The player expected to start at point guard for the Dickinson State womenâ€™s basketball team this season could be out for the season
Junior Ashley Jelly, a transfer from Otero Junior College in Colorado, had x-rays on Saturday night after sustaining a knee injury in the Blue Hawksâ€™ season-opening 96-77 loss to Montana Western.
DSU head coach Andre Goldberg said preliminary results of the x-ray revealed a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament, meaning Jellyâ€™s season is likely over. Though Goldberg said doctors told him thereâ€™s a slight chance Jellyâ€™s injury is only a bad sprain.
Jelly played just over 11 minutes against Western, going 0 of 3 from the field with two assists.
â€œSheâ€™s one that weâ€™re going to miss,â€ Goldberg said.
Because the injury happened in the first game of the season, Jelly will easily be able to receive a medical redshirt and return to the Blue Hawks next season without losing any eligibility.
Though another guard, senior Jessica Nieves, is sitting out this season as a redshirt because of an offseason knee injury, the Blue Hawks are deep at the spot.
Expect junior Terri Washington, who redshirted at DSU last year, to take over the point guard role. Washington had 14 points in DSU’s 65-61 loss to Montana Tech on Sunday.
Senior guards Kelsey Boedeker and Teryl Norton and junior Kylee Bittner also have the ability to handle the ball.