By Charles Renning
SAUL LOEB/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Freshman center Shawntinice Polk suffered an ankle injury Sunday at USC. X-rays revealed no fracture in her foot. Polk is expected to play Saturday against ASU.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday February 19, 2003
The women's basketball team is starting to resemble more of a M*A*S*H unit than a team vying for a spot in the NCAA tournament.
On Monday, three players had X-rays taken and all came up negative.
Freshman center Shawntinice Polk hurt her right ankle in Sunday's 78-64 win over USC. Polk walked off the court gingerly, but returned with 12 minutes to go in the second half. She scored 14 points and added nine rebounds in the Wildcats' win.
The team did not practice on Monday; Polk didn't practice yesterday and is not expected to practice today. Head coach Joan Bonvicini said that she expects Polk back in action tomorrow.
Sophomore guard Dee-Dee Wheeler and senior forward Krista Warren both had X-rays taken on their hands and those results also revealed no fractures. Wheeler suffered her injury in last Friday's 48-47 loss to UCLA. Wheeler hurt her left hand, but did not miss any practice time.
Warren also returned to practice yesterday, after injuring her hand in the Wildcats' win over the Women of Troy. She damaged the joint capsule in a knuckle of her left hand, but nothing was broken.
Junior guard Aimee Grzyb did not practice last night because she was sick and freshman guard Natalie Jones was taken out of practice early because she hurt her wrist. The Wildcats were practicing with only nine players from their roster.
If any week would be a good week to have off it would be this one. Arizona does not play again until Saturday against Arizona State.
"We're banged up and it is good to get some rest," said Bonvicini. "It was really good to have a couple days off because we needed it."
Polk sets blocks record
Polk continued her record-breaking season this past weekend. She set the Arizona single season mark for blocks in a year with 57, and bettered the previous mark of 53 in 1982 by Tonee Buntin.
Polk currently leads the Pacific
10 Conference in blocked shots, with Oregon State's Brina Chaney in a close second with 55.
Two 'Cats Chat tomorrow
Wheeler and Polk will take a little time away from the court to host an online chat this week. Tomorrow at 1:15 pm both players will talk to fans on the official Arizona athletics Web site, www.arizonaathletics.com.
The Web site in now fielding questions to ask the two players tomorrow afternoon.
UA remains in AP top 25
The Wildcats (17-7, 10-5) remained in the Associated Press's top 25 list following their split in Los Angeles.
Arizona fell one spot to the 25th ranking. This is UA's second week in a row in the top 25 and the team has spent 11 out of the last 12 weeks in the poll.