Washington can’t seem to escape its injury jinx, Katie Collier becoming the latest to dampen a previously highly anticipated season for the Huskies. The incoming freshman suffered a torn ACL during a summer workout and will be out for the 2012-13 season.
Collier, a 6-foot-3 forward, is expected to have surgery later in August once the swelling subsides.
“I feel terrible because of all she has gone through this past year,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said in a released statement. “But at the same time, if there’s anyone who can handle this it’s her. She’ll be incredibly diligent in her rehab after surgery and no doubt in my mind she’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”
A McDonald’s All-American, Collier had already recovered this year from acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a type of blood/bone marrow cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2011, but was able to play minimal minutes for her Seattle Christian team by winter and made onlookers forget the cancer existed by the time she appeared in the March All-American game.