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Cann’s key to success: “Working your butt off”

Makenzie Cann had a lot to smile about today. (UK Athletics Photo)

Makenzie Cann had a lot to smile about today. (UK Athletics Photo)

Here is what Makenzie Cann had to say today after going 6-for-7 from 3-point range and scoring 20 points for Kentucky in a win over New Hampshire.

On if her 3-point shooting success can be attributed to the early start time …

“Early-morning games are definitely a lot of work. I have to give a lot of credit to Coach (Kyra) Elzy specifically. She works with me every morning to get my confidence up. So, I would credit it to more of that than it being an early game.”

On if shooting for her can be better after she sees a few go in …

“Confidence-wise, it’s good to see the ball go in.”

On how good this team can be shooting the 3 …

“Obviously the sky is the limit if we keep putting the work in. We have a lot of 3-point threats.”

On how she’s developed her overall game…

“Well, I definitely think it shows a big progression, because coming out of high school I was known as ‘stand up over there and shoot.’ So, it’s always been a big progression – and that’s what I’ve always wanted. That’s one of the reasons that I chose to come to UK, because I knew that Coach Mitchell believed that I could be more than a shooter and not put me in that box. So, it was definitely a big adjustment because I have never played the four, but I told them I would do whatever the team wanted, and if that’s what I have to do, then that’s what I have to do, so I just try my best to do it.”

On if she has post experience …

“I played a little bit of post in high school, but most of everything I have learned has been from them (current UK staff).  So, just knowing that I’m not as much of a big body as them and I have to be a little extra precise on my positioning. Being undersized is something that I’ve been focusing on and the coaches have been helping me with it.”

On growing as a post player despite being undersized …

“I think it’s just the hard work and working your butt off. I think Coach Mitchell is seeing that I’m trying my hardest and that’s all that he can ask for.

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