An Ohio State women’s basketball team tasked with replacing 90 percent of its scoring offense from last season will be without a player it expected to shoulder some of the load.
Ohio State announced on Tuesday that Ashanti Abshaw, a graduate transfer from Cleveland State, tore her right anterior cruciate ligament during a weekend practice. She will miss the entire 2018-19 season after having knee surgery.
“I’m extremely devastated for Ashanti,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said in a statement. “She is a great kid and worked really hard to get acclimated to our system and was going to make an impact. She will undergo surgery soon and we will support her throughout this process to make sure she gets back to 100 percent.”
Abshaw, a 5-foot-9 guard from Cleveland Heights, was one of five graduate transfers to join the Buckeyes ahead of the 2018-19 season.
She was a three-time all-Horizon League player at Cleveland State, averaging 16.6 points as a redshirt freshman, 17.7 points as a sophomore and 19.2 points as a junior to garner interest as a graduate transfer from a handful of high-profile programs.
Abshaw is working toward a master’s degree in workforce development, according to an Ohio State release.
With the loss of Abshaw, Ohio State is down to nine scholarship players. The Buckeyes open their season Nov. 6 at Value City Arena against South Florida.