Danielle McCray's Kansas Career Prematurely Ended With Knee Injury
Feb. 5, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas women’s basketball senior guard-forward Danielle McCray will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in practice on Thursday afternoon, Jayhawk head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Friday.
The 5-foot-11 Olathe, Kan., native concludes her Kansas career as one of the all-time greats in the history of the program. McCray tallied 1,934 points in 116 career games. Her 1,934 points ranks fourth on the Kansas all-time scoring chart.
McCray’s name is all over the KU record books as she ranks in the top 10 in nine categories in addition to scoring. She ranks second in three-point field goals made (205) and three-point field goals attempted (544), third in three-point field goal percentage (37.7), fourth in field goals made (710), fourth in field goals attempted (1,654), fourth in free throw percentage (78.8), eighth in minutes played (3,446), ninth in fouls (326) and 10th in free throws made (309).
McCray was named the 2009 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year by the league coaches and earned Preseason First Team All-Big 12 honors. She was selected by ESPN.com as a Preseason Second Team All-American and picked up the same honor from Athlon Sports. ESPN.com also tabbed McCray as the one of the top five small forwards in the NCAA entering the 2009-10 season.
Additionally, McCray found her name on the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Wade Trophy.
McCray was one of 12 players selected to suit up for USA Basketball’s 2009 World University Games team and helped lead the Red, White & Blue to the gold medal in Belgrade, Serbia in July of 2009. McCray averaged 12.0 points per game, which ranked second on the team.
McCray earned All-Big 12 First Team honors and was an Honorable Mention All-America selection by both the Associated Press and State Farm following her junior season in which she helped lead the Jayhawks to a 22-14 overall mark and an appearance in the WNIT title game.
The Kansas women’s basketball team, which is currently 13-7 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play, will host in-state rival Kansas State on Sunday, Feb. 7 in the third-annual Jayhawks for a Cure “Pink Zone” game. For every fan in attendance, Kansas Athletics will donate $1 to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson will donate $1 for every KU student in attendance and Centerplate will donate $1 for every jumbo popcorn sold. Game time is slated for 1 p.m., in Allen Fieldhouse.