WNBA MVP Berna Stewart of Seattle Storm is expected to miss the 2019 WNBA season after ripping her right Achilles tendon while playing in Europe, she announced on Twitter on Wednesday
Stuart, 24, who played for Dynamo Kursk in Russia, was injured on Sunday in the Euroleague Fine Four Championship in Sopron, Hungary. She had an MRI on Monday in Los Angeles after returning from Europe, and the results were not checked by a doctor until Wednesday.
"First of all, I just want to thank you for the tremendous amount of love and support I have received in recent days," Stuart said in her message. "The situation is still a shock for me … This year especially was amazing and filled with a lot of success and as we all know there are highs and lows throughout the career.
"It's just another obstacle I'll overcome, I admit I have so many people in the corner to help me at every turn, I feel all the possible emotions at this stage, but only know that the jump back will be real and I will come back more than ever."
– Berna Stewart (@breannastewart) April 17, 2019
Stuart will be operated on by Dr. Neil Altersh of the Carlene Orthopedic Clinic and B. Storm said Stuart is expected to fully recover towards the start of the 2020 season.
"This is a difficult time for Stewie and our hearts to go out to her," Storm CEO Alisha Valavanis said in a statement, "The Storm family is behind it and we will support Stoey in any way we can when she starts the journey back to court."
Stewart led the storm to the WNBA's third title win last September, and then helped the United States win the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup later that month. She was MVP for the WNBA final and the World Cup, last month also called the EuroLeague MVP of the regular season.
Stewart also played for the United States at the 2016 Olympics, and is still expected to be a major part of the 2020 Olympic team. Usually, rehabilitation for Achilles injury lasts 9 months to a year.
WNBA Grand Tamika Catchings injured her Achilles on September 3, 2007, played at the 2008 Olympics and Indiana's 25th Fever of 34 games in the 2008 season.
As with most WNBA players, Stuart also competes abroad to maximize her income.Start recorded $ 56,793 in basic salary last season with Storm, earning $ 15,000 bonuses for being an MVP, $ 11,025 for winning the WNBA, $ 10,000 for being selected All The first WNBA and $ 2,500 for being in the All-Star game.
She was supposed to make $ 64,538 during this WNBA season at the base salary.
While at UConn from 2012 to 16, Stewart won four NCAA titles and was named the last player of the Final Four women at a time. She was part of two unbeatable seasons with the Huskies in 2013-14 and 2015-16, and ended her career with 2,676 points, 1,179 rebounds and 414 blocked shots.
Stuart, a 6-meter-old native of Syracuse, New York, was recruited by the storm in April 2016 and was a rookie of the year in the same season. Last season, in third place in the league, she averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 shots blocked by the storm during the regular season. Her average score rose during the playoffs, as she averaged 24.6 points. The storm swept Washington Mystic 3-0 in the WNBA final.
In her WNBA career, Stewart averaged 20.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 blocks.
Stewart, who does not make it until 25 August, has missed just one game in her three seasons at the WNBA. She played her first two seasons in China, then traveled to Russia in 1919-208. Stewart had a knee injury while playing in China in January 2017, but it did not affect her WNBA season that year.
Stuart was injured near the end of the first half of Sunday when she jumped up, then came down with considerable pain. She had to use the yard. Dynamo Kursk fell 91-67 to UMMC Ekaterinburg, which won its fifth title EuroLeague.
Sky's goalkeeper, Courtney Vanderslott, led UMMC with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while the Phoenix Merci Center, Brittany Greener, added 16 points and 10 rebounds to the winners.
UMMC Ekaterinburg and Dinamo Kursk will face each other again in a series of three series of the Russian championship starting April 20. The WNBA season starts on May 24.
Almost the upcoming calendar of many female actresses has been a reality since the WNBA was launched in 1997. Some leading players, including Diana Tarasi of Mercury and Atlanta's Dream of Angel to McCaughtry, took the WNBA season to rest. Usually, players pay more abroad.
Stuart's absence for the 2019 season is a huge blow to Storm, who hoped to become the first team to return as a WNBA champion since Los Angeles Sparks in 2001-02. Storm's previous titles were in 2004 and 2010; Sue Bird, 38, was part of all three of Storm's championships.
Storm is not the only WNBA unit that will be without a big star this season, though. Champion four times Minnesota Lynx will not be MVP 2014 Maya Moore, as Stuart A. UConn Grad former # 1 draft pick (2011). Moore, 29, announced at the beginning of the year that she takes the 2019 season to focus on her other interests and her family after eight seasons of playing at the WNBA and abroad.
And the status of Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage is not safe, as it has asked for trading and can not play if it does not happen. Cambage, an Australian who was No. 2 to pick behind Moore in 2011, returned to the WNBA last season after a four-year absence. She scored 23.5 points in the league, with 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.