Jeff Kolpack, Published February 28 2012
NDSU loses second guardNorth Dakota State will forge on this week minus another women’s basketball starter. As first feared, freshman guard Jamie Van Kirk tore the ACL in her right knee in Monday’s victory over Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis, said head coach Carolyn DeHoff.
Van Kirk was coming into her own as the point guard in recent weeks. She hurt her right knee coming to a jump stop before going up for a short jumper in the second half, a game that saw the Bison rally from 11 points down to take a 58-56 win on Hannah Linz’s shot at the buzzer.
That makes two point guards to go down with the same injury. Senior Katie Birkel tore her ACL in pre-season practice.
“Katie Birkel looks really good right now and we’re confident Jamie can do the same,” DeHoff said. “Jamie is athletic and the bottom line is she’s self-motivated and driven. There is no fear she won’t be as good as she was.”
DeHoff said she was uncertain yet to the recovery time for Van Kirk. She was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game. She played in 28 games, starting 22.
Meanwhile, the status of starting forward Abby Plucker, who suffered a sprained ankle against Western Illinois on Saturday, became clearer on Tuesday. She was in a cast and walking on crutches Monday, but DeHoff said the hope is for her to return to practice later this week and be ready for the Jaguars.
The fourth-seeded Bison will play No. 5 IUPUI again at noon Sunday.
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