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Kyvin Goodin-Rogers leaves UK women’s basketball team

Kentucky’s Ivana Jakubcova (2) and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (5) battled for a rebound in front of Eastern Michigan’s Sheyna Deans (22) on Nov. 25, 2015.
Kentucky’s Ivana Jakubcova (2) and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (5) battled for a rebound in front of Eastern Michigan’s Sheyna Deans (22) on Nov. 25, 2015. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Yet another Kentucky player has decided to leave Matthew Mitchell’s program.

This time it’s former Marion County standout Kyvin Goodin-Rogers.

Goodin-Rogers, who has played in five of the UK women’s basketball team’s six games this season, was averaging a team-low 11.4 minutes per game while contributing 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game for the unbeaten Cats.

“Kyvin has decided it is in her best interest to leave our program and play her remaining years elsewhere,” Mitchell said in a release on Monday night. “We appreciate all the hard work that Kyvin put in while she was with our program and wish her nothing but success on and off the court moving forward.”

In less than six weeks, four players have left Kentucky, most notably Linnae Harper, a 17-game starter who led the Cats in rebounding last season at 7.1 per game while scoring 9.2 points.

Harper, who is finishing out her semester at UK before finding a new school, has not said where she plans to transfer.

Her mother, Ericka Harper, who requested privacy and respect for her daughter as she finds a new place to play, said via Twitter that Harper was “not happy” at Kentucky.

Two other players, transfer Chrishae Rowe and true freshman Morgan Rich, never played for Kentucky when they parted ways. Rowe was dismissed for her “failure to uphold standards of the program.” Rich, who was never cleared to practice, opted to transfer.

In previous interviews, Mitchell said the three players who left in before the start of the season were “three separate issues that all sort of came to a head at different times.”

And now Goodin-Rogers is gone, too.

That leaves UK, which will play at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday night, with nine scholarship players the rest of the season. One of those, forward Alyssa Rice, has yet to play this season while recovering from a stress reaction in her right foot. The sophomore is expected to be back within the next week.

The road gets a little more tumultuous for No. 11 Kentucky in the next couple of weeks, including upcoming games against rival Louisville next week and then at Middle Tennessee State (Dec. 13) before taking on No. 14 Duke (Dec. 20).

In nine years at UK, Mitchell has either dismissed or released 13 players, including the three this preseason and Goodin-Rogers. The names include Brittany Edelen, Catina Bett, Jackie Sanders, Rebecca Gray, Anna Cole, Maegan Conwright, Bra’Shey Ali, Sarah Beth Barnette and Jaycee Coe.

Without a full review of other schools nationally and their turnover rates, it’s hard to compare or measure.

It’s been a tumultuous couple of seasons for Goodin-Rogers at Kentucky, including having to sit her first season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung near the start of the season.

Goodin-Rogers, who declined Monday evening to discuss her departure, had played in 39 career games with 15 starts, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. She had a career-best 19 points against Northern Kentucky at this time last year.

Goodin-Rogers missed much of the offseason while having her knee scoped and a small cyst removed from her wrist. She also missed a game this season with a concussion.

Mitchell did not plan to discuss the situation further on Monday, a team spokesman said. The head coach has an already-scheduled news conference on Tuesday to preview the Cats’ upcoming game at NKU.

Jennifer Smith: 859-231-3241, @jenheraldleader

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