MACON, Ga. - Mercer women's basketball junior Briana Williams will miss the upcoming 2012-13 season after sustaining a serious knee injury in individual workouts on September 12.
The Jackson, Ga. native tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee and recently underwent reconstructive surgery on September 24. The normal recovery time for a torn ACL is six to nine months, so Williams will redshirt the year and come back for the 2013-14 campaign with two years of eligibility left.
"Obviously we are very disappointed for Briana because she was having the best preseason of her career in terms of her focus, conditioning level and her desire to improve into a complete basketball player," head coach Susie Gardner said. "We all know that Briana is a great scorer, but hopefully this injury with give her the opportunity to become a more well-rounded player and to come back better than ever next season."
Williams has been one of the best players in the Atlantic Sun Conference over the first two years of her college career. She led the league in scoring as both a freshman (18.0 ppg) and a sophomore (17.5 ppg) and became just the 22nd player in program history to score 1,000 points in a Mercer uniform last season.
Mercer begins team practice Thursday morning and officially tips off its 2012-13 season when it host Brevard at Hawkins Arena on November 11 at 7 p.m. as part of homecoming weekend.