WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A day after an MRI confirmed a torn ACL in KK Houser’s left knee. The fifth year senior said that there was a 50/50 chance that she would put a brace on the knee and try to play.
“I have one speed, so I think it’ll be very limiting for me, and honestly I just want what’s best for the team. And, if me coming back is not going to help the team, then I would like to just go ahead and get my surgery and continue on supporting them from the sideline,” said KK Houser.
Houser’s teammates know it will be tough to replace the team’s leading scorer but are confident they have the talent to do so.
“I’m not really worried about the team. I think we can bounce back from this, and she’s going to be like the fourth or fifth coach from the sidelines. I have so much confidence in my team. I’m not worried about anything. Everyone’s going to step up. Everyone is going to continue to play great and we’ll be fine,” said redshirt junior forward Whitney Bays.
So far, the Boilermakers are saying all the right things, but we won’t know for sure how this team is going to respond until they return to action on Thursday night at home against Ohio State.
“We have six games left and you’re hoping to at least go .500 if not better. You’re wanting to be better than that and then set yourself up for the Big Ten Tournament. We may respond exceptionally well immediately or it may take us a week, but I have a lot of confidence in our players,” said head coach Sharon Versyp.
Four of the Boilermakers final six games will be played at Mackey Arena.