In the past, junior center Stefanie Dolson admitted that she might not have been able to play through the level of pain that she is dealing with right now. She has a stress fracture in a non-weight bearing bone in her right ankle and plantar fasciitis in her left foot.
Dolson still managed to log 29 minutes in Sunday’s 83-65 win over Notre Dame in the national semifinals at New Orleans Arena, finishing with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and a career-high five blocks.
“Last year probably, the year before probably not,’’ Dolson said referring to whether or not she would have been able to play through these injuries. “Obviously, maturity comes along with it. My teammates help a lot with just supporting me and making sure that I know that I’m not letting them down when I can’t do things in practice or whatever, which is kind of a hard thing to swallow when you can’t practice sometimes. But, yeah, I don’t think I would’ve been able to handle it as well as I am.’’
Is there ever a time when Dolson is not in pain?
“When I’m sleeping,’’ she said. “As long as I’m sleeping.’’
Dolson said that she is not looking at having surgery after the season.
“Just a lot of rehab and stuff,’’ Dolson said. “(Team athletic trainer) Rosemary (Ragle) and I haven’t exactly talked about an actual timing. We just know after the game (Tuesday) a lot of treatments and a lot of rehab.’’