UK HOOPS | Makayla Epps named National Player of the Week

12/14/2015 02:33 PM

LEXINGTON — Makayla Epps has been on a tear for UK Hoops this season, and national award committees are starting to pay attention.

The junior scoring machine has been named the espnW National Player of the Week after her strong outings in No. 8/8 Kentucky’s blowout victories over in-state rival Louisville and on the road Middle Tennessee State.


It is the first national player of the week honor of Epps’ collegiate career, who also landed on the early season Naismith Watch List last week — an annual award for the the top collegiate player in women’s basketball.

The 5-foot-9 native of Lebanon, Ky., averaged 20.5 points and four assists in UK Hoops’ two victories last week, including a season-high 24 points against Louisville. Epps shot 10-11 from the field against the Cardinals to post the highest field goal percentage for a UK player with at least 10 attempts since 1987.

Makayla followed up that performance by dropping another 17 points on the Blue Raiders on Sunday, leading the Wildcats to a perfect 9-0 start for only the fifth time in program history.

Epps and the Cats have the rest of the week off before returning to the court on Sunday for a top-25 showdown with No. 11/13 Duke at Rupp Arena.

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