Hebard suffers head injury at FIBA Americas in Chile
Fairbanks forward Ruthy Hebard of the USA Basketball U18 Women’s National Team suffered an apparent head injury during Thursday’s 80-59 win over Brazil at the FIBA Americas tournament in Chile.
The 18-year-old starter bound for the University of Oregon was hit in the head, her dad told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
“They’re going to test her one more time to decide if it’s a concussion. If it is, she’s done for the tournament,” he told the newspaper.
“USA Basketball has a first-class medical staff down here, and they’re doing a great job and doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Hebard, of West Valley fame, was coming off a dominating performance in an 117-32 win over Venezuela in which she bagged 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
The 6-foot-4 former Alaska player of the year had started Team USA’s first two games and averaged 6.5 points and 6 rebounds before today’s injury, which was the final game in Pool A for the undefeated Americans before the medal round.