June 9, 2013 – Newark, NJ – NY Liberty announced today that forward Essence Carson will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Carson, the team’s leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, suffered the injury during the second quarter
of the Liberty’s game at last Friday’s game in Atlanta, a game which the Liberty lost.
”When it first happened I knew that was it,” she said. ”When you’re a kid and you pop a pencil, snap it in half? It snapped and I felt it and it was excruciating pain. It wasn’t even the type of pain that would allow you to cry. All I could do was yell and couldn’t stop yelling. Once that pain quieted down, I was able to get up off the floor.
The former Rutgers star, playing in her sixth season, was also averaging 6.3 rebounds through the first three games this season. She has averaged 8.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 172 career games.
Her absence in the Liberty lineup will be filled with a veteran and a rookie. Head coach BillLaimbeer said he plans to start veteran forward Katie Smith in Carson’s place and rookie Toni Young could see more playing time.
”We’ll still play the same strategy on defense, the same structure that we have,” Laimbeer said. ”Nothing changes. Just that we lose a very athletic player.”