Banks’ season over with ACL tear

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — Brianna Banks’ season is over.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s sophomore guard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during Saturday’s game against St. John’s. An MRI taken Monday confirmed the injury. She will have surgery at a date to be determined.

“I am extremely disappointed for Brianna,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “She had shown great improvement and has been a big part of our success this season. I know she will work extremely hard to get back on the floor as soon as possible.”

Banks was injured with 10:02 left in the first half on a drive to the basket when she collided with St. John’s Briana Brown. Banks was called for an offensive foul. She was helped off the floor by athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle but returned to the Huskies’ bench with a wrap on the knee to watch the second half.

The Newnan, Ga., native has become a trusted member of the rotation off the bench. After being a non-factor most of her freshman year, she was averaging 7.3 points and 1.7 rebounds and was one of only five Huskies to appear in every game. She had three points in the minute-plus she was on the floor at Carnesecca Arena.