Ladycats look for 1st Win Over UT in 20 Years

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team has won five of its last six games and looks for its first victory over Tennessee since the 1986 season when the Wildcats and the No. 1/3 Lady Vols square off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rupp Arena.

UK Hoops Looks For First Win Over Lady Vols in 20 Years Wildcats play host to top-ranked Tennessee at 7 p.m. EST Thursday in Rupp Arena LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team has won five of its last six games and looks for its first victory over Tennessee since the 1986 season when the Wildcats and the No. 1/3 Lady Vols square off at 7 p.m. Thursday in Rupp Arena. The game will be carried live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio and television).

A limited number of 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 based on availability. For ticket information, log on to ukathletics.com or call the UK ticket office at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS (2287).

"We've got a big game coming and we are looking forward to it," UK Coach Mickie DeMoss said. "They really, really have a strong team and a very strong tradition. Being down in Rupp, we are expecting a great crowd. From any indications from practice, the players' energy is very good. They will be very prepared. Those are the things we can control, being physically prepared and mentally prepared to play. We will have them physically ready in regards to what we need to defend and what we need to run."

Kentucky enters the game with a 14-4 record and a 3-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference, its best league start since the 1999-00 season. UK is coming off of an impressive road win over Ole Miss on Sunday in Oxford, Miss. Junior guard Jenny Pfeiffer (North Vernon, Ind.) netted a team-high 19 points, including 9-of-9 free-throws to the Cats to an 81-75 victory.

"We have made some noise in the conference with the wins at Florida and at Ole Miss," DeMoss said. "With that, I don't think that we are going to slip up on anybody. Pat (Summitt) is a great coach and she is never going to overlook anybody. They are going to come in here ready to play. We just have to go and battle tomorrow night. We are still the underdogs. I will look for my team to compete and compete hard tomorrow."

UK enters the game with the Lady Vols (18-1, 4-0) looking for their first win in 20 years. UT has won 24 consecutive games dating back to January 24, 1986. This marks the 46th meeting between the border rivals and just the second meeting all-time in Rupp Arena. UK has met UT more times than any other rivals and the Lady Vols hold a 40-5 advantage in the series history.

Sophomore guard Samantha Mahoney (Detroit) and Pfeiffer lead the Cats in scoring, averaging 11.8 and 11.7 ppg, respectively. Freshman point guard Carly Ormerod (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore center Sarah Elliott (McKee, Ky.) follow with 10.6 and 10.4 ppg. Senior forward/center Jennifer Humphrey (Memphis) is the squad's leading rebounder with 9.2 boards per game.

Pfeiffer ranks sixth nationally and second in the SEC in free-throw percentage, hitting 93.9 percent (62-of-66) from the charity stripe. She has hit 19 charity shots in a row, dating back to UK's Jan. 12 game with Florida.

The Lady Vols are coming off a 75-53 loss to No. 2 Duke on Monday. Freshman Candace Parker scored a team-high 17 points, while Sidney Spencer and Alexis Hornbuckle followed with 11 and 10 points apiece, respectively. Parker leads three players currently averaging double figures with 15.1 ppg. Senior Shanna Zolman follows with 14.9 ppg. Hornbuckle is the squad's leading rebounder and shot blocker, averaging 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.


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