Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson will miss the rest of the season after breaking her left fibula late in the game at South Carolina on Sunday.
The junior from Chicago will have surgery to repair her leg on Monday morning, team spokeswoman Susan Lax confirmed. After stabilizing her dislocated ankle on site, doctors found the broken fibula.
During a scramble for a loose ball, South Carolina’s Khadijah Sessions dived on the floor, undercutting Thompson’s legs from behind and the UK guard’s legs got trapped underneath and turned awkwardly.
“We are so sad for Janee,” Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said in a release late Sunday night. “We never want to see a player sustain an injury like that. We are particularly sad for Janee because she’s worked so hard and has really come into her own. She will continue to make an impact on our team with her leadership.
“She will stay heavily involved and everyone will just have to raise their level up to contribute and make up for a tough loss. We are going to play as hard as we can for Janee and make sure we have a special season for her.”
Thompson came into the game as the Cats’ fourth-leading scorer at 10.1 points a game, including 10.7 Southeastern Conference play. She leads the team in assists (49) and is second on the team in steals (28).
Before the injury, Thompson had started in a team-best 31 straight games. She has been clutch in several come-from-behind victories for the Cats this season and twice been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week already this season.
Mitchell likely will turn to Jennifer O’Neill and Makayla Epps to split the point guard duties. With Bria Goss (broken thumb) still out, UK’s lineup is down to eight players, just seven who are averaging double-digit minutes this season.