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Meet the Wildcats



Catina Bett

Vitals:

The 6-foot-5 sophomore center is from Gadsden, Ala. Her major is family sciences. She was born July 14, 1988.



The lowdown:

Will be one of several players vying for the center spot after the graduation of four-year starter Sarah Elliott. Showed signs of improvement late in the season and has gotten stronger and more physical in the off-season.





Victoria Dunlap

Vitals:

The 6-1 sophomore forward/center is from Nashville. Her major is math education. She was born Sept. 19, 1989.



The lowdown:

The Cats' only returning starter is their top returning scorer (7.3 ppg). She led UK in rebounds (6.9 per game) and steals (43) last season. Might play anywhere from small forward to center, and has worked on her outside shooting and ball handling in the off-season. As Dunlap goes, UK will go.





Brittany Edelen

Vitals:

The 5-9 junior forward is from Springfield (Washington County). Her major is kinesiology. She was born Dec. 17, 1987.



The lowdown:

Little-used forward has played in 24 career games, including six last season. May see action at small and power forward positions.





Amani Franklin

Vitals:

The 5-11 junior guard is from Stone Mountain, Ga., by way of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her major is business management. She was born Feb. 5, 1988.



The lowdown:

Can play all guard positions and would be a great asset if she can find her touch and confidence. Franklin has scored in double figures nine times, including a career-high 21 against South Carolina last season. Will be looked to for scoring with the departure of star guard Samantha Mahoney.





Rebecca Gray

Vitals:

The 5-10 sophomore guard is from Georgetown (Scott County). Her major is marketing. She was born July 30, 1989.



The lowdown:

The 2007 Kentucky Miss Basketball will sit out this season as required by NCAA transfer rules after playing a season at North Carolina.





Jenné Jackson

Vitals:

The 6-1 senior forward is from Radcliff (North Hardin). Her major is psychology. She was born Nov. 7, 1986.



The lowdown:

Still lacks bulk and strength to body up with the biggest and best in the SEC, but could be an asset off the bench. As a senior, Jackson will be looked to for leadership.





Carly Morrow

Vitals:

The 5-11 sophomore guard is from Chattanooga. Her major is economics. She was born Jan. 29, 1989.



The lowdown:

In the UK media guide, several players list Morrow as the teammate most likely to have a breakout season. The shooting guard has worked on her touch and ball handling in the off-season and could become a solid contributor, scorer and three-point shooter off the Cats' bench.





Carly Ormerod

Vitals:

The 5-8 senior guard is from Louisville (Sacred Heart). Graduated with a degree in biology and is working on a second degree in human nutrition. She was born July 17, 1987.



The lowdown:

After a tumultuous, injury-filled junior year, the senior said she's ready to get back on the floor full-time and likely will be moved to shooting guard. She likes the idea of becoming a scorer and has been working on her strength and shooting touch. Look for Ormerod to become a key, vocal leader.





Eleia Roddy

Vitals:

The 6-3 senior forward/center is from Columbus, Ohio. Graduated with a degree in psychology, and is working on a master's degree in family studies. She was born July 8, 1986.



The lowdown:

After four knee surgeries and countless hours of rehab, Roddy says she's now at "110 percent." Before her run of injuries, Roddy averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play as a sophomore in the 2005-06 season. Look for the inside banger to better those averages now that she's healthy again. She could be an important threat down low for UK and a big-time rebounder and defender.





Jackie Sanders

Vitals:

The 6-2 junior forward/center is from Birmingham, Ala. Her major is sociology. She was born Dec. 5, 1987.



The lowdown:

Missing summer workouts to fulfill academic obligations hurt the junior-college star's progress, but Coach Matthew Mitchell believes she can be a key player for UK down the stretch. Her size and bulk enable her to play down low, but she also is an excellent three-point shooter.





Amber Smith

Vitals:

The 5-6 sophomore point guard is from Winter Haven, Fla. Her major is communications. She was born Sept. 9, 1989.



The lowdown:

Unanimous All-SEC freshman last season has been cleared to play following season-ending anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus tears in early February. Exceptionally quick floor leader was starting to show just how good she is as the SEC started last season before the injury. Look for her to start at point guard and quicken the pace offensively and defensively.





Keyla Snowden

Vitals:

The 5-7 sophomore guard is from Lexington (Lexington Catholic). Her major is communications. She was born April 12, 1989.



The lowdown:

Former Lexington Catholic standout will sit out this year under NCAA transfer rules after playing a season at Akron.





Lydia Watkins

Vitals:

The 6-1 junior guard/forward is from Hopkinsville (Christian County) by way of Panama City, Fla. Her major is sociology. She was born Dec. 5, 1987.



The lowdown:

A stress reaction in her left tibia has slowed the progress of Watkins this summer, but she is rehabbing and running now and is expected to recover in time to give UK help in both the frontcourt and backcourt. Her athleticism and jumping ability make her an asset anywhere on the court.





By Jennifer Smith
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