UK Hoops Can't Catch A Break
It seems as though this UK women’s basketball team cannot catch a break. After losing Kyvin-Goodin Rodgers (freshman) and Samantha Drake (senior) to illness and injury respectively, the Cat’s lost their star player, DeNesha Stallworth for 3-4 weeks after the win over Baylor. Stallworth is currently up for ever major Player of the Year award including the Wooden trophy.
Last night, freshman Makayla Epps was in a car accident on the Bluegrass Parkway. Kentucky was playing East Tennessee State today and many wondered if they would see Epps in action. Epps did play, posting 3 rebounds, 8 points, and two steals in 18 minutes. The Cat’s went on to win 73-56.
After the game Epps clarified that she was traveling back to Lexington from a friends funeral and was evaluated after the wreck, suffering only a neck strain. She said she was “really blessed to be here” after the accident.
The women’s team has been able to overcome adversity, however improving to 11-0 and tying the school record for best start to the season. The losses have affected this team, however. UK shot a season-low 44.8% from the free throw line and was just 2-9 from behind the arc, which was also a season low. UK also had a season-low 8 assists. They have scored a 3-pointer in 339 consecutive games now, however. All 10 dressed players played 10 or more minutes and three of them scored in double figures. Kentucky forced 25 ETSU turnovers and had 15 total steals this game. The Cats outrebounded ETSU 47-32 (they have outrebounded 9 of their 11 opponents this season). The Wildcats also outscored the Buccaneers in the plain 44-24.
The Cats take on #2 Duke Sunday in Rupp arena at 3:00. The game is televised on Fox Sports Network