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UK women: Early start might test Cats' hustle

University of Kentucky's Bria Goss (13) drove to the basket against Jacksonville State's Briana Morrow in the first half of the University of Kentucky women's home opener vs. Jacksonville State Tuesday in Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. At half-time, UK led 49-13. Photo by David Perry | Staff
University of Kentucky's Bria Goss (13) drove to the basket against Jacksonville State's Briana Morrow in the first half of the University of Kentucky women's home opener vs. Jacksonville State Tuesday in Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. At half-time, UK led 49-13. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell hopes his team is filled with morning people.

An 11 a.m. tip-off for the No. 17 Cats' home opener probably isn't what the players would have opted for, but that's what they'll get against Jacksonville State on Tuesday.

When asked about the pre-game plan, Mitchell joked there would be a 4:30 a.m. shootaround.

"The team's very excited about it," he said.

But the coach doesn't really care when they play as long as they play hard and fast, which was not what he saw in the first half of the Cats' season-opening win at Morehead State.

Kentucky trailed by two at the break, which had its coach miffed.

"We didn't give a Kentucky effort," he said. "We're all about energy and hustle and trying to outwork the other team."

Mitchell is looking for the effort he saw UK put out in the second half at Morehead when the Cats scored 65 points, the most points in a half in school history.

The coach hopes that second half hustle carries over to the game versus the Gamecocks (0-1) despite the early start.

Jacksonville State is coming off a 78-41 loss at Mississippi State on Friday where the Gamecocks got nine points from freshman guard Candace Morton, a former Henry Clay standout.

Because UK classes are in session during the game, UK is encouraging fans to park in Parking Structure 5, which located next to Kennedy's Bookstore on Limestone. There will be a shuttle service from there to Memorial Coliseum.

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