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No. 19 Arizona’s Ware out for the season with knee injury


TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Arizona Wildcats forward Lauren Ware #32 grabs a rebound, during the second half of a Pac-12 basketball game between the USC Trojans and the University of Arizona Wildcats on February 26, 2022 at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona forward Lauren Ware will miss the 2022-23 season with a right knee injury, leaving the 19th-ranked Wildcats without a key frontcourt reserve.

Arizona announced Friday Ware suffered a second patellar dislocation during a workout in August and elected to have it surgically repaired.

Ware originally injured her knee during a game against North Dakota State last December and missed four games.

Arizona coach Adia Barnes said Ware was injured after banging knees with a teammate during a workout. She had been rehabilitating the injury in hopes of playing this season before meeting with the school medical staff and deciding on surgery.

The 6-foot-5 Ware averaged 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.