Kentucky, No. 7/6 LSU Battle in Rupp Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program will play host to No. 7/6 LSU on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. ET inside Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center for Alumni Day. The game, which will mark Kentucky’s final appearance inside Rupp Arena this season, will be broadcast on SEC Network+, with Darren Headrick on the call.
Doors will open one hour prior to the tip time. Big Blue Nation will receive rally towels at the entrance.
Tickets are $10 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Children aged 5-years-old and under do not require a ticket in general admission areas.
UK employees receive free admission to the game, along with up to three guests, by showing their staff ID at the entrance. UK students also receive free admission with a valid UKID.
Bags must adhere to the UK Athletics Clear Bag policy. Bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touch points, fans are strongly encouraged to not bring unnecessary bags to Rupp Arena. More on UK Athletics’ Clear Bag policy can be found online here.
Fans can park in the Rupp Arena High Street Gate 1 parking lot. This lot will operate on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $20/vehicle. There are also more than 10,000 convenient parking lots located within a 10-minute walk of the arena. Visit the Rupp Arena Parking page to learn more about additional parking options.
Darren Headrick will have the game on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Free live audio will be available online, too, at UKathletics.com and live stats will be available online at KentuckyStats.com.
The Wildcats, who are 8-7 this season and 0-3 in the league, are still looking for their first conference win after Kentucky lost a stinger to Georgia on the road, 64-60, last Thursday. The Wildcats led the Lady Bulldogs for more than 28 minutes in the game, but couldn’t contain the Dawgs’ 23-13 run in the fourth quarter.
Overall this season, the Cats are making 41.5 percent of their shots from the floor for 70.5 points per game. Benton is leading the team with 16.7 points per game, while Jada Walker is right behind her with 12.9 points per game. Benton scored 19 points at Georgia to eclipse 1,000 career points. Meanwhile, the Cats are holding opponents to 41.0 percent shooting for 65.4 points per game.
Kentucky continues to be disruptive on defense, leading the league all season with 22.4 turnovers forced per game. In the process, UK is scoring more than 32.6 percent of its points off turnovers. Kentucky is wreaking havoc on that side of the ball, with the league’s top three leaders in steals per game, including Walker (1st, 2.47), Benton (2nd, 2.21) and Maddie Scherr (3rd, 2.20).
LSU has a 15-0 overall record, including a 2-0 mark on the road and a 3-0 mark in the SEC. LSU is coming off a win at Texas A&M, 74-34, as sophomore Angel Reese posted her second 20/20 game of the season and set a program single-game rebounding record with 28 boards.
Four Tigers are averaging at least 10 points per game in Reese (24.1), Flau’jae Johnson (13.7), Alexis Morris (12.9) and Jasmine Carson (10.8). The team is collectively hitting 50.0 percent of their shots and scoring 91.2 points per game, while keeping their opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting and 50.1 points per game.
The two teams will meet for the 54th time in the all-time series, with the Wildcats winning six of the last nine meetings, including three of the last five. Kentucky last defeated LSU on March 4, 2022, 78-63, in the 2022 SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.
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