Photo slideshow: Kentucky defeats Virginia 63-51
After almost a year off the national radar, the Kentucky women’s basketball program jumped back into the Associated Press Top 25 this week.
Kentucky (7-0) is off to its best start since 2015 and cracked this week’s AP poll at No. 25 after an impressive sweep of the Paradise Jam Island Division that included wins over then No. 17 South Florida and North Carolina.
Kentucky was last ranked at No. 20 last season on Dec. 4, 2017, but went on to a disappointing 15-17 campaign.
This year, Kentucky has been rejuvenated with the full-court style that helped head coach Matthew Mitchell first bring the Cats to prominence and once had them in the rankings for a stretch of 132 straight weeks during his 12-year tenure.
Freshman Rhyne Howard has helped lead the resurgence, averaging a team-leading 18.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Kentucky next plays Morehead State at home in Memorial Coliseum at noon Wednesday.
Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday.