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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.

One of top 2017 players commits to Cats

Kentucky quietly picked up two more commitments in the past few weeks, including one of the top post players in the 2017 class on Saturday. Madison Treece, a 6-foot-4 center from Saint Peters, Mo., committed to the Cats over the … Continue reading

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Suspension nearly over for UK’s Epps

Makayla Epps won’t be at Big Blue Madness this season. Instead, Kentucky’s junior guard will be back at the team’s practice facility working out. Missing Madness, the Cats’ exhibition game and their season opener versus Rice on Nov. 13 are … Continue reading

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2017 guard Roach commits to Cats

Kameron Roach, a 5-foot-6 point guard from South Carolina, confirmed that she committed to Kentucky and Coach Matthew Mitchell on Friday. The Lower Richland junior, who averaged 11.5 points and 3.7 assists last season, said she picked Kentucky over offers … Continue reading

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A look at Cats’ new roster

It was Kentucky women’s basketball Photo Day, which also meant roster release and a look at the new players with their new numbers. Junior college transfer Evelyn Akhator will wear No. 13 with true freshmen Batouly Camara (No. 1); Maci … Continue reading

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UK releases non-conference schedule

The same season when Kentucky might get to play its NCAA Tournament Regional games at Rupp Arena, it also will have two big regular-season home games there. Coach Matthew Mitchell said recently that the games at the downtown venue versus … Continue reading

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Schedule release is ‘days away’

Kentucky is close to completing and releasing its schedule, Coach Matthew Mitchell said on Wednesday. UK is still waiting for final word from the Southeastern Conference and for a nonconference game contract to be signed and returned. “That is on … Continue reading

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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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