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Former UK guard Amber Smith takes on new role with Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky women’s basketball team will have more stability in the future after two assistant coaches signed extensions and two others were re-assigned. Amber Smith, a former standout is now an assistant coach, while former assistant Lin Dunn has been named special assistant to the head coach. Dunn has spent the past two seasons in her current role, while Smith, a...

Kentucky Hoops suffers third straight setback in 87-63 loss to rival Louisville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was no match for fourth-ranked Louisville. Asia Durr scored 32 points to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinals to an 87-63 win over the Wildcats Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Durr set a school record with 47 points in a 95-90 overtime win over Ohio State last month and tallied 36 points in a win over Syracuse last season. “Asia (Durr) shoots the heck out of the...

UK women fall to South Carolina in regular-season finale, lands No. 4 seed in SEC Tournament

Taylor Murray scored a career-high 29 points, but No. 22 Kentucky fell at seventh-ranked South Carolina 95-87 on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena in the regular season finale for both teams.   Kentucky (20-9, 11-5 SEC) had five players in double figures in the game. In addition to Murray, Makenzie Cann had 15 points, Evelyn Akhator and Maci Morris each had 14, and Makayla Epps added 10. Taylor Murray,...

Perseverance pays off for Matthew Mitchell

UK women hold off late rally by Arkansas to notch fifth SEC road win of the season

The Kentucky women’s basketball team placed four players in double figures as the Wildcats won their fifth SEC road game of the season by beating Arkansas 69-62 on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.   Sophomore point guard Taylor Murray had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky, while senior guard Makayla Epps added 14 points and four assists. UK senior Makayla Epps launches a...

Coming off bye weekend, UK women seek third straight victory in SEC road encounter at Arkansas

Fresh off back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins and its lone bye weekend of the season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak Thursday as it travels to face Arkansas at 8 p.m. “We have a tough game ahead of us tomorrow night at Arkansas, it has always been a difficult place for us to earn a victory. This will be a very tough game for us. They...

Akhator’s 11 points, career-high 17 rebounds lead UK women to a sweep of Georgia

Evelyn Akhator scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, recording her 26th career double-double as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Georgia 66-56 on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.   Akhator recorded her 13th double-double of the season, the most in a season by any Kentucky player other than Valerie Still. “Those 14 defensive boards Evelyn (Akhator) got were grown...

UK women’s basketball team sees 5-game winning streak come to a close in loss to Missouri

Taylor Murray had a double-double in UK’s loss at Missouri Monday night (UK Athletics Photo) Sophomore guard Taylor Murray had her second double-double of the season, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 73-67 loss at Missouri Monday night.   Murray, a sophomore from Odenton, Maryland, had 18 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds...

UK women put five-game winning streak on the line with tough road encounter at Missouri

Fresh off its dominating performance against Ole Miss, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will put its five-game win streak on the line Monday at 7 p.m. at Missouri, which has won four straight games, including a win over nationally ranked Texas A&M.    “We are heavy into preparation for Missouri,” UK coach Matthew Mitchell said Friday. “They are a very good basketball...

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...

Morris pours in 18 points, grabs nine boards to lead UK women to 64-60 win over Auburn

Maci Morris scored 18 points and had a career-high nine rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fourth straight game, beating Auburn 64-60 in a back-and-forth contest on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. Senior Makayla Epps had 17 points, and made three key plays for Kentucky in the second half. Twice, with the shot clock about to expire, Epps nailed three-point shots. Then, with...

Three in a row: Hot start propels Kentucky women to 55-42 victory over LSU

The Kentucky women’s basketball team opened the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back, as the Wildcats topped LSU 55-42 on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.   The win, Kentucky’s third in a row, was also the Wildcats’ first in Baton Rouge since January 28, 2010, ending a three-game losing streak in Baton Rouge. The UK women’s basketball team defeated LSU Thursday...

UK women’s team hopes to build on recent momentum during two-game road swing

After earning double-digit wins last week against Alabama and Georgia, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its momentum as it begins a two-game Southeastern Conference road swing at LSU on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. “I can tell you, LSU is going to be a very difficult game,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “They are No. 1...

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...

Murray matches career high with 18 points to lead UK women past Morehead State

Sophomore guard Taylor Murray matched her career high of 14 points in the first half alone Wednesday night, scoring 18 points in the game, as she helped push the No. 20 Kentucky women’s basketball team past Morehead State, 74-47.  Kentucky improved its record to 4-1 on the season. Morehead State dropped its second game of the season and fell to 3-2.  Taylor Murray scored 18 points in UK’s...

Now a senior, UK hoops veteran point guard Makayla Epps relishes leadership role

By Kindsey Bernhard Special to KyForward Of the six returning players on the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team this season, one has been there for more than three years, senior guard Makayla Epps. Epps is one of three seniors and the only one who has played her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons at UK. Makayala Epps is ready to lead the UK women’s basketball team this season...

Epps, Akhator combine for 48 points to lead UK women to exhibition win over Union

By Kindsey Bernhard Special to KyForward Kentucky senior Makayla Epps scored 31 points and classmate Evelyn Akhator had a double-double to lead the Kentucky women’s basketball team to a 78-60 victory over Union University in an exhibition game Thursday night. Epps shot 50 percent from the field and made her first five field goals from the field to set the tone for the double-digit victory. Epps...

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...

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...

Kentucky women to honor lone senior Janee Thompson in home finale against Missouri

Looking to extend a four-game winning streak in the Southeastern Conference, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will honor lone senior Janee Thompson on senior night Thursday when the Wildcats play host to No. 24 Missouri at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Thompson, who will be honored prior to tipoff, has played in 111 career games with 74 career starts with Kentucky, collecting...