LEXINGTON, Ky. – Excitement for the start of the 2018-19 season is abundant around the Kentucky women’s basketball program and the buildup is expected to only continue as head coach Matthew Mitchell and Co. will host a Meet the Wildcats event in front of Memorial Coliseum’s new 1,800 square foot LED video board on Monday, Oct. 22.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET and feature food, introduction and meet and greet with the 2018-19 Wildcats, autograph session, silent auction, kids games and more. Admission is free to Victory Club members who have enrolled in the program by Oct. 12, $5 per person for season ticket holders and $10 per person for the general public. Children age 5 and under are free. A limited number of VIP photo packages will be sold for $20 and include an individual or group (up to 8 people) photo inside the UK locker room with the UK mascot. The VIP photo packages are ideal for family photos or holiday cards.
Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/MeetTheWildcats18 and will close on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Kentucky will begin its 45th season of varsity women’s basketball and its 12th under Matthew Mitchell this winter. The Joe Craft Center hallways are full of excitement this summer as the Wildcats will return 10 of the 13 players that saw time last season along with forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo, who missed the 2017-18 season due to injury. In all, the Wildcats bring back 80 percent of their made field goals from last season, 75 percent of their made 3s, 74 percent of their rebounding, 80 percent of their assists and 81 percent of their scoring.
Each of the top four scorers will be back for UK starting with guard Maci Morris, who paced the Wildcats with 17.3 points per game and finished second in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage at 47.5 percent. Fellow guard Taylor Murray also returns her 11.5 points per game and team best 136 assists and 67 steals. Sophomores Dorie Harrison and Tatyana Wyatt were the team’s third and fourth best scorers last season, respectively. Harrison averaged 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while Wyatt averaged 6.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Kentucky has added one of the nation’s best recruiting classes to mix as well in guards Rhyne Howard and Blair Green. Howard and Green made up the 18th-best class in the nation according to All Star Girls Report. Both players were named McDonald’s All-America Game nominees and Naismith High School All-America Honorable Mention last season. Howard, who was recently tabbed one of 12 players to the Team USA U18 roster, was named Tennessee’s Miss Basketball and the Gatorade Player of the Year. Green was a finalists for Miss Kentucky Basketball and was tabbed first-team all-state this season.