UE sophomore Khristian Hart tore her left anterior cruciate ligament Thursday during the first half of the Aces’ 78-52 loss to Bradley and will miss the rest of the season.
Hart, a 5-foot-8 guard, entered Thursday leading UE with 14.3 points per game and scored a career-high 28 last week in the Aces’ victory against Missouri State.
“It was unfortunate about Khristian,” said coach Oties Epps, who confirmed Hart’s injury after the game. “You’ve got to play with the hand that you’re dealt. We’ve got kids on this team who have to step up.”
The Harrison High School graduate Hart missed all of last season — a redshirt year — while recovering from stress fractures in both shins.
She went down with her latest injury at the 15:18 mark of the first half and returned from the locker room at Bradley’s Renaissance Center on crutches.
It’s not the only ailment coach Epps’ team is dealing with during Missouri Valley Conference play.
Sophomore Mallory Ladd (13.2 points/9.8 rebounds per game) hurt her left ankle Wednesday in the Aces’ practice before leaving for Bradley. Ladd scored two points in 14 minutes against the Braves.
UE has also played its last six games without senior Meagan Collins (8.5 points/3.6 rebounds per game), who’s out this month with torn cartilage in her knee.
@coacheppsue thank you coach!!!! It’s been an honor to finally play for you this year.
— Khristian Hart (@khart_1) February 1, 2013