We all question their mental fortitude at times. “What were you thinking?” on that missed free throw or “Have to be smarter than that” when they sail a fast-break outlet pass into the coach’s lap.
Try playing when you’ve just seen a player you know – and for Kentucky, a player who you have practiced and played with for three years – suffer a gruesome injury.
I don’t want to rank Janee Thompson’s injury to others I’ve seen, so in a South Carolina-centered comparison, I’ll just say it was Marcus. I surely won’t ever un-see that.
It was bad enough for me to have to watch it 10 feet in front of me, then try to describe it. The players had to deal with it and keep going, knowing it’s always that close – your game and maybe career is always that close to stopping.
“It’s a matter of just re-focusing yourself,” said Aleighsa Welch, who met Thompson when Thompson was recruited here. “It’s difficult, don’t get me wrong. It’s kind of difficult to just act like it didn’t happen.”
Can’t blame the Wildcats for wilting after that. The Gamecocks were affected, too. Welch broke down for a moment and A’ja Wilson was the first USC player to offer encouragement to Thompson as she was placed on a stretcher.
Missing a box-out doesn’t seem so bad all of a sudden.
After further tests, we are sad to announce that junior PG Janee Thompson will miss the remainder of the season with a broken left fibular.— UK Hoops (@UKHoopCats) January 12, 2015
Thompson suffered a dislocated left ankle on Sunday vs. USC which resulted in the broken fibular. She will undergo surgery tomorrow at UK.— UK Hoops (@UKHoopCats) January 12, 2015