Losing three players in a span of six weeks to ACL tears – including starting guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy to their second each — is unquestionably a terrible run of bad luck for the Maryland women’s basketball team as it leaves the Terps with seven scholarship players.
But it’s not nearly as unusual considering the players in question are female. In the NCAA, it’s been documented that women’s basketball players are much more likely to suffer the injury than their male counterparts.
One team all too familiar with ACL tears is No. 2 Connecticut, which faces No. 11 Maryland Monday night in the Jimmy V. Classic. Starting point guard Carolina Doty has torn her left ACL three times. Former UConn star Shea Ralph, now an assistant with the Huskies, suffered the injury five times and is hoping to avoid knee replacement before turning 40. Earlier this year, sophomore forward Michala Johnson left UConn after struggling to find her game after two ACL tears.
The game is on ESPN2 tonight at 7.