AUSTIN (KXAN) — Senior forward Nneka Enemkpali will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the Longhorns’ 75-58 loss to Baylor, the university said Tuesday.
The Pflugerville product suffered the injury late in the first half against the Bears while pulling down a rebound. She immediate grabbed her left knee screaming in pain.
“My heart goes out to Nneka because she has grown so much during her career at The University of Texas — as a player, as a leader, and as a person,” head coach Karen Aston said. “It is never easy to see a student-athlete’s career cut short like this.”
Enemkpali recently became the just the 37th player in program history to score over 1,000 points in her career. She led the Longhorns in scoring with 12.4 points a game and led the Big 12 with 10.6 rebounds per game.
“Nneka has been the heart of our program for quite some time, and as we move forward she will continue to play a vital role on this team from the sidelines,” Aston said.
After starting the year 13-0, Texas’ best start to a season since winning the national championship in 1986, the Longhorns have lost three of their last four games. The Longhorns next host Iowa State on Sunday.