Two players sidelined by car accident

Kentucky will be without two of its new players and a veteran forward on Friday when the Cats take the floor for Big Blue Madness.

Freshman guard Jaycee Coe and junior college transfer Ivana Jakubcova were both involved in a car accident on Saturday night on their way to see a movie.

“Bad wreck,” UK’s Matthew Mitchell said. “Thank goodness nobody was hurt badly.”

Coe sustained what Mitchell called “a very bad concussion” and Jakubcova a mild concussion. The 6-foot-6 junior from Slovakia already was going to miss scrimmaging during Madness due to a stress fracture in her leg, Mitchell said.

“I’m really excited about what she can become, very athletic, very fast, worked real hard this summer, but behind,” he said, noting that a red-shirt season for the junior college transfer “may end up being the best thing for her.”

Kentucky also will be scrimmaging without senior forward Jelleah Sidney, who has been sidelined by recurring knee pain.

“She worked real hard this summer, had a lot of pain, so we’ve kind of backed off on her,” Mitchell said. “She’s not full speed tomorrow night, won’t play.”

In order to have enough players available for a short five-on-five scrimmage at Rupp Arena, Mitchell said one of his male practice players likely will fill in.

As for Coe, the 5-foot-11 freshman guard, Mitchell expects her to make a full recovery after a scary situation.

“We anticipate her bouncing back,” he said of the two-time Class A Miss Basketball in Tennessee. “She’d had some good practices leading up, can really, really shoot the ball. I think once we can get her head back and going, in a couple months she could show some real promise.”

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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