Injuries Abound for the Women

Thursday night held a momentous win for Tara VanDerveer's #2-ranked squad, but the romp over Oregon also brought two injury scares. A pair of seniors did not finish the game, leaving Stanford fans across the globe fretting since. We have here the first report anywhere on the injury status of both <b>T'Nae Thiel</b> and <b>Susan King Borchardt</b> - half good, half bad. Read on for the breaking news.

  • X-rays revealed Senior forward T'Nae Thiel fractured a bone in her left foot. She is estimated to return in three weeks. The first NCAA Tournament games occur on March 19, 22 days from the filing of this report.)
  • After Thiel left the Oregon game, head coach Tara VanDerveer didn't want to risk any more injuries and sat fifth-year senior guard Susan King Borchardt as a precautionary measure. She had slight swelling in her knee, but Borchardt's knee often swells with no serious effects. Borchardt is expected to start on Saturday against Oregon State.
  • Freshman guard Cissy Pierce is still battling flu-like symptoms. She will probably not play against Oregon State, but most probably would be cleared for March 5, the start of the Pac-10 Tournament.
  • Freshmen forwards Christy Titchenal (stress reaction) and Jessica Elway (broken hand) also continue to battle their injuries. Like Thiel, the freshmen are both estimated to return in three weeks.

Daniel Novinson is a freshman at Stanford University. He's broadcasting women's basketball on KZSU - listen along at or 90.1 FM.  Daniel welcomes any feedback at

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