Stephanie Soares will miss the remainder of Iowa State’s basketball season after suffering a knee injury on Sunday, the Cyclones announced.
Soares tore the ACL in her left knee early in the Cyclones’ contest at Oklahoma Sunday, a game the Sooners won, 82-79.
“This was not how I expected my season to end, but I am thankful for the opportunities I have gotten at Iowa State” Soares said in the release. “I could not have done this without the support of my teammates, coaches, doctors and athletic training staff and the fans at Hilton Coliseum. I know God gives me strength to get through this challenge in my life. I look forward to being there for my teammates and helping them achieve our goals and make the most of this special season.”
Soares 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.
Soares, a 6-foot-6 center from Brazil, was a two-time NAIA national player of the year with the Master’s University in California before transferring to Iowa State this offseason.
In 13 games for ISU, she averaged 14.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Soares, who had eight double-doubles on the season, was shooting 54.4 percent from the field.
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