Maci Morris makes WNBA debut in exhibition game

Published 11:52 am Monday, May 13, 2019

Former Bell County and University of Kentucky guard, Maci Morris, played four minutes in the Washington Mystics exhibition Friday Night in what would be her WNBA debut.

With limited minutes, Morris didn’t record any stats. Washington fell to the Minnesota Lynx 86-79.

Morris signed a training camp contract with the team after not being selected in the WNBA Draft. The team will likely announce its final roster after the preseason.

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As a Bell County native, Morris made the most of her time at Bell County High School, playing varsity basketball since the seventh grade, starting since eighth grade. She was rated the 10th-best shooting guard and a top-50 prospect nationally by espnW. She was also named 2015 Miss Kentucky Basketball.

Morris finished her high school career with 3,368 career points, ranking sixth in Kentucky state history. Morris averaged 25.6 points and 7.9 rebounds her senior season to help lead Bell County to a 29-3 record, reaching the first round of the Sweet 16.

Morris’ college career was just as successful as her high school career. Being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, Morris’ career at UK got off to a great start. In her freshman campaign, Morris started in all 33 games, averaging 8.5 points per game.

In that same season, she was second on the team with 49 3-pointers made. She had the fifth-best offensive performance in a varsity debut in UK history against Rice, totaling 16 points in the victory, including a three-of-five performance from downtown.

Her 49 three-point field goals were just one bucket short of tying the UK freshman three-point record, tying Carly Ormerod for the second-most three-point baskets made by a freshman in UK history. Morris sits second in all-time freshman three-point percentage at UK after connecting on 39.2 percent of her shots from deep.