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Mitchell believes this is “going to be a great year” for sophomore Maci Morris

Maci Morris (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Maci Morris (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore Maci Morris had a solid freshman season, but coach Matthew Mitchell made it clear at Friday’s Media Day that he thinks she’ll be a much better all-around player this season.

“She’s really improved in all areas. That’s going to be one that I think everybody is going to go, wow. She really looks — she’s put on some muscle. She’s definitely improved in her speed agility quickness, athletic explosiveness is there, and she worked her tail off this summer and in this fall, and she is in phenomenal shape,” Mitchell said.

Will Mitchell’s press conference answer questions about Team Turmoil?

Matthew Mitchell is running out of players to hand the ball to. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell is running out of players to hand the ball to. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With all the recent turmoil that has hit the Kentucky women’s basketball program, it reminded me of a conversation I had with assistant coach Camryn Whitaker before UK played Washington in the NCAA Tournament.

She was a standout player at Harrison County High School and then Western Kentucky University. She joined the UK program just over a year ago and I wondered what a year with coach Matthew Mitchell had been like.

Matthew Mitchell on Epps’ injury, Maci Morris and more

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
Second Round · Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Monday, March 21

POSTGAME QUOTES – Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky Head Coach:

Kentucky-Florida SEC Tournament notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #13/13 Kentucky 92, #25/24 Florida 69

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 4, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to eight games with a 92-69 win over No. 25/24 Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. 

–    The Wildcats are now 7-2 on the season against ranked opponent.

Kentucky-LSU SEC tourney postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #13/13 Kentucky 79, LSU 71

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 3, 2016

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to seven games with a 79-71 win over LSU.

–    The meeting was the 46th all-time, with the win moving Kentucky to 14-32 in the all-time series.  Kentucky has won four of the last six meetings and is 4-8 against LSU in SEC Tournament games and 2-2 under Matthew Mitchell.

–    With the win, UK moves to 22-6 on the season. LSU drops to 10-21 overall.

Epps, Thompson, Akhator, Morris earn all-SEC honors

Vicky Graff Photo

Makayla Epps/Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – 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 multiple times, joining Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies. The honor is the first of its kind for Thompson and Akhator, who were named to the All-SEC Second Team, while Morris was tabbed to the eight-member All-SEC Freshman Team.

Kentucky-Missouri postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #15/14 Kentucky 69, #24/24 Missouri 59

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 25, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to five games with a 69-59 win over No. 24/24 Missouri.

–    The meeting was just the sixth in the history of the two programs, moving UK to 5-1 in the all-time series. Kentucky is undefeated against Missouri since MU joined the SEC in 2012.

–    With the win, UK moves to 20-6 on the season, including 9-6 in SEC play. Missouri drops to 21-7 (8-7 SEC).