LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference announced its 14-team, 16-game women’s basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season on Thursday and Kentucky’s slate is highlighted by eight home matchups, including battles in Memorial Coliseum with Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M and South Carolina as well as road matchups at LSU, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.
This marks the sixth year of the 16-game schedule for women’s basketball and the third with 14 teams. The schedule is a single round-robin with one permanent home-and-home opponent and two random home-and-home opponents. Kentucky’s permanent partner is South Carolina, and for this season, UK will face Ole Miss and Tennessee in home-and-home matchups.
ESPN2 and ESPNU will broadcast a combined 16 conference contests, including four Kentucky games. The SEC Network will televise 44 total games, eight featuring the Wildcats. The SEC’s games on ESPN platforms are exclusively branded as the “SEC on ESPN.” There will be a package of televised non-conference games which will be announced at a later date. Additionally, Kentucky will have the ability to produce conference and non-conference games not televised for SEC Network +, exclusive games available on WatchESPN and SECSports.com.
Kentucky opens league play on the road on Jan. 2 at Alabama for the second straight season before playing host to Ole Miss on the SEC Network and Auburn on Jan. 4 and Jan. 8, respectively. The Wildcats will travel to Columbia, S.C., for a matchup with the Gamecocks on Jan. 11 which will be televised on ESPN2 and then welcome the Florida Gators to Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 15. That game also will be carried live on the SEC Network.
Back-to-back road games at LSU on ESPNU (Jan. 18) and Missouri (Jan. 25) on the SEC Network await the Wildcats before they play host to border rival Tennessee on the SEC Network on Thursday, Jan. 29. UK will be looking for its third straight win over the Lady Vols in the storied Coliseum.
Georgia visits Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 1 and the Wildcats look to chart their first win over the Lady Bulldogs in Lexington since 2010. That game also will be televised on the SEC Network, as well as the following two games at Vanderbilt on Feb. 8 and vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 12 in Memorial.
Three of UK’s final five conference games are on the road. UK will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 15 to face the Lady Vols in the second matchup of the season. The game will be carried on ESPN2. The Wildcats won last year’s meeting in Knoxville, 75-71. It marked UK’s first-ever win in Thompson-Boling Arena and the first win in Knoxville since 1985.
The Cats will return home to face Texas A&M on Feb. 19 and then hit the road for games at Ole Miss (Feb. 23) and Arkansas (Feb. 26). Senior Day and the regular-season home finale will be played on Sunday, March 1 vs. South Carolina. The game is considered a “net flex game” as it will be either be televised on ESPNU at 2 p.m. ET or ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET. The network and time of the contest will be determined 7-10 days out. Four seniors – Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio), Bria Goss (Indianapolis), Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.), and Jelléah Sidney (Queens Village, N.Y.) – will be honored during a special “Senior Day” ceremony before the game.