Morehead St. to honor UK coach with Matthew Mitchell Classic

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Morehead State women's basketball will open its 2017-18 season with the Sacramento State Hornets in the Matthew Mitchell Classic at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday at Johnson Arena.

The competition marks the third straight year that the Eagles have hosted a season-opening event, following the Donna Murphy Classic in 2016-17 and the Mickey Wells Classic in 2015-16. Kentucky, whose head coach Matthew Mitchell began his head coaching career at Morehead State in 2005, will co-host the five-team field that includes Gardner-Webb and Brescia (Ky.).

The Eagles are coming off one of the most successful campaigns in school history, finishing 21-10 (11-5 Ohio Valley Conference) a season ago. Morehead State secured the program's first appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament after winning 20 games for the first time since 2010-11.

The game will be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network, as well as the Eagle Sports Radio Network.


On co-hosting the Matthew Mitchell Classic...
"We're thrilled to honor Coach Mitchell, Morehead State's former head coach. He's always been generous to our program. We've played Kentucky every year since I've been here. It's a good opponent for our team, and it gives us an opportunity to play in a very nice venue. We're happy to have three Division I programs playing in our event."

On honoring Mitchell prior to Saturday's game with Sacramento State...
"We're happy to honor him. I think he's always been appreciative of (Morehead State athletic director) Brian Hutchinson and (former Morehead State University president) Dr. Wayne D. Andrews for giving him his start to his career. He's very appreciative of Morehead. He's been very grateful to the university and it's been good for all of us. We've already scheduled next year's game (at Kentucky). He's obviously had a great career at UK, turning it into one of the top 10 programs in country."

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