2022-23 UK WBB Blue-White: Individual Recaps
Recaps by Graham Shepherd
Cassidy Rowe: White team
22 MIN Played
0 PTS, 0-6 FG-FGA, 0-3 3PT, 3 REBs, 1 AST, 1 STL
Eastern Kentucky native and Freshman Guard Cassidy Rowe played in her first Blue-White scrimmage at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, October 22. Rowe came off the bench in the scrimmage and finished with 22 minutes in the game. Rowe handled point guard duties along with fellow Freshman Saniah Tyler for the White team. When Tyler came out for injury, Rowe took over as the primary ball handler for the White team. During her time as the primary ball handler, she looked poised and comfortable in the role, consistently getting the ball into position for the White team to run their designed plays. Rowe displayed her style of play and what she’ll bring to the team during the scrimmage, highlighted by competing with a high motor on both sides of the ball and pushing the tempo. Her intensity on the defensive end was apparent, constantly sliding her feet to say in front of her offensive counterpart and disrupting passing lanes when and where she could. Intensity and effort will never be in question when Rowe is on the court this season.
Jada Walker: Blue team
30 MIN Played
23 PTS, 9-14 FG-FGA, 3-3 3PT, 2-3 FT-FTA, 4 REBs, 3 AST, 1 BLK, 2 STL
Sophomore Guard Jada Walker participated in her second career Blue-White scrimmage at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, October 22. Walker is one of just 5 returning players from last season’s SEC tournament champion team. Walker was a starter for the Blue team and played 30 minutes in the game. Walker was a featured scorer for the Blue team, scoring 23 points in the game (trailing only Blair Green – 32 points) and consistently made open and contested jump shots. Walker looks poised to be more of a scorer on this year’s edition of the UK WBB team. Her efficiency scoring in the game was apparent, shooting 9-14 on FGs and 3-3 on 3PT attempts. Walker was also very active on the defensive, using her energy and quickness to put pressure on the ball (finished game with 2 STLs). Walker will make the opposing teams ball handler uncomfortable throughout the game, notably in half court sets. Her intensity and high motor will lead to increased turnovers and transition opportunities for the Wildcats this season. Walker will be relied upon heavily this season as a returning player that can make shots and defend at a high level.