Cruel blow for Power Breakers star import
BASKETBALL: The QBL season looks over only minutes after it began for Port City Power Breakers' Canadian import Jennifer Mathurin.
Mathurin has a suspected torn Achilles tendon, suffered during the first quarter of Gladstone's 98-67 win against Toowoomba last Saturday.
The forward injured herself on defence, pivoting to block before collapsing in agony until paramedics arrived.
The match was held up for several minutes as the North Carolina State University Graduate received treatment.
Women's coach Ray Cooper said the side would know more about the 25-year-old's injury after she sought further diagnosis.
"It could be season-ending but we'll have more information once she sees a specialist," Cooper said.
"She was just looking like she was settling and we were yet to see the best for her.
"It's disappointing for her but some things are out of your control."
Cooper said the club would wait to see what the diagnosis was before deciding on Mathurin's status on the playing roster.
Prior to her injury Mathurin played 33 and 32 minutes against both Sunshine Coast teams and played 13 minutes against Toowoomba before hitting the floor in pain.
It's a cruel blow for the 185cm forward, who was recruited to Gladstone by Cooper due to her versatility.
"Ray was looking for versatile players that can shoot threes, defend and score in many ways," Mathurin said last week prior to her injury.
"That's my strength being able to score in different places on the court."
Despite playing only 65 minutes prior to the Toowoomba match, Mathurin had already noticed a distinct difference in the QBL compared to other countries she had played in.
"The pace of the game is definitely faster, there's a lot more movement and running and it's constant so I have to get used to that," she said.
"I think it makes it much more interesting playing at that pace."
Mathurin scored 45 points from 78 minutes of court time during her three QBL games.