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Makayla Epps on Naismith Player of the Year Midseason Watch List

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats junior guard Makayla Epps has been named to the Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year Midseason 30.

Epps becomes the first Wildcat to make the midseason watch list since two-time SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies earned this honor in 2013.  Epps recently became the 31st member of Kentucky's 1,000-point club and is the third-fastest Wildcat to accomplish the feat in the Matthew Mitchell era.

She currently leads 18th-ranked UK in scoring at 17 points per game with 4.6 assists per contest.  Epps recently strung together a streak of 20+ point performances, becoming the first UK player since Sara Potts in 2004 to score at least 20 points in four consecutive games.

The list, which was announced Wednesday, was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances this season, and there's no question Epps has been one of the best players in women's hoops. The field will be cut to 10 semifinalists on March 3.

The four finalists will be announced on March 18, and the Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four on April 4. The winner will be determined by a board of selectors in conjunction with fan voting, so if Epps is on it, you better believe she'll be getting great support from the Big Blue Nation.