UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 1, 2016) – Connecticut Sun rookie forward Morgan Tuck will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a cartilage tear in her left knee suffered during a loss to the Atlanta Dream at Philips Arena on Sunday.
“Obviously I am really disappointed,” Tuck said. “But I plan to work extremely hard, and I expect to be back and ready to contribute next year.”
Selected with the third overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Tuck appeared in 26 games, making three starts while averaging seven points with 74 rebounds and 29 assists. She made 17 three-pointers, and she scored in double figures six times with a career-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Seattle (6/10). She ranked fifth among WNBA rookies in scoring and rebounding.
“I feel terrible for Morgan that she will not be able to complete her first WNBA season on the court,” Sun head coach Curt Miller said. “She has a tremendous future with the Sun, and I am confident she will approach the rehabilitation process like the champion she is. I can’t wait to have her back with us next year.”
With Tuck sidelined for the year, Connecticut signed forward Asia Taylor, a third-round pick of the Minnesota Lynx in the 2014 WNBA Draft. An AAC First Team selection at Louisville in 2014, Taylor appeared in 22 games for the Lynx as a rookie, averaging 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds. She had a career-high 10 points against New York on May 24, 2014. Taylor was waived by the Lynx in 2015. She appeared in two preseason games for the Fever this year before she was waived in May.