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UK Hoops Concludes Nonconference Play Sunday vs. Grambling State

UK womens basketball 300LEXINGTON, Ky. – The sixth-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to conclude nonconference play on a winning note when it plays host to first-time opponent Grambling State on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. Fans can listen to the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price or follow Twitter updates on @UKHoopCats. Live streaming video is available to members of the subscription video portion of www.UKathletics.com.

Single-game reserved tickets cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. UK faculty, staff and children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area, while supplies last. Season tickets are also still available for just $65. Lower-level chair back seating ($80) is sold out.

The Wildcats (11-1) are coming off a heartbreaking 69-61 loss to No. 2 Duke in Rupp Arena on Dec. 22. A school-record 23,706 fans attended the battle of the top-10 teams, breaking the record for the largest crowd to ever see a women’s basketball game in the Commonwealth. The previous record was 22,152 for the first Kentucky-Louisville game played in the KFC Yum! Center Dec. 5, 2010.

Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson (Chicago) led the Wildcats in the loss, scoring all 12 of her points in the second half. Senior forward Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) added eight points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and junior forward/center Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) followed with 10 rebounds. The Wildcats shot a season-low 33.3 percent (25-of-75) from the field in the game and a season-low 42.1 (8-of-19) from the free-throw line.
 
“The players had three or four days off and were able to get back and see their families and enjoy the holiday, so that was good for them,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Now, we’re coming back to try to finish off what’s been a tough nonconference schedule and we have one more nonconference game that we need to earn a victory in and it will be important for us to prepare well over the next couple days. Grambling State is a very quick, athletic team. They really like to push the ball in transition, so that will be a challenge for us to sharpen up our transition defense that we had some breakdowns in, in the last game, so we’re going to be working hard on that. It’ll be important for us to practice well to get ready for Grambling State to see if we can close out. If we are able to earn a victory it will really be a great nonconference season for us. We’re excited to be back and looking forward to our game in Memorial on Sunday afternoon.”
 
Overall this season, senior forward DeNesha Stallworth (Richmond, Calif.), who is sidelined three-to-four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on her left knee, leads a very balanced scoring attack this season as one of five players in double-digit scoring. She averages a team-high 14.2 points per game, while junior point guard Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) adds 13.3 points per game. Senior forward Kastine Evans (Salem, Conn.) is averaging 11.6 ppg and Thompson and Walker follow with 10.8 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.
 
Located in Grambling, La., Grambling State enter Sunday’s game at 3-7 overall after wins vs. New Orleans (76-52), Texas College (92-60) and Philander Smith College (70-64) and losses to Baylor (110-55), SMU (87-65), TCU (95-64), Texas Tech (86-68), Kansas State (83-50), Stephen F. Austin (92-55) and Southern Miss (76-51).
 
Senior guard Joanna Miller is the team's leading scorer and distributor with 18.2 points and 3.0 assists per game. Miller is also third on the team in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game. Senior forward Victoya Ricks is the only other Lady Tiger averaging double figures at 11.1 points per game. She is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.1 rebounds per contest.
 
Sunday will mark the first meeting between the programs but UK is 11-0 all-time vs. teams from Grambling’s Southwest Athletic Conference.

Please note that fans arriving approximately 1 hour or less before tip-off are highly encouraged to park at the Transit Center Parking Garage (see shuttle info below) or

Parking Structure #5 next to Kennedy’s bookstore. Both are a 5-10 minute walk or a short shuttle ride over to the Coliseum. All surface lots near the Coliseum will likely be full one hour prior to tip-off and you will be re-directed to one of these options. Doors to Memorial Coliseum will open at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
•    All E-lots (Employee Lots) surrounding Memorial Coliseum beginning 3 hours prior to tip-off
•    Parking Structure #5 (adjacent to Kennedy’s Bookstore) –access from Limestone or Upper Street. Fans who park here need to pull a white ticket from the dispenser and exchange for a pink voucher with Event Staff at the entrances of the Coliseum.
•    Lexington Authority Transit Center Parking Garage, located between High Street and Vine Street, is available on Sunday. If parking in this garage, bring the yellow token and game ticket to the Guest Service table at the Lexington Ave entrance to request a free parking coupon.
•    Handicap parking is available in the E-Lot (Employee Lot) north of the Craft Center, adjacent to the metered spaces running along the frontage of the Craft Center with a valid, state issued handicap tag. These spaces (typically 20-30 stalls) are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until full.
Please note: parking is prohibited in any R (Residential) lots. Vehicles parking in Residential lots without a proper permit, along yellow curbs, grass spaces, or other non-specified and unapproved areas may be subject to ticket and/or tow.
Shuttle Information:
•    Shuttles are available beginning 1.5 hours prior to tip off from Parking Structure # 5 located off Limestone and Upper Street and the Transit Center Parking Garage located off High Street and Vine Street.
•    Parking Structure # 5 (blue route) picks up/drops off on Administration Drive, at the end of the pedestrian sky bridge accessed from the 3rd floor of the parking garage.
•    Transit Center Parking Garage (green route) picks up/drops off near the corner of High Street and Martin Luther King.
•    Shuttles will start back up 1.5 hours after tip-off (to return guests to their parking areas).
For more information on parking around Memorial Coliseum and other game-day questions visit www.ukathletics.com/wbbgameday.
 
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