Korver, a sophomore guard, had an MRI on Wednesday that confirmed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a tear in her lateral meniscus.
“This is very disappointing for Kari and our program,” Close said. “My heart goes out to her. She has worked really hard this summer to prepare for the upcoming season and has made great strides in becoming a better athlete while improving her skill set. We will definitely miss her out on the court. But one thing I know, she will find different ways to impact the team and will come back stronger than ever from this.”
Korver averaged 4.7 points and 1.5 rebounds per game last year and led the team in three-point field goals made (38) and attempted (110). She shot 34.5 percent from behind the arc, which ranked second on the team. Her 38 three-pointers accounted for exactly 38 percent of the team’s treys a year ago (38-of-100). She also led the team in free throw shooting, sinking an almost automatic 92 percent on the year (23-for-25).
“I was surprised when it happened because I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life,” Korver said. “Coach David (Wood) has done a great job of helping me and my left knee has never felt stronger. But this will give an opportunity for other people on the team to step up. I will use this time to help my team in other ways and to improve on the mental aspect of my game. I have a lot of faith in God’s plan and I know I will use this time to learn and grow from it.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Korver has missed a season due to a knee injury. She was sidelined her entire senior year of high school (Paramount, Calif., Valley Christian HS) with a left knee injury during the 2011-12 season.