This Boot Wasn't Made For Walkin

By Jeff Lippman - December 13, 2007

Rutgers got a bit of unfortunate news before their Wednesday night contest against Princeton.

The Scarlet Knights defeated the Tigers, 53-48, without the services of senior Big East Defensive Player of the Year Essence Carson, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury and was donning crutches and a protective boot on her right foot.

Carson has been hindered by this injury almost all season, said coach C. Vivian Stringer after Carson shot 2-for-10 from the field and just didn't play well in a win over No. 11 Cal on Monday.

In fact, Carson hasn't been herself all season, averaging just nine points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and is shooting just 38.5 percent from the field. Stringer needs better production from a player who averaged 12.3 points and over six boards a game last year.

The good news for Rutgers is that Carson and the Knights will have the next 17 days off in which to recuperate before they play their next game against Temple on Dec. 30.

And if Carson isn't ready to play in that contest, she should take it easy and not force a return, because the Scarlet Knights will need her in the lineup when the calendar turns to February and especially March and April.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 11:50 AM on December 13, 2007

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