The senior, who earned All-America honors as a sophomore and during her injury-shortened junior season, suffered a fractured kneecap in Duke's 78-57 win against Boston College Sunday. Gray played 16 minutes in the game, scoring 11 points and recording four steals.
“For all of us, it’s almost impossible to talk about right now,” Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie said in a press release. “We are just working through it as best we can and trying to support Chelsea in all ways possible. Our hearts go out to Chelsea and her family.”
The Manteca, Calif., native was averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game this season. Gray scored a total of 1,210 points in her four seasons at Duke, finishing with a career average of 10.2 per game.
Gray holds the single-game and single-season records for assists. She is also the only player in Duke history to notch two triple-doubles during her collegiate career. Gray was just 35 assists away from becoming the program's all-time leader.
Despite missing the back half of the Blue Devils' conference schedule last season after injuring her same knee, Gray was named Co-ACC Player of the Year in 2013.
With Gray once again out of the lineup, primary ballhandling responsibilities will go to her partner in the backcourt, sophomore Alexis Jones. Senior Richa Jackson, who scored 17 points against Boston College and is typically the first player off the bench for the Blue Devils, is likely to slide into the starting lineup.
“It is definitely the nature of sport where different people step up, especially in the face of adversity,” McCallie said. “There’s no question our team is strong and our team will do that without question. It’s just a little bit hard to fathom at the current moment, but we will.”
This story was last updated at 8:16 p.m.