‘Everybody’s so excited’: Molly Davis’ injury not season-ending, may return for NCAA tournament

Molly Davis played just eight minutes against Ohio State on Sunday after going down with a gruesome looking injury that had her bound to a wheelchair by the end of the day.

It seemed highly unlikely that we would see Davis on the court again this season. Lisa Bluder revealed there was a good chance Davis would not pursue a basketball career after college. Then we learned Monday evening, Davis actually had a chance to play again in a couple of weeks.

Davis does not need surgery, she will do some physical therapy and try and make it back by the NCAA tournament which begins the weekend of March 22.

“Everybody’s so excited on our team,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “Not just because hopefully she’ll return for the NCAA tournament, but also that she doesn’t have to go through surgery and go through that rehab.”

“I just really felt for her, my heart was broken when she fell,” Iowa guard Sydney Affolter said. “Molly is just such a great player and so important to the team and such an awesome girl.”

In Davis’s absence for the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, it appears role players Affolter and Kylie Feuerbach will play larger roles moving forward.

“Whenever there’s a position or a role that needs to be, like, someone has to step up in it, well, we’re more than willing to do so no matter what position,” Feuerbach said. “That is a role that we’ll do whatever we have to.”

While Davis won’t be on the floor, she can still contribute from the sidelines.

“I think her being on the sidelines will be more like talking to kids, individually talking to players individually as they come to the bench or into the huddle,” Bluder said. “She’s not a person that’s going to give a ‘rah-rah’ speech or anything like that.”

Iowa will play the winner of Wisconsin and Penn State on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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