Indiana Fever forward Shyra Ely-Gash will miss the 2012 WNBA season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in her left knee. A graduate of Ben Davis High School who joined her hometown team last season, Ely-Gash had hoped to play in her seventh WNBA season, but has chosen to follow a medical recommendation to repair the ligament.
“Initially we had hoped that she would be OK and it would not be season ending,” said Fever Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. “However, our team orthopedist, Dr. Stephen Kollias, determined that surgery to repair the ligament was the best course of action at this time. She should make a full recovery and be ready to go next season.”
Ely-Gash averaged over 10 minutes per game while playing in 33 of 34 contests for the Fever in 2011. She averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
She missed the 2010 WNBA season due to a ruptured right patellar tendon.