Goss unlikely to be big part of Sunday’s game plan

Even it she’s feeling good, it’s unlikely that Bria Goss will play a big role in Kentucky’s game plan at top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday.

The senior guard, who has missed the past five games, has improved, but is still a little less than four weeks out from her broken left thumb and the injury initially was given a 4-6 week recovery timeline.

When asked if the senior and Kentucky’s best lockdown defender would be able to play on Sunday, Coach Matthew Mitchell seemed doubtful.

“I don’t know that it’s in our best interest long-term for her to go,” he said of Goss, noting that he hadn’t met with the team doctor yet on Friday.

“If it was the last game of her career, would she go? She probably would. I’m sort of in the mindset that if the doctor thinks next Thursday or next Sunday would be better, I think we really have to think about who we want to be at the end of the year while still trying to improve and win games without her.”

UK will be taking on the reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in junior guard Tiffany Mitchell, normally an assignment Goss would draw.

But Mitchell said he wants Goss to be able to look him in the eye and say she’s at 100 percent healthy before she plays.

“I’ll say this, she’s not going to be a real big part of the game, I wouldn’t think Sunday either way,” he said. “No matter whether she gets some minutes on Sunday or not, I don’t think it’s going to be a major factor in the game.”

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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