South Carolina center Alaina Coates recently had ankle surgery that will keep her out of at least part of the WNBA season, according to a report from The Summitt’s Howard Megdal.
Coates missed South Carolina’s NCAA Tournament run that saw the Gamecocks win the NCAA Championship over Mississippi State with an ankle injury. However, prior to the injury, Coates finished fifth in the country in effective field goal percentage at 67 percent. She also finished eighth in the country in rebounds per 40 minutes with 24.7.
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If Coates is to miss time in the WNBA season due to the surgery, she won’t be the first. Most recently, Jillian Alleyne was traded from Phoenix to Connecticut and back again after suffering an injury before even playing a professional game.
There was also Tamika Catchings, who missed her entire rookie season with a knee injury that also cost her the end of her Tennessee career.