Posted: Feb 28, 2013 3:12 PM
No. 10 Kentucky women's basketball looks to get back on the winning track when it travels to Oxford, Miss., on Thursday, Feb. 28 to take on Ole Miss in its final regular season road game. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST in the Tad Smith Coliseum and be carried live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.
The?Wildcats (23-4, 11-3) currently sit in a three-way tie for second place in the Southeastern Conference standings with Georgia and Texas A&M. If Tennessee (13-1), which has already clinched at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship, defeats the Aggies on Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., the Lady Vols, would win the title outright. If UK and A&M win on Thursday, Sunday's matchups would decide the SEC champion.
"This is an important game for us as this is our last conference game on the road and we need to try to bounce back from our disappointment of Sunday and losing that game," UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We reviewed the video of that game and there were some areas where we can improve and do better and Ole Miss I know will be motivated. It's their last home game so that's always a night where people are really motivated to do well, last night in their gym. So we will have a big test ahead of us and play well and I know the team wants to bounce back and get a victory tomorrow night."
This game could also be significant in the UK record books as Mitchell, who has 137 wins in just six seasons as the head coach of the Wildcats, needs just one more to tie Terry Hall's record of 138 wins set from 1980-87. His winning percentage of 69.5 percent (137-60) already ranks first.
Mitchell was just the third coach in UK Hoops history to record 100 wins and he earned that milestone in just 151 games, becoming the second-fastest coach to reach 100 victories.
Ole Miss is 9-18 overall and 2-12 in SEC play after falling to two nationally-ranked teams last week. The Rebels fell at No. 10 Texas A&M 82-53 and at home to No. 12 Georgia 73-54. This marks the final week of play for the Rebels as they will not participate in the SEC Tournament due to a one-year self-imposed postseason ban on its women's basketball program in response to recruiting and academic violations which occurred last October.
UK trails 20-13 in the all-time series against Ole Miss, including 11-5 in Tad Smith Coliseum. However, UK has won five of the last six meetings, including three in a row. Last season, the Wildcats took an 82-41 win over the Rebels in Lexington.