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Jan 26, 2013 2:48 PM

UK Hoops Returns to Memorial Sunday vs. LSU

The No. 5/4 Kentucky women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it returns to the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 27 to face LSU at 3 p.m. EST.

The Wildcats (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) also look to snap a two-game losing skid to the Lady Tigers and extending their school-record home winning streak to 34. The streak, which began with a win over LSU on Feb. 13, 2011, ranks second nationally behind Baylor's 49-game home winning streak. Kentucky has won a school-record 14 straight home games vs. SEC opponents.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us with LSU on Sunday," UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "They are a very aggressive team. They have some explosive weapons offensively and they really get after you on defense. It's clearly an important game for us. We need to protect the home court and see if we can get another SEC victory, but it will be a tough game."

Against the Gamecocks on Thursday, UK struggled to get its offense going as it shot just 32.8 percent from the floor (19-of-58) for an SEC-low 50 points. It was the fewest points scored by the hot-streaking Wildcats since netting 48 vs. Louisville on Dec. 2, 2012. In a very physical battle, the Gamecocks capitalized on 27 trips to the free throw line, hitting 13 of them, while UK was 7-of-11.

LSU, which is coming off a bye week, is 12-7 overall, 3-3 in SEC play after a win over Vanderbilt last Sunday at home, 54-51.

"They're athletic, they have some good athletes, they have some good skill players, too," Mitchell said. "They are well balanced and can score a lot and are capable of putting points on the scoreboard. I think they're a really good SEC team with good athletes, good players, very well-coached so it will be another tough one Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum."

Sunday will mark the 41st meeting between the teams. LSU leads the all-time series 30-10, including a 10-4 advantage when playing in Lexington. The Wildcats are looking to snap a two-game losing skid to the Tigers and chart their first win at home over LSU since Feb. 13, 2011.

UK fell in both meetings against the Tigers last season, falling 61-51 in Baton Rouge and 72-61 in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.

Five of the last seven matchups with LSU have been decided by 10 points or less. UK went 3-2 in those games.

The game will be televised live on SportSouth, FS?Southwest, Sun Sports and Fox Sports South. It also will be available on ESPN3 and the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.

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