Staley gives update on Wilson's ankle injury
South Carolina women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley is taking A'ja Wilson's ankle injury one day at a time before the Gamecocks take on fellow top-10 team Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.
With 16 seconds to go against Auburn, Wilson stepped on an Auburn player's foot and sprained her right ankle. She had to be helped to the locker room by team trainers.
On Friday afternoon, Staley said she didn't have much of an update since Wilson was in treatment and not at practice.
"I don't know. I haven't seen her," Staley said. "She's getting everything checked out. I haven't seen her this morning."
Wilson is such a big presence on the court, it's a huge loss for the Gamecocks if she's not ready to go on Sunday.
Staley said, "There's lots of reasons to be concerned. We're just planning as if we're not gonna have her."
Wilson's teammates Alexis Jennings and Kiki Herbert-Harrigan are aware of Wilson's questionable status and on Friday they said they are ready to step up if they're without their star player.
"I feel like our bench will be able to help us," Jennings said. "We had a great practice and the game plan's in so all we have to do is execute."
For Gamecock fans who might be nervous after reading those quotes, Wilson did give Staley a little reassurance she'd be game ready in the locker room after the Auburn win.
"When she left the game last night, she said she was playing," Staley said. "If she's got a high pain tolerance, she'll be able to go. If she doesn't, it'll probably be pretty bad for her to miss a game like this."
South Carolina and Tennessee are set to tip-off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, January 14th at Colonial Life Arena.