By Carl Adamec
Kelly Faris did not miss a game in her four years with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.
But a left foot injury first suffered in her final regular season game with the Huskies will cost Faris the final 10 games of her rookie season with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
The Sun announced Tuesday that Faris as well as All-Star guard Allison Hightower (strained right knee) will be sidelined for the rest of the year with their injuries.
“We are really disappointed, obviously,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said in a statement. “Allison has begun to emerge as one of the best young guards in the WNBA, as evidenced by her well-deserved selection to the All Star team. And Kelly worked hard to gain a spot in the starting lineup. She was playing better and better, and she is definitely someone we had grown to count on this season. I have no doubt she will continue to work hard to get back on the court.”
Faris averaged 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes in 24 games for the Sun (7-17). She had started the last three games. In her first start against Atlanta last Wednesday, she had 11 points and seven rebounds in a Sun win.
The Plainfield, Ind., native sprained a ligament in her left foot at Notre Dame on March 4. She would still play 53 minutes in the triple overtime loss to the Irish. She played through the Big East and NCAA tournaments with the injury and was named to the NCAA Bridgeport Regional and Final Four all-tournament teams. The Huskies concluded the season on April 9 with a 93-60 win over Louisville to capture the program’s eighth national championship. Later that month she was the Sun’s first-round draft pick.
The Sun entertain Maya Moore and the Minnesota Lynx Thursday.