Jen Smith on Basketball

Cats star Epps battling knee pain

Some knee pain from an injury on Sunday was back again for Kentucky’s Makayla Epps.

With about five minutes to play in the second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the guard left the game for good with what she called a shooting pain in her knee after a layup in the Cats’ win over LSU in Jacksonville.

Clearly in a lot of pain when she went to the UK bench, Epps ended the day with a massive ice pack on her right knee.

“It gave out,” she said of her knee, injured when she injured in a collision at Texas A&M on Sunday. “A bunch of pain shot through the front. It's just real sore right now.”

Epps said X-rays showed some tissue damage, but nothing structural when she returned to Lexington.

The junior opted not to play the final five minutes, saying the best thing for her knee is rest, which doesn’t come often in a tournament where UK would have to play four games in four days to win it.

“I’m tough enough that I can play through some stuff, but sometimes you have to think about long term,” she said of not returning. “I plan to be here a couple more nights.”