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Stay tuned after the game for the Ruoff Mortgage Wildcat Wrap up, Tom and Jack will talk with players and coaches.
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Kentucky rallies past Mississippi State for first road win
STARKVILLE, Ms. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team went on a 19-0 run in the second half, turning a nine-point deficit into a 78-68 win at Mississippi State on Thursday night.
Kentucky used pressure defense, specifically in the fourth quarter, to rally for its first road win of the season. The Cats forced nine turnovers in the fourth quarter and turned those into 10 points.
Saniah Tyler had a big night for Kentucky, tying her career high with 22 points. The sophomore from Florissant, Missouri, made 7 of 10 from the floor, including 6 of 8 from behind the arc and two of two from the line for her 22 points. Ajae Petty recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Kentucky got 14 points from Eniya Russell and 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds from Maddie Scherr.
Mississippi State jumped out to an 8-2 lead early in the game. The Cats would get closer on a Scherr three, but MSU scored six of the next eight to lead 14-7. Later in the period, the Bulldogs would lead 21-14 before Kentucky went on a run, sparked by a quartet of three-pointers from Saniah Tyler, the last of which gave UK a 25-22 lead. The Cats closed the quarter on a 13-1 run and would hold a 27-22 advantage after one quarter.
In the second quarter, Kentucky got layups from Petty and Amiya Jenkins to extend the lead to 31-22. The Cats would lead 35-26 before MSU scored eight in a row to close the half, making it 35-34 at the half.
Mississippi State came out hot in the third quarter, scoring the first nine points of the period to take a 43-35 lead. Kentucky answered with a 12-5 run to get within one, 48-47. But MSU would score the next seven points to lead 55-47. The Bulldogs would lead 63-54 after three periods.
Kentucky would get within seven points early in the fourth quarter, but MSU would lead 68-59. That’s when the Cats made their run. Layups from Russell and Petty got the Cats within five. A Jenkins basket cut it to 68-65. Then Tyler hit a driving layup and a three and Russell hit a driving layup, giving UK a 72-68 lead with 2:46 to play. A pair of Tyler free throws made it 74-68.
The UK defense continued to hound MSU and the run continued. Petty scored on a putback and Russell hit a pair of free throws to make it 78-68, closing the 19-0 run.
Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, hosting top-ranked South Carolina at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.
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Kentucky Senate panel advances bill to encourage cutting-edge research
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers on Thursday started advancing an ambitious measure aimed at stimulating cutting-edge research while promoting teamwork among the state’s public universities.
The Senate Education Committee quickly advanced the bill that would create a framework for cross-campus projects pairing up researchers at various schools. The measure is sponsored by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and is designated as Senate Bill 1, signifying its top-priority status. The proposal goes to the full Senate next and would still need House approval.
The legislation is meant to be a catalyst to stimulate far-reaching research capable of attracting lucrative federal grants and other support while raising Kentucky’s research profile. Projects could focus on medical breakthroughs but could build on schools’ existing strengths in other types of research as well.
“You can’t catch a fish until you cast something into the water,” Stivers told the committee. “I’ve never seen them jump in my boat. So this is an attempt to go fishing.”
The goal is to reel in research projects capable of improving lives across the Bluegrass State.
By providing state-backed seed funding, the goal is to help nurture the research projects, with the expectation that the work would prove successful enough to attract outside funding.
The bill would establish an endowed research fund administered by the state Council on Postsecondary Education. The council would solicit and review joint funding applications submitted by two or more public universities. It’s meant to enhance collaboration among Kentucky schools often seen as competitors.
The council would select five research consortiums to receive funding for an initial five years. Interest earnings from the research fund would be transferred into accounts supporting each project.
“This is precisely what Kentucky needs now to catapult us forward in developing premier research consortiums by banding together, pooling our resources to chart a path to success in Kentucky’s future,” Stivers said in a news release after the committee hearing.
The council would review the performance of each research team to determine whether its funding support should be renewed for up to five more years. If a research team’s funding is discontinued, the council would review other applications to fill the vacancy.
Details about state funding for the initiative would be decided in coming weeks. The Senate is currently working on its version of the next two-year state budget. The final version will ultimately be hashed out by Senate and House negotiators next month. Stivers will be a key participant in those negotiations.
The state’s research reputation got a boost last year when the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center achieved the highest level of recognition from the National Cancer Institute. Its elevated status — putting it among several dozen cancer centers nationally to attain the designation — will bolster research and patient care in a state plagued by some of the nation’s highest cancer rates.
John Calipari leaves postgame press conference after just 2 questions for odd reason
The Kentucky Wildcats found another way to lose in heartbreaking fashion against LSU on Wednesday night.
The Cats found themselves with a double-digit lead at the beginning of the second half, but the Tigers turned on the heat and clawed their way back into the ballgame.
Rob Dillingham put Kentucky up one with seconds remaining, but Tyrell Ward hit a game-winner off a missed shot as time expired, giving LSU the 75-74 win over the Cats.
After the game, head coach John Calipari got through two questions during the postgame press conference before leaving abruptly.
But that wasn’t the weirdest part…
John Calipari references part of the reason he has to leave his postgame presser so quickly is the fact Kentucky has “an early game” Saturday against Alabama. It tips off at 4 p.m., BTW.
— Ryan Black (@RyanABlack) February 22, 2024
Ryan Black says Calipari claimed he needed to leave the press conference early because of the early game on Saturday… Three days from now…
Calipari is clearly frustrated after another back-breaking loss, but to claim he needed to leave early because of the early game on Saturday is bizarre.
Kentucky will be back on the hardwood hosting Alabama inside of Rupp Arena at 4pm Sunday afternoon.
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