Jeneva Anderson's Return Provides Depth For Huskies
Falling face first on the court at Hec Edmundson Pavilion wasn't exactly the moment Jeneva Anderson envisioned in her return to basketball. But after taking a few moments to make sure she was intact, Anderson rose up and smiled.
Anderson's return from offseason hip surgery should provide the Huskies with something they sorely need right now - depth. The 6-0 wing from Spokane will provide valuable minutes off the bench, alleviating the burden on the starters to play 35+ minutes, particularly Charmaine Barlow, who has been clocking in some overtime at the small forward position.
Just don't expect it to be a smooth right out of the gate.
"It was great getting back out there," Anderson said. "I was definitely nervous. Three months not playing at that level, it's hard to just come back."
Anderson is one of the players Coach Tia Jackson had designs on filling a variety of roles coming into the season. A product of powerhouse Lewis & Clark High School, Anderson was a touted recruit from the Eastern side of the state.
She played sparingly her freshman season at Washington, but displayed knowledge of the game that intrigued the coaching staff. She worked hard over the offseason to cement a stronger role on the team, but was sidetracked after UW's medical staff discovered a torn ligament in her hip. Surgery corrected the problem, but the four-month rehabilitation process wiped out the first two months of the season for Anderson.
"I needed to get healthy," Anderson said. "Immediately after the surgery I felt better. It was that quick."
In her debut, Anderson recorded a rebound while finishing 0-for-4 from the field. Chalk that up to nerves. But as Anderson assimilates more into the squad with more five-on-five drills in practice, she should become more of a scoring & rebounding threat.
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