Colorado sophomore Alexis Robinson will spend her offseason recovering from a knee injury.

Following the Buffaloes' loss to Iowa on Thursday in the Women's NIT, CU head coach JR Payne confirmed that Robinson tore her ACL in practice on Saturday in South Dakota.

"For a young lady who loves the game of basketball the way she does and has loved the game her entire life, it's always a bitter thing to have it taken away from you," Payne said.

Fortunately, the injury was only an ACL tear and did not include other damage. The Buffs are encouraged that Robinson will be ready to go when preseason practices begin in October.

"It'll be as quick of a recovery as it can be," Payne said. "We have some of the best doctors in the country on our campus. She'll have the surgery done real quickly and be back next fall."

Robinson, a 5-foot-10 guard who was second on the team in scoring this season, missed Sunday's WNIT win at South Dakota State, as well as Thursday's loss to Iowa.

Prior to the injury, Robinson had not missed a game in her two seasons with the Buffs and had been in the starting lineup for 49 consecutive games.

This season, she averaged 11.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She also displayed significant improvement in her shooting percentages from last year, hitting 37.9 percent overall, 35.3 percent from 3-point range and 73.6 percent from the free throw line.

Robinson, from Ashland, Ky., earned all-Pac-12 honorable mention this season.


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Payne said that while Robinson won't be able to play over the spring and summer, she can study film, improve her strength and work on the mental aspects of the game.

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