Mickie DeMoss Making Her Mark At UK

Everyone has heard the saying "moss won't grow on a rolling stone". Well, here in Kentucky that has been changed to "DeMoss will make UK Women's Basketball grow".

First of all, that is evident in this year's season ticket sales. Last year, there were 120 season tickets sold and this season 2900. The increased excitement that Coach Mickie DeMoss has brought to the Women's Basketball has been noticed nationwide. UK is ranked FIRST NATIONALLY in increased attendance from last season. Close to 4,000 more fans than during the 2002-2003 season are attending each and every game for this year's team. At the Tennessee game, the second largest crowd to attend a UK Women's Basketball game showed up. The 8,429 fans that watched the Cats battle the #1 Vols were only eclipsed by the 10,622 fans way back on February 5, 1983. The February 15th game's attendance should easily break the all-time season attendance record.

The fans have turned out to watch this year's team. Let's look back at what they have seen. The Cats began SEC play on January 8th down in Nashville. The nationally ranked #22, Vanderbilt Commodores, bested the foul prone Kentucky team by a score of 65-to-57.

Next, the #12 Georgia Bulldogs came to Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky just couldn't find their shooting touch hitting only 28% from the floor. The Bulldogs handed the Wildcats their worst loss of the season, as they defeated UK by 21 point 74-53. For the third straight game, the Wildcats were up against a nationally ranked team.

The # 14 LSU Tigers made the trip to Lexington and were lucky to escape with their hides. UK fought LSU to a one-point, 70-69 loss. Swallowing that hard loss to LSU, the Wildcats headed south to Starkville.

Mississippi State set the twine on fire shooting 58.6% in the second half and drawing away to a 19-point lead, but the Cats didn't quit. They kept battling back, but couldn't cool down MSU, ending up with an 80-67 loss. Kentucky traveled east to Columbia, SC. Danyelle Payne's 18-points led the pack of five Wildcats who scored in double figures. Shambrica Jones posted her second double double with 16-points and 10-rebounds. The 75-61 UK victory gave Kentucky their first SEC win.

The Tennessee Lady Vols were the next team to cruise into Memorial Coliseum. As the game began, the #1 team in the nation quickly found out that their old assistant coach wasn't going to let her ladies lie down for them. UK trailed the Lady Vols by only 4-points at the half (32-36). The second half Tennessee showed why they are ranked #1. The Vols led by ten-points four times in the second stanza, but each time UK fought back. Tennessee made a run at the end to preserve the 81-72 win.

Next, UK made its way down to Oxford, Mississippi. It was a heartbreaker of a game. Kentucky's cold shooting streak from the foul line and Ole Miss' desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer forced the game into it's first of two overtimes, where the Lady Rebels pulled off an 80-78 double overtime win.

The Wildcats returned home to face the # 19 Auburn Tigers. Auburn jumped out to a 22-point first half lead and unfortunately, it was just too much for Kentucky to battle back from, as they fell to defeat by the score of 71-54.

Wrapping up UK's SEC play to date, Kentucky has a record of one win and seven loses. To put that into perspective, of the seven losses five were to teams that were nationally ranked and two losses were of one- and two-points. Even though the Wildcats might not be racking the wins, the Big Blue Women's Basketball Fans can see that the team is headed in the right direction and with the great recruiting class for next season it is just a matter of time until Kentucky is ranked up their with their SEC opponents.

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