Feb. 22, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Sophomore guard Shanay Washington suffered another torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Baylor's 80-59 home victory over Texas on Tuesday night.
The Austin, Texas, native fell to the floor clutching her left knee with 16.5 seconds remaining in the game. Washington initially tore the left ACL in November 2010 and underwent surgery on Dec. 1, 2010. She completed rehabilitation but had to have surgery again on July 1, 2011, as the graft hadn't healed properly. Washington has also had two surgeries on her right knee after tearing that ACL in high school.
"Shanay had an MRI last night after the game which confirmed that the ACL was torn," said head coach Kim Mulkey. "It hurts, it hurts me to watch any kid get injured. You don't ever want to see athletes get injured. You live with sprained ankles, you live with stitches, you live with broken bones, but just the knee . . . it's a downer. We will regroup, and the best medicine for Shanay is going to be her teammates. They are the ones that are going to have to help her, and they will," added Mulkey.
Washington's return to play is uncertain at this time.
She made her first appearance of the season on Jan. 18 at Texas Tech and had appeared in 10 games, averaging 7.8 minutes per game. As a freshman, Washington started 32 of 36 games and started the first five games of the 2010-11 season before injuring her knee. She received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for that injury.