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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.

UK’s Mitchell lets two assistant coaches go

Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell has decided not to renew the contracts of two womens’ basketball coaching assistants. Shalon Pillow, who worked with the post players and has been on staff since the 2009 season, and first-year assistant coach Jeff House … Continue reading

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UK’s Cauley-Stein hopes he can play in Final Four

INDIANAPOLIS — A piece of net tucked behind his left ear and crutches under both arms, Willie Cauley-Stein couldn’t stop smiling. After injuring his ankle in the region semifinals, Kentucky’s sophomore center didn’t get to play in the championship win … Continue reading

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Kentucky throwing selection show party

To celebrate its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the opportunity to host the first two rounds next week, Kentucky is throwing a selection show party for itself (and hundreds of its closest fans) on Monday at Memorial … Continue reading

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Amber Smith says ‘I’m a Lady Vol now’

There are more connections when Tennessee and Kentucky play than there are at some family reunions. UK’s Matthew Mitchell began his coaching career there as a grad assistant under Pat Summitt in 2000. Cats assistant coach Shalon Pillow was a … Continue reading

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South Carolina dominates SEC honors

As expected, regular-season champion South Carolina swept nearly all of the major Southeastern Conference awards on Tuesday. By her peers, Dawn Staley was named coach of the year; Tiffany Mitchell was named player of the year and Alaina Coates was … Continue reading

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SEC announces several tourney initiatives

The Southeastern Conference has launched several initiatives for the women’s tournament this week in Nashville, asking fans to support several charitable efforts that are close to home for some league coaches. On Friday, fans are asked to wear purple to … Continue reading

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Will the No. 4 seed please stand up?

Going into Thursday night, there was a three-way tie for that highly coveted fourth seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which starts March 5 in Duluth, Ga. Even though each of the three teams, Kentucky, Florida and Louisiana State, all … Continue reading

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Associated Press voters confused by Cats?

Associated Press poll voters seem to be having as hard a time figuring out Kentucky this season as some fans are. In a quick perusal of the 36 ballots submitted this week by the poll voters,  two ballots had the … Continue reading

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O’Neill earns SEC Player of Week honors

It was a big week for Jennifer O’Neill and the Kentucky guard was honored with a Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honor for it. O’Neill averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Cats’ wins over Ole … Continue reading

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Pinkett will miss Georgia game

Kentucky guard Bernisha Pinkett will miss Thursday night’s game at Georgia after being transported to the hospital during practice on Wednesday afternoon. An emergency care unit was called to the Joe Craft Center to transport Pinkett, who was experiencing symptoms … Continue reading

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