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Roach, Paschal could both play point guard for Matthew Mitchell

Amanda Paschal (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell says new guards Kameron Roach and Amanda Paschal give us team needed versatility.

“You think about last year, both Taylor (Murray) and Makayla (Epps), both pure point guards if they want to be, played very well with each other in that same mold,” Mitchell said Tuesday.

“I think both of them can run the point, both of them can play with another point guard. So quick, Kameron’s really explosive, fast, was used to scoring in high school, so has a lot of confidence in that area. Amanda, her freshman year, going down the stretch in the national tournament when her team eventually won a national championship, her coach will tell you, they put the ball in her hands. She really became a reliable scorer, so she’s got a lot of game to her.

“All of them trying to get up to speed defensively, but I’m not concerned because they’re really embracing the D. It’s not like they’re not hustling on the defensive end, it’s just hard. It’s hard to get it going, and then the guards, you’re putting some other decision-making things in their mind offensively. I think they’re going to be really good players for us.

“The other newcomer that I didn’t mention, who was with us last year, was Ogechi Anyagaligbo. She has a lot of gifts too. She’s really rugged, tough, really physical around the basket and can make a major contribution for us this year. So, excited about our newcomers.”

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