Karyla Middlebrook, a senior point guard on the Kansas State women’s basketball team, has ended her playing career and will serve as a student assistant coach the remainder of the season, Wildcats coach Jeff Mittie announced Thursday.
Middlebrook played only four games this season due to ankle and Achilles’ injuries.
“After a long off-season with five surgeries, that is a tough task for anybody to come back from,” Middlebrook said. “After seeing that I wasn’t progressing the way we were hoping and my ankle and Achilles were getting a little worse after these last couple of games, we all sat down and made the decision.
“Obviously, it is not the way you want to end your career, especially being a fifth-year senior. I was really looking forward to this last season but that is how the cards were dealt.”
Middlebrook, a Blue Springs, Mo., native, came to K-State last season as a graduate transfer from Alabama and earned the starting point guard spot. In 37 career games with the Wildcats she averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
“It’s always tough when injuries impact a student-athlete’s career, unfortunately it is part of competitive athletics,” Mittie said. “Karyla’s off-season was as tough as any player I have coached. She worked incredibly hard to get back.
“She has been a tremendous part of our program. I am looking forward to having her help our program as a student coach and being impactful in her new position.”
K-State (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) posted a 60-52 road win over No. 12 West Virginia on Wednesday and plays host to No. 8 Texas at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum.