UK Hoops Aims For 4th Elite 8 Appearance

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Updated: 3/27 7:34 pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 10/11 University of Kentucky women's basketball team defeated Syracuse on Monday night, 64-59, to advance to its third straight NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals and will now face off with No. 2 seed and No. 5/6 Baylor on Saturday, March 29 in Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind. Game time is Noon on ESPN.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Notre Dame ticket office at (574) 631-7356, online at www.und.com/tickets or in person at the Purcell Pavilion. All session tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for youth. All session tickets are good for all three games. Individual session tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for youth and $10 for groups of 20 or more people. One ticket is good for both regional semifinal games. All session club seats, which offers three meals for two days, are $75. Saturday only club seats (two meals, cash bar) are $65, while Monday only is $40 (one meal, cash bar).

This marks UK's fifth overall trip to the Sweet 16, including third consecutive and fourth in the last five years. The Wildcats are now 16-10 all-time in the Big Dance.

UK and Baylor met earlier this season in one of the most epic basketball games in collegiate women’s basketball history.

Playing in a double-header with the UK men’s team in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Wildcats defeated the Lady Bears in a four overtime thriller, 133-130. The 263 combined points set a new NCAA record, besting the previous high for a Division I women's game of 252 points in SMU's 127-125 win over TCU, also in four overtimes, on Jan. 25, 1997. The Wildcats also set school records for points (133), free-throws made (49) and free-throws attempted (66). Junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) came off the bench to net a school-record 43 points on 14-of-31 shooting, netting 33 in the second half and overtime periods. Sophomore point guard Janee Thompson (Chicago) added a career-high 20 points, while senior forward DeNesha Stallworth (Richmond, Calif.) charted 16 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four steals. Senior guard Kastine Evans (Salem, Conn.) and junior guard Bria Goss (Indianapolis) scored 14 and 13 points, respectively and senior forward Samarie Walker (West Carrollton, Ohio) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the game.

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