Brown, Flagg might be available for CSU game

YOUNGSTOWN – Youngstown State senior Brandi Brown rolled her ankle during Thursday’s loss to Detroit.

She hasn’t practiced since.

Boldon is hoping to have her back for Wednesday’s Cleveland State game – a Horizon League quarterfinal matchup.

“She’s walking like a normal human again,” Boldon said. “Whether she can run, jump and stop will be a different story. She’s walking better and we’ll see.”

Starting YSU forward Karen Flagg, who is fighting a hand injury, has her cast off from an injury sustained prior to a Feb. 21 home game with CSU.

YSU Assistant Athletic Trainer Jeff Wills said, “We’ll see how she practices to determine availability for Wednesday.”

Also, forward Heidi Schlegel has been out since wrenching her knee against CSU.

“We’re thrilled with Heidi’s progress,” Boldon said. “I think we’re at the point that we’ll see her on Wednesday. It’s something that’s getting better daily. It’s something that we could have a week to 10-day set back with swelling. It’s hard to say any more than she’s making progress.

“Unfortunately, not ready to play yet.”

Brown, on the other hand, has a good shot of playing Wednesday.

“I think I should have a good chance of playing. We’re taking it day by day,” she said.

If either Flagg or Brown can’t go Wednesday as No. 2-seed YSU (21-8) hosts No. 7 seed CSU (13-16), Boldon said his team is preparing for that scenario.

“We’ve been practicing without Karen for the last two weeks. This weekend and (Monday), we’ll practice without Brandi,” Boldon said. “We’re getting kids a lot of reps. It’s easy to insert Brandi into things. You can almost have a complete game plan without her. Anywhere you put her in, you’ll be better because of it. We’ll plan not to have either one of them and work on our offensive and defensive movement.

“If we have one or both of them back, we’ll be very happy about it.”

If not, YSU has to go to its bench.

“That means the next player has to do her job,” Boldon said. “It’s given players like Amanda Barger a platform to play a lot more. Ashley Lawson has come back from injury. Taylor Hvisdak has played in some games. Those kids have taken the approach that they have a job to do.

“They got a lot of faith in what we do offensively and defensively. Those kids are going to have to come in and do their job. They won’t do the job Brandi can do. She is, as voted on, the best player in the conference, but they’ll do the best job they can do. Hopefully that will be enough to get through Wednesday and get to Green Bay on Friday.”