Thompson on mend; Cats looking ahead

During UK’s short NCAA Tournament run, Janee Thompson was back on the bench and walking in a boot without crutches or her scooter.

The junior guard, who broke her leg at South Carolina on Jan. 11, said she’s been cleared to put some pressure on it and is on schedule for a return to team workouts this summer.

“The doctor said my bone is healed, I’ve just got to keep rehabbing and getting my strength back in my calf, my ankle and my leg in general,” she said in the UK locker room after the loss to Dayton in the second round. “So far everything’s going well.”

Thompson has been working a lot on the underwater treadmill and doing strengthening exercises on her injured leg to help speed up the healing process.

The point guard will be Kentucky’s only senior next season.

“Next year we have to listen to the leadership of Janee Thompson and see where we can go from there,” sophomore Makayla Epps said after the loss.

Epps and Thompson will be back to lead a UK team that returns 61.7 percent of its offensive production, 66 percent of its rebounding, 62.7 percent of its assists, 57.9 percent of its steals and 50.7 percent of its blocked shots.

“We can’t settle for this feeling because this right here hurts,” Epps said. “This hurts worse than last year’s Sweet 16 loss did especially because we were at home.”

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
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