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Former Lady Knight Makayla Epps was involved in an automobile accident Saturday evening on the Bluegrass Parkway, but that didn’t stop her from scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in the Kentucky women’s basketball win over East Tennessee State on Sunday.
“Somebody ran into me. But, I’m here and that’s the best thing. Nothing terrible happened. I’m here and I got the opportunity to play,” Epps said in postgame comments posted on the UK women’s basketball website.
Epps, a freshman guard for the Wildcats, said she was evaluated with a neck sprain.
“I’m really grateful to get out there with my teammates and contribute as always and I’m just really blessed,” she said.
Coach Matthew Mitchell said Epps was returning from a funeral when the wreck occurred.
“Scary moment anytime you get that call ... when I got that call. We were certainly concerned about her health,” Mitchell said in postgame comments Sunday. “I think it was just more traumatic. Flipping your car a couple times can get you kind of nervous about things. It was just a car wreck and thank goodness she was okay.”
Mitchell noted that Epps made some hustle plays that helped Kentucky (11-0) get the 73-56 win.
“We are thankful to God for walking away from what could have been a bad, bad situation,” Mitchell said.