LEXINGTON, Ky. – No. 7/8 Kentucky women’s basketball begins a three-game homestand when it plays host to first-time opponent Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Memorial Coliseum. It will mark the home opener for the Wildcats and “Class of 2020 Day” as over 2,000 sixth-graders, and their teachers, from the high school class of 2020 will be in attendance. The game will be carried live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price and a live video stream will be available through the subscription video portion of www.UKAthletics.com. Fans can also follow Twitter updates on @UKHoopCats.
“This game has become an important event for us each year to have this early tipoff where we can get some Fayette County student on campus and get them exposed to the University of Kentucky,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “This really has become an exciting event for our university. It gets future students on campus and helps us show them what a special place Kentucky is. So we are excited about that.”
The Wildcats (2-0) look to open their season at 3-0 after capturing their first two wins on the road. In front of a raucous, sold-out crowd in McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Friday, the Wildcats overcame a slow start to win their season opener over Marist, 75-61. Senior guard Kastine Evans (Salem, Conn.) recorded a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) charted three steals and a game-high 11 rebounds. Point guards Janee Thompson (Chicago) and Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 13 and 11 points, respectively and junior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) added 10 points.
Against first-time foe Wagner, the Wildcats again started out slow but used a 27-3 run in the first half to break open the game. UK cruised to a 96-57 win over the Seahawks paced by senior forward DeNesha Stallworth’s (Richmond, Calif.) 22nd career double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Goss followed with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and O’Neill contributed 11 points and five assists. All 12 players scored at least two points as Kentucky improved to 21-0 in the Matthew Mitchell era when scoring 90 points or more.
The Wildcats have never met Georgia Southern but are 11-0 all-time vs. teams from the Southern Conference.
“For this game, we are playing a really quality opponent in Georgia Southern,” Mitchell said. “They are a team that impresses me. They have very strong guard play and I am really, really impressed with their starting guards. They are very, very good players and their postgame was extremely active on the offensive glass against their opening opponent. We will have to be sharp. It is a very quick turnaround. The players were off yesterday and we have had one day to prepare for Georgia Southern and then the early tip. It will really make our mental preparation very, very important for this game. We would love to get the season started off at home with a big victory and we are going to work hard to see if we can get that done.”
Georgia Southern (0-1) fell in its season opener at Auburn on Saturday, 69-59. Four players scored in double figures led by senior guard MiMi DuBose with 15 points. DuBose is the team’s leading returning scorer after averaging 12.4 points in 2012-13.
The Eagles return nine letterwinners and four starters off last season’s squad that finished eighth in the Southern Conference with a 6-14 mark. Head Coach Chris Vozab enters her second season at the helm after leading the Eagles to an overall 8-24 record during her first campaign.
UK is 35-4 all-time in home openers and has won four in a row. The Cats are 372-141 (72.5) all-time in Memorial Coliseum, including an 82-13 (86.3) record under Coach Matthew Mitchell.
The Wildcat have won 38 consecutive regular season non-conference games at home, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.