Washington hoops were almost a vision of every coach’s dream – healthy players filing onto the practice court for offseason training. But then coach Tia Jackson was delayed to the session, stuck in the training room due to an apparent injury to C Regina Rogers, a Chief Sealth product who transferred from UCLA.
When Rogers, who’s eligible to play this year, arrived to the practice court at Hec Ed, she was heavily favoring her left leg. Trainers are still evaluating the area, however, and no diagnosis was given.
Rogers is one of the players expected to give the Huskies a boost after a rocky 8-22 season last year. But even if she suffers a setback, returnees Liz Lay (knee), Kristi Kingma (ankle), Christina Rozier (minor knee surgery), and Mackenzie Argens (knee) are healthy and energized for a new season, according to Jackson.
Lay (pictured right by UW) even dropped about 30-pounds off her frame. She’s still working on agility, yet Jackson isn’t concerned. Lay was on the court running drills with teammates, not showing any signs of holding back.
A promising recruit, Lay suffered a knee injury her senior season in high school. She underwent microfracture surgery in February 2008, missing 10 games at Washington.
“We had so many injuries in the last year,” Jackson said of Lay. “But we’re so much stronger than we were. We’re stronger and we’re faster. They came in in shape so they can retain information a little better and they’re just confident.”
Washington is slowly implementing its defensive and offensive systems, opening official practice on Friday.