Breaking Sports News: Jackson Suffers Torn ACL; Will Miss Remainder of the 2011-12 Campaign

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Pictured above #15 Richa Jackson in the game vs North Carolina.

DURHAM, N.C. -  Duke University women’s basketball head coach JoanneP. McCallie announced this morning that sophomore Richa Jackson will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament of her left knee on Wednesday night against Virginia Tech.

Jackson, who is a product of Midwest City, Okla., started 17 games this season, while averaging 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 assists.

The 6-0 guard had started the past 17 straight games prior to the injury.  She ranked sixth overall in field goal percentage (51.1), however, in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games, she was second (57.1).  Jackson also ranked 25th in scoring (11.1) in league contests.

“We all feel so badly for Richa,” said McCallie.  “She is a special person and valued member of this team. No doubt she will be back stronger than ever. It is a new season for the team. We are a true work in progress.”

Duke has now lost three potential starters -- Jackson, Chloe Wells and Amber Henson since the season started. Two of these student-athletes were McDonald’s All-America selections -- Jackson and Henson.  Wells had started the first 10 games and Henson played in eight contests before having surgery.  The Blue Devils are down to eight scholarship players with three regular season contests remaining.

The fifth-ranked Blue Devils will next travel to eighth-ranked Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 19 for a 3:00 p.m., contest aired live on ESPN2.