Wake Forest’s women’s basketball team will be without senior Ariel Stephenson for the upcoming season.
Stephenson, a guard from Prince George, Va., underwent shoulder surgery last week. She’ll be medically redshirted this season and will return for the Deacons on the court during the 2019-20 season.
“While we are disappointed that Ariel will be unable to play for us this season, we are encouraged that the surgery was successful and that she can make a full recovery,” Coach Jen Hoover of Wake Forest said in a news release. “We look forward to her supporting the team this season and can’t wait to have her back for the 2019-20 season.”
Stephenson averaged 8.9 points per game last season, the fourth-highest mark on the team. She was second on the team in 3-pointers (34), and was fourth in assists (58).
But Stephenson has had shoulder issues for the past two seasons. She didn’t play on the team’s trip to Italy in the summer.
She ranks 25th in program history with 1,040 points in her three-year career, and her 142 3-pointers are tied for sixth-best in Wake Forest history.
Stephenson is the third player lost for the season. Reserves Kortni Simmons and Destini Walker were medically disqualified in August.