On Monday night, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lews suffered what appeared to be an extremely painful arm injury after falling awkwardly under the basket. Now, reports are coming out that she has a nerve contusion and will be out indefinitely, and to make matters worse, the Huskies will also be without forward Morgan Tuck for 4-6 weeks after she underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.
Losing KML and Tuck is a tough blow to the Huskies, who will now have to take on No. 8 Maryland and No. 13 Penn State without a sizable portion of their frontcourt. KML was a preseason All-American who was averaging 10.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc, and Tuck was a key reserve, averaging 8.5 points and 3.5 points off the bench.
In the meantime, the Huskies will be relying heavily on Stefanie Dolson, Kiah Stokes and Breanna Stewart to carry the load around the basket, and there will be very little depth behind them in case any of them go down or get into foul trouble. The Huskies probably have enough talent to get by without KML and Tuck for a little while, but if this team is going to be the slam dunk, potentially undefeated championship juggernaut we think they can be, they're going to need KML and Tuck back in the lineup eventually.
Considering that it initially looked and sounded like KML may have broken her arm or dislocated her elbow when she went down the other day, the diagnosis of a nerve contusion should come as a relief to fans fearing the worst. KML will be re-evaluated next week, and while her long-term prognosis won't be known until then, a quick Google search shows that nerve contusions can usually be treated without surgery, which is good.
We wish the best to both KML and Tuck in their recoveries, in the meantime, the Huskies will be back in action against Maryland on Friday at 6 p.m.