Injury ends Gray's Duke career

Jan. 13, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

A second injury to her right knee means star guard Chelsea Gray has played her last game for the Duke women’s basketball team.

Gray suffered a fractured right kneecap during Sunday’s 78-57 win over Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium and will need season-ending surgery.

"Chelsea is such a fighter, such a trooper, such a great person," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said Monday. "Obviously we are extremely disappointed. It's been a really sad day, a really sad day for our program. Our hearts go out to Chelsea and her family. We are all trying to work through this together. Take it one day at a time."

A senior, Gray dislocated the same kneecap last February. Despite missing Duke’s final four regular-season games and their run to the ACC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament elite eight, Gray was named first-team all-ACC and the ACC’s co-player of the year.

Rigorous off-season rehabilitation had the 5-11 Gray back on the court for the beginning of this season. Started all 17 games for No. 3 Duke (16-1), she averaged 10.8 points while dishing out 7.2 assists per game.

Gray was limited to 16 minutes of play against Boston College on Sunday. The initial diagnosis was a bruised quadriceps muscle. But follow-up exams on Monday, including an MRI, revealed the fracture.

Surgery will be scheduled as soon as possible and the recovery time is expected to be four months.