Maryland lost a second starting guard to a season-ending knee injury Thursday when it was confirmed that junior Laurin Mincy tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She suffered the injury with 15:11 remaining in the Terrapins’ 90-71 win at No. 21 Nebraska Wednesday.
Mincy, who tore the ACL in her left knee and missed her senior season at University High in Newark, N.J. in 2009-10, had a season-high 16 points (4-of-4 3-pointers) in 23 minutes against the Cornhuskers.
Maryland will have a couple of days to regroup before facing No. 2 UConn in the Jimmy V Classic at the XL Center Monday night (7; ESPN2).
“Obviously, we’ve been dealt with a little bit of adversity throughout this season losing two kids with ACLs,’’ Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “So we’re down to eight players. But we couldn’t ask for eight better players in terms of who to coach and eight kids that bring it every single day. We’re obviously going to have to do that against an extremely talented Connecticut team that is so deep at every single position.’’
Maryland lost sophomore starting point guard Brene Moseley to a torn ACL in her left knee Oct. 21.
Mincy was averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25.4 minutes this season.
“First and foremost, she was our best defensive stopper on the perimeter,’’ Frese said. “We could match her up with the point guard. We could match her up on the wing. So that’s going to be difficult to overcome. The fact that she was playing extremely well. Her last game out, the ability to shoot the 3, but also slash to the basket makes her very difficult to defend on the offensive end. And she was really able to help us offset the fact of our point guard going down. She was able to kind of help with those duties as well. So it just puts us much, much more thinner in those positions.’’
The Terrapins, who have been reduced to seven scholarship players and one walk-on, will rely on freshmen Chloe Pavlech and Tierney Pfirman and junior Katie Rutan to play a greater role.
“Obviously, Chloe Pavlech has been starting at the point for us recently,’’ Frese said. “And Tierney Pfirman has been playing some really solid minutes for us and Katie Rutan, the transfer from Xavier. So with Laurin going out, obviously, that leaves us down to both Tierney and Katie Rutan in that natural two-guard position.’’