Naama Shafir Receives Medical Hardship Waiver from MAC
The three-time All-MAC selection was lost for the 2011-12 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during UT's 69-58 win at Big Ten member Indiana on Friday, Nov. 25.
Shafir, who had started 106 consecutive games prior to the injury, is averaging 13.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 30.3 minutes per game in her UT career.
The Hoshaya, Israel currently sits fourth in UT annals in helpers (569), fifth in free throws made (441), eighth in scoring average and free-throw percentage (76.8%, 441-of-574) and 10th in points (1,452), steals (168) and minutes played (3,210).
Despite losing Shafir to the injury, the Rockets finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 24-10 overall record and claimed a share of a third consecutive MAC West Division crown with a 13-3 league ledger. UT also earned its third straight appearance in the Postseason WNIT, advancing to the ‘Elite Eight'.
Shafir is expected to be one of 11 letterwinners returning to the Midnight Blue & Gold for the 2012-13 campaign, to go along with two freshman who sat out last season as redshirts and three newcomers who signed letters of intent back in November.
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