If everything goes as expected the next two days, Kentucky likely will have star guard Makayla Epps back for the game against Arizona State.
The First Team All-Southeastern Conference player missed the opener while finishing out the terms of her suspension for an off-season incident. She also was healing up from a concussion she sustained in practice last week.
Epps’ suspension is complete, Coach Matthew Mitchell confirmed on Friday. “I’m really proud of the progress she’s made as a person at this time,” he said. “She’s really grown a lot and she’ll have a great opportunity to have a great junior season.”
Epps, who was vocal on the UK bench and dancing a little in warmups, is still working her way through the concussion protocol, still needing to make it through a contact practice on Saturday morning to be cleared to play, but Mitchell said he was optimistic.
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“We’re hopeful she’ll feel good tomorrow and be available Sunday,” he said of the guard who led UK in scoring last season at 14.9 points a game. “She’ll be a big boost for us.”