Los Angeles Sparks rookie Cameron Brink expressed her heartbreak on social media after a torn ACL ended her WNBA season and Paris Olympics bid.

Brink, selected for the U.S. 3×3 women’s basketball team, suffered the injury during Tuesday night’s loss to the Connecticut Sun. “You never think it will happen to you,” she posted. “This is hard to fathom but I know it will only make me stronger.”

The 6-foot-4 forward from Stanford, the No. 2 pick in the 2024 WNBA draft behind the Indiana Fever’s Caitlin Clark, vowed to stay positive. “I’m not defined by basketball, but it is something that I love deeply and I will work every day to get back to it,” she wrote. “It’s not goodbye basketball it’s just a see you later. I’m always so thankful for your thoughts and prayers. 💜💛 #delayednotdenied.”

 

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Brink, 22, averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in her first season for Los Angeles (4-11). She’s tied with A’ja Wilson for the second-most blocks in the WNBA.