Young Gators already hurting

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Its regular-season opener is a little over a week away, and the UF women's basketball team is already shorthanded.
Freshman Jennifer Mossor, who had emerged as the front-runner to open the season as the Gators' starting point guard, will miss at least four weeks with a stress fracture in her left foot, coach Carolyn Peck said Tuesday.
"I'm disappointed for her because she has worked so hard to put herself in that position (to start)," Peck said. "It's difficult for any player. You come in, you work hard, then you get that kind of news."
Florida could be without a second projected starter for its exhibition game against EA Sports Sunday at 1 p.m. in the O'Connell Center and for its season opener against visiting North Florida on Nov. 10.
Senior guard Kim Dye is in a protective boot after injuring her left foot at Monday's practice. Peck said she is awaiting results of an MRI that will detail the extent of Dye's injury.
Peck said she doesn't want her young team, which includes nine underclassmen, to be discouraged by the recent string of injuries.
"The last thing I want us to do is start feeling sorry for ourselves," Peck said. "The injuries are going to heal. I want our players to look at the opportunities that are there for other players to get experience."
Mossor is a 5-foot-9 graduate of Orlando Colonial, where she was named to the Class 6A All-State second team last year. She had been battling with freshmen Brittaney Thomas and LaToya Bullard for the starting point guard spot vacated by the graduation of Sarah Lowe.
Peck said Mossor was a little bit further ahead of Thomas and Bullard in the race for the starting nod.
"I think she had established herself pretty good up until this point," Peck said. "Is the race over? No. That's a good thing."
Peck said she will use Sunday's exhibition game as a chance to start either Thomas or Bullard at point guard. Peck said she would also consider moving sophomore Sha Brooks over from the shooting guard spot to run the point.

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