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UK Hoops to Battle Vanderbilt on ESPN2

Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:05 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2013 5:13 PM

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The No. 10/8 Kentucky women's basketball team travels to Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Feb. 10 for a Southeastern Conference showdown with Vanderbilt on a national stage. The Wildcats will battle the Commodores in historic Memorial Gymnasium at 3 p.m. CST/4 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN.

"It will be a tough game against Vanderbilt it always is," UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I'd like to mention it's a Play 4Kay game our coaches association and ESPN have really gotten behind the Kay Yow Foundation. Coach Yow was someone that was a big influence on me in my career and very early in my career very kind to me and one thing that I did ask her before she passed is what could we do and she just said all the young coaches coming up really need to make sure we keep the spotlight on the issue of breast cancer and really try to help raise money for research. That was a passion for her and she's impacted millions of people. It's a Play 4Kay game and we'll need to go out and play real, real hard. Vanderbilt's a tough team. They are very dynamic on offense as they always have been, and they are very tough to guard. They are always a difficult team to go against with their defense. They really guard the ball well and make you make great decisions. It will be a tough game on the road for us and we'll need to prepare well over the next couple of days to have a chance to win."

The Wildcats (20-3 overall, 8-2) are in the midst of a tough stretch to finish out regular-season Southeastern Conference play as four of their six league games are on the road. UK?is 3-1 away from home this season, and 10 games into the SEC slate, the Cats find themselves in a three-way tie for third place with Georgia and South Carolina.

The?Cats are coming off a hard-fought come-from-behind victory at Arkansas on Thursday. Despite trailing by 11 points in the first half, the Wildcats rallied for an impressive 80-74 win in overtime. Sophomore guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis), the reigning SEC Freshman of the Year, scored 16 of her team-high 17 points in the second half and overtime after not starting the game for the first time in her career, a stretch of 57 consecutive starts.

Vanderbilt is 15-7 overall, 5-4 in SEC play and coming off a bye week. The Commodores' last game was a 79-53 win over Ole?miss on Feb. 3. The Commodores have won two of their last three games and are fourth in the SEC standings. They are 9-1 overall at home this season, 3-1 in league play. Their only home loss came against instate rival and ninth-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 24, 83-75.

Sunday will mark the 45th meeting in the all-time series with Vanderbilt. The Commodores lead the series 27-17 overall, including a 14-5 advantage in Nashville. However, UK has won the last four matchups with the Commodores, including an 80-71 win in the teams' last meeting in the Music City.