UK Women's Basketball

Rematch with Baylor highlights UK women's non-conference schedule

Kentucky's Makayla Epps (25) drives downcourt next to Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) during the NCAA women's basketball Sweet Sixteen tournament game on Saturday, March 29, 2014, inside the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (Photo by ROBERT FRANKLIN)
Kentucky's Makayla Epps (25) drives downcourt next to Baylor's Odyssey Sims (0) during the NCAA women's basketball Sweet Sixteen tournament game on Saturday, March 29, 2014, inside the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (Photo by ROBERT FRANKLIN) Herald-Leader

After having Baylor end its season in disappointing fashion, Kentucky will get another shot at the Bears just two games into the new season when they come to Lexington for a rematch in Rupp Arena.

It's one of a few highlights of UK's non-conference women's basketball schedule, which was released on Thursday.

The two teams, who have played three times in the past two seasons, will be a part of ESPN's seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Kentucky will open its season on Nov. 14 against Appalachian State in Memorial Coliseum, then Morehead State will face the Cats there on Nov. 19.

Three of the Cats' trickier non-conference foes will be on the road this season, including games at Central Michigan (Nov. 22), at Louisville (Dec. 7), and at Duke (Dec. 21). The Duke game will be shown on ESPN2.

An early preseason poll on ESPN.com has UK ranked No. 6 nationally with non-conference foes Duke coming in at No. 7, Baylor at No. 13 and Louisville at No. 16.

Five fellow Southeastern Conference teams were rated in that poll, including No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 17 Louisiana State and No. 23 Arkansas.

The league has not yet released its schedule. The conference tournament will be March 4-8 in North Little Rock, Ark.

Kentucky's additional home games before conference play will be against Northern Kentucky (Dec. 3), Middle Tennessee (Dec. 12), Belmont (Dec. 14) and Tennessee State (Dec. 28).

The Cats will be spending their Thanksgiving break far from home, but in a much warmer location, as a part of the Paradise Jam Island Tournament in the Virgin Islands. The three games will be against Illinois, Oklahoma and South Florida.

Kentucky, which has advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four times in the past five seasons, returns seven key players from last season, including senior guards Bria Goss and Jennifer O'Neill as well as junior Janee Thompson and sophomores Linnae Harper and Makayala Epps.

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