UK Hoops Meets Chattanooga in WNIT

Lexington, Ky. – The Kentucky women's basketball team will meet the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. EST in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Radio Network with Neil Price and streamed live on

The appearance marks Kentucky's sixth all-time in the WNIT and its fourth in the last five years. The Wildcats, who received an at-large bid to the WNIT, have a 12-4 record all-time in the postseason event and claimed the title in 1990.

"We are looking forward to playing tomorrow night, especially at home in front of our fans," UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "It was an electric atmosphere in here last night for the men's NIT and I think that all Kentucky fans can see how special Memorial Coliseum can be with a raucous crowd. If we can have one for our game tomorrow night it can definitely help us play well. A big crowd would mean a lot to us."

The Cats are led by the interior duo of All-SEC second-team selections Victoria Dunlap (Nashville, Tenn.) and Eleia Roddy (Columbus, Ohio). Dunlap, a 6-1 sophomore, ranks second in the SEC in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and is tops on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), steals (53) and blocks (34). Roddy, a 6-3 senior, has endured four knee surgeries in her career but has finally been able to show her full potential in this, her final season as a Wildcat. She averages 12.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and leads the SEC in double-doubles with 11. Also averaging in double-figure points is junior Amani Franklin (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with 11.4 ppg. She has posted double digits in seven of the last nine games, including a career-high 28 vs. South Carolina.

The Lady Mocs (22-9, 17-3 SoCon) enter the WNIT after falling to the College of Charleston in their conference tournament. Despite claiming their 10th consecutive regular season conference title, UTC fell 53-51 in a heartbreaker to the College of Charleston in the semifinals of the SoCon Tournament.

UTC is led by Southern Conference Player of the Year, Shanara Hollinquest. She led the SoCon in scoring (16.2) and field goal percentage and ranks second in the league in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. Junior guard Jenaya Wade-Fray is ranked sixth in the league in scoring and leads the Lady Mocs with 61 three-pointers on the year while senior forward Erin Ogan, averaging 11.7 points per game, is third in the SoCon in rebounding (7.7) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage making 39.1 percent of her attempts.

"We are playing a very tough opponent and Chattanooga has a great program," Mitchell said. "They have been widely successful in their conference and have had one of the winningest programs in women's basketball over the last 10 or 12 years. They have some players that can cause us problems so we will have to be ready to play tomorrow night."

Should UK advance it will face Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference in Madison, Wis., Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. EST.

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