Fossum Won't Let Fracture Stress Her
Junior forward Leann Fossum of Harrisburg hasn't been able to practice since the start of the season.
"I've got a stress fracture. It's actually right above my right ankle, and I discovered it in mid-November. But, I didn't actually go into the boot until December because we were trying different things to see if we could help it," she explained. "And so, I have been in and out since Dec. 17. And, you know, I have been out of practices, just riding the bike and stuff, and playing, doing what I can on the court, without practicing."
But, Fossum's lack of practice hasn't hurt her game performances because she leads the Cougars in scoring at 16 points a game.
Coach Mike Davis calls it "a tough situation to play at your best. And yet, at the same time, she has been very productive and played at a very high level."
Most players would love skipping practices, but not Fossum.
"You know, after a couple days of just sitting on the bike and watching everyone practice, it's really not as much fun," she admitted. "First of all, the bike gets pretty old after a while and, secondly, you don't get to get out there and play and compete."
Fossum and her Cougar teammates played in the American Midwest Conference Tournament Wednesday night against the McKendree Bearcats at the Southwell Athletic Complex.
Unfortunately for Columbia, the Cougars lost, 69-56, ending their season at 18-13, 11-3 in the AMC.