The University of Kentucky women's basketball team won't tip off its 2015-16 season until November, but the Cats came together Wednesday in the Joe Craft Center for their annual photo day.
Kentucky, led by ninth-year head coach Matthew Mitchell, returns several players from the team that was upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last March. That group includes guards Makayla Epps (25), Linnae Harper (15) and Janee Thompson (3) and frontcourt players Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (5), Alexis Jennings (35)and Alyssa Rice (45).
The Wildcats boast an impressive influx of newcomers, including 6-foot-2 junior-college transfer Evelyn Akhator (13) and 6-2 freshman Batouly Camara (1) in the front court. Kentucky Miss Basketball Maci Morris (4) from Bell County is joined by Morgan Rich (11) from Allen County-Scottsville, Taylor Murray (24) and Oregon transfer Chrishae Rowe (21) in the backcourt. UK also welcomes 6-6 Ivana Jakubcova (2), who was redshirted last season, and 6-foot Cincinnati transfer Makenzie Cann (22) from Anderson County, who will have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules.
The Cats, 24-10 last season, will be looking to replace departed seniors Azia Bishop, Bria Goss, Jennifer O'Neill and Jelleah Sidney.
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Fans will get their first live look at the Wildcats on Oct. 16, when UK hosts its annual Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena. UK opens its regular season Nov. 13 at home in Memorial Coliseum against Rice.