The Indiana Fever suffered a tough loss Friday night against the Minnesota Lynx. Lasting even longer than the loss, is the injury of reserve guard, Maggie Lucas, who tore her right anterior cruciate ligament. The team announced she will not return for the rest of the year.
Lucas hurt her knee moments before the end of the third quarter against the Lynx. Following a couple dribbles before a crossover, she planted wrong before laying on the ground screaming in agony, while grabbing her knee. At the moment she was the leading scorer for the Fever with 12 points, on 5-of-9 shooting. In the four games she played this season, she averaged 7.8 points.
Lucas is a sharp shooter from beyond the arc. Earlier this season against the Atlanta Dream, she drained five threes on her way to 22 points to lead the Fever in their preseason victory. She joined the Fever in 2014 in an exchange for the second round draft pick in the 2015 draft with Phoenix. Lucas was the 21st overall draft pick in 2014 by the Phoenix Mercury.
Already this season, the Fever are short hand on their guards, as Briann January still has not returned from her knee surgery over the summer and Shenise Johnson has been out with a concussion.
Lucas is expected to return for the 2017 season.