Rhyne Howard

Kentucky’s leading scorer Rhyne Howard (10) hopes to return from injury on Thursday night against Alabama.

LEXINGTON – The No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will look to bounce back from only its fourth loss of the season when it plays host to Alabama on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.

UK players will be wearing “Adamstown” shirts pregame paying homage to the former community as part of the ongoing year-long celebration of the university’s “70 Years of Integration” series and commemorating 50 years of black studies at UK.

The commemoration is sponsored by UK’s Office for Institutional Diversity and more information on the commemoration is below.

The game vs. Alabama will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington.

Kentucky (17-4, 6-3 SEC) is coming off a disappointing loss on Sunday to Florida letting a 10-point halftime lead get away in the second half.

Junior guard Chasity Patterson scored a career high 25 points in the game, while senior guard Jaida Roper had 15 points. The Wildcats hit a season-low three 3s in the game and allowed the Gators to score 51 second-half points in the loss.

The Wildcats continue to be without sophomore guard Rhyne Howard, who is averaging a team-best 23.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. The guard is expected to return in mid-February.

UK leads the all-time series against Alabama, 32-17, including a 14-6 mark in games played in Lexington. The Wildcats have won eight straight games against the Crimson Tide, including eight of the last nine against Alabama in Lexington.

UK’s last loss in the series was a 57-55 setback on Jan. 23, 2014 in Lexington. Of Kentucky’s eight straight wins against Alabama only one has been by single digits, edging the Crimson Tide in the 2018 SEC Tournament 71-64 in Nashville.

The two teams met already this season on Jan. 9 in Tuscaloosa with UK earning a 81-71 win behind a school-record tying 43 points from Rhyne Howard.

Alabama (13-9, 3-6 SEC) is coming off a 57-56 win at Ole Miss on Sunday. The Crimson Tide also have Southeastern Conference wins over Vanderbilt and Auburn this season.

Alabama is led by Jordan Lewis, who averages 12.9 points per game and grabs 4.4 rebounds per game. Jasmine Walker is averaging 11.3 points per game with 6.9 rebounds per game, while Cierra Johnson is earning 8.5 points per game and has 28 steals.

UK to pay Homage to Adamstown, Commemorating 70 Years of Integration

Kentucky players will wear new shooting shirts during pregame warmups against Alabama on Thursday with “Adamstown” on the front.

Adamstown was a black community that was placed at the bottom of a hill on what was the edge of Lexington in the 1870s. By 1880 there were 65 black families in the community. The neighborhood moved in preparation for the building of Memorial Coliseum in 1949-50.

Thursday’s game is part of an ongoing year-long celebration of the university’s “70 Years of Integration” series and commemorating 50 years of black studies at UK. The commemoration is sponsored by UK’s Office for Institutional Diversity.

Commemorating integration will feature a series of events, academic courses and special presentations throughout the 2019-20 academic year.

Colleges and units from across the campus are involved in creating a year-long calendar of events and programs that will allow UK to reflect on the legacy of Lyman T. Johnson, who became the first black man to enroll at the University of Kentucky, and continue to carry out the conversations he started 70 years ago.

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