By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer
SEATTLE — Five days ago, the University of Washington women’s basketball team had to open the 2010-11 season without its senior point guard.
Now it looks like the Huskies might have to play at least one more game with Sarah Morton on the bench while she recovers from a sprained left ankle.
The senior from Monroe was out of her boot Wednesday and had limited participation in practice, but she’s still doubtful for UW’s game at BYU on Saturday.
“If I had to give you an answer, I’d say she’s probably not going to play,” head coach Tia Jackson said Wednesday.
Morton turned her ankle a week-and-a-half ago, and the recovery time is unknown because it’s the first time she’s suffered that kind of injury in her basketball career.
“Everyone’s like: ‘It’s really your first one?’” Morton said Wednesday. “I swear, I’ve never had one.”
Morton said she’s targeting next week’s trip to Alaska for a possible return to the court, but nothing is set in stone.
“You never know with an ankle injury,” Morton said. “So I’m really relying on Jenn (Ratcliff), the trainer. I haven’t been necessarily telling myself a date; it’s more like whenever I feel ready, and Jenn feels I’m ready, we’re probably going to come to a consensus together.”
Whenever that happens, the Huskies are pretty eager to get their lone senior back in the lineup.
“She’s our leader, by far,” said junior Kristi Kingma, who ran the point in UW’s 51-50 win over Portland State last week while freshman post player Marjorie Heard moved into the starting lineup. “She’s our captain, she makes awesome decisions, and she’s just so smart.”
Jackson would like to have Morton in uniform as soon as possible, but she won’t be taking any chances.
“We’re still in the first 10 percent of our year,” Jackson said. “I don’t want to risk anything, and I don’t think (Morton) wants to risk anything, so we’re being very cautious.”