Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

UK Hoops Unveils 2014-15 Non-Conference Slate

uk basketball hoops 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (8/14/14) — The University of Kentucky women's basketball team has put together another challenging non-conference schedule in 2014-15, which features seven home games, including a matchup with Baylor in Rupp Arena, road games at Duke and Louisville, and a Thanksgiving tournament in the Virgin Islands.

The Wildcats will face six teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season and two teams that won their regular season and conference tournament championships.

UK, which is entering its 41st season of varsity women's basketball and its eighth under head coach Matthew Mitchell, will begin with an exhibition match against the University of Pikeville, an NAIA program from Pikeville, Ky., on Nov. 6. Kentucky thrives in the friendly confines of Memorial Coliseum under Mitchell, going 78-7 over the last five seasons, including a 14-4 mark last year. UK has won 44 consecutive regular season nonconference games in Memorial Coliseum, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.

"We work extremely hard to construct a schedule that will challenge our players and entertain our fans," UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I feel we have accomplished both of those objectives with our 2014-15 non-conference schedule as once again we will face some of the top programs in the country. The quality of our opponents will prepare our team for the rigors of Southeastern Conference play. We always want our team to be battle-tested before we enter conference play and this schedule will definitely provide us with many tough games. I know our fans will enjoy seeing our team compete at the highest level of college basketball. That is something the Big Blue Nation has come to expect from our team and this schedule delivers in that area. We look forward to preparing for the 2014-15 season."

The Cats will open the 2014-15 regular season with a three-game homestand beginning with Appalachian State on Nov. 14. It will mark the first game between the Wildcats and the Mountaineers in school history.

Following the home opener, UK will play host to the Baylor Lady Bears in Rupp Arena on Nov. 17 for its annual "Pack the House" event. UK and Baylor have become familiar opponents having played each other three times in the last two seasons, including twice last season. This year's game is part of ESPN's seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and set to tip at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The Wildcats will return to Memorial Coliseum two days later to face Morehead State Nov. 19 and then hit the road for the first time Nov. 22 when they travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for a matchup with Central Michigan. Rounding out the month of November, UK will be a part of the Paradise Jam Island Tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands from Nov. 27-29. The Wildcats are one of seven teams competing in the tournament that includes Clemson, Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Florida and Wichita State. It marks the second time the Wildcats have participated in the Paradise Jam but its UK's first regular-season tournament since playing in the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic in 2010-11.

The month of December opens with a home contest vs. Northern Kentucky Dec. 3, followed by a trip to intrastate rival, Louisville, Dec. 7 in the KFC Yum! Center. UK has won the last three meetings in the rivalry, including a 69-64 win in Memorial Coliseum last season.

Rounding out the non-conference schedule features home games with the defending Sun Belt champion Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders Dec. 12, Belmont Dec. 14 and Tennessee State Dec. 28. Road games at intrastate rival Louisville Dec. 7 and Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium Dec. 21 are highlights of the schedule.

Kentucky, which is fresh off its fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last five years, returns seven letter winners, including key players in seniors Bria Goss (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.), junior Janee Thompson (Chicago) and sophomores Linnae Harper (Chicago) and Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.). New additions to the roster this season include junior college transfer and 6-foot-6 center Ivana Jakubcova (Bratislava, Slovakia), freshman shooting guard Jaycee Coe (Gainesboro, Tenn.), freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.) and freshman center Alyssa Rice (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Sophomore forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (Lebanon, Ky.) also will be available for action after sitting out last season with a pulmonary embolism.

Game times are still to be determined and the SEC schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Click here to view UK Hoop's Nonconference schedule.

Season tickets are available for purchase for $65 online at UKAthletics.com/tickets or by calling the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818 or (800) 928-2287. Lower level reserved tickets for UK's game vs. Baylor in Rupp Arena Nov. 17 are also available for only $9 by calling the UK Ticket Office. Seats will be assigned in September after the season ticket renewal deadline.

All other single-game tickets will go on sale in late October.

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Dugan Best Recreation Center 40th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 27

OWENSBORO, Ky. (10/24/14) — The City of Owensboro invites the public to celebrate 40 year anniversary of the Dugan Best… Read More

Spring Creek Health Care Celebrates 50 Years of Operation

MURRAY, Ky. (10/25/14) — While it has been known by several names in its history, the mission of Spring Creek Health… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

October 20, 2014 7259

Uncle Lee's in Greenville is Closing Its Doors…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by www.unclelees.com
October 19, 2014 4920

Kentucky Energy Department Releases Virtual Solar…

in General News For All Sites by Dick Brown
October 21, 2014 3530

UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on Shamrock…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Officer C.P. Haynie
October 22, 2014 3198

Hopkins County Grand Jury Indictments

in Hopkins News by Karen McKnight
October 21, 2014 3101

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 3024

Resident Returns Home to People Using Drugs,…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 20, 2014 2940

Man Charged for Assaulting Pregnant Wife

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 20, 2014 2896

Hopkins County Sheriff's Arrest Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
October 22, 2014 2559

Convicted Felon Charged for Handgun Possession…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
October 22, 2014 2408

Failure to Signal Ends in Drug Arrest

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

October 24, 2014 1990

Central City Man Charged with Sexual Assault on…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Chris Cooper
October 23, 2014 1769

Don Everly to be Part of Rock and Roll Hall of…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
October 24, 2014 1728

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Reporting Check…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 24, 2014 1700

Miners Turn Out in Madisonville for…

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
October 24, 2014 1478

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Oct. 24, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
October 24, 2014 1359

Family Looking for 'Runner'

in Hopkins News by Lisa Crook
October 24, 2014 1237

County Renews Career Advancement Lease

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
October 24, 2014 1224

Baldwin, Crist and Saint Selected to 2014 Second…

in Hopkins Sports by Troy Crist
October 24, 2014 1177

Tail Light Out Traffic Stop Turns to Drug Arrest

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
October 23, 2014 909

Security Officer Offers Identity Theft Protection…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss