Turner to sit out 2017-18 season for Notre Dame

Notre Dame forward Brianna Turner (11) goes up for a shot against the defense of Boston College center Mariella Fasoula in the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Thursday, Jan.19, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Brianna Turner will miss the entire season for the Notre Dame women's basketball team as she continues to recover from a knee injury.

Turner, a two-time all-american forward, tore her ACL during the second game of the NCAA Tournament last March. Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw says Turner's recovery is going well but that she wouldn't be ready to play at the beginning of the season.

"Brianna's rehab is going well but we have decided with her trainer and her parents and doctor that it would be in her best interest not to play this year," McGraw said. "She probably wouldn't be ready until January."

McGraw says the plan is for Turner to sit out the season and then enroll in graduate studies and play as a fifth year.

"She's too good of a player to miss that much time so we want her to be fully ready and healthy for next year. We absolutely expect her to be back next year," McGraw said.

Notre Dame has submitted paperwork with the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow forward Jessica Shepard, who transferred from Nebraska in the Spring to immediately become eligible.

At 6'4", Shepard would immediately help to lessen the void left by Turner's loss. If the NCAA denies the request, she would also sit out for the season and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

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