Washington F Jeneva Anderson made her season debut on Sunday, playing 12 minutes in a loss to USC after undergoing hip surgery in September. And if it weren’t for a hard fall in the second half, Anderson may have played a little longer.
“It was a welcome back to playing,” said Anderson (pictured right by the school) of her reaction to the fall in the paint. “I kind of laid on the ground for a minute just to make sure everything was still in there, everything was still alright. I got up fine and I’m fine now. It was definitely a welcome-back hit that I took.”
A 6-foot wing, Anderson’s stats against the Trojans weren’t sparkling. But coach Tia Jackson mentioned the player tipping passes and FG misses to give teammates a chance at either a steal or rebound. Anderson also added some needed depth.
She grabbed one rebound but missed all four of her FG attempts.
The Huskies (5-6, 0-2 Pac-10) are hopeful to get F Mollie Williams back for the two-game road trip against Oregon State (7-6, 0-2) and Oregon (9-4, 0-2) this week. She felt no affects of the concussion on Monday for the first time since suffering the injury on Dec. 23.
C Regina Rogers is practicing in a controlled settings, still dealing with her hamstring injury. A matchup against the Beavers could be ideal because of their slower pace, but Rogers was benched last year against Oregon — an uptempo team — because of conditioning.
Jackson doesn’t want to risk Rogers tearing anything, again, in the leg if Rogers were to return too soon.
“Right now it’s day-to-day because every time I make a prediction, I’m wrong,” said Jackson, who plays a five-guard lineup because of the depletion in the post because of injuries. “I just don’t want to be in this place, but unfortunately…we put players at every position so that they’re prepared. We’re ready for it, we just don’t want to do it. It’s what it is.”
Huskies G Kristi Kingma said having Anderson back was exciting. It’s the first time Anderson, a Lewis & Clark High School product, has had any type of surgery. The sophomore had arthroscopic hip surgery to clip a torn ligament causing pain. She was pampered by her mother and grandmother afterward and feels the four months of rehabilitation was enough.
“Immediately after the surgery I felt better,” Anderson said. “They said it was a freak thing that happens. Kind of like and ACL tear. Not to the extent of an ACL tear, but it just happens. There’s no way to prevent it.”