EXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will hosts its lone exhibition game of the season Sunday at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum against the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. Admission to the game is free and parking and shuttle information can be found below.
The game will not be televised but will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network with Darren Headrick, now in his first year with the program, calling the action. Fans in Lexington can hear Headrick’s call on 630 AM WLAP. Live stats and free audio will be available online at ukathletics.com.
Although admission to Sunday’s game is free, the UK Ticket Office will be open before the game and until halftime for fans wishing to purchase season tickets or single-game tickets to any of UK’s home games this season. Purchasing season tickets offers the best option and price savings for fans. New season ticket purchases are available in upper-level reserved chairbacks (sections AA-JJ), lower-level reserved bleachers (sections R-Z) or general admission bleachers (sections RR-ZZ) for $65 per ticket. Lower-level reserved chairbacks (A-J) sections are sold out again this season.
Single-game tickets are $9 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children ages five and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas.
Kentucky, which is entering its 44th season of varsity women’s basketball and 11th under Mitchell, is coming off its school-record eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The Wildcats finished with a 22-11 record last season, marking its 18th 20-win season and its eight straight under Mitchell. UK finished No. 18 in The Associated Press Top 25 and No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Top 25. It was the eighth straight season the Wildcats have finished inside the top 25 of both national listings.
The Wildcats took down three ranked opponents during the year, defeating then-No. 14 Miami (Fla.), then-No. 12 Oklahoma and then-No. 3 Mississippi State. UK also earned wins over Belmont, Missouri, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Florida, who were either ranked or receiving votes at some point during the season. Mitchell’s squad, which finished with the No. 14 overall RPI in the final NCAA RPI report, played the second-toughest schedule in the nation in 2016-17 with 25 of its 33 games being played against teams that finished in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI report. The Wildcats played 13 games against top-25 RPI teams with four wins, while it had six wins against RPI top 50 teams.
A key task entering the 2017-18 season will be replacing the All-America production of Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator, who combined to average 33.6 of the team’s 70.9 points last season. The Wildcats do return juniors Taylor Murray and Maci Morris, who both averaged double-figure scoring last season, and key reserves Makenzie Cann, Alyssa Rice, Jessica Hardin and Jaida Roper, who each averaged 12 or more minutes last season.
In all, the Wildcats return eight of 11 eligible players and will add Stony Brook transfer and 2016 America East Conference Rookie of the Year Ogechi Anyagaligbo, who practiced with the team last season. UK also adds five newcomers in true freshmen Dorie Harrison (6-2, F/C, Nashville, Tenn.), KeKe McKinney (6-1, G/F, Knoxville, Tenn.), Kameron Roach (5-6, G, Hopkins, S.C.) and Tatyana Wyatt (6-3, F, Columbus, Ga.), and junior college transfer Amanda Paschal (5-6, G, Brooklyn, N.Y/Gulf State College).
Southern Indiana enters this season as the favorite to repeat as champions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division according to the GLVC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. USI is coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw it post a 24-5 overall record and a 16-2 mark in GLVC play. The Eagles have had success against Division I opponents in exhibition games, defeating Butler, Cincinnati and Evansville in exhibition games the past four seasons. Southern Indiana is in its 19th season under Rick Stein, who holds a 313-203 all-time record with the school.
USI returns three starters from last year in senior guard Randa Harshbarger, senior guard/forward Kaydie Grooms and senior forward Morgan Dahlstrom. Grooms earned second-team All-GLVC honors a year ago after leading USI with 15.4 points per game, while Dahlstrom was a third-team All-GLVC honoree after averaging 10.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. Harshbarger was fourth in the GLVC a year ago with a team-best 3.7 assists per game, while her 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio was fifth in the conference.
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