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BREAKING: UConn Guard Brianna Banks Tears ACL, Is Done For Season

Tough break.

Scoop: Brianna Banks will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season after tearing her right ACL.

Significance: Banks played in all 21 games so far for the Huskies. She averaged 17.1 minutes and 7.3 points per game.

Story: The UConn women's basketball team was dealt a devastating blow on Monday afternoon when news broke that sophomore guard Brianna Banks would miss the remainder of the season.

Banks left Saturday's game at St. John's after only one minute on the court. She looked to drive the lane, but a collision sent her to the ground. Banks fell awkwardly and was helped off the court.

Banks has been a revelation for the Huskies this season. After playing mostly in garbage time throughout her freshman season, Banks has averaged over 17 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season, and has been an important contributor on both sides of the ball.

With her ability to drive the lane with blazing speed and her stout play on defense, Banks has been a reliable go-to for Geno Auriemma all season.

Banks' injury will keep her out until about October. She is unable to apply for a redshirt because she has played 21 games.

Now, the Huskies will have to rely more on freshman guard Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson has played in every game for UConn, averaging 16 minutes per game. Her stat line does not jump off the page (3.7 pts, 1.7 ast, 1.3 stl), but she is going to have to step up, and she has the capability.

The No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2012 rankings by HoopGurlz – behind teammate Breanna Stewart – may always be the smallest player on the court, but her lightning-fast speed and in-your-face defense make her a difficult player to stop, and with maturity, she could become a very good player for Auriemma.