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Ankle condition ends Loesing’s UB career

Junior Mackenzie Loesing, one of the more productive players in the history of the University at Buffalo women’s basketball, has received a medical disqualification from the NCAA and no longer will play for the Bulls, the university has announced.

Loesing has undergone multiple ankle surgeries during her career, but the procedures were unable to stabilize the affected ankle, the school said in a news release. The Mid-American Conference Sixth Player of the Year this season, Loesing finished her career ranked in UB’s top 10 in points (ninth, 1,243), scoring average (eighth, 13.7), free throws (eighth, 276) and three-point field goals (seventh, 123).

“It is with great sadness I share that Mackenzie will not play for us her senior season,” coach Felisha Legette-Jack said via the news release. “Though she has had repeated surgeries, her ankle has not responded well enough for her to continue to play. After meeting with Mackenzie on several occasions, we have agreed that it is in her best interest to discontinue playing basketball at a competitive level.”

Loesing, a biomedical sciences major, will remain at UB to finish her degree and serve as a student assistant coach, Legette-Jack said.

“She exemplifies what a very proud coach calls a student-athlete,” Legette-Jack said. “Mackenzie left her legacy here at UB. Though we wish that we had one more year of seeing that three fly through the air, we will always say, ‘It’s good.’ ”

Loesing appeared in 30 of 32 games last season, averaged 13.3 points and scored in double figures on 22 occasions. She is a Cincinnati native.