2-time SEC player of year Tiffany Mitchell has foot surgery

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell had foot surgery last week.

The school says in a statement Thursday the surgery to her left foot shouldn’t keep Mitchell out of the lineup when the Gamecocks open the season in November.

Mitchell injured her ankle in an exhibition game for the U.S. team competing in the Pan Am Games last month. A stress-related injury was discovered in her foot.

Mitchell led the Gamecocks in scoring the past two years and averaged 14.4 points last season. She was a first-team AP All-American and won the Dawn Staley Award, an honor named for South Carolina’s coach and given to the best guard in the country.

The Gamecocks (34-3) reached the Final Four last season.

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