The Atlanta Dream announced today that point guard Shalee Lehning will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. An MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and surgery is scheduled for later this month. Lehning injured the knee during the first quarter of Sunday's contest against Connecticut. She did not return to the game and did not dress for Atlanta's game on Tuesday.
Lehning was a second round pick of the Dream in 2009 and started all 33 regular season games for the Dream in 2010. The acquisition of Lindsey Harding pushed Lehning into a reserve role this season where she was averaging 12.1 minutes, 2.1 points, and 2.3 assists per game. While not the scoring threat that Harding is, Lehning is a coach on the floor and your classic pass first point guard that is more concerned with getting the team into the offense than her own personal stats.
Without Lehning, Atlanta suddenly finds itself thin at the point guard position. Coco Miller saw some time at the point on Tuesday against the New York Liberty and will be the likely back up unless Atlanta decides to make a roster move.
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