UK Women's Basketball

UK women: Junior-college transfer dismissed from team

A little-used junior college transfer was dismissed from Kentucky's women's basketball program Thursday morning, further depleting the roster of the short-handed Cats.

Jackie Sanders, a highly touted small forward, was told this morning that she was no longer on UK's team. "There were some conditions coming back from her suspension that she needed to fulfill and she was unable to do that," Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "She was dismissed — we're sad about that — but we hope she'll do well wherever she ends up going."

In six games this season, the 6-foot-2 Sanders played 34 total minutes and averaged 1.3 points.

Sanders was considered the top junior college prospect at power forward by one recruiting service. Her dismissal leaves UK with 10 scholarship players. One of those players, Lydia Watkins, is on the bench indefinitely dealing with what is being called a "private, personal matter."

The lack of bodies is a concern to Mitchell, especially heading into Southeastern Conference play.

"We need to maximize everyone's ability and make sure everybody is aware that we're in a foxhole mentality," he said.

But he said it could work to UK's advantage. "We can circle the wagons. ... We have to work very hard and play very well, but we can get the job done" with the personnel left, Mitchell said.

One positive note for the Cats on Thursday was the return of Carly Ormerod, who had missed seven straight games with a recurring foot injury from last season. In 16 minutes, she had four points, two rebounds and two assists.