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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

August 21, 2006 at 9:51 AM

Injuries a playoff factor

Storm guard Betty Lennox said she was kneed in the back, causing her to tumble out-of-bounds and into a photographer’s lap in the second half of her team’s Game 2 loss to Los Angeles. But when asked if she’s was feeling any pain, Lennox quickly retorted that, “this is the playoffs, I’m fine.”
Seattle coach Anne Donovan, Los Angeles coach Joe Bryant, and Connecticut coach Mike Thibault wish they could say the same for their All-Stars. Like the regular season, injuries look to determine postseason runs.
Storm guard Sue Bird visited with an ear, nose, and throat doctor this morning and discovered she has a nose contusion. The nose dripped blood when the injury was sustained with 54.1 seconds remaining in the game Sunday. Sparks forward Chamique Holdsclaw departed Staples Center in a removable protective boot due to a severe plantar fasciitis flare in her left foot. And Sun guard Katie Douglas left the Mohegan Sun Arena on crutches after injuring her right ankle with 44.1 seconds remaining in her team’s Game 2 win against Washington.
The status of the players remains unknown, but all said they could feel the injury.
Douglas told Connecticut reporters that her pain is in the back of her foot, near her Achilles — an unfortunately popular injury this season that has replaced the torn ACL in women’s basketball.
The big difference is, since Connecticut swept its opening round series, it’ll have three days before Thursday’s Eastern Conference Finals opener with Detroit to rehabilitate Douglas, the All-Star game’s MVP. Seattle and Los Angeles only have today to find some remedy for Bird and Holdsclaw.

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