Women's basketball: Gonzaga's Campbell out for rest of season

Gonzaga senior guard Katie Campbell drives the ball against BYU at McCarthey Athletic Center on Feb. 1. Despite career highs in points and steals, a knee injury Campbell suffered late in the win ended her final season at GU.

Gonzaga’s Katie Campbell will not return to the court in her final season due to a left knee injury, GU Athletics confirmed in a news release Friday afternoon. 

Campbell, a senior shooting guard, provided valuable minutes for the Bulldogs in her second year as a starter. Statistically, she was among the top 3-point shooters in the country the past two years, shooting 43.1% from beyond the arc this season.

The Oxnard, California, native had not played since last Saturday’s win over BYU, when she injured her knee after driving for a layup and landing awkwardly on her left leg late in the fourth quarter. She was helped off the court by trainers and did not return. 

In that game, Campbell notched career highs of 17 points and 5 steals on 75% shooting from 3.

Despite earning the regular-season sweep of the Cougars a year after losing all three matchups, the attitude after the game was somber among the players and coaches, even though Campbell’s status was not disclosed. 

“We had this amazing, glorious win, and it was kind of ‘who cares?’, GU head coach Lisa Fortier said after the game. “It was like, ‘I’ll give you the victory back if I can get Katie back’.”

There was no comment from Campbell or Fortier included in the media release.

Freshman Kayleigh Truong started in Campbell’s place against Pacific, scoring 8 points on 33.3% shooting as the Bulldogs won 83-65 to continue the nation’s longest winning streak.

GU is 21-1 and 12-0 in West Coast Conference play. They face Saint Mary’s College next in Moraga, California on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Connor Gilbert is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @ConnorJGilbert.

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