PHOENIX – Phoenix Mercury forward Charde Houston underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in her left knee, the club announced, and is likely to miss the remainder of the WNBA season. The procedure was performed by Dr. Evan Lederman in Phoenix and is expected to require six to eight weeks recovery time.
Houston sustained the injury on July 10 in the first half of the Mercury’s vs. Los Angeles. She missed the next game, the team’s final game before the month-long hiatus. Further evaluation revealed the extent of the injury and need for surgery.
Brought to Phoenix from Minnesota during an offseason trade, Houston is having a breakout season, averaging a career-high 13.2 points per game. The 6-0 forward, who has played more on the perimeter in Phoenix’s system, has been the Mercury’s most lethal shooting threat, connecting on a career-high 38.8 percent of her 3-point shots.
Houston had been inserted into the starting lineup in place of the injured Diana Taurasi and made 16 starts in the club’s first 19 games.
Houston is the fourth key player for the Mercury to suffer a significant injury. Penny Taylor has missed the entire season; Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupress have also been sidelined for much of the year. The Mercury return from the Olympics break on Thursday, Aug. 16, and play their next home game on Aug. 19 vs. San Antonio.