Washington’s sideline looked like a triage on Monday. C Regina Rogers (strained hamstring) was on her back doing leg lifts as teammates Sarah Morton (ankle), Mollie Williams (knee), and walk-on Amanda Johnson (knee) rode stationary bicycles.
The Huskies (2-2) depart at 4 a.m. on Tuesday to play Utah (3-3) on Wednesday. Morton, the senior co-captain, was able to practice on Saturday and limited on Monday but expects to debut against the Utes. Rogers (pictured right by The Seattle Times) will miss her fourth consecutive game while Williams, who is testing a new knee brace, could be limited in her contribution.
“On Saturday, it was so much fun, I was so excited to get out there,” said Morton, who sprained her ankle on Nov. 8. “I felt like I had those jitters, again. My actual ankle doesn’t hurt, it’s more like my body from just not doing anything for three-weeks. Just getting back in shape and getting in the weight room doing everything that everyone else has been doing.”
Rogers, who scored a team-high-tying 18 points in the team’s opener, has been re-evaluated since returning from Alaska and doctors still see a strain in her leg. She will not travel to Utah and is listed as day-to-day.
“She hasn’t quite recovered from it,” Washington coach Tia Jackson said. “We’re not even 20 percent into the season, so we don’t want to chance her risking something else. We’ll preserve her.
“(For Mollie), It just messes up her timing a little bit. If she thinks she’s got a jumpshot, her legs are just not all there. It takes her more time to wind it up and get it going than it would normally. She’s had a couple 10-footers where she’s shot airballs because her lift is not there. But we got her in a new brace and hopefully this works for her.”
G Kristi Kingma said she’ll be happiest when the players return to practice. Returning from a 1-1 showing at the Great Alaska Shootout, at times the Huskies had seven players in practice due to injuries.
The positive is that freshmen Mercedes Wetmore and Marjorie Heard are getting invaluable experience as starters and from extended playing time. They’re second in scoring on the team at 6.8 points apiece. Wetmore also averages 3.8 assists while Heard is averaging 5.0 boards.
“It’s hard in practice with seven-eight players,” said Kingma, who’s averaging a team-leading 18.5 points and 2.7 steals. “My body is getting beaten up and everyone who’s playing extra minutes in practice, we’re going into games a little bit more tired. More than anything, having those bodies back in practice will ultimately help us be healthier in games.”
NEW INDUCTEE: Former UW standout Sami Whitcomb will be inducted into Buena Vista High School’s Hall of Fame. A native of Ventura, Calif., Whitcomb was the 2005-06 basketball player of the year of the County Star. She also was a three-time first-team All-Channel League and All-Ventura County selection (2004, 2005). As a senior Whitcomb averaged 17.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals.