Women's Basketball

Kentucky Hosts No. 1 South Carolina Thursday

by Evan Crane

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play host to the No. 1 team in the nation Thursday night inside Memorial Coliseum when it welcomes South Carolina for a 7 p.m. tip.   
 
Single-game tickets are $10 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children aged 5 and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas. Tickets are available for purchase at UKathletics.com/tickets. For more on mobile tickets, visit UKathletics.com/mobiletickets.
 
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN with Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo on the call. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network (630AM in Lexington). Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
Regardless of vaccination status, all guests will be required to wear a mask while visiting Memorial Coliseum. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter, but face coverings – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans as they watch the game from their seat and enter, exit, and move around Memorial Coliseum. Children 2 and younger will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators are unable to wear masks, they are encouraged not to attend in person for the sake of their health and the health of others.
 
Doors to Memorial Coliseum will open one hour prior to tip. All bags must adhere to the UK Athletics Clear Bag policy. All bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touch points, fans are strongly encouraged to not bring unnecessary bags to Memorial Coliseum. More on UK Athletics’ Clear Bag policy can be found online, here
 
Parking for games is available starting three hours prior to tip off in a majority of surface lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum, including the High Street Lot, East Maxwell Lot, Joe Craft Center Lot, College View Lot, Alumni Center Lot and Career Center Lot. The Cornerstone Garage and Parking Structure 2 open two hours prior to tip. The Gatton Student Center Lot is pay-to-park while all other parking options are free. The JCC Lot is primarily used limited mobility/handicap parking. No shuttles are being offered from any lot this season.
 
Senior guard Rhyne Howard has led Kentucky (9-10, 2-7 SEC) this season by averaging 20.4 points per game with 7.6 rebounds per game, adding 63 assists, 52 steals and 24 blocks. Howard ranks high nationally in several categories, including 15th nationally in points per game and 20th nationally in steals per game. Howard ranks first in the SEC in points per game, while she is third in steals per game and fifth in field-goals made and free-throw percentage. Redshirt junior forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 15.1 points per game with 7.9 rebounds per game, while freshman guard Jada Walker is averaging 10.6 points per game with 37 assists and 28 steals.
 
Thursday will be the 71st all-time meeting between Kentucky and South Carolina in women’s basketball. The Gamecocks have won 14 of the last 15 meetings in the series. Kentucky leads the all-time series in games played in Lexington, 20-11, but has not defeated South Carolina in Lexington since March 1, 2015 when it earned a 67-56 victory. Last season, the teams met twice with South Carolina winning in Lexington, 75-70, and in Columbia, 76-55. Earlier this year, South Carolina defeated Kentucky 74-54 at Colonial Life Arena.
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
 

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