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Irish's Natalia Achonwa has MCL injury

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame forward/center Natalia Achonwa will miss four weeks after hurting the medial collateral ligament of her left knee, an injury that will require surgery.

The 6-foot-3 Achonwa, a key reserve last season when the Irish reached the NCAA championship game, averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds last year. She had been projected as a starter this season for the second-ranked Irish. She is scheduled for surgery Tuesday after being hurt over the weekend.

The second-ranked Irish also will be without freshman guard Madison Cable for six weeks because she has a stress fracture in her left foot. Notre Dame opens the regular season Nov. 11 against Akron.