Janee Thompson took over in the fourth quarter Thursday night during Kentucky’s win over Missouri on Senior Night that was her 100th career win at UK.
“To the program, she has been a very productive, big time player. She’s always come up big in big games. She’s a talented, productive player,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said.
“To me personally, she means a lot more because we did not always have a smooth path together. There was a lot of work we had to do together. There was a lot of learning from each other. She’s really, really special to me because if neither one of us had worked at it, we could have just existed and had an okay relationship.
“One of the proudest things that has happened at Kentucky is that she and I have a close relationship. What she said on the court at the end of the game to everybody, that I’ve been important in her life, you just have no idea how meaningful that is to me. That’s what I’ve wanted her to be.
“It was not always sunshine and rainbows with us. There were some tough days. This season she has really come into her own. She’s still growing. She still has an opportunity to get better. But she is very special to me.”
Thompson had 24 points and said she was just happy the team won.
“We had a lot of breakdowns and a lot of miscues, and we let them take the lead. We have a lot to learn and we plan to go back and look at film so we can correct the mistakes,” she said.
“I had a lot of people here from my hometown and a lot of family that I haven’t seen in a long time. It meant a lot that they were here to support me on a day like this. People make a big deal out of this, but I was just more happy to see my family and to know they were in the stands.”