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Jessica Shepard

Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) cuts down the basketball net after the Irish's win against Stanford in a regional final earlier this year in Chicago.

Rookie forward Jessica Shepard will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee, the Minnesota Lynx announced Sunday.

Shepard's injury was confirmed by an MRI taken at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis. The Lynx say she will have surgery at a date to be determined.

Shepard injured her knee during Saturday's 89-85 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. The injury occurred with 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining when the Fremont graduate went up for a shot and was fouled. Shepard fell to the floor in pain and had to be helped down the arena tunnel.

Shepard was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame. In her first WNBA season, the 6-foot-3 Shepard averaged 4.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in six games with the Lynx.

Shepard tore the ACL in her left knee during her senior season at Fremont. She bounced back and was named Big Ten freshman of the year in her first season at Nebraska.

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