UK Hoops One Win Away From Final Four

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A trip to the program’s first Final Four is on the line when the fourth-seeded Kentucky women’s basketball team takes on third-seeded Oklahoma Tuesday, March 30 at 9:07 EDT in the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals in the Sprint Center. The game will be televised live on ESPNHD, ESPN360.com and broadcast on the Big Blue Sports Radio Network with Neil Price. A live Gametracker, a live blog and FREE live stream will also be available on UKathletics.com.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth 18 and under and are available through the Sprint Center at sprintcenter.com or at 1-800-745-3000.

A pep rally is scheduled for Tuesday from 6:45 to 7:05 p.m. CDT in the Power and Light District adjacent to the Sprint Center downtown. The pep rally with UK’s pep band and cheerleading squad will be held at The Live Block, just steps from the arena.

This marks Kentucky’s (28-7) first NCAA Elite Eight since 1982 and first since the NCAA expanded the field to 64 teams during the 1993-94 season. UK lost to eventual national champion Louisiana Tech, 82-60, in the '82 regional final on the Lady Techsters’ home floor.

The Wildcats earned a spot in the Elite Eight after upsetting No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked Nebraska, 76-67, on Sunday night. Paced by 21 points, including 17 in the second half from Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year A’dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.), the Wildcats broke open a 43-34 halftime lead to take a commanding 19-point (61-42) advantage with 10:46 left in the game. That lead gave the Cats enough cushion to withstand Nebraska’s late run. SEC Player of the Year Victoria and State Farm All-America finalist Victoria Dunlap (Nashville, Tenn.) added 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds while sophomore sharp-shooter Keyla Snowden (Lexington, Ky.) nailed three three-pointers and added 13 points.

The win was UK’s first over a top-10 ranked team since defeating No. 1 Tennessee in 2006 in Lexington. It also was UK’s first win over a top-10 foe away from Lexington since upsetting No. 8 Western Kentucky on Dec. 11, 1991, in Bowling Green, Ky.

Kentucky is 5-7 against teams from the Big 12 conference but has never met Oklahoma. The 12th-ranked Sooners are 26-10 overall and finished 11-5 in league play. OU has advanced by defeating South Dakota State (68-57) and UALR (60-44) in the first and second rounds and No. 3-seeded Notre Dame (77-72) in overtime in the Sweet 16.

“We approach this game with an unbelievable respect for our opponent, just probably can't say enough good things about their program,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “I think they are as equipped to handle what we do as anybody that we've played up to this point… We're going to have to commit more than ever to our defensive fundamentals to be able to stay in a stance and guard the kids on the wings and some of their isolation plays. It's going to be really, really tough, and they are an unbelievable opponent to be getting ready for right now.”


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