LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 9/8 Kentucky women’s basketball team will play host to intrastate rival Morehead on Friday, Nov. 23 in the second annual “Terry Hall Memorial Classic” at 4 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.
The Wildcats (2-1) are offering a special doubleheader deal as any fan with a ticket to the men’s basketball game in Rupp Arena set for Friday at 7 p.m. ET vs. Long Island-Brooklyn will receive free admission to the UK Hoops game.
Single-game reserved tickets are also available at a cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area.
Season tickets are also still available for $65. Lower-level chair back seating ($80) is sold out.
The game can be heard live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price calling the game. In Lexington, the game will be carried on 1580 AM (WWTF). Fans can follow the UK Hoops team on Twitter at @UKHoopCats and use #UKHoops to comment on the game. A live video stream is available on the subscription video portion of www.UKathletics.com.
Kentucky introduced the “Terry Hall Memorial Classic” last season to honor Terry Hall, the all-time winningest coach in UK Hoops history.
Hall coached the Cats to seven consecutive winning seasons from 1980-87, charting a 138-66 overall record (67.7%). She owns the most wins and the best winning percentage of any coach to guide the program. She started with a 25-6 record in 1980-81 and a trip to the second round of the AIAW national tournament before falling by one point to Maryland. The NCAA welcomed women’s basketball into its ranks the following year, and that historical season ended with the Cats falling to eventual national champion Louisiana Tech in the Midwest Regional finals on the Lady Techsters’ home floor. After the Cats failed to make the NCAA tournament in 1986-87, Hall left coaching for the business sector. But three years later, she accepted the head coaching job at Wright State University, where she coached for seven years before succumbing to cancer in 1997.
“I want to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “It’s been a real good week for us preparation wise. We needed to take some steps forward and I think that we have. The game against Morehead State will be very interesting to see how much progress we have made. We are looking forward to that game and it should be a fun day of basketball with us playing at 4:00 p.m. and the guys playing that night. It’s good day for Kentucky basketball.”
The Wildcats are coming off a commanding 80-46 win over High Point last weekend. UK hit 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and forced 32 turnovers on season-high tying 19 steals. Senior guard and All-America candidate A’dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) once again led the way, scoring all 17 of her points in the first half. Junior forward Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds to go along with six points, three assists and three steals.
The Wildcats are now an impressive 50-2 at home over the last three seasons, having won 22 in a row which ranks as the third-longest home winning streak in program history. They also have won 33 straight nonconference games as home, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.
Morehead is 1-3 after falling 73-58 to Xavier on Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Eagles are led by junior Terrice Robinson and sophomore Almesha Jones who averaged 14.8 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. The team’s leading rebounder is sophomore Casey Ryans with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Friday will mark the 30th meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75. Kentucky leads the all-time series with Morehead 25-4, including a 17-1 advantage when playing in Lexington. UK has won the last eight meetings, including a 96-60 victory last season in Morehead.