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Makayla Epps thrilled to score her first points in WNBA

The former Wildcats standout plays for the Chicago Sky

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Makayla Epps, who played for the Wildcats, scored her first points in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky.
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Makayla Epps notched her first points as a professional athlete Saturday in the final seconds of the Chicago Sky’s 100-76 win over the Minnesota Lynx.

The former Kentucky guard, who was drafted by the Sky (4-12) in the 2017 WNBA draft, made a layup with 15 seconds to go, solidifying the team’s upset win over the Lynx (13-2).

The Lynx roster includes Maya Moore, the former University of Connecticut star and 2011 WNBA draft’s No. 1 pick.

Epps took to Twitter to share her excitement.

The Lebanon, Kentucky, native was one of two Wildcats to enter the draft in April, alongside Evelyn Akhator. Epps was taken 33rd overall, becoming the fifth player selected who was coached by Matthew Mitchell. Akhator and Epps halted a three-year drought as the first Kentucky players selected since DeNesha Stallworth in 2014.

In her senior season, Epps held the highest team average in points per game with 17.7, an average that was helped by a 31-point performance against No. 5 South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament. She finished her career with 1,790 total points.

As a senior, she was the only player to finish the regular season ranked top 10 in the SEC in points, field goal percentage and assists (118). Epps is also one of two players in program history to be named an All-SEC First Team honoree for three consecutive seasons.

Kentucky fans look forward to seeing Epps score more points in the future!