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Fans celebrate as UK women cut down the nets

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The crowd sang, danced, and waited for the moment to welcome home a triumphant U.K. Women's Basketball team.

"I can't wait, I'm so excited for these girls. They've accomplished a lot, especially this year," said super fan Jody Sturgill, clad in his blue storm trooper costume.

Sturgill says he decided to mix his love of "Star Wars," and the Big Blue Nation, in his own unique way.

"It's really been a lot of fun this year," Sturgill added.

Other fans grinned ear-to-ear as they filed into Memorial Coliseum.

"I switched around my whole schedule, today, just to see the end of the ball game," said Michelle Taylor, who says she comes to every game win-or-lose.

"It's almost like we're expecting them to win every game," added her friend Becky Caudill.

With today's win over Mississippi State, the U.K. Hoops team won the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the first time in 30 years. The title also helped U.K. achieve something few school's have ever done: win an SEC Championship in both men's and women's basketball. LSU last did it in 2006.

The excitement erupted as the women's team stormed out onto their home court, where they were the only SEC team to go undefeated at home, and celebrated the win by cutting down the nets.

After each team member and coach clipped the net, Coach Matthew Mitchell turned the attention to the stands and selected one person to represent fans everywhere. That fan just happened to be the man decked out in a blue storm trooper costume, Jody Sturgill.

"I did not expect that! That was so much fun, it was very exciting," said a stunned Sturgill.

The excitement is far from over, as the Big Blue Nation hopes the Cats continue dancing their way to victory.

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