Oct. 17, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Bethany Watterworth will miss the beginning of the 2012-13 women’s basketball season, coach Beckie Francis announced on Wednesday. The player suffered an injury during the offseason and will be out for an unspecified length of time.
“We are a student-athlete centered program so our concern at the moment is for Bethany’s health and well-being,” said Francis. “The doctors say that the prognosis is positive for a speedy recovery. As Bethany progresses through the healing process we will begin to look at a time frame for a possible return, but for now we’re just focusing on her health and her academics.”
A three-time All-Summit League selection, Watterworth was the top returning scorer in the Summit League, after averaging 18.7 points per-game last season. She entered her senior season with 1,502 points, ranking ninth all-time at Oakland in just three seasons.
“Bethany is a special player and we know that no single player can replace what she does on the court,” said Francis. “With that in mind we’re looking at all of our players to step their game up. We will not view this as an excuse, but will instead focus on the opportunity it provides other players to step up and play a greater role in our team’s success.”
The Golden Grizzlies get underway on Nov. 3 with a home exhibition against Windsor. This year the schedule features a 16-game home slate that features the likes of Michigan State and Purdue visiting the Athletics Center O’rena.
“While she may not be able to contribute on the court early in the season, we still see Bethany as a valuable member of this team,” said Francis. “She has many valuable skills including leadership and experience, which will help us get through a challenging non-league schedule. We expect her to continue to contribute to our overall team success until she is able to return to the court.”