Jones Suffers Torn ACL and is Out for the Season
HOUSTON -- The University of Houston women's basketball team lost an integral part of its team on Sunday afternoon as freshman standout Chandi Jones, the team's leading scorer as well as the nation's leading freshman scorer, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee.
Jones suffered the injury with about 30 seconds remaining in the first half of the Lady Cougars' 71-67 win over the UAB Lady Blazers on Sunday (January 28) at Hofheinz Pavilion. She fell and twisted her knee after being fouled while attempting to make a jump shot.
An MRI revealed the tear of the ACL, and surgery to repair the tear will be performed by Dr. Walter Lowe, the University's head team physician, in about two weeks before she begins rehabilitation.
"This is a tremendous loss for our team, but now it's a time for us to regroup and come together as a basketball family and take it to the next level, " said head coach of the Lady Cougars, Joe Curl. "I love Chandi like a daughter and know in my heart that she will overcome this injury like the true champion she is."
At the time of her injury, Jones, an All American/All Conference and C-USA Freshman of the Year candidate, was the nation's leading freshman scorer, 12th overall in the country, averaging 22.0 points per game. She was second in scoring average in Conference USA and was leading all players in C-USA games with 23.6 points per game.
Jones has been a major catalyst on both offense and defense for the Lady Cougars and a big reason for their turnaround this season. They currently rest in first place of Conference USA's National Division with a 14-6 overall record, including 7-1 in C-USA games.