Creighton women's basketball coach Jim Flanery received some good news Thursday on the injury front.
Back problems have kept guards McKenzie Fujan and Carli Tritz on the sidelines, but Fujan returned to practice on Thursday. Tritz, the Bluejays' leading returning scorer who also is battling a knee issue, was cleared to start shooting again.
Flanery said he hopes Fujan will be able to play in Saturday's scrimmage at Iowa, and that Tritz might be able to see a little action in Wednesday's exhibition game against Southwest Minnesota.
“We're going to be conservative with Carli, but she's had about four days now where she's felt pretty good,” Flanery said. “That's a good sign at this point.”
Tritz has been held out of practice for about the past two weeks. She had a bone scan performed on Tuesday that revealed a small stress fracture in her back.
Tritz and Fujan were starters last season on a team that won 20 games and played in the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade. Their absence has created a bit of void for the Bluejays.
“We really don't have a lot of kids their size,” Flanery said.
Fujan is 5-foot-11, Tritz 5-10.
“Without them, we have a bunch of post players and small guards,” Flarnery said. “That's hurt us from a continuity standpoint in practice, but it has allowed us to look at some other people a little more than if they were on the court.”
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