UK women await NCAA fate

Live blog from Matthew Mitchell’s den …

  • Weather for Albuqurque, N.M. the day of game is 75 degrees and sunny.
  • Louisville headed to Cincinnati where Cards (a seven seed) will face Vanderbilt.
  • UK women are the No. 4 seed in the Spokane regional and will face Hampton at 6:30 p.m. Lots of happy Cat faces here.
  • Notre Dame is a No. 2 seed in the Tennessee bracket in the Dayton regional. The Irish feature Natalie Novosel, a former Lexington Catholic standout.
  • Middle Tennessee State made it into the tournament despite losing in the first round of its conference tournament after the death of guard Tina Stewart. Congrats to Coach Rick Insell, father of UK assistant coach Matt Insell. And congrats to former Dunbar star Ebony Rowe.
  • A festive atmosphere got quiet as the selection show on ESPN got going.
  • Players, managers and friends of the program are trickling in waiting to find out where UK ends up and who it ends up playing.

Kentucky will have dinner at Coach Matthew Mitchell’s house and then watch the 7 p.m. ESPN Selection Show this evening in his den. The Cats, who advanced to the Elite Eight last season, are expecting their second straight NCAA Tournament at-large bid Monday night. Current projections have No. 17 UK as a No. 4 seed.

I will be live blogging from Mitchell’s den starting at about 6:30 p.m. You also can follow me on Twitter @jensmith712.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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