The SMS Lady Bears may be without their best player when they open the season at Richmond on Saturday. Starting point guard and returning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Keri Koch has an unspecified knee injury after hurting herself during Wednesday’s practice. No word on how long she’s out or how serious the injury is—the athletic department has refused any further comment on the issue. Koch averaged 17.8 points per game as a sophomore and helped lead the team to a 28-4 record last season.