South Carolina's Alaina Coates, center, pulls down a rebound between Connecticut's Napheesa Collier and Connecticut's Gabby Williams, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hi
Jessica Hill
February 24, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says center Alaina Coates' status is uncertain heading into the final regular-season game against No. 22 Kentucky on Sunday.

Coates missed the Gamecocks' 80-64 win at Texas A&M on Thursday night with a sprained right ankle. She was injured in the third quarter of a loss at Missouri on Sunday, although Staley says the team did not learn of the extent of the injury until they returned to Columbia.

Coates, a 6-foot-4 senior, leads the Southeastern Conference with 11.2 rebounds. She is second on the Gamecocks in scoring, averaging 13.4 points a game.

Coates is expected to be honored Sunday in her last regular-season home game. South Carolina could capture a fourth straight SEC regular season crown with a win over the Wildcats.

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