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Wisconsin F Malayna Johnson Suffers Torn ACL

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Wisconsin forward Malayna Johnson will miss the entire 2015-16 season after suffering a torn ACL during practice on Wednesday, according to the school’s official athletic website.

Johnson (6-foot-4), a junior, will be placed on medical redshirt and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“It is extremely sad that we will not have Malayna on the court for us this season,” head coach Bobby Kelsey said. “She made such tremendous improvements and was really coming into her own before tearing her ACL.  Having experienced losing several players to this devastating injury in our program during my tenure here, we are crushed that Malayna will have to sit out the year.

“However, we will continue to strive to do everything within our power to train, strengthen and proactively seek out all resources available to us so that no one else will have to go through this again.”

Johnson appeared in 29 games last season as a sophomore, contributing 4.0 points per game with an average of 13.8 minutes. Her older sister and teammate, Michala, suffered a similar injury earlier this spring and earned a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after deciding to forgo the WNBA draft.

Malayna is expected to have surgery later this month.

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