Injuries have put SLU women in challenging spot | SLU Billikens

Injuries have put SLU women in challenging spot | SLU Billikens

The issues began when Rachel Kent, last season’s best 3-point shooter, decided to transfer in the spring. Myia Clark, another starting guard, announced her departure in August.

Stone said she and her staff watch the transfer portal daily, looking for players who might help next season, or — if the circumstances are right — this season. She said there are about 100 players in the portal even in the middle of the season.

She said Kent’s transfer was a surprise and Clark’s was ill-timed. But it’s a way of life in college basketball these days.

“We’re in the portal every day,” she said. “We expected them to come back and make this run we thought we could make. The portal is the way of the world and it’s not always kids that don’t play. As a coach you have to be prepared to use the portal or for someone to (leave).”

With Flowers able to return to practice this week, Stone needed one fewer staff member or manager to help. Not even the group of male practice players has gone unscathed with two being sidelined because of health issues.

Assistant coach Ty Margenthaler’s son Brice is one member of the practice crew. Assistant Deon Thomas has participated as has graduate assistant Hailey Diestelkamp, who was the national Division II player of the year in 2019-20.

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