Baier suffers season-ending knee injury

AMES – Foot and ankle injuries limited South Tama County High School graduate Madison Baier to just 61 minutes in 13 games in her freshman season with Iowa State women’s basketball.

Now a knee injury has ended her comeback campaign prematurely.

Baier, a 6-foot-4 sophomore forward/center, went down with an injury during the Cyclones’ win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at Hilton Coliseum, and an MRI on Monday confirmed her greatest fears. The Iowa State athletic department announced in a statement Monday night that Baier suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Baier played in all eight games for the No. 17-ranked Cyclones (8-0), averaging 10.8 minutes per contest. She finishes her sophomore year 5-for-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line for 15 points (1.9 per game).

Baier was sixth on the team with 24 rebounds and also contributed three steals, two assists and a blocked shot during her time on the court. She served primarily as the reserve forward behind senior standout Hallie Christofferson, sharing the team lead with eight rebounds in a Nov. 29 win over Eastern Washington in Las Vegas.

Baier’s season-ending injury comes just ahead of the Cyclones’ first game against a ranked team. Iowa State entertains No. 21 Iowa at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Hilton Coliseum. The game will be televised by for Mediacom customers.