ORONO – Maine women’s basketball has announced senior guard, Blanca Millan, has torn her ACL and will be out for the rest of the season.
“I will be back stronger than ever and know that I will be cheering on my teammates from the sidelines as loud as always,” Millan said.
The defending America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year suffered the injury in Maine’s 57-31 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 29.
“Since Blanca arrived at UMaine, she has been a superstar in everything she has done: in the classroom, on the court, and in the community,” Maine head coach, Amy Vachon, said. “I have no doubt Blanca will attack this and return to the court as good as, if not better than, she was before,” she added.
Millan led the Black Bears in most statistical categories this season including points per game (18.2) and rebounds (6.3). Last year, she became the third player in program history to score her 1,000th point in her third season.
“As our team continues to battle on the court without her, Blanca will undoubtedly provide leadership to our young players from the sideline,” Vachon said.
The NCAA grants a medical redshirt year to players who have suffered a season ending injury and have not participated in more than 30 percent of their season schedule. Millan has competed in six of Maine’s 29 Division I games this season, which is only 20 percent of the schedule. Maine says it will sort out Millan’s options once it returns home from its current road trip.