Kentucky, Minnesota Square Off in Rupp Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball program will play host to Minnesota on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET, as it returns to Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center for the second time this season. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+, with Jeff Piecoro and former head coach Matthew Mitchell on the call.
Big Blue Nation can also listen in to the play-by-play on UK Sports Network and / or 630 AM WLAP (locally), with the Voice of the Wildcats Darren Headrick on the mic.
The Power 5 contest is nothing new for the Wildcats, as they have faced four Power 5 opponents in their last five games, while it will eventually face six Power 5 opponents in a seven-game stretch. Following the Kentucky-Minnesota contest, Kentucky will go on to play ranked Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Dec. 10, to close out that gauntlet of a stretch.
Despite the tough competition, UK is enjoying a two-game win streak after defeating Boston College, 83-81, on Nov. 30 and Tennessee Tech, 73-67, on Dec. 3. Through those two games, the Wildcats have averaged 78.0 points per game on 48.3 percent from the field (57-of-118). The Cats also have knocked down 13 3-pointers on 46.4 percent from the field (13-of-28). Meanwhile, their best-two performances in assists and blocks this season have come over the past two games, too.
Ajae Petty, a senior forward, was a big-time contributor in those games, so much so that the league named her the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. On Sunday against Tennessee Tech, she put up a career-high 33 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks. She became the fourth player in program history to record a 30-15 double-double in points and rebounds, and the first in more than a decade.
The Wildcat is currently leading the SEC in field-goal percentage (60.9).
Other notable performances in the win over Tennessee Tech include Saniah Tyler’s career-high four 3-pointers, Emma King’s career-high 14 points and career-high tying seven rebounds and Cassidy Rowe’s career-high six assists, one turnover and three charges.
Kentucky and Minnesota are tied in the all-time series, 1-1, while the Wildcats took the last matchup, 80-74, on the road last December. In fact, Petty had her second-career, double-double in that game on 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Wednesday will mark the first contest between the two teams in Lexington.
Big Blue Nation is encouraged to stay up to date with the nonconference schedule promotions and game themes. For the Kentucky-Minnesota game, the promotions and game themes are as follows:
PROMOTIONAL(S) / GAME THEMES
- Neon belt bag giveaway for the first 500 fans
- 80s Night: Go back in time with the women’s basketball program, as Kentucky celebrates its greatest moments from its second decade of varsity status. Expect to jam all evening to the best 80s tunes, too!
Big Blue Nation may park in the High Street lots beginning three hours prior to the tip time, with free parking provided to all fans attending the women’s basketball game.
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on X, Instagram and Facebook.