INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after sustaining torn cartilage and a bone bruise in her right knee during practice last week at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
A second-year pro out of South Carolina, Mitchell was averaging 10.3 points for the Fever with nine starts and appearances in 26 games prior to missing last Saturday’s loss at Washington. She set a franchise record for free throw percentage as a rookie and was currently fourth in the WNBA while shooting 92 percent at the foul stripe. She had reached double-figure scoring in 16 games, including a season-high 19 points at Chicago on June 18.
Mitchell’s injury continues a season with multiple injuries to the Fever, including starter Shenise Johnson who is out with a torn ACL, and Maggie Lucas, prior to training camp, who re-injured the same ACL injury that kept her out most of the 2016 campaign. Point guard Briann January has missed four games due to Achilles and knee ailments.
Johnson, who averaged 11.3 points through 14 games, underwent successful surgery last week by team physician Dr. Steve Kollias of Ortho Indy. Surgical and rehab options are still being explored for Mitchell. Both are expected to return for the 2018 WNBA season.