Mir McLean out for rest of season with knee injury
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia suffered a major blow with news leading rebounder Mir McLean will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
UVA women's basketball coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton confirmed on Wednesday McLean suffered a season-ending knee injury against NC State last Sunday.
"Just had a traumatic knee injury and she'll be out for the rest of the season," Coach Mox said on Wednesday before practice, "But hate that for her and we'll be with her through that process, but next woman up mentality."
McLean was injured fighting for a rebound and landing awkwardly during Saturday's loss to the Wolfpack. The junior was eventually taken off on a stretcher before returning to the bench on crutches.
"Obviously it's unfortunate that we're losing such a high caliber rebounder, scorer, everything like that, but I think it's just a great opportunity for everybody else to step up," senior forward Camryn Taylor, who currently leads the team in scoring, "Me personally, I'm taking on that challenge and I'm grateful for it, just looking at the silver linings of it all."
In her first full season at Virginia, McLean was second on the team in scoring (12.2 points per game), first in steals (1.7) and third in the ACC in rebounds (9.6). A McDonald's All-American out of high school, McLean transferred to UVA mid-year last season after playing at UConn.
"It's a team effort, any time you lose somebody to injury no matter who it is, no matter what they bring to the team," Coach Mox said, "It's going to be a group effort to kind of make up for that. Just focusing on our team comradery, our team moral and just making sure that everybody stays positive."
After a two-game road trip against top-25 teams, Virginia returns home on Thursday, Jan. 11 to host No. 22 North Carolina.