As the Colorado women’s basketball team went through warm-ups on Friday night, point guard Jaylyn Sherrod watched from the side, leaning on her crutches.
The Buffaloes’ dynamic sophomore will miss the remainder of the season after having hip surgery last week.
“(She) is recovering very well,” CU head coach JR Payne said after Friday’s 72-64 loss to Oregon State. “She’s been playing in a significant amount of pain. She couldn’t even drive her car without very painful circumstances, so she’s already in significantly less pain she’s been in for about the last two years. She’s already on the road to recovery.”
A 5-foot-7 guard, Sherrod scored nine points and dished three assists in the Buffs’ 77-72 overtime upset of then-No. 1 Stanford on Jan. 17 and knew going in that it would be her last game of the year.
For the past two games and for the remainder of the season, the Buffs will play without her.
“It’s just an adjustment,” junior Aubrey Knight said. “In basketball, someone could go down any day; any of us could go down. We have to just try and adjust to what we’re given. It’s unfortunate that she can’t play anymore in this season.”
Sherrod averaged 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 12 games this season. She had started 35 of CU’s previous 36 games before her surgery.
As a freshman, Sherrod averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists, earning Pac-12 all-freshman honors. Her 152 assists in 2019-20 were the third-best total for a freshman in CU history.
“Jaylyn gives us someone that can break any press and break down a defense and she’s really developed and grown her IQ from last year to this year,” Payne said. “She has a very good understanding of what we’re looking for in everything that we run just based on the amount of time she spends with us studying film and talking offense and defense.”
With Sherrod out, the Buffs will lean more on junior Sila Finau and freshman Frida Formann to run the offense. Finau, who stepped into Sherrod’s starting spot, had 11 points five rebounds and two assists on Friday.
“Sila was incredible tonight,” Payne said. “She stepped up. Sila is a great point guard; she just hasn’t had the extended minutes like she did tonight. She got us into a good offense.”
Finau said it will be a collective effort to replace Sherrod.
“With her being out, I just think that I, myself, have to step up, as well as others, because I’m not the only person on the team,” she said. “I feel like if we’re all contributing and hitting on all cylinders we’ll be a great team.”
Payne said it will be difficult for others to step into different roles for the remainder of the season, but she’s confident in those players.
“I have no doubt that we have all the pieces we need to be successful throughout the remainder of the season,” she said.