Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball

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Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats athletic logo
University University of Kentucky
Conference SEC
East Division
Location Lexington, KY
Head coach Matthew Mitchell (7th year)
Arena Memorial Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,500[1])
Nickname Wildcats
Colors

Blue and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1982, 2010, 2012, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1981, 1982, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1999, 2006, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1982
Conference regular season champions
2012

The Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team represent the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference, which has historically been the most dominant conference in women's basketball.[2] However, despite reaching national rankings as high as #4, the team has never reached the national championship semifinals ("Final Four"). Through the end of the 2009–10 season, the team's all-time varsity record (excluding non-varsity seasons prior to 1974) was 603–455, the team had won the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament once (1982), and appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times with a tournament record of 7-7.[3]

The first University of Kentucky women's basketball team was organized in 1902,[4][5] and competed for the first time on Feb. 21, 1903. However, in 1924, despite a perfect 10-0 season, the University Senate passed a bill to abolish women’s basketball in part because, according to state politicians, "basketball had proven to be a strenuous sport for boys and therefore was too strenuous for girls."[4][5] After 50 years, women’s basketball was granted varsity status in 1974,[4] and most of the official records maintained by the university only reflect games since that time. The team, coached by Sue Feamster, was given the nickname "Lady Kats",[5] which continued to be used until May 1995.[6]

Led by UK all-time leading scorer Valerie Still,[7] Patty Jo Hedges, and Lea Wise, the Lady Kats won the SEC Tournament in 1982. The following year, the same trio led the team to a #4 ranking in the country, the highest in the team's history.

The team is currently coached by Matthew Mitchell.[8]

Facilities[edit]

Since the restoration of the program in 1974, the Kentucky Wildcats have played their home games in the 8,500 seat Memorial Coliseum, and their record attendance in that building is 10,622, set on February 5, 1983 against Old Dominion; they also led the nation with an average attendance of 3,645 that season.[9] Recently the team has also played occasional games in the 23,500 seat Rupp Arena.

In January 2007,[10] the university opened the Joe Craft Center, a $30 million state-of-the-art basketball practice facility for both the men's and women's teams designed by Anna Frate and John Elliott.[11]

Head coaches[edit]

Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

2014–15 Roster[edit]

2014–15 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 0 O'Neill, JenniferJennifer O'Neill 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Sr Saint Michael Academy Bronx, N.Y.
C 2 Jakubcova, IvanaIvana Jakubcova 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Jr Murray State College Bratislava, Slovakia
G 3 Thompson, JaneeJanee Thompson 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Jr Whitney Young Chicago, Ill.
F 5 Goodin-Rogers, KyvinKyvin Goodin-Rogers 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) So Marion Co. Lebanon, Ky.
F/C 12 Sidney, JelleahJelleah Sidney 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Sr Saint Michael Academy/Chipola JC Queens Village, N.Y.
G 13 Goss, BriaBria Goss 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Sr Ben Davis Indianapolis, Ind.
G 15 Harper, LinnaeLinnae Harper 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So Whitney Young Chicago, Ill.
G 24 Coe, JayceeJaycee Coe 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Fr Jackson Co. Gainesboro, Tenn.
G 25 Epps, MakaylaMakayla Epps 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Marion Co. Lebanon, Ky.
F/C 35 Jennings, AlexisAlexis Jennings 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr Sparkman Madison, Ala.
C 45 Rice, AlyssaAlyssa Rice 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Fr Reynoldsburg Reynoldsburg, Ohio
F/C 50 Bishop, AziaAzia Bishop 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Sr Start Toledo, Ohio
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Head coach

Matthew Mitchell

Assistant coach(es)

Adeniyi Amadou
Christian Stefanopoulos
Tamika Williams


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: done

Year by year results[edit]

Year Record Coach

1903 1-0 Jane Todd Walton

1904 2-0 C.P. St. John

1905 Unknown

1906 0-1 Thomson Bryant

1907 No Games Thomson Bryant

1908 3-0-1 C.W. Leaphart

1908-09 4-1 Walter C. Fox

1909-10 7-1 No Coach Listed

1910-11 No Record

1911-12 4-1 J.J. Tigert

1912-13 5-0 J.J. Tigert (State Champions)

1913-14 4-2 J.J. Tigert

1914-15 5-1 J.J. Tigert

1915-16 2-2 William Tuttle

1916-17 5-0 J.J. Tigert

1917-18 1-4 Jim Park

1918-19 2-0 Andy Gill

1919-20 0-3-1 Sarah Blanding

1920-21 1-7 Sarah Blanding

1921-22 2-4 Sarah Blanding

1922-23 7-3 A.B. "Happy" Chandler

1923-24 10-0 Bart Peak (Champions of the South)

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[12]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Unknown (CIAW) (1969–1970)
1968-69 Unknown 1–1 CIAW First Round
:
Sue Feamster (Independent) (1971–1976)
1971-72 Sue Feamster -
1972-73 Sue Feamster -
1973-74 Sue Feamster -
1974-75 Sue Feamster 16–9 Regional II
1975-76 Sue Feamster 13–12 Kentucky Women's Intercoll. Conf. Tournament
Sue Feamster: 64–21
Debbie Yow (Independent, SEC) (1976–1980)
1976-77 Debbie Yow 19–7 Kentucky Women's Intercoll. Conf. Tournament
1977-78 Debbie Yow 23–12 AIAW Region II, NWIT Third Place
1978-79 Debbie Yow 13–16 Kentucky Women's Intercoll. Conf. Tournament
1979-80 Debbie Yow 24–5 AIAW First Round 14
Debbie Yow: 79–40
Terry Hall (Independent, SEC) (1980–1987)
1980-81 Terry Hall 25–6 AIAW Sixteen 11
1981-82 Terry Hall 24–8 # NCAA Quarterfinals 13
1982-83 Terry Hall 23–5 6–2 2nd (SEC East) NCAA First Round 12
1983-84 Terry Hall 15–13 2–6 T-3rd (SEC East)
1984-85 Terry Hall 16–12 3–5 4th (SEC East)
1985-86 Terry Hall 18–11 4–5 T-6th NCAA First Round
1986-87 Terry Hall 17–11 3–6 7th
Terry Hall: 138–66 18–24
Sharon Fanning (SEC) (1987–1995)
1987-88 Sharon Fanning 14–15 0–9 10th
1988-89 Sharon Fanning 12–16 3–6 T-7th
1989-90 Sharon Fanning 23–8 3–6 8th NWIT Champions
1990-91 Sharon Fanning 20–9 4–5 T-5th NCAA First Round
1991-92 Sharon Fanning 16–14 5–6 6th
1992-93 Sharon Fanning 18–10 5–6 T-6th
1993-94 Sharon Fanning 17–11 5–6 T-7th
1994-95 Sharon Fanning 14–14 4–7 9th
Sharon Fanning: 134–97 29–51
Bernadette Maddox (SEC) (1995–2003)
1995-96 Bernadette Maddox 8–19 2–9 T-11th
1996-97 Bernadette Maddox 8–19 2–10 10th
1997-98 Bernadette Maddox 13–15 5–9 8th
1998-99 Bernadette Maddox 21–11 7–7 T-5th NCAA Second Round
1999-2000 Bernadette Maddox 15–14 5–9 T-8th
2000-01 Bernadette Maddox 6–21 2–12 12th
2001-02 Bernadette Maddox 9–20 1–13 12th
2002-03 Bernadette Maddox 11–16 4–10 9th
Bernadette Maddox: 91–135 28–79
Mickie DeMoss (SEC) (2003–2007)
2003-04 Mickie DeMoss 11–17 3–11 11th
2004-05 Mickie DeMoss 18–16 4–10 T-9th WNIT Semifinals
2005-06 Mickie DeMoss 22–9 9–5 4th NCAA Second Round
2006-07 Mickie DeMoss 20–14 6–8 T-7th WNIT Sixteen
Mickie DeMoss: 71–56 22–34
Matthew Mitchell (SEC) (2007–present)
2007-08 Matthew Mitchell 17–16 8–6 T-4th WNIT Quarterfinals
2008-09 Matthew Mitchell 16–16 5–9 T-9th WNIT First Round (Play-In)
2009-10 Matthew Mitchell 28–8 11–5 2nd NCAA Quarterfinals 9 19
2010-11 Matthew Mitchell 25–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Second Round 22 17
2011-12 Matthew Mitchell 28–7 13–3 1st NCAA Quarterfinals 8 12
2012-13 Matthew Mitchell 30–6 13–3 2nd NCAA Quarterfinals 7 7
2013-14 Matthew Mitchell 26–9 10–6 4th NCAA Sweet 16 10 11
Matthew Mitchell: 170–71 71–37
Total: 702–486

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Accomplishments[edit]

2009–10[edit]

  • SEC Player of the Year (consensus): Victoria Dunlap[13]
  • SEC Freshman of the Year: A'dia Mathies[13]
  • SEC Coach of the Year: Matthew Mitchell[13]

2010–11[edit]

  • SEC Player of the Year (AP): Victoria Dunlap[14]
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Victoria Dunlap[15]

2011–12[edit]

  • SEC Player of the Year (consensus): A'dia Mathies[16][17]
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (consensus): Bria Goss[16][17]
  • SEC Sixth Woman of the Year (shared; awarded only by coaches): Keyla Snowden[16]
  • SEC Coach of the Year (AP): Matthew Mitchell[17]

2012–13[edit]

  • A'dia Mathies Drafted in the First Round of the 2013 WNBA Draft[18]
  • SEC Co-Player of the Year : A'dia Mathies[19]

All-American players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memorial Coliseum". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2010-03-12. "A one million dollar renovation was completed in 1990, when a state-of-the-art weight training facility, new basketball and athletics administration offices, a players' lounge, and a team meeting room were added. As a result of the renovation, the seating capacity was reduced from 11,500 to 8,500." 
  2. ^ Traub, Seth (2000-11-17). "As Strong As Ever". CNNSI.com. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ "2009-10 Kentucky Quick Facts" (PDF). University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2010-03-06.  Data in this reference are through the 2008–09 season. Updated in article to reflect record in the 2009–10 season.
  4. ^ a b c "All-Time Kentucky Head Coaches" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  5. ^ a b c "Women's Basketball Timeline" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  6. ^ 'Lady' killer women's basketball team now Wildcats, Lexington Herald-Leader, 1995-05-13: B1, "The gender-specific Lady Kats are out. The gender-neutral Wildcats are in. In a stark three-line, three-sentence press release issued at 5 p.m. yesterday, the school announced that its women's hoops team is switching monikers." 
  7. ^ "This Still's a Potent Producer". Sports Illustrated. 1983-01-17. Retrieved 2010-03-06. "Now, as a 6'1" senior center at the University of Kentucky, Valerie Still finally has her own athletic identity. That was ensured when she tallied 30 points against Miami of Ohio on Dec. 5 and thereby surpassed Dan Issel's 2,138 to make her the school's alltime leading scorer. The game was halted so Still could receive a plaque, the game ball and applause." 
  8. ^ "Matthew Mitchell Profile". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. ^ "Memorial Coliseum: Home of Kentucky Women's Basketball". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Practice facility will benefit all of UK's athletic teams". Kentucky Kernel. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  11. ^ "Basketball Practice Facility". University of Kentucky. 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-06. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Media Guide". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 11 Aug 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Smith, Jennifer (2010-03-03). "UK women sweep SEC post-season awards". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  14. ^ "Dunlap Named AP SEC Player of the Years" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  15. ^ "Three Wildcats Earn SEC Postseason Honors" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  16. ^ a b c "Mathies, Goss, Snowden Honored by SEC" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. February 29, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "Wildcats Sweep Associated Press All-SEC Awards" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 13, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  18. ^ SEC (April 15, 2013). "Seven SEC Players Taken In 2013 WNBA Draft". secdigitalnetwork.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Mathies, Stallworth, Walker Honored by SEC" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 5, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Smith, Jennifer (2010-03-31). "UK notes: Dunlap is third-team All-American". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2010-03-31. "On Tuesday, she added another first to her ballooning list when she was named UK's first Associated Press All-American...The UK women have not had any kind of All-American since Valerie Still made the Kodak and Street & Smith All-America teams in 1983." 
  21. ^ a b "UK's Dunlap named coaches' All-American". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-04-03. Retrieved 2010-04-07. "Victoria Dunlap became the second University of Kentucky women's player to be named to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America team, it was announced Saturday by State Farm and the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association...She joins Valerie Stil[sic] (1981-83) as the only UK players to earn State Farm (formerly Kodak) All-America honors." [dead link]
  22. ^ "Dunlap on USBWA All-America team". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-04-01. "University of Kentucky junior Victoria Dunlap is on the 10-player All-America team announced Wednesday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the first UK player honored since the USBWA started naming a team in 1997." [dead link]
  23. ^ "Mathies Named to USBWA All-America Team" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 28, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 

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