It seems unfathomable. Nine weeks ago, doctors told Washington SG Sara Mosiman she probably wouldn’t play basketball again this season, needing surgery to prevent her right shin fracture from fully breaking.
Thursday night she’s probable to play against Arizona State (13-7, 5-4 Pac-10). Although Mosiman, a 5-foot-9 senior, has only participated in a shoot-around with the team since December, according to a release on UW’s site, her addition could boost the Huskies (9-10, 4-5) to an improbable win. Mosiman needs work condition-wise and would only see limited minutes, however.
“I felt really good to do it for myself,” Mosiman (pictured right) told the school’s web site. She had successful surgery to have a rod placed in her leg on Dec. 16. “I had a lot of people telling me I wasn’t going to play. The rehab put that back in my hands and it was good to do it for myself and shut out the voices. Coming back this early is an extra perk.”
Mosiman altered her surgical procedure, suffering from shin splints in her left leg in 2007. The change allowed her to begin rehabilitation sooner and her initial goal was to return for “Senior Day” on March 7 against Oregon.
Interning in sports broadcasting, Mosiman knew her career would end with college hoops. Like teammate Sami Whitcomb, Mosiman is uninterested in pursuing a pro career overseas and wants to finish playing with classmates Whitcomb and Laura McLellan. Lydia Young and Christina Rozier also will graduate from the program, but transferred to UW last season.
Mosiman last played on Dec. 4, averaging 7.5 points. She can create her own shot offensively and was one of the team’s better defenders. Yet, even with her healthy in the past, UW hasn’t defeated ASU on the road since 2001.
Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak to ASU at home in January.
The Sun Devils have won five of their past six games and are on a four-game win streak.