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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.

Top players in program history?

A member of the media covering Louisville asked me to offer my list of the top eight Kentucky women’s basketball players in school history. It’s an interesting debate, made all the more interesting to me by how much the game has … Continue reading

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Anderson County’s Cann transfers to UK

A former Anderson County star tweeted on Monday night that she’s leaving Cincinnati and plans to enroll at Kentucky. “Excited to announce I will be transferring to the University of Kentucky & playing basketball,” Makenzie Cann tweeted. “Can’t wait to … Continue reading

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Nation’s top junior college player commits to UK

The nation’s best junior college player who led her Chipola Community College to a national championship has committed to Kentucky. Evelyn Akhator, a 6-foot-3 forward from Lagos, Nigeria, picked the Cats over Tennessee, Texas and Florida State. In her two … Continue reading

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Cats could add to roster still

Even with four new signees joining Kentucky this summer, the Cats still only have 12 scholarship players. The NCAA allows women’s basketball teams to carry 15 scholarship players. Coach Matthew Mitchell didn’t rule out adding players to the roster during … Continue reading

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Mitchell: Thompson on the mend

Soon-to-be senior point guard Janee Thompson got word that the broken bone in her leg has fully healed and she can begin the next step in her return to action for UK, Matthew Mitchell said on Wednesday. There is no … Continue reading

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UK star Makayla Epps suspended

Kentucky has suspended leading scorer Makayla Epps for an undetermined amount of time for alcohol-related charges pending in her hometown. Terms of her suspension were not disclosed by UK Coach Matthew Mitchell in a more than 30-minute news conference on … Continue reading

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Report: Epps pleads not guilty to alcohol charges

Kentucky star sophomore Makayla Epps appeared in Marion County District Court on Monday where she pleaded not guilty to several alcohol-related charges, according to a report in The Lebanon Enterprise. According to the paper, Epps, 19, was charged with possession … Continue reading

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Whitaker joins Matthew Mitchell’s staff

Yet another assistant coach from Dayton has jumped to Kentucky, but this time the hire is a name familiar to most basketball fans in the region. Former Harrison County and Western Kentucky standout Camryn Whitaker has been hired as UK’s … Continue reading

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Freshman Jaycee Coe to leave Kentucky

Little-used freshman guard Jaycee Coe has decided to leave Kentucky and transfer to another program, the school confirmed late Friday night The 5-foot-11 freshman from Gainesboro, Tenn., played in 16 games for UK this season and averaged 5.7 minutes and … Continue reading

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Mitchell to fill assistant coach vacancy

A women’s basketball assistant coach opening was posted on Monday to replace Christian Stefanopoulos, who left Kentucky at the start of the season with what the school called an undisclosed illness. The deadline to apply for the position is Saturday, … Continue reading

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