Published August 21. 2013 4:00AM
The Connecticut Sun announced Tuesday that all-star guard Allison Hightower and rookie Kelly Faris will both be sidelined for the rest of the season with injuries.
Hightower, who has already missed the last three Sun games, is suffering from a strained right knee. Faris has reinjured the left foot she hurt during the 2012-13 UConn women's basketball season.
Connecticut has endured a staggering number of injuries this season. A total of five players have missed a combined 40 games, and the latest ailments leave the team with just eight players available for Thursday's home game against the Minnesota Lynx.
"We are really disappointed, obviously," Sun coach Anne Donovan said. "Allison has begun to emerge as one of the best young guards in the WNBA, as evidenced by her well-deserved selection to the all-star team. And Kelly worked hard to gain a spot in the starting lineup. She was playing better and better, and she is definitely someone we had grown to count on this season. I have no doubt she will continue to work hard to get back on the court."
In her fourth season, Hightower is averaging 12.9 points per game, six points higher than her previous career high for a single season. She has made a career-best 24 3-pointers, which leads the Sun.
Faris has been an active defensive presence all season for Connecticut, but had shown good progress since making her first career start against Atlanta on Aug. 14. In that game, she was 4 of 4 from the field with three 3-pointers, collecting 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. She also had a team-high seven rebounds at Chicago on Sunday.
Connecticut, in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-17 record, 9 1/2 games behind division-leading Chicago, has had a full roster of 11 players available for an entire game just twice, against New York in the season opener, and at Tulsa on July 19.
- Day Staff Reports