Katie Collier will miss UW women's season after knee injury
Incoming freshman forward Katie Collier tears ACL during summer workout.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Katie Collier, an incoming freshman at Washington, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during a summer workout and will be out for the 2012-13 season.
The 6-foot-3 forward is expected to have surgery later this month after swelling subsides.
Collier, the program's first McDonald's All-American, recovered this year from acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a type of bone marrow cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2011, but was able to play for her Seattle Christian team last season and appeared in the McDonald's All-American Game in March.
"I feel terrible because of all she has gone through this past year," UW coach Kevin McGuff said in a statement. "But at the same time, if there's anyone who can handle this, it's her. She'll be incredibly diligent in her rehab after surgery, and no doubt in my mind she'll come back stronger and better than ever."
Collier's injury puts a crimp in the frontcourt for the Huskies, who open with an exhibition Oct. 30 against Concordia. Washington graduated post players Regina Rogers, Mackenzie Argens and Mollie Williams.
Forward Talia Walton could be a valuable addition in the frontcourt, returning after a season-ending knee injury last season. Aminah Williams and Jeneva Anderson, who had impressive finishes last season, also could boost Washington's post rotation.
Signee Mathilde Gilling, a 6-3 native of Denmark, piqued McGuff's interest during his team's European tour last summer, but is unproven.
McGuff, who's entering his second year, coached the Huskies to a 20-14 finish last season after four consecutive losing seasons.
His young team will be led by sophomore point guard Jazmine Davis, last season's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and shooting guard Kristi Kingma, a fifth-year senior returning from an ACL injury who holds UW's record for three-point field goals in a season with 79 in 2010-11.
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