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

Epps shoots 2

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.

Makayla Epps Named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention

Epps fans get up

Epps fans get upLEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second time in the past week, University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named an All-America honorable mention performer for her impressive season on the hardwood in 2015-16, most recently by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced recently.

This is the first such honor from the WBCA for Epps, who earlier this week earned her second straight All-America honorable mention honor from the Associated Press.  Epps is the first Kentucky player to earn honorable mention All-America honors from the WBCA since DeNesha Stallworth in 2014. Earlier this season, Epps was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Associated All-Region Team, which made her one of 52 candidates for the WBCA All-America Team.

Makayla Epps Associated Press honorable mention All-American

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Associated Press announced Monday that University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named an honorable mention All-America selection after averaging 17.1 points with 4.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game this season.

This is the second straight year that Epps has earned honorable mention All-America honors from the organization. This is the seventh straight year that Kentucky has had a player honored by the AP nationally with Victoria Dunlap earning recognition in 2010 and 2011, before A’dia Mathies was honored in 2012 and 2013. Jen O’Neil was named honorable mention in 2014 before Epps’ honors the last two seasons.

Janee Thompson: “It’s been a fun ride”

Janee Thompson, left, and Makayla Epps after Friday's loss (Vicky Graff Photo)
Janee Thompson, left, and Makayla Epps after Friday's loss (Vicky Graff Photo)

Janee Thompson, left, and Makayla Epps after Friday’s loss (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Makayala Epps and Janee Thompson had to say after Friday’s loss to Washington in the NCAA Tournament.

Rupp Arena does not guarantee UK Final Four berth

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Janee Thompson hugged coach Matthew Mitchell after a NCAA win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Playing in Rupp Arena this weekend doesn’t guarantee Kentucky its first Final Four trip. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell only has to point out last year’s home loss to Dayton in NCAA play to make his point.

Friday night UK hosts Washington and if it wins will play the Notre Dame-Stanford survivor on Sunday for a Final Four berth.

Washington won at Maryland last week to advance to Lexington, another fact Mitchell was quick to note Thursday.

Kelsey Plum will lead Washington against UK

Janee Thompson
Janee Thompson

Janee Thompson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By EVAN CRANE, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to take full advantage of its unique opportunity to play an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game in Lexington, Ky., when it faces seventh-seeded Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. ET inside historic Rupp Arena.

Kentucky-Washington will begin the session on Friday before No. 1-seeded Notre Dame faces off with fourth-seeded Stanford in the late game at 9 p.m. ET. UK-UW will air live nationally on ESPN2 with Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli and Allison Williams on the call. The same crew will call the second game on ESPN. Kentucky’s game will also be available on the UK Sports Network with Neil Price calling the action.

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:

Makayla Epps named to AP All-SEC first team

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)
Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps, junior forward Evelyn Akhator and senior guard Janee Thompson have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers by the Associated Press, it was announced on Tuesday.

Epps was named to the first team, becoming the first player since A’dia Mathies in 2012 and 2013 to earn First Team All-SEC honors from the organization multiple years. Akhator, who was named to the All-SEC Second Team earlier this season by league coaches, earned the same honor from the AP, while Thompson was one of seven players to be named to the AP’s honorable mention team. Thompson was a Second Team All-SEC selection by league coaches.

Makayla Epps named to All-SEC Tournament team

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named to the 2016 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team for her strong performances in the event this week, it was announced Sunday.

The five-member team, which was selected by media in attendance, included Epps, Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields, Mississippi State forward Victoria Vivians, and South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell and center A’ja Wilson.

The honor is the second of its kind for Epps, who was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team last season. The native of Lebanon, Ky., is just the fourth player in program history to be named to the team multiple seasons, joining Valerie Still, Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies.

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.

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