Gophers basketball star Braun needs foot surgery, out indefinitely

The Gophers women's basketball team is suddenly facing life without its best player.

Coach Dawn Plitzuweit announced Monday that sophomore guard Mara Braun will need foot surgery and is out indefinitely. Braun suffered the injury in Sunday's loss at Illinois.

"Mara has experienced an incredible sophomore season to this point and when we heard the news that the injury she sustained on Sunday would require surgery, it was a really tough blow," Plitzuweit said in a statement. "The development of Mara's game on both ends of the court this season has been such a joy to watch, and while we know that this setback is incredibly frustrating, we also know that she will continue to be a great teammate and leader in our program."

Braun ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 17.8 points per game and has shot 37% from three-point range.

The Gophers play Penn State on Wednesday at Williams Arena.