HPU faces UAB without Tremblay
High Point University women’s basketball coach DeUnna Hendrix was awaiting word on Monday about the severity of the right knee injury that starting point guard Tayler Tremblay suffered on Saturday night.
Tremblay, who went down in the first half of a loss to Winthrop, had the knee examined on Monday and did not make the trip with the team to Birmingham, Ala., where the Panthers will play Alabama-Birmingham tonight. The absence of Tremblay leaves the Panthers without their second-leading scorer (13.4 points per game), assists leader (4.0) and leadership from their only senior. She is also fourth on the team in rebounding at 4.1 boards per game.
“We talk about it all the time if someone should have an injury,” Hendrix said by telephone as the Panthers’ were in route to Birmingham. “People will have to step up in her place.”
Lindsay Puckett will take Tremblay’s place in a starting lineup that will also include freshman guard and leading scorer Kaylah Keys, Guard Lexi Patterson, and forwards Stacia Robertson and Latrice Phelps.
Puckett, who started 28 of 29 games last season as a sophomore, was in the starting lineup for the first seven of this season’s nine games before being bumped from the staring lineup. She is averaging 6.3 points and 1.8 rebounds.
“Tayler was coming into her own as a leader,” Hendrix said. “She was getting more vocal. We will miss that. And we will miss her point production, but that we will just have to make up for as a team.”
They will try to do it against a team that is 6-4 and has a win against Arizona.
“They’re long and athletic,” Hendrix said. “They like to do everything on offense off the (dribble). They don’t shoot the 3 as well as some teams. So, you may see us in a zone on defense.”