Junior guard Conwright leaving Kentucky

Kentucky officials confirmed that guard Maegan Conwright has decided to leave the program and return to Texas.

The 5-foot-8 junior guard from Arlington, Texas, played in 77 games with 20 career starts and in that time, she played nearly every position on the floor for Kentucky.

Conwright, who could not be reached for comment, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Dec. 26 and underwent surgery on Jan. 25. Before that, she played in 10 games with four starts and was averaging 10.8 minutes and 2.4 points a game.

For her career, Conwright averaged 19 minutes, 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals a game.

Conwright, who was known more as a defensive stopper and aggressive on-ball defender, scored her career high of 15 points at Miami (Ohio) in 2010.

After the graduation of Amber Smith two years ago, Conwright was considered a top contender to take over the starting point guard spot for Kentucky.

In a pre-season interview, Coach Matthew Mitchell said he thought Conwright was poised to have a break-out season.

“There’s a noticeable change in her maturity level from the day she stepped on campus,” Mitchell said in September. “She has so much ability and she’s so smart. She made some eye-popping plays today. She can really make plays; she just battles herself so much mentally.”

In that pre-season interview, Mitchell said he was rooting for Conwright.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with her and I have a lot invested in her at that position,” Mitchell said. “I thought she was going to do it last year and she had a really, really mixed bag of results there.”

After Conwright went down with the knee injury in practice, Jennifer O’Neill seized control of the starting spot and helped lead Kentucky to its third Elite Eight in four seasons.

O’Neill, a junior, returns to lead the team, which likely will include three other McDonald’s All-Americans vying for time at the guard spots in sophomore Janee Thompson and incoming freshmen Linnae Harper and Makayla Epps.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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