MISSOULA – Shannon Schweyen landed her dream job. But the head coach’s first season in charge of the Lady Griz is starting to feel like a nightmare. Montana loses another starter to injury. Mekayla Isaak will miss about month with a broken hand.
The junior suffered the injury in Sunday’s game versus Utah State. She will miss four to six weeks. The Lady Griz hope to have her back when conference play starts at the end of December.
Isaak doesn’t score much (5.6 points per game), but she is by far the team’s most experienced player. The Bend, Oregon native started 30 games as a sophomore. And the 6’1 forward leads the Lady Griz by a wide margin in rebounds (8.8 per game) and blocked shots (1.2 per game), while playing the second most minutes a night (29.2 per game).
Senior starters Kayleigh Valley and Alycia Sims have already suffered knee injuries that will keep them out the whole season. Valley, the Big Sky preseason MVP, tore her ACL in the team’s fourth practice. Sims, a two-year starter at center, tore her ACL in the team’s season opening game.
Due to all of the injuries, Schweyen had to convince senior forward Rachel Staudacher to come back to the team. She originally decided to quit playing basketball to concentrate on school. But now the Bothell, Washington native could suddenly step into the starting lineup for the first time in her career.
2-3 Montana steps back on the court Wednesday night, at 1-4 Cal State Fullerton.