Kentucky celebrates alumni, 1982 SEC champions Sunday at Rupp Arena

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will look to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday by hosting Ole Miss at noon ET inside Rupp Arena.

Sunday is the UK’s annual alumni match, as former players have been invited back and will be honored on the pitch during the game. Specifically on Sunday, the UK will celebrate the 1982 South Eastern Conference Championship side with several members of the squad in attendance. The 1982 team won the conference title against Tennessee inside the Memorial Coliseum. The team included some of the best players in program history, including Valerie Still, Patty Jo Hedges, Lea Wise and many more. The team was coached by the late Terry Hall.

Single-game tickets are $10 (all ages) in restricted areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (6-18) and seniors (65 years and older). Children 5 and under do not need a ticket in general admission areas. UK employees enjoy free entry for one guest plus up to three guests by showing their staff ID card at the main entrances. UK students also enjoy free entry with a valid UKID.

Regardless of vaccination status, all guests will be required to wear a mask when visiting Rupp Arena. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter, but face coverings – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans when watching the game from their seats and entering, exiting and moving around in the Rupp Arena. Children 2 and under will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators cannot wear a mask, they are encouraged not to attend in person for their health and that of others.

The doors to the Rupp Arena will open one hour before tipping. All bags must comply with the UK Athletics Clear Bag Policy. All bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touchpoints, fans are strongly encouraged not to bring unnecessary bags to Rupp Arena. Read more about UK Athletics’ clear bag policy here.

With a valid state-issued hang tag, fans may park in the non-reserved ADA parking lot located at Gate 1 of Rupp Arena. This bundle will operate on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $20/vehicle. Those without a parking permit can take advantage of over 10,000 convenient parking spaces located within a 10-minute walk of Rupp Arena. Visit the Rupp Arena Parking page to learn more about additional parking options. Match day parking is available on a first come, first served basis through the Central Bank Center in their West High Street Lots. Parking fees will be in effect for most Rupp Arena events. For more information on downtown parking, please visit LexPark.org.

Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on SEC Network with Tiffany Greene and Steffi Sorensen on the call. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network (6.30am in Lexington). Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.

Kentucky enters Sunday’s game with an 8-6 record, including a 1-3 league record. The Wildcats have lost three straight. senior guard Rhyne Howard leads the UK in averaging 19.1 points per game with 6.6 rebounds per game. Howard also has 54 assists, 42 steals and 18 blocks. First year guard Jada Walker is averaging 10.6 points per game with 32 assists and 20 steals.

Sunday will be the 45th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Ole Miss in women’s basketball. The Rebels lead the all-time series 25-19 and added to that total with two wins over Kentucky last season. Ole Miss won 72-60 at Oxford and 73-69 at Lexington. The all-time streak in games played at Lexington is tied 10-10. Ole Miss has won three of the last four encounters in the series. The Rebels have won each of the last two meetings at Lexington. This will be the third time UK and Ole Miss have met at the Rupp Arena. The Rebels hold a 2-1 record in the historic venue against United Kingdom.

Kentucky holds an all-time 30-20 record at the historic Rupp Arena, which is now officially called Rupp Arena at the Central Bank Center. The UK played their very first game at the historic venue in 1977 and played at the venue almost every year until 1990. Former UK head coach Mickie DeMoss brought the team back to the Rupp Arena at the start 2000s and played several games there a year before Matthew Mitchell. took over and wanted all home games at the Memorial Coliseum. Mitchell and the Wildcats returned to Rupp in 2011 and have played at least one game at Rupp Arena every year since. Last season, the United Kingdom faced Alabama and Tennessee at Rupp Arena, which were two of their best performances of the year. Great Britain beat Alabama 81-68 and Tennessee 71-56. The Wildcats have won five of their last seven games at Rupp Arena. UK faced DePaul at Rupp Arena in December, falling to the Blue Demons, 94-85.

For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on TwitterInstagram, Facebook and TikTok.

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