South Carolina basketball player Alaina Coates will miss the NCAA tournament after suffering an ankle injury against Missouri, coach Dawn Staley announced on Tuesday. The senior center first sprained her ankle on Feb.19 and sat out the next game against Texas A&M.
On her senior day against Kentucky, Coates came back to the game and played for 27 minutes. She sat out against Georgia during the first-round of the SEC tournament and played for a total of four minutes during the tournament semifinal win over Kentucky. In that game, Coates’ ankle buckled and she had to be helped off the court by team personnel.
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Coates is a four-time All-SEC selection, becoming the first player in the program’s history to accomplish the achievement. In her final two seasons as a Gamecock she was a first-team honoree and completes her career second in rebounding for the program with 1,230 and second in double-doubles with 57.
South Carolina will play UNC-Asheville to start the NCAA tournament on Friday.