Coleman Injury Update
As the rest of her teammates practiced this afternoon Marissa Coleman was resting and receiving treatment for the high ankle sprain she suffered this weekend that is expected to sideline the rookie standout for four to six weeks. Coleman, who boasts the Mystics' second best scoring average with 12.7 ppg, did not speak to the media.
"We scrimmaged the guys a lot this weekend," Coach Julie Plank said. "Marissa just stepped on someone's foot and rolled her ankle....Obviously Marissa is a big part of our 3-point game and our bench, but we still have a lot of depth and other people are going to have to pick up the slack while she's gone."
Speedster guard Matee Ajavon, who averages 14.3 minutes per game, will likely see an increase in her playing time and the Mystics also released center Josephine Owino to make room to re-sign forward Kristen Mann, a strong 3-point shooter who can help add some additional depth on the perimeter.
Mann said she will be ready to step in with the Mystics without missing a beat when Washington travels to face Atlanta on Friday.
"It feels like I never left," Mann said. "I was here for three weeks for training camp. I know the systems in and out already -- it's the stuff that Julie has run in the past in Indiana and Minnesota on both teams I've played for -- and I feel like I fit right in."
This is the first serious injury of Coleman's career, at any level, but teammates like point guard Lindsey Harding, who lost parts of two seasons due to knee injuries, are helping to keep her positive.
"I came from a serious injury and I told her this will heal on its own and you'll be fine," Harding said. "I went into the training room after it happened and I told her I was out six months for a surgery that no one knew if I'd come back 100 percent....Next time if you ever injure that ankle again it will be fine you've just never injured it before."
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