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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 77 The Pierrefonds, Quebec, native had a torn meniscus before this season, which at first was supposed to have her out until Thanksgiving. But rather than miss four or five games to start her career, she made a quicker-than-expect- ed recovery and played eight minutes in the opener, but without a point or rebound. And last summer, she dislocat- ed her right shoulder, repeating an injury from two years ago; it's the reason she's wearing the shoulder brace now. Farquhar thinks she could stand to get stronger, which would allow her to bang around in the post more frequent- ly. And it might help her stay injury-free. "I'm tiny compared to other players," she said. "Even players at my position, I think I'm a little lanky. Maybe gaining a little weight would help me, because the post players are way bigger than I am. Not only just the height part, but physically they're bigger than I am. It's harder to push on someone who weighs more than you do. So I am trying to develop technique to get around them, beat them off the dribble because they're slower." Those advances can come only with experience, and Farquhar is getting it. Early in the season, posts Fatou Di- agne and Dani Lawson were lost for the season due to foot and knee injuries, respectively. And wing Lamina Cooper has been out during periods of the Big Ten season due to illness. Cooper's status has pushed Farquhar into the line- up as a starter, a role she had for 13 of 30 regular-season games. She averaged 4.6 points, hitting just better than 40 per- cent of her field goal attempts, and 4.6 rebounds, with 23 blocks and 16 steals, in 20.5 minutes per game. "I'm proud of myself with how much I've grown from the beginning of the season until now because I wasn't expecting to play as much as a freshman," she said. "A lot of people who come from Canada and play in the D-I level aren't expecting to play as much. A majority of my friends don't play that much at the schools that they're at now, so I'm really grateful for the time I've been able to play this season and I think it will get better over time, and I still have three years to grow." Farquhar's points and rebounds have ticked up as the season has progressed, but perhaps it's another statistic that is most telling of her growth. Farquhar has only 20 assists this season, but 12 came in the last seven games of the regular season, at least one in each outing. She's seeing the floor better, aware of her teammates and able to adapt more quickly to the style of play. "The game is coming to her now," Versyp said. "She's taking opportunities. She's a great 15-foot shooter and can isolate down low. She has some up-and-under moves. She's been able to finish a lot better. That's just a freshman growing into someone who has played a lot of minutes and is really doing a great job for her team." j New shows through March Special guests, analysis and more 2 P.M. FRIDAYS Gold and Black LIVE featuring the staff of Interactive live video-stream sports talk show — ask questions, chat with other fans! For schedule visit the college page on Trent Johnson, Agent

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