Breanna Stewart Tears Achilles; Is Expected to Miss W.N.B.A. Season

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart tore her right Achilles tendon in the EuroLeague championship game, just five weeks before the start of the W.N.B.A. season.

Her father, Brian Stewart, confirmed the injury and said she is expected to have surgery in Los Angeles this week.

While Storm officials have not commented about the reigning league most valuable player, she most likely will miss the 2019 season.

“I don’t think it’s a career-ending type of injury,” Brian Stewart told her hometown “But it’s certainly going to put her in the barn for a while.”

Stewart spent the W.N.B.A. off-season with the Dynamo Kursk of Russia. Playing in the EuroLeague championship game on Sunday, she landed awkwardly on the foot of her fellow W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner, who was defending her for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg, after attempting a jump shot.

Clearly in pain, Stewart grabbed her right ankle after she crumpled to the court.

Led by the 6-foot-4 Stewart, the Storm won the W.N.B.A. title in 2018. She averaged 21.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in the regular season.

The Storm selected Stewart, now 24, with the first pick of the 2016 draft. She played collegiately at Connecticut, which won four straight N.C.A.A. titles with Stewart on the court.

The W.N.B.A. season begins May 24.

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