No. 13 Kentucky Returns to Memorial Coliseum Wednesday vs. Stetson
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET; Freshman guard Emma King will sign autographs following the game
LEXINGTON, Ky. – (UK Athletics) Fresh off an impressive road win at Middle Tennessee on Sunday where the Wildcats scored a program-record 31 points in the third quarter to take control of the game, the No. 13 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team returns home Wednesday to play host to the Stetson Hatters at 7 p.m. ET inside historic Memorial Coliseum.
Single-game tickets are $10 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children aged 5 and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas. Purchasing season tickets offers the best option and price savings for fans. Season tickets are available in upper-level reserved chairbacks (sections AA-JJ), lower-level reserved bleachers (sections R-Z) or general admission bleachers (sections RR-ZZ) for $69 per ticket.
Young fans are encouraged to take advantage of the Kid Zone pregame with games, poster making stations, coloring stations and more. Freshman guard Emma King from Stanford, Ky., is scheduled to sign autographs on the concourse following the game.
The game will be streamed on SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
Spectator parking is located in all E-lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum and are off control 3 hours prior to tip. Additionally, the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) and the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) are available 2 hours prior to tip. The Bill Gatton Student Center is available as a pay-to-park option. Availability is based on the Gatton Student Center Event Schedule.
Parking is prohibited in any R (Residential) lots. Vehicles parking in R lots without a proper permit, along yellow curbs, grass spaces, or other non-specified and unapproved areas may be subject to ticket and/or tow. Disabled spectator parking is available with a valid, state issues disabled hangtag in the E lot North of the Craft Center. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis until full.
Shuttles are available beginning 2 hours prior to tip off and pick up and drop off near the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) and the High Street Lot. Shuttles will start back up after halftime to return guests to their parking areas, the shuttle will discontinue service 1-hour post-game.
Doors to Memorial Coliseum open 1.5 hours before tip and UK Athletics encourages women’s basketball fans to arrive early to ease traffic and parking congestion around the Coliseum. For more information on parking around Memorial Coliseum and other game-day questions visit UKathletics.com.
Kentucky (2-0) is coming off a strong road win at Middle Tennessee on Sunday, taking down the Blue Raiders 67-52 behind a strong second-half performance. UK struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the first half, scoring just 22 points on 7-of-28 shooting from the field. The Wildcats came out of the halftime locker room on fire, starting the second half on a 13-0 run to take control of the game. UK scored 31 points in the third quarter – a program record for most points scored in the third quarter. UK went 13-of-20 from the field in the third stanza, including 4-of-5 from long range. The Wildcats had a 20+ lead much of the second half before finishing with a 15-point victory.
Senior guard Amanda Paschal was fantastic for Kentucky, scoring a team-best 16 points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The native of Brooklyn, N.Y., went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line in the game. Fellow senior guard Sabrina Haines scored 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers, while senior forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds. UK scored 22 points off 20 MTSU turnovers in the game while the Wildcats gathered 20 second-chance points on 18 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore guard Rhyne Howard leads Kentucky in scoring this season with 11.5 points per game, adding 6.0 rebounds per game. Haines leads Kentucky from long range with 5-of-8 from deep, while adding 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jaida Roper is averaging 9.0 points per game and had four assists, while junior forwards Tatyana Wyatt and KeKe McKinney have had strong starts to the season. Wyatt is averaging 8.5 points per game with 5.0 rebounds while McKinney leads UK in rebounding with 6.5 per game and has a team-best seven blocks.
Stetson comes to Lexington with a 1-0 record after defeating Palm Beach Atlantic to start its season last week. SU took down the Sailfish, 77-46 at home. The Hatters will make a weekend out of their trip to the Bluegrass State as they will make the short trip to Morehead following Wednesday’s game to play in the Morehead State Eagle Invitational. That event starts with Stetson vs. Morehead State on Friday followed by Stetson vs. Saint Francis on Saturday.
Junior forward Day’Neshia Banks led the Hatters in the season opener with 21 points and seven rebounds, going 8-of-16 from the field and 2-of-5 from long range. Banks also added four assists, two blocks and two steals. Junior forward Megan Vincent scored 15 points in the game going 5-of-6 from the field with two blocks. Eleven total players saw time in the opener with five scoring eight or more points. As a team, the Hatters went 28-of-63 from the field and 6-of-22 from long range in the game with 51 rebounds, 18 assists and nine steals.
Last season, Stetson went 16-16 finishing second in the ASUN with a 11-5 record. The Hatters return three starters from that team and six total letterwinners. Stetson welcomes 10 transfers to the team this season in five transfers and five true freshman. Banks and Vincent are the top returners for the Hatters with Banks averaging 14.9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game last season while Vincent averaged 8.1 points and 6.0 rebounds.
This is the third all-time meeting between Kentucky and Stetson in women’s basketball with Kentucky winning both of the first two games. The first all-time meeting came Dec. 20, 1989 when the Wildcats traveled to DeLand, Florida, to defeat the Hatters 93-58. SU made its first trip to Lexington Nov. 22, 2005 with the Wildcats earning a 84-38 victory. Kentucky is 7-1 all-time against teams that make up the current alignment of ASUN.