After earning back-to-back wins for the first time since early December, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning ways Thursday as it plays host to Auburn at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.
The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick, in his first year with the program, will be calling the game on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Headrick’s call on 630AM WLAP. Live stats and free audio will be available online at ukathletics.com.
Senior guard Makenzie Cann is scheduled to sign autographs following the game on the main concourse near the Lexington Avenue entrance. Young fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Kid Zone pregame with games, poster making stations, coloring stations and more.
Hot dogs are just $1 Thursday at Memorial Coliseum, while single-game tickets are $9 (all ages) in reserved seating areas and 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 (11-11, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) is coming off two impressive performances in its last two games, defeating Alabama, 79-54, before a win at Arkansas on Monday, 76-65. The Wildcats have been hot from the floor its last 10 quarters, shooting 51.7 percent from the field in their last 100 minutes of basketball. Freshman post Dorie Harrison scored 15 points against Alabama and 16 against Arkansas to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Fellow freshman post KeKe McKinney has scored 12 points in two of her last three games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Arkansas. In her last five games, guard Taylor Murray is averaging 18.2 points per game with 24 assists and 16 steals.
Overall, junior guard Maci Morris leads Kentucky by averaging 15.4 points per game and has hit a season-best 44 3-pointers this season. Morris is just four points away from becoming the 33rd player in school history with 1,000 career points. Murray is averaging 11.5 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game while leading the team with 89 assists and 50 steals. Freshman Tatyana Wyatt and seniors Makenzie Cann and Alyssa Rice are each averaging seven points or more this season.
Auburn leads the all-time series in games played against Kentucky, 26-21, including a 10-9 mark in games played in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats have had recent success in the series, winning nine of the last 10 meetings including six straight at home. Auburn has not won a game against Kentucky in Lexington since a 71-57 victory in Rupp Arena on Jan. 19, 2006. Matthew Mitchell is 11-3 against Auburn as the head coach of the Wildcats.
Entering Thursday's contest, Auburn owns an 11-9 overall record, including a 2-6 record in SEC play. Auburn is coming off a 69-60 victory over in-state foe Alabama on Jan. 28. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Tigers. Its only additional victory in SEC play came against Florida on Dec. 31.
In the win over Alabama, junior guard Janiah McKay led all scorers with 18 points, while freshman Unique Thompson had her six double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
McKay leads Auburn in scoring and assists this season, averaging 16.6 points and 4.5 assists per game. Thompson is averaging a near double-double in her rookie campaign with 11.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. Sophomore guard Daisa Alexander rounds out the double-digit scorers, posting 14.3 points per game.
Kentucky and Auburn met just once last season with the Wildcats earning a 64-60 come-from-behind win at Auburn Arena. After the start of the game was delayed 30 minutes due to tornado warnings, UK bounced out to a lead before Auburn made a rally in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead. UK rallied back and the game was back-and-forth in the fourth quarter before a Makayla Epps and-one gave UK a 61-58 lead it would not relinquish.
Morris paced Kentucky with 18 points, nine rebounds and hit four 3s, while Epps scored 17 points with seven rebounds and four assists. Murray had 14 points and five assists as the Wildcats shot 45.8 percent from the field. Auburn was paced by 22 points from Brandy Montgomery and 16 from Katie Frerking. The Tigers had 23 points off 19 UK turnovers and had a 10-2 edge in fast-break points.
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