The Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team is trying to hold its head above water while waiting for one senior guard to return from an ankle injury suffered in the first quarter of the Hogs’ 68-58 victory over Auburn on Jan. 14.
Devin Cosper has been a main contributor for the Razorbacks this season. She is second on the team in points and rebounds for the season, averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. In Southeastern Conference play, she is third on the team with 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game.
Cosper has led the team in scoring four times. Her first game-high scoring output came in a 17-point, 12-rebound performance against Sam Houston State on Nov. 10. Next, she put together a 21-point, 10-rebound game against Oral Roberts on Nov. 20.
Her December output featured a 25-point, 14-rebound game against Charlotte on Dec. 7. She concluded the month with an 18-point, 11-rebound game on Dec. 31. She had a 24-point, 13-rebound game in a loss to Alabama on Jan. 7.
Arkansas women’s coach Mike Neighbors addressed the media before the Florida game Jan. 17 and gave an update on Cosper’s injury.
“She’s day-to-day.” Neighbors said, “She’s a tough kid, (when she’s able to return to the court will depend on) how much pain she can tolerate and that’s a lot.”
Cosper did not play against Florida or Missouri. As of Jan. 22, she was wearing a walking boot, and it is unknown if she will play Thursday against No. 9 South Carolina. The Hogs could certainly use Cosper’s presence, as they will be tasked with defending Gamecocks forward A’ja Wilson, who leads the SEC in scoring with 23.4 points per game. South Carolina is just one of five teams in the country that are shooting above 50 percent from the field this season.
Junior guard Raven Northcross-Baker and freshman forward Taylah Thomas have been picking up minutes in Cosper’s absence. In the two games since Cosper’s injury, Northcross-Baker is averaging six points per game and five rebounds per game. Thomas is averaging two points and 4.5 rebounds.
Junior Keiryn Swenson and sophomore Sydney Stout could also see their minutes increase to compensate for Cosper’s injury, according to a press release.