The Iowa State center went down with 8:03 left in the first quarter when she made a move to the basket for a shot attempt and came down awkwardly on her left knee. She went to the ground and remained there as play continued on the other end until a dead ball.
At that point, Iowa State trainers came out to attend to Soares, along with head coach Bill Fennelly. Trainers rolled down Soares’ knee sleeve and manipulated her knee for a couple of minutes before getting her off the floor. She needed help from two trainers to get to the locker room for further evaluation.
After halftime, ESPN reported that Soares was questionable but not expected to return. Head coach Bill Fennelly talked about the injury after the game on Cyclone radio.
Soares, a 6-foot-6 center from Brazil, was a two-time NAIA national player of the year with the Masters’ University in California before transferring to Iowa State this offseason.
She has made an immediate impact on the Cyclones, who entered Sunday’s game ranked No. 11 in the country. She’s one of a handful of players averaging a double-double, with 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. She scored two points and didn’t have a rebound before the injury.
In her last game against West Virginia, Soares had 13 points and 20 rebounds in 25 minutes against the Mountaineers. She had put together double-double performances in four of her last five games, dating back to Iowa State’s loss to Iowa on Dec. 7.
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