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Maryland sophomore standout Blair Watson suffers season-ending ACL injury

Maryland's Blair Watson drives during the first half of a game against UConn on Nov. 19, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.
Maryland's Blair Watson drives during the first half of a game against UConn on Nov. 19, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)

Maryland women’s basketball sophomore wing Blair Watson tore her right ACL in practice Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Thursday.

Watson is the No. 11 Terps’ second-leading scorer (13.8 points per game) and often served as the spearhead of the team’s full-court pressure defense. She is the Big Ten Conference’s most improved scorer and ranks third in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage (.441).

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“Obviously, we’re disappointed for Blair,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said in a release. “She was having a really fantastic season and we are going to miss her presence and playmaking ability on the court. We’ll do everything we can to help her in her recovery and support her through the process. This team has tremendous chemistry and will continue to compete at a high level.”

Watson, who will have surgery at a later date, struggled as a freshman after undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring of her senior year of high school.

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The injury is a blow to the Terps’ hopes of extending their streak of six straight Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament titles. Maryland (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) hosts Michigan State on Thursday night.

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