MM has done a poor job in not brining in a "capable" big over the last two years. I think it has been very obvious (for some time) the capabilities of our backups. Through no fault of their own, they are not able to provide the consistent level of performance required to play the ND schedule.
If they were good enough it would happen naturally. It would be a major setback if BT is out. It's a death knell for any NC hopes and probably Final 4. Let's pray that if her injury is season ending that it isn't a Natalie Achonwa multiple season type thing.
If Reimer stays, is Westbeld where she's at right now? If Jewell stays, are Marina or Arike where they're at right now?
Yes, this year is in jeopardy, I'm thinking past this year.
favorable juncture of circumstances
Though I assume (hope) it was not intended, using the word 'opportunity' in the context as a player being injured is completely bullshit. Yes, it is an 'opportunity' for the youngsters to develop...at the cost of another players health.
..to do with wishing what happened would have happened.
Opportunity has everything to do with accepting what has happened and looking for the open windows.
I don't wish Marina's success over Brianna's Health. Just like I wish Jewell Loyd would have stayed. Just like I wish Taya Reimer wouldn't have been a head case and was available right now. Just like I wish Walker would've chosen ND.
But none of those things happened.
What has happened is an opportunity for Muffet McGraw to break her addiction two two players.
The opportunity with Loyd staying was an NC. That opportunity was lost so necessity forced a change. The opportunity with a healthy Turner was making the final 4. If she's done then necessity forces a change that probably does not include a final 4.
Besides all that, the number of games left for ND in this tournament is not going to have as much effect as you are postulating in building some kind of core. That is done as players mature through time and over a season. Next year without Allen the team chemistry will be different and the core will have to form out of those new circumstances.
Losing Turner would suck and not be anymore of an opportunity than losing Achonwa was.
Next year with Turner back the future core will be developed.
Arike should be in that core group, too.