Women's hoops: Ward injures ankle

Sophomore forward expects to play in weekend games

Danielle Ward, a key player for the Wisconsin women's basketball team early this season, suffered a mild sprained ankle early in practice Wednesday and donned a protective boot on her right foot.

The 6-foot-4 forward sat out after the injury but expects to play this weekend, when the Badgers host Marquette (Dec. 2) and Notre Dame (Dec. 4) at the Kohl Center.

"It happened like right in the beginning of practice," Ward said. "We were doing some defense thing and I kind of rolled it."

"It's just a little tweak," she said. "I just rolled it a little bit. It's nothing really too bad. They just sat me out for precautionary reasons, make sure that I don't do anything more to it.

"But today was kind of hard because I really wanted to be in there and be active."

Ward has started two of the Badgers' first five games and is the team's third-leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder, averaging 10.4 points and 7.6 boards, in just 17 minutes per game. She also leads the team with 10 blocked shots.

"I expect to play this weekend. I'm not really concerned about my ankle injury," Ward said. "… I'm going to keep playing on it.

"This is not going to keep me out."

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