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Minnesota star Mara Braun sidelined indefinitely with foot injury that needs surgery

Morning headlines from Jan. 29, 2024
Morning headlines from Jan. 29, 2024 03:24

Minnesota guard Mara Braun has been sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury that requires surgery for the team's leading scorer and preseason All-Big Ten selection.

Gophers coach Dawn Plitzuweit announced the news Monday, the day after Braun was hurt in a 73-68 loss at Illinois. The sophomore standout is averaging 17.8 points per game, fourth-best in the conference. She's also sixth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and ninth in 3-point shooting (37%).

"The development of Mara's game on both ends of the court this season has been such a joy to watch, and while we know that this setback is incredibly frustrating, we also know that she will continue to be a great teammate and leader in our program," Plitzuweit said.

The Gophers (14-6, 4-5) host Penn State on Wednesday.

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