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Florida women’s basketball is off to a 10-5 start to the 2021-22 season, but it will finish out the year without star junior guard Lavender Briggs.

Briggs, who led Florida with 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a game so far this season, announced her season was over via an Instagram post Thursday night. Interim coach Kelly Rae Finley confirmed Briggs has a stress reaction in her shin.

“My teammates deserve 100% from me which i cannot currently give due to these limitations,” Briggs said in the post.

The Utah native, who sits 39 points away from becoming the 27th Florida player to score 1,000 points, led the Gators in scoring each of her three years in Gainesville. She scored 15.0 points per game as a freshman in 2019-20 and a staggering 19.5 points per game last season, the latter becoming the fourth-highest single-season average in school history.

Briggs has started 61 games for the Gators across the last three seasons and finished as a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2020 and the All-SEC Second Team in 2021.

“We want her to do what’s best in both the short and long term,” Finley said in a release from the team Friday. “Not only for her basketball career, but for her quality of life.”

Florida continues without Briggs Sunday with a road contest against No. 25 Texas A&M.

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