South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) grimaces in pain after an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
Sean Rayford
February 06, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Injured South Carolina forward Tiffany Mitchell says she's got a sore back but is ready to play against top-ranked Connecticut on Monday night.

Mitchell crashed hard to the floor Thursday night and missed most of No. 2 South Carolina's 78-68 win over No. 18 Kentucky. She spent several minutes face down on the court before getting helped to the locker room. She was diagnosed with a lower back bruise.

The two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year was at practice Saturday and says she expects to play against the Huskies. Mitchell is the team's second-leading scorer at 14.5 points a game.

Coach Dawn Staley says senior starter Asia Dozier will miss a second consecutive game after injuring her hand at No. 12 Texas A&M last week.

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