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Per NFL.com, Jake Long may have torn his ACL and might be out for the season. That's a rough break for such a great player. I'd give anything for two Jake Longs on this team.
In some horrible news Jonas Mouton has suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2013 NFL season. Mouton also missed the entire 2011 season after a shoulder injury.
Hope him all the best in his recovery, and he can get back to contributing to the Chargers.
Slippery Rock Exhibition
On Friday night, the Michigan women's basketball team defeated Slippery Rock 106-35 in their lone exhibition game of the the 2012-13 campaign. The more up-tempo style of offense that Kim Barnes Arico is known for was clearly evident and is the focus of this Daily article. The one thing that surprised me was the coach starting sophomore Brenae Harris at point guard rather than highly touted freshman Madison Ristovski. Harris did fine, however, scoring 16 points on 7-8 shooting and also had 3 assists and just 1 turnover plus 3 steals. Ristovski actually ended playing more minutes than Harris (25 vs. 22), though, so that starting spot is probably still up for grabs. Ristovski tallied 10 points on 4-6 shooting, along with 4 assists, just 1 turnover, and 2 rebounds.
Jenny Ryan Named Captain
Prior to the exhibition, senior guard Jenny Ryan was named team captain.
"After talking to our players today about leadership and who we want to lead this team, we gave them the opportunity to vote on a captain," Barnes Arico said. "I don't think there is any doubt in anyone's mind that she is the person that we want to lead this team. She is a coach on the floor; she is a coach in the locker room and just has a passion to be the best at everything she does. She is a team first kind of kid. I think that it was a very good selection."
AMWBHG Strikes Again
This previous women's hoops update noted that 7 out of the 15 players on the 2012-13 roster have suffered ACL injuries either during their Michigan career or in the year prior to their arrival in Ann Arbor. Make that 8. A few days ago, junior forward Kendra Seto tore an ACL, ending her season. Four players on the team thus might have to sit out this season with ACL injuries, as Val Driscoll and Kelsey Mitchell are definitely out, and freshman Rebecca Lyttle, who tore an ACL during her senior year in high school, is still recovering and was in street clothes for the exhibition game. An unbelievable string of bad luck for the team.
Season Opener vs. Detroit
The team has its season opener at Crisler this Friday, November 9, at 6:00 vs. Detroit. Anyone attending the men's opener vs. Slippery Rock can come early and get into the women's game for free. Mgoblue.com has the full rundown of promotions for this game:
• Happy Hour -- Grab dinner at Crisler Center with our new Happy Hour special: $5 for a hot dog, chips and a drink!
• Doubleheader -- Got a ticket for the Michigan men's basketball game at 8:30 p.m. vs. Slippery Rock? Beat the rush and come to Crisler Center early to watch the women's game. Receive FREE general admission to the women's game with your valid men's basketball vs. Slippery Rock ticket.
• Military Appreciation Night -- In honor of Veteran's Day on Nov. 11, all active and retired military personnel and their families are invited to attend this game at a discounted ticket rate. Contact Michigan Sports Marketing at (734) 763-0824 for more information!
• Giveaway -- Commemorative 2011-12 Michigan women's basketball NCAA Tournament team photo.
The men's team is deservedly getting loads of attention as the basketball season nears, but I hope more Michigan fans pay at least a bit of attention to the women's team as well and perhaps attend a game or two (such as the doubleheaders that have been scheduled) during this first year of the Kim Barnes Arico era. As a Daily article titled "Enthusiastic Barnes Arico aims to lay new foundation in first week" points out, the new coach has been doing her part to raise the program's profile:
From coaching clinics to speaking at the student watch party at Michigan Stadium before Michigan football’s season opener, she has quickly immersed herself in the city and the University community.
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Barnes Arico . . . already has plans to open up a practice to season ticket holders and host a clinic for girls in the community later this month.
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Her goals also extend beyond the court as well, as Barnes Arico said she hopes to enhance the reputation of Michigan women’s basketball in the community.
“I think the number one thing is for the community to feel connected,” she said. “They need to feel a relationship with us and I think it’s part of my job is to go out and build that relationship. (We want to) promote the program and what these young ladies stand for and how much they work and how we’re building a championship year for the women’s basketball program.”
Barnes Arico was also on WTKA yesterday morning with Sam Webb. A podcast of her appearance can be found here, and here's an embed attempt:
The coach has high praise for this year's senior class and also goes on at great length about how impressed she is with incoming freshman Madison Ristovski, last year's Miss Basketball in Michigan and perhaps the team's starting point guard for the next four years. (Note: Sam mentions Ristovski having a couple of younger sisters who also play basketball, suggesting they might be future Michigan recruits. One of those, Haleigh, has already committed to Detroit Mercy; the other is Lola, who's in the class of 2015 and still uncommitted.)
The biggest news to come out of her WTKA appearance was on the injury front. Several months ago, I discussed in this post all the ACL injuries that current or future members of the women's team had suffered. Well, late last season then-freshman Cyesha Goree tore an ACL, and Barnes Arico mentioned yesterday that two more players—incoming freshman Kelsey Mitchell and junior Val Driscoll—suffered torn ACLs during summer workouts. This means that out of the 15 players on the 2012-13 roster, no fewer than 7 have suffered ACL injuries either during their Michigan career or during the year prior to their arrival in Ann Arbor. Also, of the incoming four-member 2012 recruiting class, only Madison Ristovski has not suffered an ACL injury in the last 12 months.
The coach indicated that Mitchell and Driscoll are likely to redshirt, but the other three players who tore an ACL in the last year will be available for game action.
For some time, evidently, there has been an “epidemic” of ACL injuries occurring to female athletes, especially, according to one orthopedic clinic, those playing basketball, gymnastics, and soccer. That same source says that “female athletes have four to 10 times more ACL injuries than male athletes have” and goes on to discuss some of the theories that have been offered to explain this.
The Michigan women’s basketball program is feeling the effects of this epidemic as two of the four members of the 2012 recruiting class have suffered season-ending torn ACLs during their senior campaigns. Rebecca Lyttle of Florida’s Hollywood Christian school went down with a torn ACL in December, and then on February 11 Symone Denham of Columbus’s Northland High School (the same school Trey Burke attended) suffered a torn ACL and an injured MCL and will be undergoing surgery on February 29. (Best of luck to both of them in their surgery/rehab.)
On top of that, last spring in a postseason all-star game, Aquashia Anderson, a member of the 2011 U-M class, tore an ACL and ended up redshirting her freshman season. So, three out of Michigan’s eight signees in the 2011 and 2012 classes have suffered torn ACLs during their senior year of high school.
The epidemic also hit the U-M squad last season when Nya Jordan’s season ended in late December with a torn ACL. It took her well into the current season before she had fully recovered.
It seems like the Michigan women’s basketball program is challenging Purdue’s supremacy as ACL “U”.