Peters tears ACL; out for season

Muffet's Squad picked up a huge win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, but suffered an even greater loss in the process.

Freshman forward Devereaux Peters will miss the rest of the season after tearing her ACL in the 2nd half of Sunday's win.

An MRI Monday confirmed the tear in the freshman's left knee.

“Devereaux is an outstanding young woman with a bright future ahead of her,” Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said in an Irish press release. “We expect she will bounce back from this injury with the same determination and desire that she has already shown this season, and we’re looking forward to having her back and ready to go next season."

Peters was leading the Irish in scoring (11 points) when she attempted to receive a pass under the basket from fellow freshman Becca Bruszewski. As Peters went for the ball, her left knee buckled awkwardly inside.

Peters immediately went to the ground and was in extreme pain.

She was unable to walk off under her own power and was assisted to the locker room by members of the Irish training staff.

Minutes later Peters returned with a brace on her entire left leg and cheered on her teammates from the bench for the rest of the game.

Peters has been the first player off the bench for the Irish this season, averaging 9 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

She has been a key part of Notre Dame's press defense playing at the point of the Irish D when in the game. Peters averaged 1.7 steals per game.

“Devereaux has been a significant contributor to our success this season, but that success has been based as much on our ability to come together as a team,” McGraw said

“Part of the growing process in this game, and in life, is dealing with obstacles that are put in your path. This presents an opportunity for some of our other players to step in and contribute down the stretch in the BIG EAST Conference season and I believe they will passionately embrace that challenge and take advantage of it.”

The 16th ranked Irish will play their first game without Peters on Wednesday when they host Marquette at the Joyce Center at 7pm.

Notre Dame has won three games in a row and is 6-3 in the Big East (18-5 overall).

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