Tarleton State learned Tuesday sophomore guard Morgan Ashmore will miss the rest of the season with a torn PCL in her left knee.
Ashmore was injured in a collision with Eastern New Mexico's Cassidy Doherty while the TexAnn was attempting to beat the buzzer with a shot from just behind half court at Wisdom Gym Saturday night.
The former Spearman all-state point guard posted on her Twitter account Tuesday afternoon: "ůMy ACL is not torn, my pcl is slightly torn. I'm still out for about 4 months. Good & bad."
The PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament, is located in the back of the knee and is one of several ligaments connecting the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). PCL injuries account for only 1.5 percent of all knee injuries, according to PubMed.gov, the official website of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
"It was good news and bad news," said Tarleton head coach Ronnie Hearne Wednesday morning. "We hate to lose Morgan or any player, but we're glad it's the PCL and not the ACL."
Ashmore's injury does not require surgery, and Hearne expects her recovery to take four to six months.
Ashmore has started every game this season for the TexAnns (14-3, 5-2), who are alone in second place in the Lone Star Conference. She averaged 4.7 points, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 25.1 minutes per game. She started 25 games as a true freshman last year, giving her 42 career starts.
Tarleton head coach Ronnie Hearne and staff had just moved Ashmore from shooting guard back to her natural position, point guard. That meant moving junior Kathy Thomas, a transfer from Iowa, to shooting guard.
Hearne said Monday plans are to continue playing Thomas at shooting guard with Raven McGrath starting at the point. The 1,000-game winner also said Thomas will still play point guard when McGrath is out of the game, and that senior Brianna Bledsoe will move to shooting guard when necessary.
McGrath averages 5.6 points and 1.2 assists in just 16.7 minutes.
The TexAnns are home Saturday for a 5 p.m. bout with Texas A&M-Commerce at Wisdom Gym. They turn around Sunday and travel to Denton for a 2 p.m. battle with Texas Woman's, then host Midwestern State next Wednesday.