Sarah Ashlee Barker out with concussion suffered before Florida game

Barker's status for the conference tournament is unknown.

Georgia guard Sarah Ashlee Barker (3) during a game against Arkansas at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Monday, January 25, 2021. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Georgia freshman guard Sarah Ashlee Barker is not on the bench for Saturday’s regular season finale at Florida.

Barker suffered a concussion in practice after Thursday’s game against Kentucky, per a team spokesperson. The freshman made the trip, but was in the team locker room at Exactech Arena.

“She fell in practice on Friday, felt OK on Saturday,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said. “After the flight (to Gainesville), that's when her symptoms started to show.”

Barker averages 5.5 points per game and logged 20 minutes in each of the last two contests against Tennessee and Kentucky.

Barker missed the Feb. 11 game at Auburn due to testing protocol after returning to her hometown of Hoover, Ala. to spend time with family after the passing of a relative.

The absence is a blow to Georgia’s guard depth. Mikayla Coombs logged 11 points in 30 minutes to compensate for Barker’s absence.

Georgia earned a double bye in the upcoming SEC tournament after Ole Miss’s win over Kentucky. That would give Barker an extra day to rest rather than the previously-anticipated Thursday start.

Her status, however, is unknown.

“I don't know yet, honestly,” Taylor said. “We'll get back, she'll get checked out and we will find out next week. I really don't know what type of protocol she'll be under.”