Another ACL tear at Maryland

Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

Women’s basketball team loses standout guard Mincy

Playing basketball for the No. 11 University of Maryland women’s team has become as perilous as manning the quarterback job for the football team in College Park.

On Friday the Terrapins announced that junior Laurin Mincy is done for the season with a torn ACL. She is the third Maryland player to suffer the injury over the last wix weeks. Sophomore Brene Moseley, slated to be the starter at point guard, went down in a scrimmage on Oct. 21. Three weeks ago in an exhibition game, reserve center Essence Townsend blew out her ACL.

Mincy, a three-year starter at the wing, was hurt in the second half of Wednesday’s 90-71 win at No. 21 Nebraska. The injury is to her right knee. Mincy tore her left ACL and missed her senior year of high school in Newark, N.J. The ACL tear for Moseley, a Paint Branch graduate, also was the second of her career and to the opposite knee. Both of the ACL tears for Moseley and Mincy came three years apart.

The injures leave Maryland with seven scholarship players and one walk-on. The Terps face No. 1 Connecticut Monday in the Jimmy V. Classic.

“We’re gonna be giving three freshmen a lot of experience,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said in a conference call. “Chloe Pavlech has been starting at the point for us recently and Tierney Pfirman has been playing some really solid minutes for us.”

Pavlech, a 5-9 freshman, has averaged 3.8 points per game and 2.4 assists in 21.2 minutes while Pfirman, a versatile 6-2 freshman, has averaged 7.4 points and 1.6 assists in 17.6 minutes per game. All-America Alyssa Thomas leads the team in assists with 5.4 per game to go along with her 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. Thomas has been described as a “point forward,” as the team often runs its offense through the 6-2 junior.

Compensating for the loss of Mincy, however, will be a major challenge. The 6-footer was averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. A preseason All-ACC choice, Mincy was having her best game when she was hurt, hitting 4 of 4 from beyond the arc and scoring 16 points in 23 minutes at Nebraska.

“First and foremost, she was our best defensive stopper on the perimeter. We could match her up with a point guard. We could match her up on the wing,” Frese said. “Her ability to shoot the three but also slash to the basket makes her very difficult to defend on the offensive end. [She] really let us offset the fact of our point guard going down, she was able to help with those duties as well.”

This fall the Maryland football team lost three quarterbacks — junior C.J. Brown and freshmen Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe — to ACL tears. Converted wide receiver Devin Burns also was lost for the season with a Lisfranc (foot) fracture, leaving freshman linebacker Shawn Petty to start the team’s final four games at quarterback.

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