The complete extent of Kaitlyn Widsten's right knee injury isn't yet known, but she won't be playing tonight, and won't play again this Canada West women's basketball season.
Widsten, a guard for the TRU WolfPack, injured the knee in the third quarter of Saturday's 72-64 loss to the Calgary Dinos at the Tournament Capital Centre. She did not return to the game, and later was taken to Royal Inland Hospital.
WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves said an X-ray showed that Widsten has a fracture of the tibia near the right kneecap. Widsten saw a specialist earlier this week, but the severity of the injury couldn't be determined.
“There's still some swelling, so we're not sure if there's any ligament damage,” Reeves said.
Reeves said Widsten will have to have surgery, although a time has yet to be scheduled.
The fourth-year Tsawwassen native certainly won't play tonight or tomorrow, 6 p.m., when the Victoria Vikes visit the TCC. She also will be out for TRU's final two games, scheduled for Feb. 11-12 against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver.
It's a major loss for the ninth-place WolfPack, as Widsten leads the team in points per game (12.2), and steals (54).
TRU (7-13) is clinging to a faint hope of making the playoffs, but likely will need to win at least three of its remaining four games to even think of the postseason. UVic (15-5) and UBC (13-5) already have locked up playoff spots.
Reeves hasn't decided who will take Widsten's place in the starting lineup, saying it will depend on the matchup, but said forward Michelle Dimond may be called upon to guard UVic forward Vanessa Forstbauer.
“I think we match up well (with Victoria) at all spots,” Reeves said. “Michelle did a good job (against Calgary) and we may have her guarding Vanessa.”
Reeves also said centre Diane Schuetze and forward Kailey Colonna may both start, something Reeves has found to be effective over the last three weeks.
“We may go with Diane and Kailey again,” Reeves said. “But we would have to structure our D differently — maybe go with a zone because we don’t want Di guarding someone on the perimeter.”