Kentucky Hosts Pikeville in Memorial Coliseum for Exhibition Game
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In preparation for the upcoming season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will host Pikeville in its lone exhibition game of the season Wednesday, Nov. 2 for a 7 p.m. ET tip inside Memorial Coliseum.
Fans can enjoy free admission and season ticket holders will have their reserved seat location. While a ticket is not required, the game is a good opportunity for season ticket holders to practice their mobile tickets for entry into Memorial Coliseum. For more on mobile tickets, visit UKathletics.com/mobiletickets.
Big Blue Nation will also receive a free schedule magnet, while official team posters, featuring all 15 Wildcats, will also be available and throughout the season.
Doors to Memorial Coliseum will open one hour prior to the tip time. Bags must adhere to the UK Athletics Clear Bag policy, and 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 tipoff 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 No. 2 will 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 for limited mobility/handicap parking. No shuttles are being offered at this point in the season.
The exhibition game will not be televised, however Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats will be available online at KentuckyStats.com and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
The in-state matchup will mark Kentucky’s lone exhibition game of the season. The Wildcats are coming off a public Blue-White Game in Memorial Coliseum and a closed scrimmage against Eastern Kentucky in the Joe Craft Center practice gym in late October.
Kentucky will begin its regular season Monday, Nov. 7, when it plays host to Radford for a 7 p.m. ET tip time on SEC Network+.
For the 14th time since 2007, the Wildcats will begin its season ranked or receiving votes in the national polls as the Cats are receiving votes in the USA Today / Coaches Preseason Poll.
UK returns five players from last season’s historic team, a season that culminated in a Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament title for the first time since 1982. Those five returners, including guards Robyn Benton, Blair Green, Emma King and Jada Walker and forward Nyah Levertter, combined for 44 starts in 2021-22. Meanwhile, Green is returning for her fifth year after sitting out last season with a ruptured Achilles suffered in the preseason scrimmage.
It was a successful second season for the Kentucky women’s basketball program under head coach Kyra Elzy, who led the Wildcats to a 10-game win streak en route to the conference tournament title and became the first head coach in program history to lead his or her team to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in their first two seasons at the helm.
Pikeville got off to a quick start this season, jumping out to a 1-0 overall record after defeating Olivet Nazarene University, 94-88, last Friday in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Five Bears scored in double digits, including Sierra Feltner and Mary Englert who each had 20+ point games. Moreover, Bailey Frazier and Morgan Stamper each recorded double-doubles. UPIKE head coach Clifton Williams, who has spent time in the UK men’s basketball program during his career, has guided the Bears to a 105-78 (.571) overall record through seven seasons at the helm.
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.