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UConn Women's Basketball: Greene tears ACL, needs surgery

Joe Perez

As expected, the news regarding UConn women’s basketball guard Kalana Greene is not good.

After being examined by team doctors Monday night, it was determined that Greene sustained a “significant” tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, according to a team release. The junior will undergo surgery Friday at UConn Health Center in Farmington.

While no official word regarding Greene’s time frame to return to the court was given because the surgery had yet to be done, it is highly unlikely the Saint Stephens, S.C. native will play before next season. Depending upon just how severe the damage to the ligament is, Greene will likely be held back from full-contact basketball drills for at least six months, probably longer.

With two minutes, 44 seconds left in the first half of the Huskies (8-0) 97-39 win over South Carolina, Greene came to a jump stop and a collision of knees between Greene and the Gamecocks’ Demetress Adams as Greene began making a move toward the basket, dropped Greene to the court.

Losing one of its starting players has been difficult for the team, which left Tuesday for its next game in San Diego, Calif., without Greene in tow.

During postgame interviews, teammates openly cried as they mourned the loss of Greene. Guard Renee Montgomery, who exhibited the most emotion, cautioned perspective by reminding everyone that Greene’s “not dead.”

“I definitely still think we could still be a good team,” she said. “A lot of people are going to have to step up, which they will, and we still have to play.”

Considered one of the team’s best defensive players, Greene has started the last 44 games for the Huskies and averaged 8.6 points, 5.rebounds, better than two assists and one steal per contest this season.

Moore accolades

Freshman Maya Moore extended her team record of double-digit scoring games to start a career to eight with 10 points Monday night. She also did it against her high school teammate, South Carolina guard Jordan James.

James, who played two years alongside Moore at Collins Hill High School in Georgia, isn’t surprised at the success Moore has had early in her collegiate career.

“She’s an all-around player,” Jones said. “I think her work ethic is where it begins. She is one of the hardest working players that I have ever played with.”

While the adjustment to the college game has come with relative ease, Moore has yet to become comfortable with winter weather in Connecticut.

After living most of her life in the South, Moore and her mother relocated to Connecticut this summer. With the recent winter weather, Moore felt like opposing defenders — out in the cold.

“I was preparing myself,” she said. I knew it was going to snow soon. I’m just going to put on my coat. I had my umbrella out, it was snowing, I didn’t see anybody else with an umbrella, so I may not do it again.”

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