Liberty F Essence Carson to miss rest of season with torn ACL in left knee

Liberty forward Essence Carson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

New York made the announcement Sunday before playing Atlanta for the second time in three days. Carson was carried off the court with 3:56 left in the second quarter of New York's 75-56 loss at Atlanta on Friday. An MRI exam Saturday revealed the tear.

The former Rutgers star was averaging a team-high 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds through the first three games this season. She has averaged 8.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 172 career games.

Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer says he plans to start veteran forward Katie Smith in Carson's place and rookie Toni Young could see more playing time.