Washington PG Sarah Morton (pictured far right by The Seattle Times) did not travel with the team to play BYU (0-2) on Saturday. The squad’s lone senior, Morton sprained her left ankle in practice on Nov. 8 and wore a protective boot until Wednesday.
Limited at this week’s sessions, however, UW coach Tia Jackson (pictured right) opted to leave Morton in Seattle and will play junior G Kristi Kingma at the point. Kingma also filled in for Morton in the team’s season-opening win against Portland State on Nov. 14, scoring a team-high-tying 18 points with four assists. Freshman Marjorie Heard will start inside, moving junior Charmaine Barlow to the SG position.
“You never know with an ankle injury,” Morton told The Everett Herald regarding a possible return date. “So I’m really relying on Jenn (Ratcliff), the trainer. I haven’t been necessarily telling myself a date; it’s more like whenever I feel ready, and Jenn feels I’m ready, we’re probably going to come to a consensus together.”
Morton would like her senior debut to be in Alaska when the Huskies (1-0) participate in the Shootout next week. But since it’s her first ankle sprain, Morton is unsure how quickly her body will heal.
SEATTLE RALLIES LATE: Seattle University rallied in the second half, but the late surge in scoring and forcing defensive stops weren’t enough to overcome a 65-56 loss to UC Riverside (2-1) on Friday. Down 32-15 at halftime, the Redhawks (0-3) outscored the Highlanders by eight after the break. Seattle U. junior G Elle Kerfoot led all players with 19 points.
4-20-64?: Well, Jackson’s hopes of breaking into the top-4 of the Pac-10 conference (soon-to-be Pac-12) just got a little harder if rankings of incoming recruiting classes hold. Five schools from the conference, led by UCLA at No. 3, are rated among the top-15 recruiting classes in the nation. Washington is ranked No. 36 with commits from PG Jazmine Davis, F Aminah Williams, and F Talia Walton.
Gonzaga’s incoming class is rated 53rd by ESPN’s site while Washington State is on the cusp of being ranked among the 60 schools.