Fremont grad Jessica Shepard out for the rest of Minnesota Lynx’s season with torn ACL

Fremont grad Jessica Shepard out for the rest of Minnesota Lynx’s season with torn ACL
Jessica Shepard reached 1,000 career points in two seasons faster than any other Husker before transferring to Notre Dame, where she helped the team to a national title in 2018. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Lynx rookie Jessica Shepard will be out for the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in her right knee.

The team said Sunday that the four-time All-Nebraska selection’s injury was confirmed by an MRI exam. The forward injured her knee during Saturday’s 89-85 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The Lynx said she will have surgery at a date to be determined.

Shepard was a state champ at Lincoln Southeast who finished her career at Fremont. She was fourth in the state history with 2,227 career points before starring at Nebraska for two seasons.

Shepard was Big Ten freshman of the year in 2016 and reached 1,000 career points in two seasons faster than any other Husker before transferring to Notre Dame, where she helped the team to a national title in 2018.

In her first WNBA season, the 6-foot-3 Shepard averaged 4.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in six games with the Lynx.

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