Senior guard Katie Campbell will miss the rest of the season due to a left knee injury suffered during the Zags’ win over BYU on Saturday.
THIS JUST IN: @ZagWBB senior guard Katie Campbell will miss the remainder of the season to a left knee injury suffered last week, the school announced. More details to follow. @SpokesmanReview @SpokesmanSports @WCChoops @GonzagaBulldogs— Jim Allen (@srjimallen) February 7, 2020
The women are in the midst of the best season in school history, and Campbell’s abilities on both offense and defense are one of the major reasons.
Campbell is tied for second on the team in scoring at 11 points per game. She and point guard Jessie Loera are the first line on a defense that just would not quit. Campbell’s 34 steals are second on the team to Loera’s 43.
Most importantly, Campbell was one of the Zags better scoring options. She was the constant perimeter threat, shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc off 109 attempts. Campbell is currently ranked No. 19 in the nation in three-point field-goal shooting percentage.
The injury happened while driving for a layup during the BYU game, in the midst of a what was going to be a career game. She had already tied a career high in points (17) and set a new career-best in steals (5). Campbell landed awkwardly and had to be led off the court without putting any pressure on her leg.
The Gonzaga University Athletic Department has not released any details about the injury.
The Zags should be able to absorb Campbell’s injury, but her veteran leadership will be missed on the court. Gonzaga still has shooters in Jill Townsend and Jessie Leora, but neither found themselves behind the arc as often as Campbell. Going forward, we will most likely see some more minutes from Kaylynne Truong to fill the gap in the minutes.
The women’s team has been an absolute joy to watch this season, and Campbell was a large part of that. We wish her the best in her recovery.