Beth Friday averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds a game for Duquesne this season, but the stat line from her final collegiate game will read 0 points, 0 rebounds and one minute played. It actually took less than 30 seconds.
After an Ugo Oha miss on the first possession of the game, Friday came down awkwardly under the basket amid several players and fell to the floor. She was helped to the bench without letting her left foot touch the ground.
“It happened so quickly it was hard to tell whether it was an ankle or a knee,” Duquesne head coach Dan Durkin said. “But she’s a really tough kid, so when she didn’t respond real quickly, we knew it was going to be something a little more serious than just turning the ankle.”
While the extent of Friday’s injury is still unknown, the forward kept ice on her left ankle for the entire first half. After halftime, she attempted to walk up and down the tunnel using a brace and an air cast but she grimaced in pain. Friday finally took off her sock and shoe, and had ice taped to the ankle for the remainder of the game.
“It was hard to just sit there,” Friday said in a statement released to the press. “I tried jumping and running but it just hurt too hard. I wanted to play in the second half.”
GW’s Cathy Joens, who red-shirted her sophomore season after an ACL tear, said she has empathy for Friday.
“My heart goes out to her. This was the last game she played in and she makes a big difference for their team. That’s their go-to player. I just feel bad for her and I wish her the best of luck.”