Posted on September 2, 2011 at 1:03 PM
Friday, Sep 2 at 1:14 PM
SEATTLE – Kristi Kingma will miss the entire 2011-12 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. The injury comes less than a month before the Washington women’s basketball program reports for the start of the regular season.
The senior guard from Mill Creek, Wash., sustained the tear recently in Norway when she was driving to the basket during Washington’s foreign tour game against Asker. Although the prognosis was initially optimistic, an MRI test back in Seattle revealed the full extent of the injury.
“I’m extremely disappointed for Kristi,” said first-year coach Kevin McGuff. “She’s worked really hard in the offseason to put herself in position to have a wonderful senior season. I still look forward to her having a positive impact on our team and program this year.”
Kingma will undergo surgery in the upcoming weeks once the swelling in her knee subsides. Recovery time for an ACL tear is typically six to nine months.
“Obviously this isn’t what I envisioned heading into my senior year,” Kingma said. “But looking at the bright side I have a year to learn Coach McGuff’s system and I plan on coming back even stronger the following year.”
One of the Pac-12’s top players, Kingma averaged 15.6 points per game her junior season, meriting an all-conference selection. She set a new school record for most 3-pointers in a season with 79, breaking the old mark by Loree Payne and Megan Franza. Kingma started all 28 games for the Huskies last season.
Kingma plans to be a fixture around the Washington program for the season. She’s on track to graduate in December with a degree in communications.
“I still look forward to her impacting us in a positive way even though she can’t be on the court,” McGuff said. “She’s a terrific young woman and even though this is a temporary setback her future is still incredibly bright.”