Jen Smith on Basketball

UK’s Thompson suffers sprained ankle

Janee Thompson suffered a sprained right ankle, but it’s not clear if Kentucky’s lone senior will be able to play in her final regular-season game on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

“I know she would love to play Thursday night for senior night,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said after the No. 16 Cats pulled out a 77-63 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

It’s the same ankle that Thompson had surgically repaired last season after a collision at South Carolina. She sprained the same ankle a few weeks ago, but had come back from that before rolling it again.

At halftime, the senior guard was able to run straight ahead and get into her jump shot on the practice court, but lateral movement was “just real painful and we didn’t want to injure her further,” Mitchell said.

Before the sprain, which occurred midway through the second quarter, Thompson was playing well, making all three of her shot attempts, including two three-pointers. She returned to the UK bench in the second half in her warm-up shirt and shoes.

Thompson is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points a game, including a team-best 43 three-pointers. The senior also leads UK in assists at 5.1 a game.