Stewart tears Achilles
Former UConn star and reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon while playing in the EuroLeague championship game for Russian Club Dynamo Kursk, it was announced Tuesday.
Stewart suffered the injury when she landed on Brittney Griner’s foot while attempting a jump shot in Sunday’s game against UMMC Ekaterinburg. The 6-foot-4 forward immediately grabbed her lower right leg and remained on the court in noticeable pain before being helped off the floor.
The injury could jeopardize the 24-year-old Stewart’s availability for the upcoming WNBA season. Stewart averaged a career-high 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 blocks last year, and won Finals MVP as the Seattle Storm captured its third championship.
While the severity of the injury was not immediately known, Stewart’s father, Brian, told Syracuse.com on Monday that Stewart planned to undergo surgery on her Achilles tendon. On Tuesday, the injury diagnosis was confirmed by Dynamo Kursk on Twitter.
The Storm are slated to open the season May 25 against the Phoenix Mercury. The franchise had not provided an update on Stewart’s status as of Tuesday afternoon.