Category Archive: UK Hoops

Makayla Epps Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – New season, same story for University of Kentucky senior guard Makayla Epps, who has added another honor to her already lengthy list of awards, after being named to the Athlon Sports 2016-17 Preseason All-America Second Team, it was announced recently.

Epps, who is one of three Southeastern Conference players on either the first or second team, is coming off a great junior season where she was named All-America First Team by and All-America Honorable Mention by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and The Associated Press. The native of Lebanon, Ky., was also named a first-team All-SEC performer by league coaches and the AP, while she was on the Dawn Staley Award Mid-Season Watch List, Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 and Wade Trophy Watch List last season.

UK Hoops will have 10 games on national TV

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)
Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Southeastern Conference announced its 2016-17 women’s basketball schedule Tuesday, with the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team set to host Missouri, Texas A&M, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida and Mississippi State inside Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats will travel in the league to play at Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina.

New Mexico State football notes

A few notes about New Mexico State going into Saturday’s game at Kentucky:

  • NM State trailed against New Mexico until 5:46 left in the fourth quarter when Greg Hogan caught an 8-yard pass from Tyler Rogers.
  • OJ Clark caught a career-high six passes.
  • Tyler Rogers had a career-high 15 rushing attempts.
  • Rogers also racked up his second consecutive 200-yard passing game during the 2016 season. He now has 12 200-yard passing games in his career.
  • With 205 yards rushing, Rogers now has 4,164 yards over his career. This ranks eighth in career passing yards in the all-time Aggie record books. He has surpassed Charley Johnson, who finished his career with 4,144 passing yards.

Lin Dunn will join us on WPBK-FM; J.D. Shelburne will be on WKYB-FM

Lin Dunn will join me and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM Thursday morning. (Evan Crane Photo)
Lin Dunn will join me and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM Thursday morning. (Evan Crane Photo)

Lin Dunn will join me and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM Thursday morning. (Evan Crane Photo)


If you have not had a chance to get to know new Kentucky women’s basketball assistant coach Lin Dunn, make sure to join myself and Tim Estes on WPBK-FM (107.5) or Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. when she will be our guest.

She has over 40 of coaching experience, including the WNBA where she led the Indiana Fever to the 2012 championship. Her collegiate experience includes Austin Peay, Mississippi, Miami and Purdue. She has also coached in the Olympics and is already in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Harlan County junior Blair Green commits to UK


Junior forward Blair Green of Harlan County gave a verbal commitment to Kentucky Friday during a home visit with coach Matthew Mitchell.

The 6-0 Green averaged 16 points and 5 rebounds per game as a freshman and 19 points and 8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She is ranked as the third best wing player in the 2018 recruiting class by ESPN.

She already had offers from Louisville and Tennessee among others.

Her mother, Debbie Hoskins Green, is her  high school coach and she was also the first player from Harland County to ever sign with Kentucky. She was a high school teammate of Kentucky sophomore Maci Morris’ mother.

Kentucky WBB to Host Coaches’ Clinic Oct. 22

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball coaching staff will host a coaches’ clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon ET at the Joe Craft Center, featuring the entire women’s basketball coaching staff and special guest head coach John Calipari.

The clinic costs $50 per coach and includes a t-shirt. Registration is available online at, while the deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

Capsule look at UK Hoops non-conference foes

A complete breakdown of all 13 non-conference opponents for the Kentucky women’s basketball team follows. Game times are subject to change and TV selections are still to be determined. The Southeastern Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Miami (Fla.)

Head Coach: Katie Meier (12th season)
Record at Miami (Fla.): 207-143 (.591)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Top Returner: Adrienne Motley, G, Sr. – 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 3.6 rpg

Ten Home Games Highlight 2016-17 Non-Conference UK Hoops Schedule

Epps fans get upLEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced a rigorous non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season that features six games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, including five teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final 2015-16 USA Today/Coaches Top 25.


Women’s Basketball to Host Open House Aug. 28

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell and his 2016-17 Wildcats are opening the doors of the Joe Craft Center for fans on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. ET as part of an open house.

The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET and will include a tour of the Joe Craft Center, photo station with UK’s official mascot Wildcat, video station where fans can leave messages to the team, a “Chalk Talk” inside the film room with Coach Mitchell and meet and greet with the team and coaching staff.

Jessica Hardin, Rachel Potter will be UK walk-ons


A little over a week ago when I asked Lewis Morris, the father of Kentucky sophomore Maci Morris, how he felt about UK’s lack of depth going into this season after the player defections from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.

He told me not only was he confident the team would be fine, but he thought there would be two walk-ons to help the team’s depth.

Based on what Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader has reported, Morris was right. She noted that Jessica Hardin of Wayne County and Rachel Potter of Pikeville both participated in a recent photo day with the team.

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