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Injury, transfer shake up women’s roster for second half of season

January 03, 2013

Datona Ball  
Datona Ball, Archer's leading scorer out
for season with a torn ACL

Just two days before opening the second half of its 2012-2013 slate, St. Louis Community College's women's basketball team will see its guard position undergo some changes.

The Archers were announced that sophomore guard and leading scorer Datona Ball suffered a torn ACL and partially torn MCL and LCL, and will miss the remainder of the season. Ball injured the joint after landing awkwardly in the second half of the Archers' 91-65 win over Southeastern Illinois College on Dec. 15.

Ball's absence likely means a greater emphasis on freshman guard Diamond Suggs (Cahokia). Suggs finished the first half of the season averaging 12 points per game, second on the Archers behind Ball's 16.7.

"As a coaching staff, we really challenged Diamond (after Ball's injury)," said Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy. "She really stepped up, and we think she's going to respond well."

The Archers will also welcome the addition of guard Chanese Washington, a transfer from Lindenwood University-Belleville. Washington, a 2011 graduate of Mehlville High School, can play any of the guard positions, and that versatility will be welcomed as she adds depth to what has been a productive position for the Archers through the first half of the season. Washington averaged seven points and 21 minutes as a freshman at Lindenwood-Belleville last year.

She will join the Archers (9-2) as they travel to Florida to take on Brevard Community College on Thursday. STLCC hopes to continue the momentum built at the conclusion of the first semester. The Archers were undefeated in December, and have won five consecutive games overall.