Williams: MRI Shows Complete ACL Tear

UConn commit Gabby Williams said tonight that results of an MRI show a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She also tore the ACL in the same knee Jan. 19, 2013 and underwent surgery Feb. 11, 2013.

Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard from Sparks, Nev., underwent an MRI Jan. 24 and received the results Tuesday. The family is seeking a second opinion because she was able to play in two games last weekend for Reed High.

“I was really, really shocked,’’ Williams said referring to the results of the MRI. “I think that’s why we’re getting the second opinion because it just doesn’t seem likely that I could play the way I played. We’re sending the results of it to other doctors to look at. It showed that it was completely torn.’’

Williams, who was named a McDonald’s All-American Wednesday, injured her knee during a win over Spanish Springs Jan 21.

“I shot free throws, went down on defense and then like came back,’’ Williams said. “I was dribbling down the court. I still haven’t seen the film of what exactly happened, but there were a few defenders around me and the next thing I know I’m on the ground. But I stood right back up and walked out of the gym. I took the next day off and then practiced the day after that and then played two more games. I felt great. I felt normal.’’

Williams scored 16 points against Reno Jan. 24, but she was forced to leave the game with 3:30 remaining after re-aggravating her knee. However, she then had 19 points against Galena Jan. 25.

“What they think happened (against Reno) was they think because I tore the meniscus too and that I might have caught that because I didn’t even take like a hard fall or anything,’’ Williams said. “I just kind of jump-landed and then all of a sudden my leg went really stiff. And then I just went home, iced it and the next day I felt fine again. I thought it was just scar tissue.’’

Williams said that results of the MRI are being mailed to UConn and should arrive Friday. Should a second opinion match the initial results surgery would be required.

“Honestly, we haven’t figured anything out,’’ Williams said. “But I’d like to get (surgery) right away because I don’t want to red-shirt my freshman year. But I don’t know who’s doing my surgery. I don’t know what’s going on at this point.’’