UK Women's Basketball

Mitchell mum about possible transfer of ex-UConn player

Kentucky guard Maegan Conwright, right, grabbed an offensive rebound in the second half. Conwright had six rebounds.
Kentucky guard Maegan Conwright, right, grabbed an offensive rebound in the second half. Conwright had six rebounds.

As expected, Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell was mum about the possibility of a former Connecticut reserve joining his team this week.

After UK's win over Vanderbilt on Sunday, Mitchell was asked whether there was any truth to the rumor that freshman Samarie Walker was planning to enroll at the university this week and play for Kentucky next spring.

"I can only comment on the people who have enrolled at Kentucky, and we have 13 on scholarship, so 13 are enrolled," Mitchell said. "That's what I can tell you."

But he added quickly: "If that changes, I'll let everyone know, I promise you that."

Multiple sources have reported the 6-foot-1 high school All-American from Ohio is transferring to UK.

She was not believed to be among the 7,000-plus at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday night for the Vandy game.

When reached late Saturday night, her father Sam Walker declined to comment on his daughter's future basketball plans.

Samarie Walker averaged 6.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 19 minutes a game for the second-ranked Huskies. She left UConn last week, saying she couldn't give the team "the energy and commitment that it needs to be successful."

A story on the Hartford Courant's Web site Sunday said Walker's apparent desire to transfer to UK caught Coach Geno Auriemma off guard.

"All I can tell you is what she told me and what she told the other coaches and what she told the other players ... that she had lost her interest in playing basketball," he was quoted as saying Saturday.

"When I came back from New York and someone told me that she's enrolling at Kentucky Monday, that was as big a shock to me as anything that I've heard. And I wish her the best of luck."

Snowden back in action

In her first action in nearly two weeks, UK's Keyla Snowden played four minutes and missed the one shot she attempted.

Mitchell said he expected Snowden to struggle on Sunday because she hadn't practiced in more than two weeks, except for a limited time Saturday.

The guard from Lexington has a stress fracture in a toe on her right foot.

"I thought today would be tough for her," he said. "She looked real out of sync and that's so understandable. ... Hopefully she felt good today. Hopefully that activity didn't irritate her injury."

Related stories from Lexington Herald Leader