Duke loses Jackson for season
Blue Devils lose third starter; down to eight scholarship players
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Friday 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 started 17 games this season, while averaging 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.1 assists. The 6-foot guard had started the past 17 games prior to the injury. She ranked sixth overall in field goal percentage (51.1), but in ACC play, she was second (57.1). Jackson also ranked 25th in scoring (11.1) in league contests.
"We all feel so badly for Richa," McCallie said. "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 players 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 No. 8 Maryland on Feb. 19.