Washington sophomore Kristi Kingma returned to practice Tuesday. The shooting guard has been out since Jan. 23 with a mild concussion.
Kingma (pictured right by UW) said she suffered a concussion at Jackson High, so she really wanted to be precautious with this one. The current injury occurred in the waning seconds of the four-point UCLA loss and Kingma was hurried to the emergency room after the game. There, swelling on her brain was revealed in examinations.
“(The opponent) turned and set a screen and I got caught between a shoulder and a head,” Kingma recalled. “But today is my first day back at practice and I’m excited.”
Kingma missed her team’s 76-70 overtime win at Washington State on Friday. Yet, in addition to healing her concussion, Kingma was able to rest her nagging ankles.
UW’s second-leading scorer (9.4), she’ll be in the starting lineup when Washington travels to play Arizona State and Arizona. Washington (9-10, 4-5 Pac-10) swept the desert schools earlier this season, a first at home since 2002.
“We have a great opportunity ahead of us to make a statement,” said Kingma of her team, which is tied with Oregon for sixth in the conference. “Anytime you can get road wins it’s huge, especially in this conference where there’s not much separating the first and last-placed teams.”