Shafir receives medical waiver, will play next seasonWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Although it was a near certainty that she would be allowed to return to Toledo, senior Naama Shafir officially heard from the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference this week that her medical hardship waiver has been granted.
The UT star point guard played in just four games last season before suffering a torn right ACL in a win over Indiana on Nov. 25.
Shafir played in 106 straight games before her injury and averaged 13.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in her career at Toledo. The three-time All-MAC selection enters the 2012-13 season ranked fourth in school history in assists (569), fifth in free throws (441) and 10th in points (1,452) and steals (168).
An instrumental part of the Rockets’ WNIT championship team, Shafir led the Rockets with a career-high 40 points in an eight-point victory over USC in the championship game. The title was the first postseason championship for a school from the MAC.
Without Shafir in the lineup in 2012, Toledo finished with a 24-10 record and won a share of the MAC West Division crown for the third straight year. The Rockets also got the chance to defend their WNIT title, advancing to the “Sweet 16” round before losing in overtime to Syracuse. From that team, UT will return all but two players: guards Courtney Ingersoll and Haylie Linn.