Oct. 17, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Preseason all-conference guard Sara Halasz sustained a knee injury at Friday night’s Lobo Howl that was later confirmed an ACL tear, and one that will end the junior’s season before it even officially begins.
This will be the second tear to Halasz’s right ACL, and the second consecutive season that she will sit the bench for the Lobos, picked preseason No. 4 in the Mountain West. Halasz took a medical redshirt in 2010-11 after injuring her right knee for the first time.
Halasz, out of Ohatchee, Ala., looked outstanding in warm-ups Friday night, draining threes and playing with the vigor and energy expected of someone with a recently rehabbed knee. She’s a player with heart, tenacity and the desire to be on the floor, and she couldn’t wait to play a game of pick-up with her team in front of an enormous crowd of Lobo fans.
She was moving with confidence and athleticism, but on one trip down the floor she planted and went up for a driving lay-up that she knew she wouldn’t be able to land right. “I’ve done that move a thousand times,” Halasz said.
“It felt just like any other drive I’ve ever made, except for the finish,” Halasz said.
She hit the floor and immediately grabbed for her braced knee. It was later confirmed that she suffered a re-injury to her ACL, another graft tear that will require surgery and another season of rest and rehab.
“Of course it’s a blow to the team,” first year head coach Yvonne Sanchez said. “I’ve talked about bodies and keeping people healthy, so of course it’s a challenge. As a head coach I’m going to have to get creative with some practice plans so that we maintain the bodies that we have. But I’m ready for that.
“This team expects nothing less than a conference championship and a run in the NCAA tournament,” Sanchez continued. “I have confidence in them and they have confidence in one another. I wouldn’t trade this team for anything right now,” she finished.
Whether or not Halasz will apply for a second medical redshirt is still a topic of discussion. As of now, she is concentrating on the process of getting through another operation, and expects that decision to be a post-surgery one.