Mells not AWOL and more

Yes, Ashlee Mells is still suspended. No, she is not wandering aimlessly around south central Indiana.

IU women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack said after Wednesday evening’s practice that the idea that Mells was AWOL was a bit of a misunderstanding. While she did not know where Mells was during last Thursday’s game against Wisconsin, Legette-Jack said she didn’t know where her son was at that time either, but that didn’t mean he was missing and ditto for Mells, who may or may not return to the floor this season.

“Ashlee’s working her way back towards us,” Legette-Jack said. “It’s a good thing.
“Sometimes you’ve got to take care of the kid as a person before you can take care of the kid as a student-athlete. That’s one thing we feel strongly about. These kids have to be able to leave us and become somebody. That’s the most important thing to me, and we’re working towards that.”

On the subject of missing players, in case you missed it, Sasha Bernard has apparently transferred to South Florida. All indications are the transfer was simply a case of homesickness.

In other news of note, Sasha Chaplin was without a walking boot for the first time in a month at Wednesday’s practice, but not fully participating. Legette-Jack expects her to participate fully today and then the foot injury — likely a stress fracture, though IU won’t say — will be re-evaluated. But when will she take the court again in a game?

“It’s good to see she’s working toward getting back,” Legette-Jack said. “Our hope is to have her ready by March, and anything before that will be icing on the cake.”

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