Mart’e Grays to miss 2016-17 DePaul women’s basketball season

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DePaul’s Mart'e Grays (35) takes a shot as she trips over Notre Dame’s Madison Cable (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in South Bend, Ind.  (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

DePaul’s Mart’e Grays (35) takes a shot as she trips over Notre Dame’s Madison Cable (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

 

DePaul Athletics announced on Tuesday that junior forward Mart’e Grays will miss the upcoming women’s basketball season with a torn achilles.

“Losing players to injury is one of the only bad aspects of coaching,” head coach Doug Bruno said in the press release. “All of us in the DePaul program – both coaches and teammates – really feel for Mart’e.

Grays was a potential starter for the Blue Demons in the post, and the Blue Demons’ lack of size is emphasized with the loss of Grays for the season. Alongside 2015-16 starter senior Jacqui Grant, the Blue Demons only have two other forwards on the roster: junior Meri Bennett-Swanson, who averaged four minutes per game last season, and 6-foot-1 inch freshman Chante Stonewall. Freshman Claire McMahon is listed as a guard, but comes in at 6-foot-1 inch as well.

Grays played in all 36 games in 2015-16 and started seven of them. She averaged 15.3 minutes per game with 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds.

DePaul was going to be a small team this season with only four forwards on the roster after senior Brandi Harvey-Carr and sophomore Elri Liebenberg transferred, but the loss of Grays compounds that further.

The Blue Demons return three starters from their run to the 2016 Sweet Sixteen.