Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball
|University||University of Kentucky|
|Athletic director||Mitch Barnhart|
|Head coach||Matthew Mitchell (13th season)|
|Arena||Memorial Coliseum |
|Colors||Blue and White|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1982, 2010, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1982, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1982, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1999, 2006, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019|
|AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|AIAW Tournament Appearances|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
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. 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 (1982), and appeared in the NCAA Tournament fourteen times with a tournament record of 7-7.
The first University of Kentucky women's basketball team was organized in 1902, 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." After 50 years, women's basketball was granted varsity status in 1974, 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", which continued to be used until May 1995.
Led by UK all-time leading scorer Valerie Still, 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.
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. Recently the team has also played occasional games in the 23,500 seat Rupp Arena.
- Jane Todd Watson (1903)
- C.P. St. John (1904 - ?)
- Thomson Bryant (? - 1907)
- C.W. Leaphart (1907–1908)
- Walter C. Fox (1908 - ?)
- John J. Tigert (? - 1915, 1916–1917)
- William Tuttle (1915–1916)
- Jim Park (1917–1918)
- Andy Gill (1918–1919)
- Sarah Blanding (1919–1922)
- Happy Chandler (1922–1923)
- Bart Peak (1923–1924)
- Sue Feamster (1974–76)
- Debbie Yow (1976–80)
- Terry Hall (1980–87)
- Sharon Fanning (1987–95)
- Bernadette Locke-Mattox (1995–2003)
- Mickie DeMoss (2003–2007)
- Matthew Mitchell (2007–present)
Year by year results
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Year Record Coach
1903 1-0 Jane Todd Walton
1904 2-0 C.P. St. John
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
|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)|
|1974–75||Sue Feamster||16–9||–||Regional II|
|1975–76||Sue Feamster||13–12||–||Kentucky Women's Intercoll. Conf. Tournament|
|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|
|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|
|Sharon Fanning (SEC) (1987–1995)|
|1989–90||Sharon Fanning||23–8||3–6||8th||NWIT Champions|
|1990–91||Sharon Fanning||20–9||4–5||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|Bernadette Maddox (SEC) (1995–2003)|
|1998–99||Bernadette Maddox||21–11||7–7||T-5th||NCAA Second Round|
|Mickie DeMoss (SEC) (2003–2007)|
|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|
|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|
|2014–15||Matthew Mitchell||24–10||10–6||T-4th||NCAA Second Round||11||16|
|2015–16||Matthew Mitchell||25-8||10-6||T-4th||NCAA Sweet 16||12||13|
|2016–17||Matthew Mitchell||22-11||11-5||T-3rd||NCAA Second Round||18||24|
|2018–19||Matthew Mitchell||25-8||11-5||4th||NCAA Second Round||18||17|
|Matthew Mitchell:||281–125 (.692)||119–69 (.633)|
Postseason invitational champion
- SEC Player of the Year (consensus): Victoria Dunlap
- SEC Freshman of the Year: A'dia Mathies
- SEC Coach of the Year: Matthew Mitchell
- SEC Player of the Year (AP): Victoria Dunlap
- SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Victoria Dunlap
- SEC Player of the Year (consensus): A'dia Mathies
- SEC Freshman of the Year (consensus): Bria Goss
- SEC Sixth Woman of the Year (shared; awarded only by coaches): Keyla Snowden
- SEC Coach of the Year (AP): Matthew Mitchell
- A'dia Mathies Drafted in the First Round of the 2013 WNBA Draft
- SEC Co-Player of the Year : A'dia Mathies
- Valerie Still, 1983 (Coaches; Street & Smith)
- Victoria Dunlap, 2010 (AP; USBWA; Coaches')
- A'dia Mathies, 2012 (USBWA), 2013 (AP; Full Court)
- "Memorial Coliseum". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. 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.
- Primary Color Palette (PDF). University of Kentucky Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines. February 5, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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- "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.
- "All-Time Kentucky Head Coaches" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "Women's Basketball Timeline" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "'Lady' killer women's basketball team now Wildcats", Lexington Herald-Leader, p. B1, 1995-05-13,
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.
- "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.
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- Smith, Jennifer (2010-03-03). "UK women sweep SEC post-season awards". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- "Dunlap Named AP SEC Player of the Years" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "Three Wildcats Earn SEC Postseason Honors" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "Mathies, Goss, Snowden Honored by SEC" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. February 29, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
- "Wildcats Sweep Associated Press All-SEC Awards" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 13, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
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- "Mathies, Stallworth, Walker Honored by SEC" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 5, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- 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.
- "UK's Dunlap named coaches' All-American". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-04-03. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. 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.
- "Dunlap on USBWA All-America team". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-03-31. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. 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.
- "Mathies Named to USBWA All-America Team" (Press release). University of Kentucky Athletics. March 28, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2012.