While they may not have the championship success of the men's team, the University of Kentucky women's basketball team has been extremely successful under coach Matthew Mitchell.
After seven straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, Kentucky looks like they may have the best women's basketball team in school history this year. The team is off to a great start to the season, and they do not look like they will slow down anytime soon.
While Kentucky had the benefit of hosting their first game, they were still considered to be underdogs against the 14th ranked Miami Hurricanes.
Despite being the lower ranked team, the Kentucky Wildcats used their great defensive skills to get a hard-fought 82-66 win. The key moment of the game came with a little over three minutes left in the 4th quarter. Kentucky was only leading the game by three points, but they went on a 13-0 run to finish the game.
Kentucky was able to get such an impressive victory because of the great play of Makayla Epps. The star point guard lead the team with 29 points and five assists while making more than half of her shots.
In addition to the great offensive production, Epps was also contributed on defense with three steals. Makayla Epps was easily the best player on the Kentucky Wildcats last season, and it looks like she put in a lot of work this offseason to improve her game.
After defeating the Miami Hurricanes, the Kentucky Wildcats easily won their next two games against the Albany Great Danes and New Hampshire Wildcats. Kentucky showed they will be one of the teams to beat in women's college basketball this season by winning those two games by a combined total of 73 points.
While the Wildcats are off to a great start, they have a lot of tough games on their schedule. This team is certainly going to be consistently tested this year, so it will not take long to see if they are capable of making a deep run in the postseason.
After a road game at Colorado this weekend, Kentucky's next tough game will come against the Oklahoma Sooners on December 1. The Sooners are currently the 15th ranked team in the country, so they will not be intimidated when they come to Memorial Coliseum.
Three days after the game against Oklahoma, the Wildcats will have to go on the road to face the 5th ranked Louisville Cardinals. Winning road games against great teams is not easy in college basketball, so this is guaranteed to be one of the toughest games of the season.
In addition to the tough non-conference games at the start of December, the Kentucky Wildcats will also be consistently tested during conference play. Every game in the SEC is difficult, but Kentucky currently has seven conference games scheduled against ranked opponents.
Despite the tough schedule, this team looks poised to have one of the best seasons in the history of the women's basketball program at the University of Kentucky.