Rice out a month with foot injury

Kentucky sophomore Alyssa Rice will be out at least a month with a stress reaction in her right foot, Coach Matthew Mitchell confirmed on Wednesday. The month-long timeline would have the 6-foot-3 forward, who averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds a game last season, back in early December.

Her injury will make an already thin Kentucky bench a bit thinner for the exhibition game on Sunday and the opener on Nov. 13 when UK will be without Makayla Epps, who is sitting out both per the terms of her offseason suspension.

That means that five players who have never played in a UK jersey — Evelyn Akhator, Batouly Camara, Maci Morris, Taylor Murray and Ivana Jakubcova — will join returners Alexis Jennings and Janee Thompson and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, who are both getting back to 100 percent after surgeries.

Epps will be able to return to the floor for the Cats’ trip to No. 15 Arizona State for the second game of the regular season on Nov. 15.

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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