Category Archive: UK Hoops

Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator Named AP All-America Honorable Mention

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – The postseason honors continue to stack up for Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball duo has most recently been named All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press.

Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator Named WBCA All-Region Honorees

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator have been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Region 2 All-Region Team, making the stars eligible for the 2017 WBCA All-America Team, which will be announced during the WBCA convention on April 1.

The honor is the second straight for Epps, who was also named an all-region selection last season. This is the first such honor for Akhator. Both players have received praise this offseason for their strong senior seasons. Epps was named first team All-Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press and league coaches, while Akhator was named first team All-SEC by league coaches and second team All-SEC by the AP.

Fourth-Seeded Kentucky Rallies, But Falls to Ohio State

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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.

Mitchell understands what kind of effort it will take for his team to beat Ohio State

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say today about Sunday’s second-round NCAA game against Ohio State in Memorial Coliseum.

Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky Head Coach:

On Makayla Epps comments about doing whatever it takes to win and his resulting smile …
“I was just thinking of all of her improvement over her four years and that’s her mentality. She wants to do whatever she can to help Kentucky win and that’s just a real team-first attitude. That’s what brought a smile to my face. That’s what you want your players to develop over their time here, that’s what you want their experience to be. To be a person who gives to the greater good of the group.

Fourth-Seeded Kentucky Faces Fifth-Seeded Ohio State Sunday At Noon

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)


LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – After taking down a talented Belmont squad in the first round Friday, the No. 18 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team turns its focus to No. 11 Ohio State on Sunday at Noon ET inside Memorial Coliseum with the winner advancing to the Lexington Regional Sweet 16.

 The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins on play-by-play and Nell Fortner as the analyst. Fans can also see the game through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network, airing in Lexington on 103.9FM.

Fourth-Seeded Kentucky Holds Off Belmont, 73-70


LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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 game was the sixth time this season that both Epps and Akhator scored at least 20 points in the same game. For Epps, it was the third time this season, and the sixth time in her career, that she has scored 30 points or more.

Belmont coach: “We like to chuck it from the cheap seats”

Here is part of what Belmont coach Cameron Newbauer had to say today about playing Kentucky Friday at noon in Memorial Coliseum in the NCAA Tournament.

Cameron Newbauer, Belmont Head Coach:

Mitchell expects Taylor Murray to play Friday

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say today as his team prepares to host Belmont at noon in the NCAA Tournament Friday.

On Taylor Murray and her availability for the weekend …
“She participated yesterday in non-contact and will go full-contact practice, so she’s cleared to resume practice activities, which will hopefully translate into a good performance tomorrow. She’s good to go for practice today and will have a full contact practice. She’ll be participating and we’re excited about that.”

Fourth-Seeded Kentucky Hosts Belmont in First Round Friday

Makenzie Cann (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – After earning its school-record eighth straight appearance in the Big Dance, the No. 18 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Friday at Noon ET by hosting 13th-seeded Belmont in the first round inside historic Memorial Coliseum.

Roper cleared to play, Murray close to being back

UK players react to their NCAA seeding Monday night. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky got freshman guard Jaida Roper cleared to play Monday and is now hoping sophomore guard Taylor Murray will be cleared before the Cats play Belmont Friday in Lexington in the NCAA Tournament.

“She is progressing. We hope to get her back Wednesday or Thursday. I can’t guarantee that, but it looks like she is headed that direction,” coach Matthew Mitchell said about Murray. “It’s whiplash like getting in a car wreck. Can’t protect yourself if you don’t have good range of motion. That was quite a blow she took there. But she has looked a lot better over the last couple of days.”

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