Feb. 3, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — An MRI Friday morning confirmed junior guard Jaime Printy suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in Iowa’s 85-79, overtime win at Wisconsin. Printy will miss the rest of the 2012 season.
This is the second injury to Printy’s left ACL. She tore the same ligament as a sophomore in high school.
“We are extremely disappointed to lose Jaime for the rest of the season,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “It’s very unfortunate that she has to go through another ACL injury. Jaime is one of the elite players in our conference, and it’s tough to see this type of injury happen to such a great individual.
“Jaime is a leader for us, both on and off the court. The statistics show what a great player she is, but she brings so much more to our team on the court. Jaime has a competitive spirit that other players feed off of, and we will miss that. But, I’m confident that Jaime will continue to lead this team from the sidelines. She cares so much for her teammates and wants to see them succeed.”
The Marion, Iowa, native leads Iowa in scoring at 16.9 points per game (16.5 points per game in Big Ten play). She ranks second in the Big Ten and 12th in the NCAA with an 88.8 free throw percentage. Printy also ranks sixth in assists (4.2), seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.0) and tied for eighth in steals (2.0).
Printy led Iowa in scoring in 13 contests, including nine 20-point performances. She ranks 10th in career scoring at Iowa (1,409), third in career 3-pointers made (197) and sixth in assists (304).
“Tearing my ACL for the second time is tough news to take,” Printy said. “It feels like our team is really hitting its stride right now and it’s going to be really hard to watch the rest of the season from the bench. But, I’m ready to help the team in any way I can from the sidelines and am looking forward to watching my teammates continue to play well.
“I’m really going to miss playing with our senior class. They taught me so much and were so much fun to be with on the court.”
Printy will have surgery within the next two weeks. The date is still to be determined.
“Jaime works very hard every day to improve her skills,” Bluder said. “Whether it’s coming in to shoot on off days or staying after practice, Jaime always puts in the extra time. I have no doubt that Jaime will attack her rehab with the same mentality. We are looking forward to getting her back on the court after she makes a full recovery.”
“After going through rehab once before in high school, I know a little bit of what to expect,” Printy said. “After surgery, I’m going to put all my focus on getting back to 100 percent. I’m already looking forward to stepping back on the court and playing in front of the amazing Hawkeye fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.”