LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has overcome an exodus of nearly half its roaster and three assistant coaches, a run that has the Wildcats on the cusp of yet another 20-win season and another NCAA Tournament appearance.
The offseason turmoil left the No. 22 Wildcats with six scholarship players last spring.
The upheaval over an eight-month span — which also led an All-American prospect to back out of her commitment — had coach Matthew Mitchell wondering where his program was headed and how to move forward without overworking his remaining personnel.
“When we embarked on this season,” the 10th-year Kentucky coach said, “I don’t know that any of us — players, coaches, fans, media really knew what was going to hold.”
That adversity has turned out bringing out the best in the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who have survived the upheaval to stand third place in the league with dreams of another deep postseason run.
“We’re shocking the world and showing people that might’ve counted us down and out at the end of April when we were losing a lot of players,” senior guard and leading scorer Makayla Epps…