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UK Women To Host Old Dominion

The Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to snap its two-game losing skid when it plays host to No. 23 Old Dominion Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. EST in Memorial Coliseum. It will mark the 11th meeting all-time between the rivals and the first in Lexington since Jan. 23, 1987. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio/TV) and FSN South (TV).

Single-game general admission tickets are available for $5 adults/$2 senior citizens and children 6-18. Ages five and under are admitted free. UK students, faculty and staff also 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).

Friday’s game begins a brutal stretch for the Wildcats as they play three games in five days. After the ODU game, UK will meet South Alabama Sunday, Dec. 30 before returning home to face Xavier Tuesday, Jan. 1 in Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats (4-6) are coming off a tough 80-65 loss to intrastate rival Louisville on Dec. 20 in Rupp Arena. Sophomore Amani Franklin (Decatur, Ga.) led UK in scoring with a career-high 18 points. Senior Sarah Elliott (McKee, Ky.) followed with 12 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for her 11th career double-double. She also swatted a season-best five blocks and now holds the school record for blocks in a career with 161.

“The players had a few days at home with their families and I’m sure they enjoyed that,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Since they have come back we have had three pretty good practices. I have seen some good things happen and we have an excellent opportunity to see where we stand against another quality opponent in Old Dominion. Old Dominion is a very good team and they have had a very good season. This will be a big test for us.”

Senior guard Samantha Mahoney (Detroit) leads the team in scoring this season, averaging 16.9 points per game which ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference. Elliott follows Mahoney in the scoring column with 12.1 ppg. She also pulls down a team-high 7.4 rebounds and charts 2.2 blocks per game.

Old Dominion, located in Norfolk, Va., is 7-3 overall and enters the game after a 70-28 pounding of Delaware State on Dec. 20. The 23rd-ranked Lady Monarchs are led in scoring by senior guard T.J. Jordan with 16.9 points per game despite having missed the last two games with injury. She is followed in the scoring column by sophomore reserve forward Jessica Canady at 9.8 points per contest. Third-leading scorer Tiffany Green is pouring in 9.1 points per game along with grabbing a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game.

This is the 11th meeting between Kentucky and Old Dominion. ODU leads the series 7-3, but UK holds a 2-1 advantage in Lexington. This is the Cats’ first meeting against the Lady Monarchs in Memorial since Jan. 23, 1987.

The two storied programs met nine times during the late part of the 1970s and early 1980s, playing in 1979 and 1980 and annually from 1982 until 1987. The Lady Monarchs won all but two of the nine meetings although four of the last five games were decided by nine points or less. Both teams were considered two of the premier programs in the country during the early 1980s, battling for national rankings and the attendance title every year.

UK holds a two-game winning streak in the series after defeating ODU last season in Norfolk, Va., 68-55.


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