Lady Rebels Lose Anderson, Major To Season, Career-Ending Injuries|
Nov. 3, 2015
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UNLV has lost two players off its women's basketball team to injuries, one season-ending and one career-ending, Lady Rebel Head Coach Kathy Olivier announced on Tuesday. Sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during a preseason practice, and will have to sit out the 2015-16 season. Junior Diamond Major, a Las Vegas native, will have to retire from the sport due to concussions suffered during her college and high school playing career.
"It's never easy when you lose a player much less two experienced players right before the season opener," said Olivier. "Alyssa is a big loss for us, her knowledge of the game was outstanding and she worked so hard in the offseason, she was definitely going to play a bigger role on our team this year and we're really going to miss her. Diamond was so comfortable and confident after being in our system the past two years and was one of our top defensive stoppers as well. It's horrible that she is never going to be able to play competitive basketball again. But Diamond always finds the positive things in life, and she's going to still be involved with the program and help us in other ways."
Anderson, a 6-0 forward from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., appeared in 20 games last year and averaged 4.7 minutes per game. She posted 19 points and 20 rebounds in her first year as a Lady Rebel, and was expected to be one of the first players off the bench this year while also would have been a long distance option for UNLV.
Major, a 5-9 guard/forward, had appeared in 44 games and made 10 starts as a sophomore for the Lady Rebels in the 2014-15 season. She posted 43 points in her two-year playing career, while also adding 41 rebounds, 20 assists and 11 steals.
The Lady Rebels, who do bring back three starters from a year ago and were picked fifth in the preseason Mountain West poll, will host Alaska-Anchorage in a exhibition contest on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion. The season opener will be on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3 pm against Southern Utah in the Thomas & Mack Center.