Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's a wrap! pt 2

3) Started off the schedule with major injuries and limited practice time.

Our starting forward Sarah Strand was still rehabbing back from micro fracture surgery. If we pushed her any harder she may not make it through the year. Other reports of micro fracture injuries had been career ending.

We had high expectations for our freshman Katie Bussey to pick up some scoring load with the graduation of First Team All Conference and MSU 3 point record holder Rebecca Mercer. Katie had a huge setback with a bulged disk in her back and was also limited and held out for 2 weeks around Christmas. Her back was so severe that she couldn't get down into a defensive stance. Could we get her healthy enough to contribute and learn our system?

Veteran and 2nd Team All Conference Jenny Heringer has chronic compartment syndrome in her legs. Rotating her in and out of drills limited numbers for practice players and time for her to get her feel back.

Nubia Garcia gets a concussion in conference and MUST sit out of road trip to UNC. We lose in overtime.

Mara Hoefer gets pneumonia second round of conference and miss at least 2 weeks of play.

How do we as a staff move forward in practices with limited players and not over work those who are in every drill? How do we get enough reps for players to be ready for games but healthy enough to contribute? Are we going to finish strong enough to make a run?

4) We hit conference to the most competitive balance in the Big Sky since I have been here. We started 0-3, and had to have a serious CHANGE of approach.

5) 3 overtime losses in the season we hit our fourth on the road at PSU who was undefeated at home and first in the conference. The turning point of the year, Erica Perry has a career night, and freshman Katie Bussey hits a game winning shot to turn the season around.

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