Washington sophomore F Liz Lay (pictured right) will undergo surgery on her knee in January due to a severe case of patella tendinitis, the school announced tonight. It will be her second knee surgery, undergoing a right knee procedure prior to enrolling at UW.
Lay appeared in 20 games last season as she rehabilitated from the surgery. She said she worked hard during the offseason in her native Oklahoma City to drop about 25-pounds and return stronger. However when increasing her training schedule with the team, Washington coach Tia Jackson said Lay began to feel the tendinitis.
Lay, ranked 18th in the country among recruiting prospects, was listed as day-to-day after appearing in three games this year. Jackson was hopeful for the player’s return this winter, but that won’t happen.
UW will apply for a medical redshirt for Lay this season. She is the third player to suffer a knee injury, joining freshman walk-on G Amanda Johnson and senior F Lydia Young, who under went surgery this month.
“It is unfortunate that we lose yet another player for the year,” said Jackson in a released statement. “[Liz] is someone who is so very impactful to our game and we will miss her physical presence on the court a great deal. We are here for Liz to support her during her rehabilitation period. She is in great hands with our medical team at Washington so it will allow all of us to breathe a little easier knowing she will be under the best care in the country.”
Washington (4-4) doesn’t play again until Dec. 19 on the road against No. 21 Michigan State.