With all the talk of the men’s team’s season ending and countless conversations about which (if any) of this year’s starters will return (cough, cough: probably none of them), Kentucky’s women’s team often gets overlooked. After a season that went better than expected after last year’s mass exodus, the Wildcats (22-11) ended their run with a loss to Ohio State in the second round of the tournament. Although the game ended in defeat, one thing was the same as it had been nearly every game that season: the two seniors gave outstanding performances.
Makayla Epps, who played all 40 minutes, led the team in scoring, ending her night with 21 points and her career as a Kentucky Wildcat with 1,790 points, making her the fifth highest scorer in program history. Evelyn Akhator messed around and wound up with her 18th double-double of the season. She finished with a staggering 23 rebounds plus 14 points and four blocks.
So what’s next for these seniors? Hopefully, the WNBA. Current projections have Epps going in the first round and Akhator during the start of the second. Here’s a quick breakdown of some various opinions:
Epps: No. 12 pick – Minnesota
Akhator: No. 15 pick – Seattle
Epps: No. 17 pick
Akhator: No. 24 pick
Epps: not mentioned (which is weird, right?)
Akhator: No. 11
Something else worth noting: Not a single Connecticut player is slotted in the first round in any of these mock drafts. So, just in case you had any doubts, it looks like UConn will continue to dominate women’s basketball next season.
The draft date has been set for April 13, with the first-round picks beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The first round will be broadcast by ESPN2, while the second and third rounds – set to air at 8 p.m. – will be covered by ESPNU.