Kentucky women unveil non-conference schedule

After having Baylor end its season in a 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 at Rupp Arena.

It’s one of a few highlights of the Cats’ non-conference schedule, which was released by UK on Thursday afternoon.

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

Kentucky will open its season on Nov. 14 against Appalachian State at 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), then 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 as high as No. 6 nationally with non-conference foes Duke coming in at No. 7, Baylor at No. 13 and Louisville at No. 16.

There were five fellow Southeastern Conference teams rated in that poll, too, 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 released its schedule yet. The conference tournament will be March 4-8 in North Little Rock, Ark.

Kentucky’s 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 Linae Harper and Makayala Epps.

Season tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at ukathletics.com/tickets or by calling the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818. Lower level reserved tickets for UK’s game vs. Baylor in Rupp Arena are also available for $9 by calling the UK Ticket Office.

All other single-game tickets will go on sale in late October.

 

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 jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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