Wieben Tears Knee Ligament, Done for the Season

Matt Gubbels

The ISU women’s basketball team got more news it did not want to hear Thursday.

The Cyclones will be without junior Nicky Wieben for the rest of the season because of the torn anterior cruciate ligament she sustained in the second half of a loss to Texas Wednesday.

When a MRI revealed the tear Thursday, Wieben became the second ISU post player have their season ended with an ACL injury. Lone senior Toccara Ross tore hers on Dec. 21 at Minnesota.

“Nicky’s injury is a major one for our team,” head coach Bill Fennelly said in a press release. “Most importantly, we all feel badly for Nicky in what started out as a good junior year. Losing our starting front court is a major loss as we are just starting Big 12 play.

“I have confidence in our players and staff and I know we will continue to represent Iowa State and our great fans as we have in the past,” Fennelly said.

The Cyclones rotation has now dwindled from eight at the beginning of the season to six, with just juniors Amanda Nisleit and Jocelyn Anderson in the post.

Wieben sustained the injury with just under 10 minutes left in Wednesday’s game trying to bring the ball up against Texas’s press. She sustained the injury, however, on the night that she set the Iowa State career record for blocked shots.

Wieben was the second-leading scorer on the Cyclones with 12.7 points per game and was leading the Cyclones in rebounding with 5.6 per game and blocked shots with 2.1 per game.