June 10, 2019 05:51 PM
The Minnesota Lynx lost more than a basketball game on Saturday night to the L.A. Sparks. They lost rookie forward Jessica Shepard for the season after she sustained a torn ACL to her right knee. Shepard played in all six games for the Lynx this season averaging nearly five points and five rebounds per game.
"Just sorry, there's nothing else you can say. Provide her all the support that you can. We have tremendous resources here and I know she's going to to work hard and use it as a time to improve her shot. So the next time you see her she should be a well-oiled machine," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.
"I'm just going to be as supportive as I can, and just check and see if she needs anything. It's a really rough time. Nobody wants to go through it. We are all going to be around and be as supportive as we can," said fellow rookie Napheesa Collier.
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The 6'4" rookie was the 16th overall pick in the WNBA Draft for the Lynx.
Shepard has dealt with adversity in the past -- she tore the ACL in her left knee playing for her high school team in Fremont, Nebraska.
The Lynx will travel to New York to play the Liberty on Wednesday.
Updated: June 10, 2019 05:51 PM
Created: June 10, 2019 05:40 PM
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