UK Women's Basketball

Two Kentucky women's basketball players sidelined by car accident

University of Kentucky basketball player Ivana Jakubcova
University of Kentucky basketball player Ivana Jakubcova

The Kentucky women's basketball team will be without two of its new players and a veteran forward Friday when the Cats take the floor for Big Blue Madness.

Freshman guard Jaycee Coe and junior-college transfer Ivana Jakubcova were involved in a car accident Saturday night on their way to see a movie.

"Bad wreck," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "Thank goodness nobody was hurt badly."

Coe suffered what Mitchell called "a very bad concussion" and Jakubcova had a mild concussion. Jakubcova, a 6-foot-6 junior from Slovakia, already was going to miss scrimmaging during Madness because of a stress fracture in her leg, Mitchell said.

"I'm really excited about what she can become, very athletic, very fast, worked real hard this summer, but behind," he said, noting that a redshirt season for the junior-college transfer "may end up being the best thing for her."

Kentucky also will scrimmage without senior forward Jelleah Sidney, who has been sidelined by recurring knee pain.

"She worked real hard this summer, had a lot of pain, so we've kind of backed off on her," Mitchell said. "She's not full speed for tomorrow night, won't play."

In order to have enough players available for a short five-on-five scrimmage in Rupp Arena, Mitchell said one of his male practice players probably will fill in.

As for Coe, a 5-foot-11 freshman guard, Mitchell expects her to make a full recovery after a scary situation.

"We anticipate her bouncing back," he said of the two-time Class A Miss Basketball in Tennessee. "She'd had some good practices leading up, can really, really shoot the ball. I think once we can get her back and going, in a couple months she could show some real promise."

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