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12  Lydia Watkins
Lydia Watkins

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Hopkinsville, Ky.

High School:
Christian County

Height:
6-1

Position:
G/F


10/22/2013

UK Hoops Media Day Roundup

Held at Memorial Coliseum and Joe Craft Center

Lydia WatkinsGeneral
Has played in 70 career games with two career starts ... Missed 22 total games as a junior, 20 due to personal reasons and two due to injury (stress reaction in shin) ... Has tremendous athleticism and jumping ability ... An athletic guard/forward who had an impressive sophomore season, setting career highs in almost every statistical category ... Diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a stress fracture of her vertebrae, as a junior at Christian County High School ... Forced to miss her senior season of basketball after enduring two back surgeries in less than six months ... Plays with eight screws in three vertebrae in her back ... Plays courageously as she has taken a team-high 10 charges in her career.

2009-10 (Senior)
Played in 32 games with three starts ... Averaged a career-high 6.5 points and charted a career-high 143 rebounds and 40 steals in her senior season ... Came off the bench to record seven points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying four steals vs. Liberty in the NCAA Tournament ... Did not play vs. Auburn in the regular-season finale with flu-like symptoms but returned in the SEC Tournament to grab a team-high eight rebounds against the Tigers ... Poured in a career-high 19 points on 6-of-9 field-goal shooting and 7-of-7 shooting from the foul line to go with nine rebounds against Florida (2/18/10) ... Netted 10 points to go with six rebounds in 23 minutes against South Carolina (2/21/10) ... Set career highs in free throws made and attempted with seven each against Florida (2/18/10) ... Saw limited action vs. Ole Miss and Vanderbilt with soreness in her knees and back ... Grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to go with six points against Arkansas (1/21/10) ... Made her first start of the season against Florida A&M, joining the starting five in place of Victoria Dunlap who sat out with a mild concussion ... Scored 18 points on 6-of-7 field goals and 6-of-6 free throw shooting along with nine rebounds and three steals at Cincinnati (12/4/09) ... Did not see action in the first three games due to a shoulder injury ... Set to graduate in May with a degree in sociology ... Following graduation, plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to pursue a master's degree in juvenile justice with hopes of being a probation officer.

2008-09 (Junior)
Played in just 10 games with two starts ... Earned first collegiate start against Cincinnati ... Recorded a near double-double against Yale with a season-high 16 points (7-of-8 shooting) and nine rebounds ... Came off the bench to lead the Cats with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting against Louisville ... Also netted a career high-tying two three-pointers and tied her career-high in steals with two ... Prior to missing remainder of the season, she led the team in field goal percentage, hitting 51.2 percent from the floor (21-of-41) ... Pulled down at least four rebounds in seven of 10 games played ... Averaged 16.5 minutes per game.

2007-08 (Sophomore)
Saw action in 27 of UK's 33 games ... Averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game ... Scored in double-figures four times and had two games with double-digit rebounds ... Third on the team in rebounding (3.8), free-throw percentage (.719) and field goal percentage (.409) ... Led the team in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 7-of-17 (.412) ... Sat out five contests due to a knee injury sustained in Rainbow Wahine Classic vs. Minnesota ... Returned to action vs. instate rival Louisville (12/20/07), charting eight points and four rebounds off the bench ... Had a career day at South Alabama (12/30/07), scoring a career-high 17 points and tying the school record for free-throw percentage in a game (min. 10 attempts) by hitting 13-of-13 from the charity stripe ... Hit 19 consecutive free throws (through three games) which ties for eighth on the most consecutive free throws made list ... Came off the bench against Florida (1/10/08) in the SEC opener to notch five points and three rebounds in just 11 minutes ... Grabbed a season- and team-high 10 rebounds against No. 9 LSU in Lexington in just 16 minutes ... Tallied three points and four rebounds in just eight minutes vs. Georgia in the SEC Tournament ... Notched her first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and 16 rebounds vs. MTSU in the second round of the WNIT.

2006-07 (Freshman)
Saw action in 33 of the team's 34 games her freshman season ... Despite having to play with eight screws in her back, was anything but tentative on the defensive end, finishing second on the team with eight charges drawn ... Was an important rebounding reserve for the Wildcats, averaging 2.9 rpg in just 9.8 minutes per game ... Also added 3.0 ppg ... Tied her career high with eight points against South Carolina (1/28/07) ... Converted on a key three-point play to help UK defeat Auburn on the road (1/21/07) ... Scored seven points - all in the first half - at Alabama (1/11/07) ... Was a career-best 6-of-6 from the free-throw line against Memphis (12/30/06) in the Wells Fargo New Year's Classic ... Had a team-leading 10 rebounds against Mississippi Valley State (12/19/06) ... Led the Wildcats on the boards for the first time in her career in an important road win against perennial-power Old Dominion (11/18/06).

High School
Missed senior season due to a back injury ... Played two seasons at Christian County High School after transferring from Port St. Joe, Fla., before her sophomore season ... Averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 points per game as a junior under Coach Don Dillard ... Named Florida Freshman of the Year after averaging 18.1 points per game in her rookie campaign ... Also competed in track and field, running the anchor in the 2006 KHSAA State Championship 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays ... Chose Kentucky over Western Kentucky and several other schools.

The Cats' Cause
Played Bingo at Kentucky Children's Hospital ... Volunteer at YMCA's Fall Festival ... Participated in UK Athletics' Canned Food Drive ... Guest speaker at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary and Consolidated Baptist Church ... Volunteer at the Carnegie Center

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