The worst season in the history of the Connecticut Sun, both in terms of record and injury, got substantially worse on Tuesday.
The Sun host the Minnesota Lynx Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Hightower, who has already missed the last three Sun games, is suffering from a strained right knee. Faris has reinjured the left foot she hurt during the 2012-13 UConn women’s basketball season.
“We are really disappointed, obviously,” Sun coach Anne Donovan said. “Allison has begun to emerge as one of the best young guards in the WNBA, as evidenced by her well-deserved selection to the All Star team. And Kelly worked hard to gain a spot in the starting lineup. She was playing better and better, and she is definitely someone we had grown to count on this season. I have no doubt she will continue to work hard to get back on the court.”
In her fourth season, Hightower is averaging 12.9 points per game, six points higher than her previous career-high for a single season. She has made a career-best 24 threes, which leads the Sun.
Faris just broke into the starting lineup on August 14. In that game against Atlanta at the Mohegan Sun Arena, she was 4 of 4 from the field with three made three-pointers, collecting 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. She also had a team-high seven rebounds at Chicago Sunday.
Five Sun players have missed a total of 40 games this season. Connecticut has had a full roster of 11 players available for an entire game just twice, against New York in the season opener, and at Tulsa on July 19. The Sun started with 11 players at Chicago on May 31, but lost Renee Montgomery in the fourth quarter with a high ankle sprain.