Injuries are a preseason issue for Lady Bisons
Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sept. 27, 2005

Everyone hates dealing with doctors and hospitals, but no one dreads it more than Lady Bisons basketball coach Frank Bennett.

Injuries and illness were two reasons for some of last year's setbacks. This year is already proving to be equally as challenging in terms of keeping players healthy.

Junior forward Julie Martin will miss the season due to surgery to repair a "turf" toe injury. Martin had undergone knee surgery in the offseason, but had been cleared to practice.

"Julie practiced one day and came off of a screen and twisted her foot," Bennett said. "It was kind of a freak thing, but she has severe turf toe which is a torn ligament under her big toe."

Martin will have surgery Sept. 29. It will take her six months to recover.

Sophomore forward Kaliegh Grossman underwent shoulder surgery in June. But she has been slowed by knee problems that were caused by an old high school injury.

Two players who were injured last season, forward Keirstin Head and center Katie Beth Pate, are back and working out.

"On the negative side we have had some trouble with injuries, but on the positive side this group is very coachable and very hard-working," Bennett said. "They get along well. We're excited about the team we've got."