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December 18, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Washington guard rests, Pac-10 readies for big games

Huskies2.jpgWashington SG Sara Mosiman underwent successful surgery on her right shin on Wednesday. The procedure called for a rod to be placed in the leg, but unlike the surgery she had in August 2007 on the left shin, a bolt wasn’t used to secure the rod.
Mosiman, a senior, is hopeful this alteration helps expedite her recovery time, which is projected to be between two and three months. She’d like to return this season, playing in the March finale at Edmundson Pavilion and the Pac-10 tournament. A former King’s High standout, Mosiman is currently in Seattle beginning the rehabilitation process.
The remaining Huskies (4-4) departed Thursday for the continuation of their seven-game road swing. This weekend brings stops at No. 16 Michigan State (7-3) on Saturday and Western Michigan (3-6) on Tuesday.
With the Spartans being the Huskies toughest non-conference opponent, the matchup puts Washington in line with the rest of the Pac-10 as having a big weekend against top opponents that could help shine a bright light on the conference. Or, to broaden the scope, hoops in the West since Gonzaga (9-2) also has a challenging slate to get the holiday fire sparked.
No. 2 Stanford (7-0) hosts No. 3 Tennessee (8-0) on Saturday in a clash of undefeated teams oozing with tradition. No. 14 Arizona State (7-1) joins Gonzaga in Las Vegas for tough games against No. 6 Baylor (8-1) and No. 13 Texas A&M (7-1) in the Holiday Hoops Classic.
They’re matchups that could really make a statement about the Sun Devils, which lost six players to graduation and one to injury. The Zags tout one of the best PGs in the country in national assist-leader Courtney Vandersloot (9.2).
The format is back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, all aired on ESPNU.
“It’s definitely a tournament everybody’s going to be watching,” Bulldogs coach Kelly Graves told The Spokesman-Review. “We obviously want to perform well because of that.”
Elsewhere in the conference, Oregon lost to No. 25 Georgia Tech 87-69 on Wednesday, but Arizona (5-2) plays the Yellow Jackets (7-2) on Sunday.

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