Collins could return Saturday for UE women

Meagan Collins

Meagan Collins

UE women’s basketball coach Oties Epps received a new injury report Thursday ahead of the Aces’ game Saturday at Southern Illinois.

Epps has 12 players on his roster, eight of which are dealing with ailments.

“That’s just kind of where we are,” the second-year coach said.

The Aces could see that report shrink soon enough, however. Since tearing knee cartilage in a Jan. 5 loss to Creighton, senior Meagan Collins is back to practicing.

“She’s projected to play Saturday given that she can get through these next two practices without any issues, which would be great for us,” Epps said.

Collins, a 6-foot guard/forward, averages 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

UE’s other major injury appears to be healing, too. Sophomore Mallory Ladd, who hurt her ankle last week in practice, practiced Thursday without any visible limp.

The 6-foot-1 forward Ladd scored 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in last Saturday’s loss at Northern Iowa despite the injury.

Sophomore Khristian Hart is done for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Aces have also played most of this season without junior forward Katie Ellerson (foot) and freshman forward Michaela Prough (back). Sophomore guard Juliann Miller deals with lingering knee pain, junior forward Miranda Liles missed much of non-conference play while recovering from a foot injury, and freshman guard Laura Friday missed a game due to concussion.

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