This was not the freshman year Jaycee Coe imagined when she signed with Kentucky.
The 5-foot-11 sharp-shooting guard never thought she'd make just 11.8 percent of her three-pointers midway through her first season.
The two-time Class A Tennessee Miss Basketball never imagined she'd spend most of her time on the bench.
But life has been complicated for Coe.
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"If Jaycee Coe will really hang in here and work, she'll probably have some good book material on what her journey has been like," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "It's been a very tough six or seven months since she arrived on campus."
There certainly will be a chapter on Coe's biggest setback, a serious accident that totaled her car and caused the guard, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, to sustain a severe concussion.
"It was the worst thing ever," Coe said of the Oct. 11 wreck that happened as she and teammate Ivana Jakubcova were headed to a movie. "I've never had anything like that happen and it's been an awful experience."
The aftermath was weeks of setbacks for Coe physically, emotionally and mentally.
She gained weight and walked around in a haze.
Any college basketball confidence she had gained during summer workouts was gone.
The ending of that book Mitchell joked his freshman guard should write is all up to her.
"There's been a lot of hard work she's had to put in, growing as a person, and she's been down and defeated and discouraged to a point where she didn't work hard and didn't have the right kind of mindset," Mitchell continued. "She kind of bottomed out and has just found her strength and is on the upswing."
After scoring three total points in Kentucky's first 15 or so games of the season, Coe managed seven points against Florida last week.
"The Florida game gave me some confidence I haven't had for awhile, since high school really," Coe said Friday. "Hopefully that will keep up because a shooter needs confidence."
She scored not just as a spot-up shooter, which she was defined as on the AAU circuit, but by driving to the basket and finishing with contact.
"She drove the baseline and went chest to chest with a girl," fellow guard Makayla Epps said. "We were all like, 'Woah.' And that's what we need her to do."
After the win, Mitchell hugged the freshman that he's been working out with regularly to get her going again.
"What she's done over the last four weeks is come a long way, but it's not magic," he said after the victory.
No. 14 Kentucky will play at Missouri (11-8, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) on Sunday, a week after a disappointing loss at LSU.
And in many ways, Coe is a typical freshman, who has peaks and valleys and needs to understand how to handle both.
"She did well on Thursday night, then Saturday morning we're practicing, she was not in the gym before practice and that was a great wake-up call," Mitchell continued. "She did not prepare well, did not function well on Sunday against LSU (she played two minutes).
"I thought that was a good learning experience for her. She can't get satisfied right now, she's got to work real hard."
Kentucky needs Coe.
The loss of point guard Janee Thompson to a broken leg and a group of post players that has been slow to develop means UK (15-4, 4-2) doesn't have its usual wealth of depth.
It's all available players on deck, which means Coe is getting pushed extra hard in practice by coaches and teammates.
"We want her out there," Epps said. "We don't want her to just practice for Kentucky. We want her to play for Kentucky. We want her on the court."
Coe, who has averaged 6.3 minutes in nine games and made only 19 percent of her shots, could become one of the Cats' key players come tournament time, her coach argued.
"This league has gone to a majority zone (defense)," Mitchell said. "They're going to play zone and Jaycee Coe, if she works hard and we can wins some games and be an NCAA Tournament team, what can she be in six weeks? How much progress can she make? That's what I'm going for right now."
When they work out in the morning together, Coe hears what her coach is saying.
She's trying to become a valuable part of the team.
She wants her story to have a happy ending.
"I feel like I'm getting back to where I need to be, but I'm not there yet," she said. "I just have to keep working."