UNT women in tough spot with injured player

Hannah Christian, UNT’s backup point guard, has missed the Mean Green’s last two games.

Mike Petersen gave me a little insight into an odd story today, one I wrote about for tomorrow’s paper.

Christian, who is averaging 4.7 points a game and has started three times, is showing all the signs of having a concussion. Only no one can remember where she took a hard enough hit to sustain one.

Christian took a bit of a bump in a win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Jan.9, came back and practiced the next two days, played great against South Alabama and then started showing signs of a concussion out of the blue.

Christian hasn’t played since, and she won’t play until she improves.

Christian’s well-being is the main concern at this point.

The secondary issue is that UNT plays Middle Tennessee on Thursday, which is an all-hands-on-deck situation. MTSU will press all game long. UNT nearly beat the Blue Raiders earlier this season, when Christian played quite a bit and did a good job handling the ball while Laura McCoy took a break.

McCoy has played every minute of UNT’s last two games. That is going to be hard to do with MTSU running waves of players at her. The Blue Raiders will be all over UNT’s primary ball-handler, especially if she is out there for 40 minutes.

That’s a secondary concern when one is talking about the health of a player, but it is something to keep in mind going into Thursday’s game.