Players return from injuries and sickness
As Washington traveled to UC Davis for its final nonconference game, this time the Huskies didn’t forget Heather Corral’s jersey.
The freshman guard suffered a broken right wrist before the season started. Still, she often traveled with the team while rehabilitating the past month.
After finally feeling she could contribute before a game at Georgia Tech on Dec. 20, it was then discovered her uniform was still in Seattle.
Corral borrowed injured teammate Deborah Meeks’ jersey and played 22 minutes in the 52-44 defeat.
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Corral was scoreless, collecting three rebounds, four fouls and two turnovers.
“She was a little bit rusty,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said. “She didn’t have full range with her hand with the way we had it taped up. She took good shots, she helped handle the ball, and she was good defensively. She just didn’t make any of those shots. That will come back to her pretty quickly.”
Wearing her No. 14 for the matchup Friday at UC Davis, Corral is expected to see minimal minutes off the bench, partly because junior guard Mercedes Wetmore will return to the starting lineup.
Wetmore and freshman post Mathilde Gilling suffered from flu-like symptoms and did not play against Georgia Tech. UW (7-3) will also have Meeks available against UC Davis. The redshirt freshman underwent knee surgery last year.
“It was very weird not having my own jersey,” Corral said. “(But) it was good to get out there, run around and shoot the ball. It felt great.”
The Huskies were out-rebounded 63-27 against the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech limited the Huskies to 25.9 percent shooting from the field.
UC Davis (5-4) is an equally aggressive team as Georgia Tech. The Aggies are in the midst of a three-game winning streak that includes a 78-69 victory against USC in the Women of Troy Classic.
UC Davis shot 50 percent from the field against USC and won the tournament title by shooting 60 percent in a 71-59 triumph against Cal State Bakersfield.
The Aggies are 2-0 against the Huskies. The series began in 2007. UC Davis rallied from a 12-point deficit to steal a 69-68 victory at Alaska Airlines Arena in UW’s season opener last year.
Guard Blair Shinoda made two driving layups late to put the Aggies ahead. Wetmore missed a three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left.
Sophomore Sydnee Fipps leads the Aggies offensively this season, averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.
“The biggest thing is going to be our defense,” McGuff said. “When you look at the way they’ve been playing recently and the way they’ve been shooting the ball — a lot of success from the three-point line — we’ve got to really make sure we’re able to contest shots. I’m hopeful the (Christmas) break gave us great opportunity to rejuvenate mentally and physically and that we’ll come out sharp.”
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