BREAKING: Women’s basketball freshman Niamya Holloway out for season

Niamya Holloway will miss her first collegiate season due to a season-ending left knee injury.

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Holloway was recruited as part of the team’s highly ranked recruiting class.

by Theo Franz

University of Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen announced Tuesday that freshman Niamya Holloway will miss the 2022-23 season after suffering a season-ending left knee injury last week.

“Unfortunately Niamya suffered a knee injury last week, and we are saddened to learn this week that it is season ending,” Whalen said. “We are here to support Niamya every step of the way as she moves forward in this recovery process.”

The Holloway’s family Twitter account, @HollowayStrong, responded to the news by tweeting, “Not how we saw her 1st yr. But all we can do is focus on what we can control. We appreciate the positive vibes & love! During this time we just ask you respect her privacy as she’s now focused on making one HECK of a comeback! Now go pack the Barn! Cuz that’s where she’ll be!”

The Eden Prairie native was Prep Girl Hoops’ No. 45 nationally ranked recruit in 2022 and was named their AAU defensive player of the year. She was recruited by Whalen to play as a stretch forward and is a part of the coach’s highly ranked recruiting class.

Holloway is a multi-sport athlete who has dominated in both basketball and track. In her senior year at Eden Prairie high school, she earned a spot on the All-State team in basketball after averaging 16.9 points per game, 1.6 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.2 blocks.