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Makayla Epps Named to John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Add another national player of the year watch list to Makayla Epps’ résumé as the University of Kentucky senior guard has been named to the John R. Wooden Award® Women’s Preseason Top 30, which annually honors the most outstanding women’s college basketball player.

Seven conferences are represented on the list with the Atlantic Coast Conference boasting 10 selections, followed by the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference with five apiece. The American and Big 12 Conferences each have two selections and the Big East has one pick. Of the student-athletes selected for the preseason top 30 list, 27 out of 30 are upperclassmen, including 15 seniors. Similar to the 2016 preseason top 30 list, no freshman made the list.

Epps’ coachability led to big scoring game

Makayla Epps, Maci Morris  (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)

Makayla Epps, Maci Morris (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say about senior guard Makayla Epps after she scored 30 points in Thursday’s win over Oklahoma.

On his thoughts about Makayla (Epps) when she gets going early …

Epps scores 29 in opening win over Miami

Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo)

Makayla Epps (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With 3:13 left in the game, the No. 19 Kentucky women’s basketball team went on a 13-0 run to defeat the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes 82-66 in its first game of the season on Friday night inside Memorial Coliseum.

Seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps combined for 47 of the team’s 82 points in the victory. Epps had a game-high 29 points to go along with five assists. Akhator recorded her 14th career double-double in the contest, adding 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Kentucky Women Down Union (Tenn.) 78-60 in Exhibition

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior guard Makayla Epps scored 31 points and classmate Evelyn Akhator had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds as 19th-ranked Kentucky beat Union University 78-60 Thursday night in an exhibition contest at Memorial Coliseum.

“We had to work for 40 minutes and we know a lot more about what we need to work on,” Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell said.

Epps Named Preseason All-SEC by League Coaches

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Makayla Epps has earned another preseason honor as Southeastern Conference head coaches have voted her to their All-SEC Preseason First Team for the second consecutive season, it was announced Thursday

Epps is one of eight players to make the first team. Last month, Epps was named to the Preseason Media All-SEC Team, which consisted on five players.

Epps on Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Makayla Epps is one of 20 players in the nation on to the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award preseason watch list, it was announced Monday. The award, which is hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fall, annually recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.

Epps is the only Southeastern Conference player on the preseason list, which will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February before five finalists are selected in March. The winner of the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award will be announced at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Dallas. The Selection Committee for the Nancy Lieberman Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers.

Epps Named Preseason First Team All-America by CollegeSportsMadness.com

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball senior guard Makayla Epps continues to earn preseason praise as she has been named to CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-America First Team, the outlet announced Tuesday.

One of two Southeastern Conference players to make the outlet’s first team, Epps has earned several preseason All-America honors in the last month. Athlon Sports named the guard to its Preseason All-America Second Team, while Sporting News tabbed Epps to its Preseason All-America First Team. Last season, the Lebanon, Ky., native was named honorable-mention All-America by the Associated Press and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Epps, Akhator Named Preseason All-Americans by Sporting News

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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 Conference players were named to either the first, second or third teams with Kentucky and South Carolina the only two schools with two selections. This is the second preseason All-America honor for Epps, who was named to Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-America Second Team earlier this month.

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 CollegeSportsMadness.com 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.

Mitchell tries to explain turmoil; Kyvin-Goodin Rogers, Anthony Epps share thoughts

Epps shoots 2By LARRY VAUGHT

Give Kentucky women’s coach Matthew Mitchell credit for trying to explain all the turmoil in his program Thursday. He went on Kentucky Sports Radio, did an interview with Jen Smith of the Lexington  Herald-Leader and held a 45-minute press conference.

Of course, when six players leave in less than nine months, two coaches quit, one coach is not rehired and two recruits de-commit, it is time to do some explaining.

Mitchell said there was not a general them to the turnover.

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