Texas guard Rori Harmon sat out Friday’s season opener with Louisiana, leaving her availability for Monday’s Top 25 showdown with UConn up in the air.
Harmon was in uniform but had her right foot in a walking boot. She sat on the bench throughout the contest.
Texas won the opener, 68-45, with Oregon State transfer Taylor Jones scoring 21 points in her Texas regular-season debut.
After the game, Texas coach Vic Schaefer said that Harmon’s injury was minor but wouldn’t commit to playing Harmon on Monday. The same went for DePaul transfer Sonya Morris, who joined the team in the offseason. Morris has a back injury.
Harmon, a guard, turned in one of the best freshman campaigns in Texas history last season, as she became the program’s first freshman to receive an All-America nod from either the Associated Press or the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Harmon was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team and the All-Big 12 Second Team. She was the Most Outstanding Player Award of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City last March and earned Spokane Region All-Tournament Team during the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns reached the Elite Eight for the second straight tournament.
Harmon led the Big 12 and ranked No. 17 in the NCAA with 86 steals on the season, which ranks No. 2 in school history in single-season steals by a freshman. She also ranked No. 3 in the league and No. 17 nationally in total assists (180) which ranks No. 1 in school history in single-season assists by a freshman. She was No. 3 in the conference and No. 26 nationally with a 2.25 assist/turnover ratio.
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