UK Women's Basketball

Double header deal for UK women's basketball game

The No. 9 Kentucky women's basketball team will host intrastate rival Morehead State on Friday in the second annual Terry Hall Memorial Classic at 4 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats (2-1) are offering a special doubleheader deal as any fan with a ticket to the men's basketball game in Rupp Arena later on Friday vs. LIU Brooklyn will receive free admission to the UK women's game.

"It's been a real good week for us preparation wise," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We needed to take some steps forward and I think that we have. The game against Morehead State will be very interesting to see how much progress we have made.."

The Wildcats are coming off a commanding 80-46 win over High Point last weekend. UK shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and forced 32 turnovers on season-high tying 19 steals.

Senior guard and All-America candidate A'dia Mathies (Louisville) once again led the way, scoring all 17 of her points in the first half.

Junior forward Samarie Walker pulled down a season-best 12 rebounds to go along with six points, three assists and three steals.

The Wildcats are now an impressive 50-2 at home over the last three seasons, having won 22 in a row.

That ranks as the third-longest home winning streak in program history. They also have won 33 straight nonconference games at home, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008.

Morehead is 1-3 after falling 73-58 to Xavier on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

The Eagles are led by junior Terrice Robinson and sophomore Almesha Jones who averaged 14.8 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. The team's leading rebounder is sophomore Casey Ryans with 4.8 rebounds per game.

Friday will mark the 30th meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75. Kentucky leads the all-time series with Morehead 25-4, including a 17-1 advantage when playing in Lexington.

UK has won the last eight meetings, including a 96-60 victory last season in Morehead.

Kentucky introduced the "Terry Hall Memorial Classic" last season to honor Terry Hall, the all-time winningest coach in UK Hoops history.

Hall coached the Cats to seven consecutive winning seasons from 1980-87, charting a 138-66 overall record (67.7 percent). She owns the most wins and the best winning percentage of any coach to guide the program.

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