Iowa has to find a way to win without leading scorer Jaime Printy, who tore her ACL Thursday night in an 85-79 overtime win at Wisconsin.
Printy had an MRI today to asses the extent of the damage. It revealed a torn ACL on her left knee, the same injury she had her sophomore season at Linn-Mar.
She will have surgery in the next two weeks, and will miss the rest of the season.
“Tearing my ACL for the second time is tough news to take,” Printy said in a release. “It feels like our team is really hitting its stride right now and it’s going to be really hard to watch the rest of the season from the bench.”
Iowa (13-10, 5-5) had won its second-straight on Thursday. The Hawkeyes were hoping to get on a run and make the NCAA Tournament for a fifth-straight season.
“We are extremely disappointed to lose Jaime for the rest of the season,” coach Lisa Bluder said in a release. “It’s very unfortunate that she has to go through another ACL injury. Jaime is one of the elite players in our conference, and it’s tough to see this type of injury happen to such a great individual.”
Printy is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game for the Hawkeyes. That ranks her fifth in the Big Ten. She is also second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally shooting free throws (88.8 percent). She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in assists (4.2) and eighth in steals (2.0).
“Jaime is a leader for us, both on and off the court,” Bluder said. “The statistics show what a great player she is, but she brings so much more to our team on the court.
“Jaime has a competitive spirit that other players feed off of, and we will miss that.”
Printy has started every game in her Iowa career, 88 straight after Thursday in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.
The junior guard got fouled with under 30 seconds left in overtime and Iowa up by four, 81-77. She landed awkwardly on her left leg going up for a defensive rebound.
The junior ranks 10th on the Hawkeye career scoring list with 1,409 points. She was on a pace to perhaps break the all-time scoring mark of 2,059 points, set by Cindy Haugejorde in 1980.
“I’m really going to miss playing with our senior class,” Printy said. “They taught me so much and were so much fun to be with on the court.”
Possible options to replace Printy in the starting lineup Sunday at Indiana include sophomore guard Theairra Taylor, or freshman guard Melissa Dixon.
Dixon returned from a knee injury on Thursday and hit two 3-pointers for the Hawkeyes.
As for Printy, she has gone through the rehabilitation once before. She hopes to be ready for the start of her senior season this fall.
“Jaime works very hard every day to improve her skills,” Bluder said. “Whether it’s coming in to shoot on off days or staying after practice, Jaime always puts in the extra time. I have no doubt that Jaime will attack her rehab with the same mentality. We are looking forward to getting her back on the court after she makes a full recovery.”
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