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Originally published December 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM | Page modified December 16, 2009 at 1:01 AM

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Huskies' Sara Mosiman will have shin surgery, might be finished for season

Washington starting shooting guard Sara Mosiman said she hopes to be back for Senior Day game in March against Oregon.

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Senior Sara Mosiman will undergo surgery on her right shin Wednesday morning, possibly ending her basketball season at Washington.

The procedure, where a rod is placed in the injured leg, has a rehabilitation timetable of two to three months. Mosiman, who is scheduled to graduate in June with a communications degree, is hopeful to play by "Senior Day" on March 7 when Washington hosts Oregon at Edmundson Pavilion.

But if she does, she will be ineligible for a medical redshirt and another year at UW.

"I want to squeeze out any sort of season possible," said Mosiman, who sought the opinion of four doctors before opting for surgery. "It's worth it for me. It's hard, possibly career-ending, but for a chance to play — I'd rather go out that way."

Mosiman had the same procedure in August 2007 before her sophomore season. This time the rod will not be secured with a bolt, according to Mosiman, because last time that caused pain in her recovery. Doctors said she could expedite her return without the bolt, which is normally used to eliminate any chance of the rod sliding.

It's a precautionary surgery. Mosiman said doctors told her the shin would break if she continued to play. The condition is a collective result of genetics (lack of bone density) and constant pounding on the leg during practice before the season.

The Huskies scrimmaged often and did a lot of running during the offseason, hoping to improve on last season's 8-22 finish.

"I don't regret it," said Mosiman, whose team was injury-plagued last season, too. "Basketball is my life."

Mosiman is the fourth Husky to undergo surgery this season. Teammates Lydia Young and Amanda Johnson, a walk-on, already had knee surgeries. Sophomore forward Liz Lay will have a knee procedure to remove parts of her tendon in January.

Young's condition is career-ending. Lay hopes to receive a medical redshirt season.

"I just want to make a full recovery to perform at 100 percent," Lay said of bypassing this season. "It's just kind of bad luck that we're all injured and out. But we're going to do what we can to mentally and vocally keep the team going. Us four being out isn't something that can stop us."

Mosiman, Washington's starting shooting guard, averages 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. Coach Tia Jackson hopes to replace Mosiman's production with sophomore Kristi Kingma — who averages 7 points and 3.4 rebounds — but Kingma is recovering from an injured right ankle and is unable to participate in a complete practice.

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Kingma started in a five-point victory over Seattle University last week, making two key three-pointers in the final minutes to ensure the outcome. Washington (4-4) plays next on Saturday at No. 16 Michigan State (7-3).

"The only thing that's probably going to change is how we accomplish our goals," said senior Sami Whitcomb, the team's leading scorer (13.3) and rebounder (6.3).

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com

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