With the amount of injuries, defections, suspensions and coaching-staff turnover the UC Irvine women’s basketball program has experienced the last three seasons, Coach Molly Tuter might have expected Governor Schwarzenegger to show up any day with an offer of disaster relief.
Instead, Tuter and her players have kept their heads down, kept their rehabilitation appointments, and kept churning toward a time when someone might be made to pay for their collective misfortune.
That time may have arrived this season.
“I think [the aforementioned adversity], plus losing [Angie] Ned [a two-time Big West Defensive Player of the Year who led the team in scoring the last two seasons and is now playing professionally in Holland] might cause people to look past us big-time,” Tuter said. “But that’s fine. It’s great, actually.”