OMAHA, Neb. - Senior guard Carli Tritz announced the end of her playing career due to chronic knee pain on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
A three-year standout player for the Bluejays, Tritz closes her playing career with 1,041 points, 183 steals and 311 assists.
A nine-time Newcomer of the Week as a freshman during the 2010-11 season, Tritz entered her sophomore season with some knee discomfort. An MRI revealed a meniscus tear and arthroscopic knee surgery was scheduled. Tritz did miss any time during the 2011-12 season, leading Creighton to the NCAA Tournament.
Tritz's play down the stretch of her sophomore season was inspired, scoring 29 points against Missouri State in the MVC Semifinals and earning the MVC Tournament MVP honor. What most did not realize was that her knee pain worsened throughout the season, causing her to regularly sit out practice due to the intense pain.
During the 2012 summer it was confirmed that the cartilage in the right knee had deteriorated to leave just bone-on-bone.
Tritz continued to manage the pain throughout the 2012-13 season, but after an attempt to recreate some cushion in the knee with injections of hyaluronic acid failed this summer, Tritz began to consider her future.
Characterizing her day-to-day pain as an eight on a scale of 1-to-10, Tritz publicly announced it was time for her to walk away.