Coach Jen Hoover of Wake Forest’s women’s basketball team announced Thursday morning that two players, including leading scorer Elisa Penna, will miss the rest of the season.
This means Penna’s Wake Forest career will end because of a knee injury, with the senior forward from Bergamo, Italy, finishing her career 13th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,269 points. She averaged 15.3 points per game in 15 games this season, her final game as a Deacon coming with a 24-point performance at North Carolina on Jan. 17.
Penna traveled back to Italy in late January to be evaluated by her doctors, and it was determined that she didn’t need surgery. Penna is nearing completion of physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery, the program announced.
The second player unavailable for the rest of the season for the Deacons is freshman forward Christina Morra. She has missed the past three games with a viral illness and has averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh marks Senior Night for the Deacons, and Penna and Ariel Stephenson will be honored.
Stephenson is sitting out this season after undergoing shoulder surgery before the season. The guard from Prince George, Va., will graduate in May and “will explore her options at the conclusion of the season,” to play elsewhere, though she could also return to Wake Forest for her final season.
The Deacons are in the final week of the regular season with a 10-17 record and are 1-13 in the ACC, putting them in a tie with Pitt for last place in the league. Wake Forest closes the regular season with Sunday’s game at Virginia Tech and will play Wednesday in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.