Sophomore guard Brianna Banks will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, the team announced today. She sustained the injury while committing an offensive foul in the lane with 10:02 left in the first half of Saturday’s 71-65 win at St. John’s.
The severity of the injury was confirmed in an MRI that Banks underwent Sunday. She will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.
“I am extremely disappointed for Brianna,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “She had shown great improvement and has been a big part of our success this season. I know she will work extremely hard to get back on the floor as soon as possible.”
Banks was involved in a collision with Norwalk resident Briana Brown. Banks fell to the court and remained down for several minutes before being helped off by UConn athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle.
Banks, who was averaging 7.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.7 minutes through the first 21 games, becomes the seventh player this season to miss at least one game due to injury or illness for UConn. Kiah Stokes has missed six games due to a stress reaction in her right shin. Morgan Tuck has missed three games due to a bone bruise in her right knee. Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart have each missed two games due to a sprained left ankle. And Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (concussion) and Stefanie Dolson (illness) have missed one game apiece.