Dec. 21, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's basketball program received disheartening news this week, that junior forward Katelyn McDaniel will have to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season, after suffering a season-ending injury at practice this past Monday.
McDaniel, a 6-1 junior from Littleton, Colo., had an MRI on Wednesday, revealing that she tore her ACL, in a routine practice drill on Monday.
The projected recovery period is eight-to-12 months after surgery, which is scheduled in the next few weeks.
"K-Mac is one of the hardest working players that I have ever coached," stated head coach Cindy Fisher. "Her going down with an ACL is not only a huge loss to our program, but to this conference. Her work ethic and passion made her a player you couldn't help to cheer for and want the best for her. She will tackle this setback just like she does everything in her life with focus, hard work and a relentless desire to rehab, and to return to our team next year. She will be better and stronger when she returns, I have no doubt."
McDaniel has played an integral part of the Toreros hot start this season, as the Toreros are currently bolstering an overall record of 11-0, marking the best start in program history. USD is also receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USATODAY Coaches top-25 polls for the past three weeks, also a program first.
McDaniel was just tabbed the West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Monday Dec. 16, after recording her fourth double-double in the past five games, with 11 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a 68-51 win against Long Beach State on Dec. 13. She also dished out a season-high three assists and tied a career-high with three steals. McDaniel has been averaging 10.3 points-per-game, 8.1 rebounds-per-game, and is tied for fourth among WCC double-double leaders with four.
McDaniel was All-WCC honorable mention this past season for USD, as she led the team in double-doubles with five, and scored in double figures in 16 of the 32 games last season. In games that she started, McDaniel recorded double figures in 11 of the 18. McDaniel was the team's third leading scorer from a year ago at 10.2 ppg, while shooting .534 from the field, good for second best on the team. McDaniel was also the team's second leading rebounder at 6.3 rpg. In WCC games, McDaniel averaged 13.0 ppg, while pulling down 7.5 rpg, and shot an even .500 from the field.
The Toreros will return to action on Dec. 28, as they host Pepperdine in a 2 p.m. game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. This will be the WCC opener for both teams.
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