WWU's Bernsen to miss season with torn ACL


Western Washington University women's basketball center Kayla Bernsen (Moses Lake) will miss the 2013-14 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

The 6-foot-3 Bernsen, a junior to be for the Vikings, suffered the injury while competing at the 23rd annual Spokane Hoopfest, the world's largest 3-on-3 tournament, held during the first week in July.

Bernsen will have surgery on Friday, Aug. 2, and be out of action until spring.

As a sophomore last year, Bernsen averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds and blocked 37 shots. She scored a career-high 25 points in 10-of-12 field-goal shooting along with nine rebounds and four blocked shots in a victory at Western Oregon on March 2. Bernsen had a double-double versus Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 21 with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best five blocks.

Bernsen averaged 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds as a freshman for the Vikings.

Last year, WWU finished 29-4, winning both the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season (17-1) and tournament titles, taking the West Regional championship and reaching the NCAA Division II national semifinals.

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