Not every 19-year-old would relish being called her team's "mother hen." But Kastine Evans isn't the average college student.
When the sophomore guard is called that name by her Kentucky coaches or her teammates, she smiles.
It's not a role the quiet, confident 5-foot-8 swing player takes lightly.
"Everybody can't be the star on this team," she said. "It's not possible. The best part about this role is you know your teammates can depend on you. Just having that confidence in them and them in you, that's a great thing."
If the coaches need to call a team meeting, if they want to get a message to the players, if they want something done quickly, they call Evans.
"She chases them around," UK assistant coach Kyra Elzy said. "If you need anything done as far as the team, find Kastine. She will get it done."
It was a role Evans fell into quite accidentally.
She wasn't the mother hen on any of her high school teams at Norwich Free Academy in Salem, Conn.
She was the star.
"She's sort of wired for success," Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said of Evans, who won state titles in volleyball, track and basketball. She averaged 20.2 points as a senior guard.
But when Evans got to UK, the Cats already had plenty of firepower. One of five Kentucky freshmen, she averaged a quiet 2.6 points.
Evans was discouraged at times last season by her lack of a defined role, Elzy said.
"She's so Type A personality," Elzy explained. "There was uncertainty about her role. When things didn't line up just right for her, she'd get discouraged. I'm like that, too."
So this season, after a much more rigorous strength and conditioning program than she had in high school, Evans came back stronger.
She made a statement early by putting up 23 points in 25 minutes against Morehead State in the opener.
But she didn't necessarily expect to keep getting the ball.
Evans is happy playing other roles. Mitchell's plan this season was to bring the sophomore off the bench. She thwarted his plan early on.
"You can't keep her off the floor," he said on Friday. "She does so many things from an effort and energy standpoint."
That hustle and an ability to make timely baskets have earned Evans another nickname of sorts from her UK coaches.
"She's the ultimate glue player," Mitchell said of Evans, who does a little bit of everything for UK averaging 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 assists. "Whether she's playing the perimeter or as an undersized post player, she makes good things happen."
In a totally different conversation a few weeks before, Elzy called the sophomore the "glue piece to this team."
Both on and off the court.
"She has tremendous standing and respect on the team," Mitchell said. She's thoughtful about things and she helps some of the girls who may not be as mature as she is. She's deeply, deeply invested in the team and the other players' lives and she wants them to be successful."
Evans, an honor roll student majoring in business management, explained her role succinctly: "Basically, I try to say the things that need to be said, do the things that need to be done."
Mitchell, whose team will learn its NCAA Tournament destination and opponent on Monday night, took it a step further.
"She's the prototypical glue player," he said. "She helps keep this team together."