U of M’s Holloway to miss first season with women’s basketball team after knee injury

University of Minnesota women’s basketball player Niamya Holloway will miss her first season with the Gophers due to a season-ending knee injury, the team says.

Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen said Tuesday Holloway’s injury happened last week.

“We are here to support Niamya every step of the way as she moves forward in this recovery process,” Whalen said.

The first-year forward out of Eden Prairie was ranked No. 90 overall in the country in the Jr. All Star rankings and the No. 5 out of the state of Minnesota, according to Gopher Sports information.

As a multi-sport prep athlete, Holloway won back-to-back state high jump championships in track and field.

Holloway is now part of the Gophers’ No.10 recruiting class via ESPN, which is the highest-ranked incoming class in U of M women’s basketball history. Whalen’s three other first-years are also from in-state: Mallory Heyer from Chaska, Mara Braun from Wayzata and Amaya Battle from Hopkins.

Holloway publicly announced her commitment to the squad in October 2020.

It is unknown at this time if Holloway will pursue what the NCAA calls a “medical hardship waiver,” which is more commonly referred to as a redshirt season.