PHOTO GALLERY: UK Hoops Overwhelm Morehead State 112-57; Epps Has Triple-Double Performance
Compiled By Jamie H. Vaught
Junior Makayla Epps was easily the star of the night when she made history as the second Wildcat to get a triple-double in leading Kentucky to a dominating 112-57 win over Morehad State Wednesday night, Nov. 18 at Memorial Coliseum.
Epps finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
UK's first triple-double was Leslie Nichols' 18-point, 13-rebound, 11-steal effort in 1986.
"Love that," said Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell of Epps' triple-double. "I thought that it was important for her tonight to prove to herself how much her conditioning has improved. She went all 40 minutes and she needed to do that and understand that we might be in that position again where she has to play a really big role.
"It was a good night for her and she can play better, she will continue to get better. I thought that there were times in the game where all of us, not just Makayla but all of us, weren’t as mentally sharp as I would like them to be. But they’re a good, hard-working group and they will get better from this and it’s a big night for Epps, those are hard to come by, triple-doubles."
Two UK players had double-doubles. Evelyn Akhator grabbed 16 rebounds while scoring 12 points. She also blocked five shots. Alexis Jennings gunned in a game-high 28 points along with 13 rebounds.
Janee Thompson also had 22 points on 9 of 14 shooting from the field along with nine assists.
Pineville's Maci Morris started the game but had foul trouble. She had 5 points and two steals in 14 minutes of action before fouling out.
Kentucky tied its all-time team rebounding record with 67 boards, set on March 22, 2014 against Wright State.
Morehead State's top scorer was Eriel McKee, who had 16 points.
With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 3-0 and they will face Colorado in a Sunday matchup at Memorial Coliseum. The 2 p.m. game will be shown online (SEC Network Plus).
Photos by UK Athletics
Makayla Epps (25)
Evelyn Akhator (13)
Maci Morris (4)
Alexis Jennings (35)