NORMAN — After getting so much bad news on the injury front over the past few seasons, coach Sherri Coale’s Oklahoma women’s program received some rare good news on Monday.
Late in the first half of the Sooners’ 82-76 loss at UCLA Sunday afternoon, OU’s Nicole Kornet went up for a rebound amongst several players and, upon landing, crumbled to the ground, offering all the signs of a typical anterior cruciate ligament tear, the season-ending and knee-surgery-inducing injury that has sidelined many Sooners during the Coale era, from Stacey Dales in 1997 to Whitney Hand and Maddie Manning last season, to Manning yet again this season.
The Transcript however, learned Monday that Kornet’s season should not be over. She’s has been diagnosed with a knee hyper-extension rather than a torn ACL. In affect, the ligaments in her knee were stretched, but not beyond the breaking point.
The Sooners do not play again until Creighton visits Lloyd Noble Center at noon Sunday. In the meantime, Kornet’s availability is being considered day-to-day.
A sophomore from Lantana, Texas, who played her high school basketball at Liberty Christian, the same program that produced Whtiney Hand, Kornet started the first four games of the season, but has been coming off the bench in OU’s last two, making way for true freshman Gioya Carter’s ascent into the starting five.
Kornet is averaging 17.5 minutes, 3.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.
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