|23 Samarie Walker
Has played in 61 games at Kentucky with 45 starting assignments ... UK's leading returning rebounder with 8.1 rebounds per game, shot blocker with 1.6 blocks per game ... Also swiped a team-high 72 steals and shot a team-high .524 percent (122-of-233) from the floor ... Ranked fifth in scoring with 8.7 points per game ... Has 11 career double-doubles and was second on the team in 2012-13 with eight ... Transferred to Kentucky after one semester at Connecticut ... Became eligible on Dec. 18, 2011 vs. Notre Dame ... One of five McDonald's All-Americans on the UK Hoops squad ... Explosive and powerful post player with the ability to score anywhere on the floor ... Dynamic defender because of her athleticism and her strength ... Father Samuel Walker played basketball at the University of New Mexico (1980-1985) ... Earning a degree in merchandising, apparel, and textiles with aspirations of becoming a fashion designer or celebrity stylist.
All-SEC, second team (coaches) (2013)
SEC All-Defensive Team (2013)
Preseason All-SEC, second team (media, coaches) (2012-13)
NCAA All-Regional Tournament team (2012)
Played and started in all 36 games ... Named to the All-SEC Second Team and All-Defensive Team by the league coaches ... Led Kentucky in rebounding (8.1 rpg), steals (72), field goal percentage (.524) and blocks (56) ... Finished fifth on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg) ... Had 14 double-figure scoring games, including a season-high 21 points vs. Alcorn State (12/28) ... Only post player in the SEC to rank in the top 11 in rebounding (5th, 8.1), blocks (5th, 1.5) and steals (11th, 2.0) ... Tied for second on UK's single-season blocks list with 56 ... Tallied a block in 29-of-36 games and had at least two blocks in 20 games ... Recorded a steal in 35-of-36 games, including 19 in a row ... UK's leading rebounder in 18 games, 13 were in double figures ... Grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds vs. Alcorn State (12/28) ... Second on the team in double-doubles with eight.
Named to the NCAA All-Regional Tournament team after averaging 13.3 points and 10.8 rebounds in NCAA Tournament play ... Tied the UK single-game NCAA Tournament rebounds record (13) twice ... Led the team in rebounding (7.2 rpg) ... Recorded six or more rebounds in 17 of 25 games played, and nine or more boards in six of the last nine games ... Scored in all 25 games played, averaging 8.7 ppg ... Had double-figure points in eight games, including the last three of the season ... Charted three double-doubles ... Scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. UConn in the Elite Eight ... Charted back-to-back double-doubles with 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Gonzaga and 15 points and 13 rebounds in the previous game vs. Green Bay ... Eight points and 13 rebounds vs. McNeese State ... Grabbed team-high nine boards vs. Florida in SEC Tournament quarters ... Scored nine points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds at Mississippi State ... Recorded her first career double-double while playing a career-high 35 minutes vs. Vanderbilt, registering 15 points and 12 rebounds ... Scored 13 points on 6-7 shooting at Alabama, while also grabbing five boards and three steals ... Scored eight points and grabbed a team-high six boards at LSU ... Scored nine points and pulled down seven boards vs. Alabama ... Dominated the boards at Auburn, grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds ... Scored nine points, pulled down seven boards and tied career highs in blocks (3) and steals (3) vs. Florida ... Was one rebound shy of a double-double at Georgia, finishing with a career-high 18 points on 8-10 shooting and a career-high nine rebounds ... Grabbed seven boards, blocked two shots and had three steals vs. Mississippi State ... Had eight points and seven boards at Florida ... Started her first game in her UK career at Middle Tennessee ... Scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in 12 minutes in her debut at No. 3 Notre Dame.
Played in 17 games, earning one start vs. Lehigh ... Averaged 6.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game ... Hit 58.7 (44-of-75) percent from the field and scored in double digits in five games, including a career-high 15 pts vs. St. John's ... Grabbed double-figure rebounds twice, pulling down 11 vs. South Florida and a career-high 13 boards vs. Marquette.
Ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect and No. 5 among forwards by ESPN Hoopgurlz ... Listed as the eighth-best recruit nationally by Blue Star and No. 10 by the All-Star Girls Report ... Honored as a First-Team All-American by ESPN Rise while also earning a spot on the McDonald's All-America Team with UK teammate Jennifer O'Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) ... Earned Parade Magazine Second-Team All-America honors ... Was voted onto the USA Today All-USA Third Team and was a Division II All-Ohio First-Team selection ... Earned a spot on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America Team and posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in the WBCA All-America Game ... Averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior at Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio.
The Cats' Cause
Volunteered to pack bags for the Joplin, Mo., tornado victims ... Volunteered to clean rooms once a week during the summer at Lexington's local Ronald McDonald House, a "home away from home" for seriously ill children and their families along with teammate Kastine Evans.