Bahamian collegiate women’s basketball player Lashann Higgs suffered a major blow on Friday, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee in a victory over Quinnipiac at the Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida, USA. She learned of her fate on Monday. The explosive senior guard is now out for the season, and might be done for her collegiate career. She will likely petition the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) after the season to have a medical redshirt year, said team spokesman Sean Cartell.
Higgs was a starting guard for the Texas Longhorns this year, and her injury continues an unfortunate start to the season for the nationally number 10 ranked Longhorns. It’s the third major injury to prominent players for the Longhorns.
The tough-luck Texas women’s basketball team lost 6’7” freshman Sedona Prince to a broken right leg before the season even started. Prince was playing an international game for the United States in Mexico City, Mexico, when the injury occurred. Also, in October, returning forward Joyner Holmes had surgery on her right ankle, delivering another blow to the Longhorns’ program.
Texas’ Head Coach Karen Aston said Holmes might be able to return in December, but there is no timetable for Prince’s return.
As for Higgs, she suffered the torn ACL while driving to the hoop in the first half of their victory over Quinnipiac. It was a non-contact foul.
Higgs was named to the All-Big 12 preseason team and was leading the team in scoring at the time of her injury. She was averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.25 assists per game.
The 10th-ranked Longhorns (7-0) return to the court on Sunday when they host No. 6 Mississippi State at the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center in Austin, Texas.
A graduate of Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas, Higgs’ absence leaves question marks on the team as to who fills her spot. Freshman Audrey Warren has started as shooting guard in every game for the Longhorns since.