Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said Tuesday on the Pac-10 coaches call that her team practiced without guards Jeanette Pohlen, JJ Hones and Melanie Murphy on Monday and she is not yet sure of their status for Friday’s game at USC. Pohlen sustained an ankle injury during Saturday’s win over Cal. She returned to the game, but has aggravated a minor ankle sprain she was already nursing. Hones, who played 22 minutes against the Bears after sitting out last Wednesday’s game against Fresno State, has swelling again in her surgically repaired right knee.
Also swollen is Murphy, who matched her career high with 11 points and some very valuable minutes on the floor against the Bears. Murphy has already been out for five weeks this season with a knee injury.
“We really need our point guards to get reps, knowing what they are doing and directing our team,” VanDerveer said. “Hopefully they are watching closely on the side.”
VanDerveer reiterated the dissatisfaction she feels about her team’s play since the holiday break, despite wins over Fresno State and Cal.
“We’re not playing as well as we want to be or need to be,” VanDerveer said.
The second-ranked Cardinal are coming up on the most difficult two-game road trip in the Pac-10 with the Women of Troy and the Bruins, teams that opened conference play with difficult sweeps of the Arizona schools.
“Hopefully we will iron some things out offensively, not having everyone on the same page,” VanDerveer said. “We could have practiced all day yesterday taking lay-ups. But that’s really the least of my worries.”