Kentucky senior forward Azia Bishop has been suspended one game for “failure to uphold team standards,” Coach Matthew Mitchell told the Herald-Leader before the Cats’ second-round NCAA Tournament game on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
The seniors asked him to uphold the standards of the program, which Mitchell said is what he is doing.
“It’s nothing criminal, nothing sinister, just not following the standards,” Mitchell added of his most experienced post player.
Bishop has started the last six games for the Cats and is averaging 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds this season.
But the 6-foot-3 forward from Toledo, Ohio, could have been a key factor in Kentucky’s game against Dayton, which has six players standing at 6-foot or taller, including two starters who are 6-foot-4.
Bishop had six points and six rebounds in the Cats’ opening round win over Tennessee State. She was given a technical foul for a shove in the back after a play ended in the second half, the first of her collegiate career. The forward returned after the incident.