UK's Drake will forgo senior season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Samantha Drake, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her left knee last season, has decided not to play her senior season and will instead focus on her academics and graduating in the spring.

“I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart, all of my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing women’s basketball program at UK,” Drake said. “I was given the chance to show my talent and be a part of a lot of success during my four years. Although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team. I am going to turn my focus on academics and walking across that stage in May to receive my degree.”

The 6-foot-3 center from Bardstown, Ky., injured her knee in the first half vs. Central Michigan on Nov. 13 just three games into her senior season. She also missed time as a freshman with a left knee injury. Overall, Drake played in 88 career games with 23 starting assignments and held career averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. She is set to graduate in May of 2015 with a degree in family science and a minor in health promotion.

“We support Samantha and her decision to forego playing her senior year,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Samantha contributed to so many victories during her career and we are grateful for her efforts. We will continue supporting her any way we can as she works toward graduation.”

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