SAN ANTONIO | Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon will have surgery this week after suffering an ACL tear in her left knee against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Team officials in San Antonio on Monday announced an MRI confirms the injury.
Hammon got hurt and was carried off the court in the second quarter of Saturday's 93-66 loss to the Sparks. The seven-time All-Star was playing in her first game of the season after missing the first 10 with a broken finger on her shooting hand.
Hammon will face rehabilitation following knee surgery. No timetable has been set for her return.
Hammon ranked second in the WNBA in total assists (176), 3-point field goals made per game (2.4) and total 3-point field goals made (80) last season. She missed the first 10 games of the 2013 season due to a broken middle finger suffered during training camp. Hammon played 12 minutes at Los Angeles prior to the injury recording two points, a rebound and an assist.
Hammon is a 1994 graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and was named South Dakota Miss Basketball her senior year. Hammon led the Raiders to a state runner-up finish her senior year, the best in school history. After scoring 1,417 career points for Stevens, Hammon went on to play collegiately at Colorado State University, where she became the Western Athletic Conference's all-time leading scorer and had her jersey retired by the Rams.
She went undrafted out of college but was signed as a free agent by the New York Liberty in 1999, where she played until being traded to San Antonio in 2007.
Hammon is a two-time Olympian, having represented Russia in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games after becoming a Russian citizen. She played for CSKA Moscow in the WNBA offseasons from 2007-09.
Hammon was named one of the 15 best WNBA players of all time in 2011.