Kentucky senior Drake out for season

Kentucky forward Samantha Drake will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn meniscus in her left knee.

The senior from Bardstown injured her knee battling for a rebound in the final seconds of the first half against Central Michigan on Sunday.

Drake, a 6-foot-3 senior, will have surgery in a few weeks and then likely return with a medical redshirt by next September, a UK spokesman told the Herald-Leader.

Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell broke the news Monday night on his radio show, getting the information from her MRI back on his way there.

The former Nelson County star has played in 88 games for seventh-rated Kentucky with 23 starts. She has three career double-doubles and was expected to provide depth in the post.

Kentucky already lost freshman forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers for the season after a blood clot was discovered in her lungs just before the start of the season.

Drake has appeared sparingly in all four games this season for the Cats, averaging one point and less than a rebound.

The forward was suspended from the team during its NCAA Tournament run last season, but had worked her way back into Mitchell’s good graces in the off-season.

“I think a lot of Sam; I love her a lot,” Mitchell told the Herald-Leader before the season started. “I want her to be successful. … She had to search her soul to see if she wanted to play and once she made that decision, she had to do some things to get back on the team.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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