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Nov 16, 2012 5:29 PM

UK Women Ready For High Point

The No. 6/7 Kentucky women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it plays host to High Point on Saturday, Nov. 17 in the first of four straight home games. Saturday's game will tipoff at 1 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.

Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $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.

Season tickets are also still available for $65. Lower-level chair back seating ($80) is sold out.

The game can be heard live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price calling the. Fans can follow the UK Hoops team on Twitter at @UKHoopCats and use #UKHoops to comment on the game. A live video stream is available on the subscription video portion of www.UKathletics.com.

UK and High Point will meet for just the second time in school history. The Wildcats, who last met the Panthers on Jan. 6, 2004, are 1-0 all-time vs. the Panthers and 9-1 vs. teams from High Point's Big South Conference.

The Wildcats look forward to returning to the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum, a place where they have won 20 consecutive games (21 consecutive home games counting the one game at Rupp Arena) and 32 consecutive games vs. nonconference opponents. The home winning streak is the third-longest winning streak in school history and ranks tied for fourth nationally.

"We are looking forward to getting back on the court," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We suffered a disappointing defeat down in Waco on Tuesday so we have come back and really tried to work and continue to progress and tomorrow's an important step in our team's development. High Point has a good team. Their point guard, (Erin) Reynolds, is I think one of the best point guards in their league. She is very impressive on tape. And (Cheyenne) Parker, their post player, has to be considered one of the best players in their league. They're surrounded by a bunch of hard-nosed, tough players that can make 3s. Anytime you're playing a team with a good point guard, good post player and then people that can shoot the basketball, they are dangerous. So we have to be ready to go out and give a great effort tomorrow and I'm looking forward to getting back in Memorial Coliseum and playing a tough game."

UK's first road trip of the season wasn't a very pleasant experience as the Wildcats dropped an 85-51 decision at top-ranked Baylor. It didn't help that UK shot its lowest shooting percentage since 2008, netting 27.1 percent from the field. Baylor, along with 6-foot-8 All-American and last season's National Player of the Year Brittney Griner, dominated the Wildcats in the paint, outscoring UK 60-16 and winning the battle on the boards, 53-35. Griner finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Senior guard A'dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) scored a team-high 12 points in the game, while sophomore guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) added 11. Junior forward Samarie Walker was the leader on the boards with nine. Overall, Mathies leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game. She needs just 19 more points to move into the top 10 on UK's all-time scoring list. She currently ranks 11th with 1,463 career points.

High Point is 1-1 after a season-opening win (85-76) over East Tennessee State and a two-point loss (64-62) at Furman on Tuesday. Redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson and junior Tayler Tremblay led with 13 points apiece vs. Furman, while junior center Cheyenne Parker grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Overall, Parker, a 6-4 center, leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with an impressive 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. She was the Big South Defensive Player of the Year last season after setting the Big South single-season record for rebounds (403) and blocked shots (121).

High Point, led by first-year head coach DeUnna Hendrix, was picked to finish second in the Big South Preseason Poll by the league's head coaches. The Panthers, who finished with a 20-13 overall record last season, were picked behind defending Big South Champion Liberty.

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