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Matthew Mitchell and the Kentucky Women’s Basketball Team Should Be Proud of the History They Made


Think about the job Matthew Mitchell has done since he took over as the head coach of the Kentucky Women’s basketball team. He has compiled a very impressive 153-62 record. They are currently 9-0 and ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.

Think about the powers that be in the women’s game down through the years. Back in the day there was Louisiana Tech. Tennessee and Connecticut battle for supremacy for well over a decade. Stanford has always been the mix.

More recently Baylor and Notre Dame have made their presence felt as well.

The epic statement they made against Baylor on Friday night is still resonating. Both teams lit up the scoreboard, but it was Kentucky that prevailed 133-130 in a thrilling four-overtime affair. Let the records fall.

Think back to the last time the UK women faced Baylor on Nov. 13, 2012. They were dismantled 85-51 in Waco. This time they were playing in AT & T Stadium in Arlington, still a virtual home game for the Bears. Granted, Brittney Griner has moved on the WNBA, but Odyssey Sims is still there and she went off for 47 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal before fouling out.

Kentucky was able to weather her storm thanks in large part to Jennifer O’Neill.

It was a battle of wills by both teams. Each time either team seemed out of it they would fight back, rally and make the necessary plays to force another overtime. They laid it on the line all night and it didn’t go unnoticed.

The game finally ended when Baylor’s game tying three-pointer rimmed out. Then the celebration was on. As a Cowboys fan, I love the reference to the glory days too.

Congrats again UK Hoop Cats.



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