Shekinna Stricklen Injury: Updates on Storm Star's Status and Recovery

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2014

Seattle Storm's Shekinna Stricklen passes off against Minnesota Lynx's during the first half of an WNBA basketball playoff game in Tacoma, Wash. on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (Photo/John Froschauer)
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A scary moment occurred Sunday for Seattle Storm star forward Shekinna Stricklen, who was injured after hitting her head on the floor during the team's game against the Minnesota Lynx at the Target Center. captured the scene as Stricklen was stretchered off the court:

Marcus R. Fuller of the Pioneer Press provided further details:

Fuller later updated Stricklen's status:

Stricklen was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA draft out of Tennessee and has shown considerable progress from the perimeter, which Jayda Evans of The Seattle Times recently observed:

The Storm have struggled as it is this season, entering Sunday's contest with a 9-13 record. However, they were just coming off a win in which Stricklen led the way with 19 points. She hinted at how confident she felt afterwards.   

"I felt good," Stricklen told reporters. "I was just focused and just having fun and not thinking so much and just playing the game."

Given that recent momentum Stricklen generated as an individual and the boost she provided her team in the process, this injury comes at an even steeper cost. More than anything, though, the chief concern is Stricklen's health moving forward. The fall she suffered in Minneapolis was a difficult scene to witness, and the hope is that she makes a swift and full recovery.

Should Stricklen be out for an extended period of time, it may be difficult for Seattle to stay afloat in a difficult Western Conference. While the East features just one winning squad in Atlanta at the top, the Storm face a tougher climb up the standings. That will be exacerbated by Stricklen's potential absence.