Still, that’s the hand the Sooners have been dealt, having lost their starting point guard indefinitely and her back-up for the rest of the season.
This is the second straight unkind preseason to the Sooners, who last year lost post Kaylon Williams to a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in the preseason, and then went on to lose Manning and Whitney Hand to season-ending ACL tears during the season. Ultimately, Coale had to raid the Sooner volleyball team just to have 10 players practicing every day.
That shouldn’t be necessary this season.
Even without Manning, the Sooner roster is a long one, counting 13 players, including five true freshmen.
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