Head coach for Gophers ladies’s basketball Daybreak Plitzuweit introduced Monday main scorer Mara Braun might be out indefinitely after struggling a foot harm in opposition to Illinois on Sunday, requiring surgical procedure.
Braun’s harm got here early within the fourth quarter after falling on her foot following a soar shot. The sophomore hit her fist on the court docket whereas seemingly in ache. She rapidly obtained up, limped to the opposite finish of the court docket and resumed play.
“The event of Mara’s recreation on each ends of the court docket this season has been such a pleasure to observe, and whereas we all know that this setback is extremely irritating, we additionally know that she is going to proceed to be an important teammate and chief in our program,” Plitzuweit mentioned in her assertion.
Junior Maggie Czinano went to sub in for Braun, however Braun waved her off, refusing to go away the court docket. Czinano finally checked in for Braun later within the recreation.
The void left by Braun’s capturing will take a toll on the Gophers as they’re knee-deep in convention play. Braun ranks second within the nation in free throw proportion (95%) and fourth within the Massive Ten in scoring (17.8 factors per recreation).
Braun’s absence leaves a gap in Plitzuweit’s beginning lineup, which she has stored constant for the reason that first recreation of the season.
“That is additionally a possibility for different gamers to step up and make issues occur on each ends of the court docket for us,” Plitzuweit mentioned.
The Gophers dropped their final two matches on the highway and can return to Williams Area on Wednesday to tackle the Penn State Nittany Lions.