USF's Jenkins sidelined 2 more weeks
USF senior PF Alisia Jenkins has re-aggravated her sprained left ankle and is expected to be sidelined the next two weeks, the team announced earlier today.
The good news for the 15th-ranked Bulls: If the ankle mends as expected, Jenkins (10.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg) should return in time for USF's two biggest remaining regular season games, Feb. 15 at 17th-ranked Louisville and Feb. 29 at No. 1 Connecticut.
The Bulls play at UCF this afternoon.
"When you are missing a player like Alisia Jenkins it changes some things for us on both ends of the floor," Coach Jose Fernandez said in a USF news release. "She has established herself as one of the best rebounders in the country and players in our conference."
Jenkins initially injured the ankle during a tie-up under the basket in a Jan. 5 home victory against UCF. After being diagnosed with a severe sprain, she missed two games -- including a 16-point home loss to UConn -- before returning for a six-minute cameo in a 71-67 victory at Tulane on Jan. 13.
Four days later, she collected 11 rebounds in 21 minutes in a 75-54 victory against East Carolina, but re-injured the ankle two minutes into Wednesday's 88-87 overtime loss at Memphis.
"We will have to collectively do a great job on the glass, and expect some of our guys to expand their roles over the next couple of weeks," Fernandez said.