Sabrina Haines out for the rest of the 2017-18 season with a torn ACL

By Ethan Schmidt // Women’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports

TEMPE, AZ  —  Arizona State women’s basketball guard Sabrina Haines is out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.

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Haines suffered an apparent right knee injury on Dec. 3rd during ASU’s 73-48 win over UC Riverside in the ASU Classic Championship. She was helped off the court and eventually returned to the Sun Devil bench using crutches.

“When she was down that long and couldn’t walk it off, obviously, it’s disheartening,” Turner Thorne said after the ASU Classic. “Sabrina is a sturdy kid. She’s been very healthy her whole career, so I’m staying positive with it.”

ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne confirmed Haines tore her ACL and sustained other injuries to her right knee in the game. Turner Thorne requested that the details and severity of the injury be disclosed after the start of ASU’s game against No. 13 Florida State on Sunday, Dec. 10th.

Haines was averaging 10.2 points a game – second on the team – in nine games before her injury. She was shooting 40.3 percent from the field and a held a team high 86.7 percent on free throws.

“With or without Sabrina, we have good pieces,” Turner Thorne said. “We just have to be more consistent. We have to be more connected, and if we get there, we are really good.”

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Haines, a junior, is eligible to redshirt allowing her to play two more seasons of collegiate basketball. The current timetable is for her to return at the start of the 2018-19 season, according to Turner Thorne.

“We will miss her definitely, but we have to move on and take it game by game,” Reili Richardson said about Haines missing time. “All our guards are good enough to fill her position.”

Sophomores Richardson and Robbi Ryan have played in starting roles for the Sun Devils this season. Other players like sophomore Kiara Russell and freshman Bre’yanna Sanders are expected to receive more playing time.

Junior Courtney Ekmark is the starting small forward and sophomore Jamie Ruden can play both forward positions while shooting a team-high 50% from behind the arc.

The Sun Devils are 7-3 after falling to No. 13 Florida State, 77-66. ASU returns to Tempe for its next contest against Idaho on Monday, Dec. 18th.

Ethan Schmidt is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU Women’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at ethanschmidt12297@gmail.com or follow Ethan on Twitter @TheEthanSchmidt .

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