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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...

Jamie Vaught: Cool customer at the FT line, sophomore Morris saves Cats’ life in tourney

Some leftovers from Kentucky women’s NCAA hoops tournament this weekend in Lexington…. — UK heralded seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator were the dominating stars as they gunned in a combined 52 points – which is 71.2 percent of the total team scoring – in leading the Wildcats to a 73-70 win over a pesky Belmont squad Friday afternoon at historic Memorial Coliseum. Akhator also...

Epps, Akhator combine for 52 points, lead Wildcats past Belmont, into second round of NCAA tourney

Makayla Epps scored 30 points and Evelyn Akhator added 22 points and 10 rebounds as fourth-seeded Kentucky held off a determined Belmont squad 73-70 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky trailed 36-35 at halftime, but the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-0 run, which gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Friday’s...

Jamie Vaught: Lots of Bluegrass color in NCAA Big Dance field beyond just UK and UofL

There are lots of representatives from the state of Kentucky in the Big Dance beyond just UK and U of L. As you know, Northern Kentucky, which was just granted full NCAA Division I status last August, has earned its first NCAA Division I tourney berth for winning the Horizon League Tournament in Detroit last week. And the No. 15 seed Norse (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Kentucky in the South Region...

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...

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...

UK women look to continue winning ways in road encounter at Georgia

Fresh off getting back in the win column last Sunday against Vanderbilt, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Thursday at 7 p.m. as it travels to face Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum. Kentucky (16-8, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) is coming off a 71-63 win against Vanderbilt last Sunday in Memorial Coliseum. The win got Kentucky off a two-game losing skid...

Epps leads UK women past Vandy, moves into 5th-place on school’s all-time scoring list

Makayla Epps moved into fifth place on Kentucky’s career scoring list as the 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Vanderbilt 71-63 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. “We needed a victory today and we needed to earn it and we are just really, really happy to bounce back after a tough loss on Thursday,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is a tough team. They really play...

UK Hoops looking to return to winning ways, host fourth-ranked South Carolina Thursday

After seeing its five-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference play end Monday night at Missouri, the No. 25 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to get back in the win column Thursday when it plays host to No. 4 South Carolina at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game and arrive early to Memorial Coliseum. UK students will...

Texas A&M uses second-half surge to hand Kentucky women first home loss of season

Texas A&M used a second-half surge to power past No. 24 Kentucky on Sunday, handing UK its first home loss at Memorial Coliseum this season with a 77-68 victory. “(It’s a) tough one to lose there because Texas A&M played a lot harder than we did,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is not what you want to do. You do not want to lose a game because of effort. Hats off to them....

Epps pours in 17 points, Cats use 26-3 second-quarter run to hold off Missouri by two

Senior Makayla Epps scored 17 points, and Kentucky took advantage of a 26-3 second-quarter run, then survived a late Missouri comeback, as the Wildcats held off the Tigers 64-62 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. Epps, the senior from Lebanon, Kentucky, also had grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists in the victory. Epps’ fellow senior, Evelyn Akhator, had 14 points and a team-high...

Wildcats look to rebound from Duke loss in SEC road opener against Tennessee

After navigating through the nation’s third-most difficult schedule thus far with nine non-conference wins, the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team is set to begin Southeastern Conference play on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena against the Tennessee Lady Vols, who have won four straight games. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Pam Ward on play-by-play...

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...