CEDAR FALLS - The University of Northern Iowa didn’t need their leading scorer on Saturday, but having Deon Mitchell against Northern Colorado on Wednesday may be a key to win. Mitchell sat out this weekend’s game against Milwaukee with a bone bruise in his foot.
“We expect to have him in practice for the first time,” Coach Ben Jacobson said at his weekly news conference. “We’ll see how he moves around at practice. Day-to-day would be the best way I could describe it.”
Mitchell leads the Panthers in scoring - averaging 14.3 points per game - and in assists with four per game.
“It’s different than an ankle sprain where you know what you’re dealing with, and you just fight the pain until it gets better. It’s a little bit touchier. If you rush it or come back to soon, it could be another week to ten days if the pain comes back,” Jacobson said.
“We’re trying to be real careful with it being early in the season. (We’re) just trying get to the point where it goes away and stays away.”
Senior guard Anthony James, who moved to point guard for the absent Mitchell, was one of four Panthers to score in double digits against UWM.
“If (Mitchell’s) foot is fine then we’re going to get home going and get him playing again, but as I mentioned, AJ played very well,” Jacobson said.Mitchell’s status remains uncertain as the Panthers host Northern Colorado on Wednesday at 7 p.m.