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Jamie Vaught: On UK’s Maci Morris, the popular Calipari and a prediction on the UK-Tennessee game

It wasn’t that long ago when Bell County High School’s Maci Morris was burning the nets as one of the state’s top players en route to becoming Kentucky’s “Miss Basketball” in 2015. And now Morris, a 6-foot guard, is entering her third year at Kentucky after two productive seasons as a starter in helping the Wildcats to 25-8 and 22-11 records. After UK lost a couple of stars in Makayla Epps...

Akhator, Epps make UK Hoops history; both are selections in early rounds of WNBA Draft

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern With the conclusion of their basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps turned their focus to preparing for the 2017 WNBA Draft. And Thursday night, Akhator was the third pick of the draft, taken by the Dallas Wings of the Western Conference. Epps was drafted 33rd overall, the ninth pick in the third round. She was taken...

UK’s Monk named Wooden All-American; Epps, Akhator selected for AP honorable mention squad

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Malik Monk was named a Wooden All-American on Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club after leading the Wildcats to Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships as well as a memorable run to the Elite Eight. Monk, who was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, was one of 10 players on the Wooden All-American Team. He joined...

Jamie Vaught: UK Hoops season comes to a sudden, emotional end for seniors Epps, Akhator

After Kentucky women lost to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, finishing its remarkable campaign with a 22-11 mark after last year’s turmoil involving several player departures, it sure was a very emotional time for two Wildcat senior stars Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator. Even some reporters at last Sunday’s postgame press conference, including yours truly, were...

Seniors Epps, Akhator come to end of the line as Cats fall to Buckeyes in NCAA tournament

Fourth-seeded Kentucky rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to within one point of the lead, but the Wildcats could not overcome fifth-seeded Ohio State’s advantage, as the Buckeyes won 82-68 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum. It was a 33-15 run over 13 minutes that allowed Kentucky to methodically cut into the Ohio State lead. But Ohio State ended the game on a 17-4 run to put it away. Kentucky...

UK’s Epps unanimous selection to AP All-SEC first team; Akhator also grabs another honor

University of Kentucky women’s basketball seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator continue to add to their lengthy list of postseason honors as both were named All-Southeastern Conference performers by The Associated Press on Wednesday. Epps was a unanimous selection to the first team, while Akhator was named to the second team. Both players were named first team All-SEC by league coaches last week...

Akhator, Rice lead UK Hoops in win over Alabama in quarterfinals of SEC tournament

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern UK Hoops defeated Alabama in UK’s opening game of the SEC Tournament 65-55 on Friday afternoon in Bon Secours Wellness Arena to advance to the semifinals. UK advances to the semifinal of the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the eighth straight year. The Wildcats will play South Carolina, the tournament’s top seed, at 5 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals....

Jamie Vaught: Keyed by talented seniors Epps, Akhator, UK women enjoying a season to remember

When you reflect about the current version of UK women’s basketball team, you’d think about its two senior stars – 5-10 guard Makayla Epps and 6-3 forward Evelyn Akhator. And these two Sporting News pre-season All-Americans and All-SEC performers won’t be around much longer so enjoy while you can during the post-season tournament action. The duo of Epps and Akhator, along with its strong supporting...

Wildcats’ Epps, Akhator land first-team honors on All-Southeastern Conference squad

University of Kentucky women’s basketball senior guard Makayla Epps and senior forward Evelyn Akhator have been named All-Southeastern Conference First Team performers by league coaches, it was announced Tuesday. Epps and Akhator are joined on the first team by Ronni Williams (Florida), Victoria Vivians (Mississippi State), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Alaina Coates (South Carolina), A’ja Wilson...

Senior Day Surprise: Epps, Akhator key No. 22 UK Hoops to upset of No. 3 Mississippi State

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern UK Hoops honored seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator in the best way possible in their final regular season game in Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky upset third-ranked Mississippi State 78-75 in overtime Thursday night. UK has won eight straight games on Senior Night “I think for me, the best feeling is that Makayla and Evelyn will always have tonight,” coach...

Akhator’s double-double paves the way for UK women in easy 89-57 victory over Ole Miss

Evelyn Akhator scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game by beating Ole Miss 89-57 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. “It sure was a great win,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They came out with tremendous enthusiasm and energy on the defensive end, created a lot of turnovers early in the game that led to some fast-break...

Surging Akhator, UK defense too much for Georgia, as Wildcats roll to 82-61 victory

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern When most players have a career-high game in scoring, their next game isn’t quite the same. That wasn’t the case for UK senior Evelyn Akhator. After her career-high 29 points on the road against Alabama on Thursday, Akhator returned to Memorial Coliseum to score 24 points in UK Hoops’ 82-61 win over Georgia. UK Hoops improved to 12-6 on the season, 3-2...

Cats go cold in second half, wrap up non-conference schedule with road loss to No. 15 Duke

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray scored 18 points, but the 17th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 15 Duke 69-54 on Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Makayla Epps had 12 points and Maci Morris added 11 for the Wildcats, who fell to 9-4 on the season. Evelyn Akhator had only one point, but did grab a season-high 15 rebounds. Kentucky went cold in the second half, hitting just...

Seventeenth-ranked Wildcats travel to No. 15 Duke to wrap up non-conference schedule

The No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will continue the nation’s third-hardest schedule when it ends non-conference play at No. 15 Duke on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be shown live on ACC Network Extra through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans...

CollegeSportsMadness.com names UK Hoops’ Akhator SEC Player of the Week again

After earning her 20th career double-double against Washington State, including two clutch free throws in the final minute of the game to clinch the win, University of Kentucky senior post Evelyn Akhator has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com. This is the second weekly honor for Akhator from CollegeSportsMadness.com, which named her the National and...

Big games from Murray, Akhator fuel UK Hoops to easy victory over Middle Tennessee

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward intern Sophomore point guard Taylor Murray started this season averaging 6.0 points per game and has almost doubled that, averaging 11.9 points per game. That stat will increase after No. 15 UK Hoops’ 61-48 win over Middle Tennessee State University on Friday. Murray finished with 16 points, as UK moves to 7-2 on the season. Murray has scored in double-digits in five...

Preseason honors: Epps, Akhator named to Sporting News All-American team

More preseason previews mean more preseason honors for the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team as Sporting News has named senior guard Makayla Epps and senior forward Evelyn Akhator to its preseason All-America Team. The publication also ranked Kentucky No. 10 in its preseason poll.   Epps was named to the publication’s first team, while Akhator was on the third team. In all, six Southeastern...

UK’s Epps, Akhator, Thompson earn All-SEC honors from the Associated Press

University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and senior guard Janee Thompson have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers by the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday. Epps was named to the first team, becoming the first player since A’dia Mathies in 2012 and 2013 to earn First Team All-SEC honors from the organization multiple years. Akhator,...

Top players: Epps, Thompson, Akhator, Morris named All-SEC performers

University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, senior guard Janee Thompson, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and freshman guard Maci Morris have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers for their success on the court this season, the league office announced Tuesday. Epps was named to the All-SEC first team, becoming the third player in the Matthew Mitchell era to be named to the first team...

UK junior Evelyn Akhator claims first SEC Player of the Week honor

University of Kentucky junior forward Evelyn Akhator has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week by the league office and CollegeSportsMadness.com after helping the Wildcats defeat two ranked teams last week, it was announced Monday. Akhator was brilliant for Kentucky, averaging 15.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in UK’s wins over No. 24 Missouri and No. 11 Texas A&M. Evelyn...