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Kentucky Wildcats

University University of Kentucky
Conference SEC
East Division
Location Lexington, KY|Lexington, Kentucky|KY
Head coach Matthew Mitchell (4th year)
Arena Memorial Coliseum
(Capacity: 8,500[1])
Nickname Wildcats
Colors Blue and White

             

Uniforms
Template:Basketball kit home and away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1982, 2010
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1981, 1982, 2010
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1999, 2006, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1982

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[]

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[]

  • 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)

Seasons[]

The following is a list of Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball seasons, with records and notable accomplishments.[12]

Season Overall
Record
SEC
Record
SEC
Standing
Head Coach Accomplishments
1903 1-0 n/a n/a Jane Todd Watson
1904 2-0 n/a n/a C.P. St. John
1904–05 unknown n/a n/a unknown
1905–06 0-1 n/a n/a Thomson Bryant
1906–07 no games n/a n/a Thomson Bryant
1907–08 3-0-1 n/a n/a C.W. Leaphart
1908–09 4-1 n/a n/a Walter C. Fox
1909–10 7-1 n/a n/a unknown
1910–11 unknown n/a n/a unknown
1911–12 4-1 n/a n/a John J. Tigert
1912–13 5-0 n/a n/a John J. Tigert "State Champions"
1913–14 4-2 n/a n/a John J. Tigert
1914–15 5-1 n/a n/a John J. Tigert
1915–16 2-2 n/a n/a William Tuttle
1916–17 5-0 n/a n/a John J. Tigert
1917–18 1-4 n/a n/a Jim Park
1918–19 2-0 n/a n/a Andy Gill
1919–20 0-3-1 n/a n/a Sarah Blanding
1920–21 1-7 n/a n/a Sarah Blanding
1921–22 2-4 n/a n/a Sarah Blanding
1922–23 7-3 n/a n/a Happy Chandler
1923–24 10-0 n/a n/a Bart Peak "Champions of the South"
1971–72 10-3 n/a n/a Sue Feamster
1972–73 unknown n/a n/a Sue Feamster
1973–74 unknown n/a n/a Sue Feamster
1974–75 16-9 n/a n/a Sue Feamster First season as a varsity sport
1975–76 13-12 n/a n/a Sue Feamster
1976–77 19-7 n/a n/a Debbie Yow
1977–78 23-12 n/a n/a Debbie Yow
1978–79 13-16 n/a n/a Debbie Yow
1979–80 24-5 n/a n/a Debbie Yow Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Tournament First Round
1980–81 25-6 n/a n/a Terry Hall AIAW Second Round
1981–82 24-8 n/a n/a Terry Hall SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Elite Eight (#2 seed)
1982–83 23-5 6-2 2nd (East Div.) Terry Hall NCAA First Round (#3 seed)[13]
1983–84 15-13 2-6 3rd (East Div.) Terry Hall
1984–85 16-12 3-5 4th (East Div.) Terry Hall
1985–86 18-11 4-5 6th Terry Hall NCAA First Round (#7 seed)
1986–87 17-11 3-6 7th Terry Hall
1987–88 14-15 0-9 10th Sharon Fanning
1988–89 12-16 3-6 8th Sharon Fanning
1989–90 23-8 3-6 8th Sharon Fanning National Women’s Invitation Tournament Champions
1990–91 20-9 4-5 5th Sharon Fanning NCAA First Round (#9 seed)
1991–92 16-14 5-6 6th Sharon Fanning
1992–93 18-10 5-6 6th Sharon Fanning
1993–94 17-11 5-6 7th Sharon Fanning
1994–95 14-14 4-7 9th Sharon Fanning
1995–96 8-19 2-9 12th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
1996–97 8-19 2-10 10th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
1997–98 13-15 5-9 8th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
1998–99 21-11 7-7 7th Bernadette Locke-Mattox NCAA Second Round (#6 seed)
1999–00 15-14 5-9 9th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
2000–01 6-12 2-12 12th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
2001–02 9-19 1-13 12th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
2002–03 11-16 4-10 9th Bernadette Locke-Mattox
2003–04 11-17 3-11 11th Mickie DeMoss
2004–05 18-16 4-10 9th Mickie DeMoss Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) semifinals
2005–06 22-9 9-5 4th Mickie DeMoss NCAA Second Round (#5 seed)
2006–07 20-14 6-8 7th Mickie DeMoss WNIT
2007–08 17-16 8-6 5th Matthew Mitchell WNIT quarterfinals
2008–09 16-16 5-9 10th Matthew Mitchell WNIT second round
2009–10 28-8 11-5 2nd Matthew Mitchell NCAA Elite Eight (#4 seed)[13]
  • SEC Player of the Year: Victoria Dunlap[14]
  • SEC Freshman of the Year: A'dia Mathies[14]
  • SEC Coach of the Year: Matthew Mitchell[14]

All-American players[]

  • Valerie Still, 1983 (Coaches; Street & Smith)[15][16]
  • Victoria Dunlap, 2010 (AP; USBWA; Coaches')[15][17][16]

References[]

  1. "Memorial Coliseum". University of Kentucky. http://www.ukathletics.com/athletic-dept/memorial-coliseum.html. 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. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/women/news/2000/11/17/sec_one/. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. "2009-10 Kentucky Quick Facts" (PDF). University of Kentucky. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/kty/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/wbb09_quick_facts.pdf. 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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "All-Time Kentucky Head Coaches" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2007. http://www.ukathletics.com/doc_lib/wbb_history_coaches.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Women's Basketball Timeline" (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2005. http://www.ukathletics.com/doc_lib/wbb_history_timeline.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
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  7. "This Still's a Potent Producer". Sports Illustrated. 1983-01-17. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1120432/index.htm. 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. http://www.ukathletics.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/mitchell_matthew00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  9. "Memorial Coliseum: Home of Kentucky Women's Basketball". University of Kentucky. http://www.ukathletics.com/athletic-dept/memorial-coliseum-baskbl.html. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  10. "Practice facility will benefit all of UK's athletic teams". Kentucky Kernel. 2007-01-16. http://media.www.kykernel.com/media/storage/paper305/news/2007/01/16/Opinions/Kernel.Editorial.Practice.Facility.Will.Benefit.All.Of.Uks.Athletic.Teams-2634121.shtml. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  11. "Basketball Practice Facility". University of Kentucky. 2005. http://www.uky.edu/EVPFA/Facilities/CPMD/CapitalProjects/currentconstruction/bpf/bpf.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-06.  Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.[dead link]
  12. "UK Hoops 2008-09 Women's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). UK Athletics Association. 2008. pp. 152–153. http://www.ukathletics.com/doc_lib/wbb09_media_guide_139.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "UK women a 4-seed in Louisville". WKYT-TV. 2010-03-15. http://www.wkyt.com/sports/headlines/87726387.html. Retrieved 2010-03-16. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Smith, Jennifer (2010-03-03). "UK women sweep SEC post-season awards". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/2010/03/03/1164100/uk-women-sweep-sec-post-season.html. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Smith, Jennifer (2010-03-31). "UK notes: Dunlap is third-team All-American". Lexington Herald-Leader. http://www.kentucky.com/2010/03/31/1204110/uk-notes-dunlap-is-third-team.html. 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." 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "UK's Dunlap named coaches' All-American". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-04-03. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100403/SPORTS03/4030380/1002/sports/UK+s+Dunlap+named+coaches++All-American. 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."  Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.[dead link]
  17. "Dunlap on USBWA All-America team". Louisville Courier-Journal. 2010-03-31. http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20100331/SPORTS03/3310422/1002/sports/Dunlap+on+USBWA+All-America+team. 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."  Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.[dead link]
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