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Maci Morris leaves UK fifth leading scorer among in-state players

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Many had questions about Maci Morris when she came to Kentucky despite her brilliant high school career at Bell County where she was Kentucky’s Miss Basketball.

Morris, a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American, more than answered those questions the last four years by becoming stronger and improving her overall skills on both offense and defense.

Kentucky’s loss to North Carolina State in the NCAA Tournament ended her career. She finished with 1,692 points, sixth most in program history. However, she’s also scored the fifth most points of any Kentuckian — men or women — at UK.

Jack Givens leads the list with 2,038 points while Adia Mathies had 2,104. Third is Leslie Nichols with 1,797 points and then Makayla Epps, a former Morris teammate at UK, with 1,790.

Morris finished with 252 3-points, second in program history, and hit 41.1 percent from 3 — No. 1 in program history. She hit a 3 in 107 of 129 career games. That’s why she was one of the participants in the 3-point shooting contest at the Final Four in Minneapolis on Thursday.

“Just knowing that some people have compared me to Maci is such a huge honor,” Kentucky signee Emma King of Lincoln County said. “I would love to think my career could be like hers because she had a remarkable four years at UK.”

Morris averaged 15.1 points per game with a team-best 75 3s and 45.2 percent from long range during her senior season. The guard scored in double figures in 26 games in 2018-19, including eight games of 20 or more.

Morris’ best game during the 2018-19 season came in Knoxville, Tenn., when she scored 27 points with four 3s, three rebounds and three steals in UK’s win against the Lady Vols. The senior scored 19 points in UK’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Princeton with three 3s, four rebounds and two steals while she had 18 points with four 3s against NC State in the second round.

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