Swain, a junior forward, had an MRI late Wednesday night that confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
“I am very pleased with the steps of growth that I saw in Kacy Swain during the off season,” Close said. “This makes her injury more disappointing and incredibly optimistic at the same time. I’m disappointed she won’t be able to build on those steps and showcase her growth this season. But I’m optimistic because I know she will come back even stronger both mentally and physically. She will have such an important role this year. I have six coaches now.”
Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game last year and was second on the team in blocked shots (21). She shot 81.6 percent from the charity stripe (31-for-38), which also ranked second on the team.
“I was hoping that it wasn’t an ACL tear, but everything happens for a reason,” Swain said. “I believe in my team and we have a great system in place so we’ll be fine. I was looking forward to being more of a leader this year. Now I’ll just have to do that from the sideline. It will force me to be more of a vocal leader.”
With the graduation of three starters from last year’s team that could all play at the forward slots (Markel Walker, Alyssia Brewer and Jasmine Dixon), Swain figured to get a lot more playing time in 2013-14. Her injury leaves the Bruins with just two healthy forwards to begin the season.