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Makayla Epps Wins National Player of the Week Award

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats junior guard Makayla Epps has been named the espnW National Player of the Week after her strong performances in UK's wins over Louisville and Middle Tennessee State last week.

This is the first national player of the week honor for Epps, who become the first Wildcat to earn a national player of the week honor since Jennifer O'Neill in 2013.

Epps started her impressive week in impressive fashion vs Louisville at Rupp Arena, scoring 24 points 10-of-11 from the field for the highest field-goal percentage for a UK player with at least 10 attempts since 1987. She added four boards, four assists and three steals in the win, which was UK's fifth straight victory over the Cards.

Epps would then pace UK to a win over Middle Tennessee on Sunday with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting with four assists and three steals.  Epps currently leads the No. 8 Wildcats in scoring at 17.3 points per game to go with 6.4 assists per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. Epps also holds the 13th-best assist to turnover ratio in the NCAA at +3.2.

Last week, Epps was named to the 2015-16 Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year Early Season Watch List. A preseason All-SEC First Team selection, Epps has scored 799 points during her 76 games in her UK career.