Kentucky's Goodin-Rogers out for season with blood clot

jsmith3@herald-leader.comOctober 30, 2013 

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers talked to reporters during the University of Kentucky Women's basketball Media Day on Oct. 22. Women's coach Matthew Mitchell announced Wednesday that Goodin-Rogers will miss her freshman season because of a blood clot in her lung.

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Kentucky freshman basketball player Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is out for the season after she was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Monday, the school said Wednesday.

"This condition requires her to be on blood thinners for several months, therefore she will not be available to play this season," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said.

Goodin-Rogers, 18, had sharp pains in her chest on Monday and went to UK's team trainer. Tests conducted at the UK Hospital confirmed a blood clot in her lung.

"Kyvin's health is our main concern right now," Mitchell said. "We are confident we'll move forward in a positive direction with this challenge."

Goodin-Rogers was out of the hospital and back in classes on Wednesday. She also watched a UK practice. Further testing on Goodin-Rogers' condition will determine whether she will have to miss more than this season. Results of those tests have not yet been received.

The 6-foot-1 forward was a standout on the undefeated Marion County High School team that won the 2013 Sweet Sixteen title.

A four-year All-State selection, Goodin-Rogers finished her Knights career with 2,401 points, 1,663 rebounds and 463 blocks.

In the UK media notes, Mitchell said he expected big things from the daughter of 1992 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Tick Rogers, who went on to play for Louisville.

"She is always working hard to increase her effectiveness and has shown that her future is bright at Kentucky," Mitchell said of Goodin-Rogers, rated the nation's 59th-best player by Blue Star Basketball coming out of high school. "I expect her to have an outstanding freshman campaign."

Goodin-Rogers was expected to provide depth in the UK frontcourt behind returning starters DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker. Other post players returning include senior Samantha Drake and juniors Azia Bishop and Jelleah Sidney.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukwomen.bloginky.com.

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