UNT women’s basketball team to be without three early in season

I swung by the opening day of practice for the UNT women’s basketball team today with the idea that I would pick up some material for Wednesday’s paper. Tuesday is the day we run a big chunk of our Dan McCarney press conference news and notes.

You know what they say about well-laid plans.

There were a couple of key notes I needed to get in tomorrow and mention on the blog tonight after talking with head coach Mike Petersen.

Redshirt freshman guard Kiara Davis has a strained Achilles’ tendon that could keep her out anywhere from two to eight weeks. UNT is also waiting on the results of an MRI on senior forward Ash’Lynne Evans’ knee.

Evans could be out up to six weeks, if the injury requires surgery on what could be a torn meniscus.

Junior guard Taylor Hooker is expecting a child in early November and will likely not play until the end of December.

UNT still has what should be a highly improved roster this season. The fact that teams in women’s college basketball can carry a higher number of players on scholarship than the men’s teams — the limit is 15 for women and 13 for men — will help the Mean Green out in that regard.

I talked with Petersen, Laura McCoy and Alexis Hyder about the start of practice. Check back in Wednesday’s paper for their thoughts on the start of practice.

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