FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU freshman guard Taylor Gradinjan (Cudahy, Wisc./Cudahy HS) suffered a season-ending knee injury that will sideline her for the rest of the 2012-13 campaign.
“Taylor is a big loss for us,” said head coach Karl Smesko. “She is a really good player who was ready to expand her role in our rotation. Taylor is still going to have a great career here, but we will miss her this year.”
Gradinjan suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear during the Eagles’ game against South Carolina at the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam (Nov. 23).
The Cudahy, Wisc. native was averaging 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game, but was starting to turn the corner at the Paradise Jam. She scored eight points in just six minutes in the 60-58 Thanksgiving Day loss against DePaul and earned her first collegiate start the next day against SEC foe South Carolina. Gradinjan had four points and three rebounds in 21 minutes against the Gamecocks before suffering the injury.
The Green and Blue are back in action on Saturday, December 1 when they host Maine (1-5) at Alico Arena. Tip-off is set for 4:45 p.m.
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