Major injuries strike in the final games of the regular season 

WHN | Mar 4, 2024

By Jared Feldman Elizabeth Kitley, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, was forced to leave No. 5 Virginia Tech’s…

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By Jared Feldman

Elizabeth Kitley, a two-time ACC Player of the Year, was forced to leave No. 5 Virginia Tech’s 80-75 loss to Virginia on Sunday after appearing to have a noncontact left knee injury in the third quarter.

With six minutes left in the quarter, Kitley attempted a transition layup and was fouled on the right side of her body. After making the shot, she fell to the ground and appeared to hold her left knee before slowly rising.

Kitley left for the locker room with medical personnel, and while returning to the Hokies’ bench with 30 seconds remaining in the period, she did not return to the floor.

As for Iowa Molly Davis went down with a knee injury in the second quarter of Iowa’s 93-83 win over Ohio State on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It happened after Caitlin Clark had scored to put Iowa up 36-26. Davis knee buckled with 6:39 left in the first half, just as the Buckeyes inbounded and she tried a steal. Davis was picked up and carried away. She returned in a wheelchair, with her right leg bandaged.

“That’s the hard part (about the win),” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “We had to regain our focus.

“I don’t know the extent of the injury, not until (Monday). Everybody say a prayer for me.”

Indiana Hoosier All-American Mackenzie Holmes exited Sunday’s eventual 71-54 victory over the Maryland Terps with a left knee injury and did not return to play.

Holmes injured her knee while going up for a layup in the third quarter, with a Maryland defender sliding in front of her and hopping on one foot after discovering she was injured.

The 6-foot-3 center was able to walk off the court on her own and returned to the locker room for assessment before returning to the Hoosiers bench toward the end of the game.

The fifth-year senior, Indiana’s leading scorer (20.7 PPG) and rebounder (7.1 RPG), had previously missed or been limited in her career due to injury to the same knee, including the 2023 postseason.

Jared Feldman is a sports journalist based in Las Vegas. During his time at UNLV he was apart of Rebel Report and covered Lady Rebels and Runnin’ Rebels games and Las Vegas Aces games.

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