- Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky says center Samantha Drake will forego her senior season to focus on academics following last year’s serious left knee injury.

Drake’s senior season lasted just three games after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in the first half against Central Michigan last November. She injured the same knee as a freshman and missed time.

Scheduled to graduate in May, the 6-foot-3 Drake finishes with per-game career averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 88 contests with 23 starts. The Bardstown, Kentucky, native thanked Wildcats teammates, coaches and athletic director Mitch Barnhart in a release that said “although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team.”

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell added in the release, “We are grateful for her efforts.”