UK Hoops Play Host to Rival Louisville

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team returns to the court Wednesday as it plays host to intrastate rival Louisville at 7 p.m. in the first of four games to be played in Rupp Arena this season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team returns to the court Wednesday as it plays host to intrastate rival Louisville at 7 p.m. in the first of four games to be played in Rupp Arena this season. The Lexus Store of Lexington will be providing UK hats to the first 300 fans. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio and television).

Single-game general admission tickets are available for $5 adults/$2 senior citizens and children ages 18 and under. UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification. For ticket information, log on to ukathletics.com or call the UK ticket office at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS (2287).

The contest marks the 42nd meeting between the schools in the annual "Battle of the Bluegrass", ranking as the second-longest series for the Cats. UK has met only the Tennessee Lady Volunteers (44 times) more than the Cardinals. The Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1984-85 season with a 9-1 record heading into Wednesday's showdown with U of L.

Kentucky leads the all-time series 28-13 and has won four of the last seven meetings between the two schools. Last season, the Cardinals handed the Wildcats a 66-49 defeat in Freedom Hall, but UK won the last meeting in Lexington 84-80 in overtime two years ago. The Cats hold an 18-2 advantage when the game is being played in Lexington.

"It is a big game anytime you play Louisville at the University of Kentucky," UK Coach Mickie DeMoss said. "It is a big rival coming off of the Christmas break and we've had two days of good preparation. Playing in Rupp Arena is always exciting for our players. We know we have a tough game ahead of us. They have a solid team with three very good scorers plus a good bench, so we are going to have to come ready to play."

The Wildcats are coming off a commanding 105-45 win over Tennessee State last Thursday. Six Kentucky players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Samantha Mahoney's (Detroit) game-high 18. It was the first time since 2002 that six players recorded double-digits and the 32nd time in school history the Wildcats scored 100 or more points.

Mahoney leads the Cats in scoring with a squad-best 11.8 points per game, while junior guard Jenny Pfeiffer (North Vernon, Ind.) and freshman point guard Carly Ormerod (Louisville, Ky.) follow with 9.8 and 9.7 ppg, respectively. Senior forward/center Jennifer Humphrey (Memphis) is the team's leader on the boards with 7.8 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward/center Eleia Roddy (Columbus, Ohio) follows with 7.0 rpg.

Louisville enters Wednesday's contest with a 7-2 record. The Cardinals split a pair of games at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico last week, dropping a game to Texas Tech 68-57 and defeating Western Michigan 73-50. Louisville is 1-1 vs. teams from the Bluegrass State this season. U of L defeated Eastern Kentucky but fell on the road to Western Kentucky.

Junior forward Missy Taylor leads three players averaging double-figure point totals with 12.6 ppg. She also is the squad's leading rebounder with 8.3 boards per game. Junior center Jazz Covington follows in the scoring column with 11.2 ppg, while junior guard Helen Johnson is adding 11.0 ppg.

Live audio and statistics for all UK Hoops games this season will be available on ukathletics.com.


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