the game off slow, with the score sitting at 11-11 after the first quarter. The Wildcats struggled on the defensive end, giving up six offensive rebounds to the Hoyas allowing for several second chance scoring opportunities. Luckily for the ‘Cats, Georgetown was unable to convert on most of these chances, allowing Villanova to keep the score close. 

The second quarter proved better for the Wildcats, as they were able to get a rhythm on the offensive end, sparked by back-to-back three pointers from freshman forward Lior Garzon coming off the bench. Garzon has been key for the ‘Cats this season and has provided energy and scoring off the bench that has been crucial in many of their victories. 

Behind scoring from Garzon and redshirt sophomore Maddy Siegrist, the ‘Cats were able to build a small lead, heading into halftime ahead by 5. 

The Hoyas scored the first two baskets and a free throw in the third quarter to tie the game at 28-28. The ‘Cats responded with a 13-6 run to go up by seven with 1:52 remaining in the third. Villanova tried to continue this run and pull away, but the Hoyas were not done yet. Georgetown scored six quick points to cut the Wildcat lead to 3 entering the final quarter. 

The Hoyas made every effort to take the lead in the fourth, cutting the lead to one with 6:51 remaining, but the Wildcats responded with a 14-4 run to extend the lead to 11 with 53 seconds left in gameplay. Georgetown had multiple scoring opportunities in the last minute to try and catch Villanova but were unable to capitalize. Siegrist made two free throws with 0:03 remaining to clinch the win for the Wildcats. 

It took an all around team effort from the Wildcats to close out the game, with five Wildcats scoring in the fourth quarter. Freshman guard Bella Runyan scored her only two points of the game in this quarter, as well as recording two steals to spark the Villanova defense, which was much improved from the first half. 

Maddy Siegrist led all scorers with 31 points and 16 rebounds, on 11-21 shooting from the floor, and 8-9 from the free throw line. This was Siegrist’s fourth 30-point game this season, fifth in her career. Siegrist also leads the Big East with ten double doubles this season, and 21 in her career. 

Senior forward Brianna Herlihy added 18 points and four rebounds for the ‘Cats, on 6-9 shooting. This marks Herlihy’s 15th double figure scoring game this season. 

Lior Garzon scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting, 3-5 from beyond the arc. This is Garzon’s ninth double figure scoring game of the season. 

The Hoyas only played seven players in Sunday’s matchup, all of them contributing on the offensive end. Sophomore forward Graceann Bennett led the Hoyas with 13 points and 5 rebounds. 

Leading scorer for the Hoyas this season, freshman guard Kelsey Ransom scored 10 points, and added 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Fellow freshman guard, Taylor Baur, tallied 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists for the Hoyas.

The loss drops the Hoyas to a record of 1-13 in conference, they have not played any non-conference opponents. The Wildcats improve to 13-4, 8-4 in conference play, keeping them at #4 in the Big East. 

Villanova is scheduled to play next on Wednesday Feb. 24 when they travel to Providence. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 



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Arizona vs. UCLA final score: Wildcats unravel in second half for fifth straight loss to Bruins


At halftime of Thursday’s game, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi said that Arizona would currently be one of the last few teams in the NCAA Tournament field if it were eligible, adding that a win at UCLA would theoretically go a long way toward ensuring the Wildcats made it.

In reality, though, the UA’s season is nearly over, and this latest result is a strong indication the team is ready to be done.

Arizona (14-8, 8-8 Pac-12) was outscored 44-29 in the second half, allowing UCLA to shoot 73 percent after halftime in a 74-60 win at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif.

It was the fifth consecutive loss against the Bruins (15-5, 11-3) for the UA, which has dropped two in a row and five of seven overall.

James Akinjo had 21 points and Azuolas Tubelis added 18, that duo making 14 of 26 shots. The rest of the Wildcats were 7 of 24, and three of those makes were from Terrell Brown Jr., as starters Bennedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa and Christian Koloko only took seven total shots (making three).

Arizona shot 42 percent, was 4 of 16 from 3 and turned it over 16 times, a game after having just five turnovers in the home loss to Oregon. The Wildcats had a 20-9 edge in free throw attempts but missed six, unable to use their propensity to get to the line to their advantage.

Up a point at halftime, Arizona turned it over three times in the first four minutes after giving it away eight times in the first half. That, combined with UCLA making nine of its first 10 shots and going on a 9-0 run, enabled the Bruins to lead 49-39 with 12:04 to go.

Arizona missed seven straight shots before Jordan Brown hit a hook shot with 10:08 to go, and after Akinjo hit a 3 with 6:58 left the Wildcats were only down 55-49.

The Wildcats were within five when Kriisa was called for a travel at midcourt, one of a seemingly endless supply of walks called in the game, and UCLA responded with a Tyger Campbell 3-pointer to make it 58-50 with 5:54 remaining.

Arizona got as close as 58-52 when Akinjo was fouled on a 3 and made 2 of 3 free throws with 5:46 left, but made its next five shots to pull away.

Arizona jumped out to a 10-2 start, a reversal of recent slow starts against Oregon and Colorado, and trailed for only a minute in the first half. The Wildcats started 11 of 19 from the field, with back-to-back 3s by Akinjo and Kriisa gave them a 27-20 edge with 6:59 left.

The UA then went more than five minutes without scoring, allowing UCLA to take a 28-27 lead on a Jaime Jaquez jumper with 2:12 left. Jacquez finished with 25, making 10 of 12 shots.

Tubelis’ tip-in with a minute left, Arizona’s only field goal in the final 6:58, gave it a 31-30 halftime edge.

Arizona will try to avoid another Los Angeles sweep when it visits first-place USC on Saturday. The Trojans won 87-73 in Tucson in January.



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? Jayhawks Top Wildcats, 59-41, in Dillons Sunflower Showdown – Kansas Jayhawks


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Jayhawks claimed its 10th conference win of the season, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 59-41 in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown inside Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday.

Kansas’ 10 wins marked the 27th consecutive season with 10 or more wins in conference play, leading all of NCAA Division I. Kansas’ run dates back to the 1994-95 season, while Gonzaga holds the second longest at 24 consecutive seasons (1997-98 to current).

The Jayhawks were led by two players in double figures, including a team-high 14 points from senior Marcus Garrett, who shot 5-of-9 from the field in 30 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman Jalen Wilson joined Garrett in double figures with 11 points, his 17th double figure scoring effort this season, including his seventh straight.

The story of the game for the Jayhawks was defensive play, holding Kansas State to a season-low 41 points. The Wildcats’ 41 points are the fewest the Jayhawks have allowed in a conference game since holding Nebraska to 39 points inside Allen Fieldhouse on February 17, 2007.

Kansas held Kansas State to shoot just 31% (18-of-58) from the field on Wednesday, the lowest shooting percentage KU has allowed in a conference game this season and the fewest overall since holding Omaha to shoot 27.4%. On the offensive end, the Jayhawks shot 38% (22-of-48), while scoring 32 points in the paint.

STAT OF THE GAME

27 – Kansas’ win on Wednesday marked the 27th consecutive season with 10 or more wins in conference play, leading NCAA Division I. Kansas’ run dates back to the 1994-95 season, while Gonzaga holds the second longest at 24 consecutive seasons (1997-98 to current).

NOTES

  • Kansas’ win gave the Jayhawks their fifth-straight win against Kansas State and made the series 201-94 in favor of the Jayhawks.
  • Head Coach Bill Self improved to 517-116 while at Kansas, 724-221 all-time and 37-6 against Kansas State, all while at KU.
  • Kansas allowed only 17 points in the first half, the fewest allowed in any half this season. Kansas previously allowed 19 points in its win over TCU on January 28.
  • The Wildcats’ 41 points are the fewest the Jayhawks have allowed in a conference game since holding Nebraska to 39 points inside Allen Fieldhouse on February 17, 2007.
  • Kansas and Kansas State combined for 100 points on Wednesday, the fewest points since combining for 90 points (53-37) against Oklahoma State on March 7, 1999.
  • Kansas held Kansas State to shoot just 31% (18-of-58) from the field on Wednesday, the lowest shooting percentage KU has allowed in a conference game this season and the fewest overall since holding Omaha to shoot 27.4%.
  • Ochai Agbaji started his 70th career game on Wednesday, starting all 70 games consecutively.
  • Kansas senior Marcus Garrett scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 from the floor, marking his 33rd career game in double figures and ninth this year. Garrett has now led the Jayhawks in scoring in six career games, four of which have come this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas returns home to host No. 15/11 Texas Tech, Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Kansas leads the overall series with Texas Tech, 38-6, including a 19-1 mark in Lawrence, with all 20 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse. Earlier this season, Kansas defeated Texas Tech, 58-57, on Dec. 17, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas.





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Lobos travel to Carrizo Springs to take on Wildcats


The Uvalde Lobos will be trying to snap a four-game losing streak tomorrow night as they travel to Carrizo Springs to take on the Carrizo Springs Lady Wildcats.

Tip-off time for the varsity game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and it will be preceded by a 5 p.m. junior varsity ball game.

In the first district meeting, the Lobos rallied to record a 34-29 victory over the Carrizo Springs girls in a game played in Harvey Kinchlow Gym.

Following action tomorrow, the Lobos will play the Pearsall Lady Mavericks in a district make-up game set for a 10 a.m. tipoff Saturday.

The Lobos enter their final two district games in a race against Carrizo Springs and Pearsall for one of the final two district post-season playoff spots.

With a win in either game, the Lobos can clinch a post-season playoff spot.

Coach Fortino Patiño’s Lobos, 2-4 in district and 8-10 for the season overall, lost a 47-34 decision to the Hondo Owls Tuesday.

A’Taisha Carroll led all individual scorers in the game.

She netted 13 points.

Others scoring for Uvalde were Bailey Williams with six points, Nataly Santos with five points, Audrey Williams with four points, and Maelynn Flores and Desirae Garcia each with three points.

The Lobos lost in road action against the Crystal City Javelinas, 53-33, last Friday night.

Scoring for the Lobos were A’Taisha Carroll with eight points, Kendra Garcia with seven points, Nataly Santos with six points, Bailey Williams with four points, Celeste Valdez with three points, and Audrey Williams and Gisselle Martinez each with two points.

In district action on Jan. 26, the Lobos lost a 37-26 road decision against the Hondo girls.

A’Taisha Carroll racked up 12 points to lead Uvalde’s scoring.

Desirae Garcia netted six points, while Kendra Garcia and Nataly Santos each totaled four points.



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Wildcats Face Third Straight Top-15 Opponent, Travel to No. 8 TAMU Thursday




LEXINGTON, Ky. – After earning consecutive top-15 wins vs. Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time in program history last week, the No. 10 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team continues its difficult stretch of games by traveling to No. 8 Texas A&M on Thursday for an 8:30 p.m. ET tip inside Reed Arena.
 

The game vs. Texas A&M will be televised on SEC Network with Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
It was an impressive week overall for Kentucky, who began its first week of league action under first-year head coach Kyra Elzy with back-to-back wins over top-15 ranked opponents. After starting with a 75-64 win over No. 10 Arkansas, the Wildcats claimed an overtime thriller Sunday at No. 12 Mississippi State, 92-86. The Wildcats won both games in different ways, defeating Arkansas with its best defensive performance of the year, while it claimed the win against Mississippi State with an impressive offensive performance.
 
Against Arkansas, UK held the Razorbacks to a season-low tying five 3s and a season-low in points. Arkansas was limited to less than 20 points in every quarter for the second time on the year. Against Mississippi State, UK scored 92 points, going over 90 for the second time this season. The Wildcats recorded 15+ assists for the sixth straight game and won the rebounding margin for the sixth straight game. UK hit 10 3s against Arkansas and followed with a season-best 14 against Mississippi State – the first time this season it has hit 10 or more 3s in consecutive games. The Wildcats had a season-high eight blocks against Arkansas. In all, five different UK players scored in double figures during the week.
 
The consecutive top-15 wins has given the Wildcats and junior guard Rhyne Howard national praise. Howard, who led UK in scoring in both games with 24 against Arkansas and 33 against Mississippi State, has been named the espnW National Player of the Week, Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week. Elzy was named the espnW National Coach of the Week and overall the Wildcats were tabbed the first-ever USBWA National Team of the Week.
 
Howard is leading the Wildcats this season by averaging 18.8 points per game with 7.3 rebounds per game and a team-best 23 3-pointers made. Howard is second on the team with 29 assists and 14 steals. Junior guard Chasity Patterson is averaging 13.8 points per game and leads UK with 32 assists and 44 steals – her steal total also leads the nation. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 13.5 points per game with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game and team-high 10 blocks.
 

Texas A&M enters Thursday’s game with a 10-0 record and ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25. The Aggies started league play with an impressive 92-67 win at Florida after their league opener vs. Tennessee was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the UT program. The Aggies have defeated both ranked teams they have played this season, taking down then-No. 19 DePaul 93-91 and then-No. 25 Texas, 66-61 – both away. As a team, Texas A&M is averaging 83.2 points per game and limiting opponents to 60.6 points per game. The Aggies are hitting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long range with a +9.9 rebounding margin and +1.9 turnover margin.
 
TAMU has four players averaging over double figures this season, paced by Aaliyah Wilson who is averaging 13.5 points per game with 5.4 rebounds per game and a team-best 22 steals. N’dea Jones is averaging 13.3 points per game with 10.0 rebounds per game and is hitting 58.1 percent from the field. Ciera Johnson is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Alexis Morris is averaging 10.1 points per game.
 

Thursday will be the 12th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Texas A&M in women’s basketball with all 12 meetings coming after the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference. UK trails the all-time series 5-6 against the Aggies, but leads the series 3-2 in College Station. Kentucky had lost four straight in the series before earning a 76-54 win in Lexington last season. It was the largest margin of victory for either team in the series. Seven of the 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including four by 4 or less. This will be the 10th all-time meeting that both teams have been ranked in the top 25. UK is 5-4 all-time in those games. This will be the second game in the series with both teams ranked in the top 10. The first meeting was Feb. 18, 2013 in College Station. UK was No. 9 and TAMU was No. 10. Kentucky won the game 70-66. 
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021

JOE CRAFT CENTER – LEXINGTON, KY.



HEAD COACH KYRA ELZY

 

On how it feels to be espnW National Coach of the Week…

“I am so honored that I received the award, but it is definitely way bigger than me. I’ve talked about it, but this staff is so amazing – Coach Amber Smith, Coach Niya Butts, Coach Lin Dunn, Daniel Boice and our support staff. It definitely wouldn’t be possible without them. Quick thing, I received the award, then I get a text message, it was from Amber Smit and she said, ‘National Coach of the Week, here is your list of recruits to call, please make sure you call these recruits and check back in with the staff.’ So, you know, way to keep you humble, right?”

 

On if you called all of those recruits…

“Yes. Coach Amber (Smith), I don’t know how the roles have changed, I recruited her and coached her at the University of Kentucky, and now she has become my boss. But yes, I do get my checklist done so that she won’t fuss at me, so I have to remain coachable.”

 

On going to No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Well, Texas A&M, they’re extremely tough. Coach Gary Blair, he is a legend, a living legend in this business, and they are extremely talented with a lot of depth. They look to push in transition, they’re hunting paint points, they play out in the ball screen as well as anybody in the country. So, we will definitely have our hands full, and obviously, Ciera Johnson in the paint, you know, she is a physical post that creates problems for us. You know, just going in, we will continue to focus on our transition defense, our one-on-one defense, keeping people out of the paint, and obviously we are working on our post defense to make sure that we’re prepared.”

 

On if there is a difference between SEC Rhyne Howard and non-conference Rhyne Howard

“Well, I don’t think there is a difference. Obviously, she is playing extremely well right now with a lot of confidence. But the thing about Rhyne Howard, I’ve said it over and over and over again, she is the best player in the nation and she showed why. Her ability to score is just uncanny, she has ice water in her veins, and she can score at all three levels. But, what I think that people don’t appreciate about her as much, her ability to pass the basketball, her IQ, and she just does things so effortless that people don’t think she is playing hard all the time, but then you look at the stat sheet and she has eight assists, 10 rebounds, seven steals, so the body of work… and she has the ability to play the 1-5 and defend the 1-5, and that is what makes her special.”

 

On how traveling for road games this season differs from traveling for road games in a normal season…

“Great question. Traveling right now during COVID, obviously it is very strict. Our medical team has done a great job of keeping us healthy. Courtney Jones (athletic trainer) has worked tiredly to make sure that we are safe. But, as far as traveling, we have assigned seats, there is no eating on the bus, there is no eating on the plane. So, it does take away from some of the comradery of being able to sit with your friends. When we get to a hotel, everyone has their own assigned rooms and they can’t be in each other’s rooms, which takes out some of the fun of it, but what I love about this team, they know the sacrifice that they have to make in order to hit the floor.”

 

On where Treasure Hunt is in practice and will fans see her more this year…

“Treasure (Hunt) continues to progress, and our freshmen are very talented, our future is extremely bright. But, it is a change of pace, coming from high school to college, learning to play at the intensity on both ends of the floor, the physicality of the game, and it is just a learning curve for everyone. So, they continue to progress. Treasure Hunt is skilled offensively, she’s still trying to learn our defensive system, which will come in time, but I am extremely happy with all of their progress.”

 

On how the players and the coaches are fostering comradery through a pandemic season…

“Our team chemistry is undeniable, just great. This team just gels, they love each other, they are sisters and they are competitive. They want to win, and they’re going to look out for each other. We have said from the beginning, we have to be resilient, we have to be tough, and we have to stay together. It’s only us in the trenches, and they really take that to heart. But, you know, they spend a lot of time together off the basketball court because they’re here, they’re together in practice, and they’re friends off the court, which I think translates to them on the court.”

 

On what Blue Magic means…

“Yes, a lot of Blue Magic. You know, Blue Magic, that could mean for a great win. You know, we want to earn everything that we have, but there is something about Big Blue Nation and the Blue Magic that comes with it, and that we want people to be a part of it, so let’s continue with the Blue Magic.”

 

On what you learned from the road game at No. 12 Mississippi State that can help you in your road game at No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Great question, you know, what I learned about this team is they are tough and resilient. Not all of the calls went our way, we missed some layups, so, there were times in that game that we could’ve folded, but we hung in there, we faced adversity, and we just had players make big play, after big play, after big play, when we had to have it. Obviously, Rhyne (Howard) came up huge offensively for us, but let’s talk about KeKe McKinney, her leadership on the floor. She made some huge defensive stops, but she hit open shots. Jazmine Massengill came in, turned the corner, hit some shots, hit a huge 3 when we needed it. But, I can go down the list, Olivia Owens, how about what she did in the paint, her post presence and her physicality. So, what we can learn from that is, we’re still a work in progress, there are still a lot of things that we need to get better at, however, when our backs are against the wall, we are going to stick together and face adversity and never give up.”

 

On what Kentucky did poorly in last game that you’d like to correct going forward…

“You know, Mississippi State is a great team. Nikki McCray-Penson has them playing very hard. But, they were dribble driving. You know, we did not stay in front of our man. We did build a wall, but we gave too much ground where they were getting easy points in the paint, and they capitalized on it. And, that’s something that you work on when you go back to practice. So, all of the things that we did not do well, you know, you go back, you reevaluate yourself as a coach, you reevaluate your team, and then you work on it in practice. That’s why I say, we are a working progress, it’s still early in the season, we are still learning as we go, and we will continue to put in the work we need.”





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Wildcats Face Third Straight Top-15 Opponent, Travel to No. 8 TAMU Thursday




LEXINGTON, Ky. – After earning consecutive top-15 wins vs. Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time in program history last week, the No. 10 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team continues its difficult stretch of games by traveling to No. 8 Texas A&M on Thursday for an 8:30 p.m. ET tip inside Reed Arena.
 

The game vs. Texas A&M will be televised on SEC Network with Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
It was an impressive week overall for Kentucky, who began its first week of league action under first-year head coach Kyra Elzy with back-to-back wins over top-15 ranked opponents. After starting with a 75-64 win over No. 10 Arkansas, the Wildcats claimed an overtime thriller Sunday at No. 12 Mississippi State, 92-86. The Wildcats won both games in different ways, defeating Arkansas with its best defensive performance of the year, while it claimed the win against Mississippi State with an impressive offensive performance.
 
Against Arkansas, UK held the Razorbacks to a season-low tying five 3s and a season-low in points. Arkansas was limited to less than 20 points in every quarter for the second time on the year. Against Mississippi State, UK scored 92 points, going over 90 for the second time this season. The Wildcats recorded 15+ assists for the sixth straight game and won the rebounding margin for the sixth straight game. UK hit 10 3s against Arkansas and followed with a season-best 14 against Mississippi State – the first time this season it has hit 10 or more 3s in consecutive games. The Wildcats had a season-high eight blocks against Arkansas. In all, five different UK players scored in double figures during the week.
 
The consecutive top-15 wins has given the Wildcats and junior guard Rhyne Howard national praise. Howard, who led UK in scoring in both games with 24 against Arkansas and 33 against Mississippi State, has been named the espnW National Player of the Week, Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week, College Sports Madness National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week. Elzy was named the espnW National Coach of the Week and overall the Wildcats were tabbed the first-ever USBWA National Team of the Week.
 
Howard is leading the Wildcats this season by averaging 18.8 points per game with 7.3 rebounds per game and a team-best 23 3-pointers made. Howard is second on the team with 29 assists and 14 steals. Junior guard Chasity Patterson is averaging 13.8 points per game and leads UK with 32 assists and 44 steals – her steal total also leads the nation. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 13.5 points per game with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game and team-high 10 blocks.
 

Texas A&M enters Thursday’s game with a 10-0 record and ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25. The Aggies started league play with an impressive 92-67 win at Florida after their league opener vs. Tennessee was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the UT program. The Aggies have defeated both ranked teams they have played this season, taking down then-No. 19 DePaul 93-91 and then-No. 25 Texas, 66-61 – both away. As a team, Texas A&M is averaging 83.2 points per game and limiting opponents to 60.6 points per game. The Aggies are hitting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from long range with a +9.9 rebounding margin and +1.9 turnover margin.
 
TAMU has four players averaging over double figures this season, paced by Aaliyah Wilson who is averaging 13.5 points per game with 5.4 rebounds per game and a team-best 22 steals. N’dea Jones is averaging 13.3 points per game with 10.0 rebounds per game and is hitting 58.1 percent from the field. Ciera Johnson is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Alexis Morris is averaging 10.1 points per game.
 

Thursday will be the 12th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Texas A&M in women’s basketball with all 12 meetings coming after the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference. UK trails the all-time series 5-6 against the Aggies, but leads the series 3-2 in College Station. Kentucky had lost four straight in the series before earning a 76-54 win in Lexington last season. It was the largest margin of victory for either team in the series. Seven of the 11 meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including four by 4 or less. This will be the 10th all-time meeting that both teams have been ranked in the top 25. UK is 5-4 all-time in those games. This will be the second game in the series with both teams ranked in the top 10. The first meeting was Feb. 18, 2013 in College Station. UK was No. 9 and TAMU was No. 10. Kentucky won the game 70-66. 
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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HEAD COACH KYRA ELZY PRE-TAMU NEWS CONFERENCE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021

JOE CRAFT CENTER – LEXINGTON, KY.



HEAD COACH KYRA ELZY

 

On how it feels to be espnW National Coach of the Week…

“I am so honored that I received the award, but it is definitely way bigger than me. I’ve talked about it, but this staff is so amazing – Coach Amber Smith, Coach Niya Butts, Coach Lin Dunn, Daniel Boice and our support staff. It definitely wouldn’t be possible without them. Quick thing, I received the award, then I get a text message, it was from Amber Smit and she said, ‘National Coach of the Week, here is your list of recruits to call, please make sure you call these recruits and check back in with the staff.’ So, you know, way to keep you humble, right?”

 

On if you called all of those recruits…

“Yes. Coach Amber (Smith), I don’t know how the roles have changed, I recruited her and coached her at the University of Kentucky, and now she has become my boss. But yes, I do get my checklist done so that she won’t fuss at me, so I have to remain coachable.”

 

On going to No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Well, Texas A&M, they’re extremely tough. Coach Gary Blair, he is a legend, a living legend in this business, and they are extremely talented with a lot of depth. They look to push in transition, they’re hunting paint points, they play out in the ball screen as well as anybody in the country. So, we will definitely have our hands full, and obviously, Ciera Johnson in the paint, you know, she is a physical post that creates problems for us. You know, just going in, we will continue to focus on our transition defense, our one-on-one defense, keeping people out of the paint, and obviously we are working on our post defense to make sure that we’re prepared.”

 

On if there is a difference between SEC Rhyne Howard and non-conference Rhyne Howard

“Well, I don’t think there is a difference. Obviously, she is playing extremely well right now with a lot of confidence. But the thing about Rhyne Howard, I’ve said it over and over and over again, she is the best player in the nation and she showed why. Her ability to score is just uncanny, she has ice water in her veins, and she can score at all three levels. But, what I think that people don’t appreciate about her as much, her ability to pass the basketball, her IQ, and she just does things so effortless that people don’t think she is playing hard all the time, but then you look at the stat sheet and she has eight assists, 10 rebounds, seven steals, so the body of work… and she has the ability to play the 1-5 and defend the 1-5, and that is what makes her special.”

 

On how traveling for road games this season differs from traveling for road games in a normal season…

“Great question. Traveling right now during COVID, obviously it is very strict. Our medical team has done a great job of keeping us healthy. Courtney Jones (athletic trainer) has worked tiredly to make sure that we are safe. But, as far as traveling, we have assigned seats, there is no eating on the bus, there is no eating on the plane. So, it does take away from some of the comradery of being able to sit with your friends. When we get to a hotel, everyone has their own assigned rooms and they can’t be in each other’s rooms, which takes out some of the fun of it, but what I love about this team, they know the sacrifice that they have to make in order to hit the floor.”

 

On where Treasure Hunt is in practice and will fans see her more this year…

“Treasure (Hunt) continues to progress, and our freshmen are very talented, our future is extremely bright. But, it is a change of pace, coming from high school to college, learning to play at the intensity on both ends of the floor, the physicality of the game, and it is just a learning curve for everyone. So, they continue to progress. Treasure Hunt is skilled offensively, she’s still trying to learn our defensive system, which will come in time, but I am extremely happy with all of their progress.”

 

On how the players and the coaches are fostering comradery through a pandemic season…

“Our team chemistry is undeniable, just great. This team just gels, they love each other, they are sisters and they are competitive. They want to win, and they’re going to look out for each other. We have said from the beginning, we have to be resilient, we have to be tough, and we have to stay together. It’s only us in the trenches, and they really take that to heart. But, you know, they spend a lot of time together off the basketball court because they’re here, they’re together in practice, and they’re friends off the court, which I think translates to them on the court.”

 

On what Blue Magic means…

“Yes, a lot of Blue Magic. You know, Blue Magic, that could mean for a great win. You know, we want to earn everything that we have, but there is something about Big Blue Nation and the Blue Magic that comes with it, and that we want people to be a part of it, so let’s continue with the Blue Magic.”

 

On what you learned from the road game at No. 12 Mississippi State that can help you in your road game at No. 8 Texas A&M…

“Great question, you know, what I learned about this team is they are tough and resilient. Not all of the calls went our way, we missed some layups, so, there were times in that game that we could’ve folded, but we hung in there, we faced adversity, and we just had players make big play, after big play, after big play, when we had to have it. Obviously, Rhyne (Howard) came up huge offensively for us, but let’s talk about KeKe McKinney, her leadership on the floor. She made some huge defensive stops, but she hit open shots. Jazmine Massengill came in, turned the corner, hit some shots, hit a huge 3 when we needed it. But, I can go down the list, Olivia Owens, how about what she did in the paint, her post presence and her physicality. So, what we can learn from that is, we’re still a work in progress, there are still a lot of things that we need to get better at, however, when our backs are against the wall, we are going to stick together and face adversity and never give up.”

 

On what Kentucky did poorly in last game that you’d like to correct going forward…

“You know, Mississippi State is a great team. Nikki McCray-Penson has them playing very hard. But, they were dribble driving. You know, we did not stay in front of our man. We did build a wall, but we gave too much ground where they were getting easy points in the paint, and they capitalized on it. And, that’s something that you work on when you go back to practice. So, all of the things that we did not do well, you know, you go back, you reevaluate yourself as a coach, you reevaluate your team, and then you work on it in practice. That’s why I say, we are a working progress, it’s still early in the season, we are still learning as we go, and we will continue to put in the work we need.”





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