By LARRY VAUGHT
What does Maci Morris hope her legacy will be at Kentucky?
Morris averaged 15.1 points per game as a senior and hit 75 3-pointers. Her 45.2 percent mark from 3-point range was best in the Southeastern Conference and sixth best nationally. She scored 1,692 career points, sixth on UK’s all-time list, and her 252 career 3-pointers are second al time. Her 41.1 percent career mark from 3-point range is the all-time best at UK.
So what does she hope UK fans remember the most about the former Kentucky Miss Basketball from Bell County?
“Proving that coming from a small town you can still make it as long as you put in hard work,” Morris, who has signed a tryout contract with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, said. “You can leave a legacy and influence so many people doing that. That’s what I tried to do. My faith is really big and I tried to spread that, too.”
Interacting with fans during her four-year career at the University of Kentucky was never really an option. It was something she not only enjoyed doing, but something she knew she had to do.
“I grew up a Kentucky fan (in Bell County). I always told myself I would not want to be turned down for an autograph or picture with somebody I looked up to. BBN (Big Blue Nation) always supported me since I stepped on campus and some before that,” said Morris. “I am super grateful for all that support for four years. Fans were so supportive and never said a bad thing about me. It was easy to be gracious with all of them.”
Morris had three autograph stops across the state along with men’s basketball senior Jonny David.
“Makayla Epps did something similar after her senior year and being a Kentucky kid, I thought I would do it, too,” Morris said.