Grad Transfer Karisma Ortiz to Miss 2021-22 Season
BERKELEY – Cal women's basketball guard Karisma Ortiz will miss the 2021-22 season after suffering a left knee injury earlier this month.
"My heart hurts for Karisma," said head coach Charmin Smith. "I could just see her confidence growing and we had high expectations for her in this upcoming season. I know Karisma's teammates will be there for her and support her through this challenging time. Also, as a group, we will stay resilient and locked in on our goals for this year."
The San Jose native returned home to the Bay Area after playing one season with for Texas last year. Ortiz appeared in 27 games with 15 starts last season for the Longhorns. Overall, she posted a 33.3 field goal percentage, drained 19 3-pointers and posted 45 assists (1.66 per game). She scored a career-high 15 points against Idaho on Dec. 9 and had three games with double-digit point totals.
Ortiz finished her prep career at Archbishop Mitty High School ranked as the No. 54 overall prospect by espnW, and the 14th-ranked player at her position. She was also a member of the Monarch's 1,000-point, 500-rebound and 500-assist club. Ortiz led her team to a No. 1 USA Today national ranking by the end of her senior season after her squad claimed both the Western Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section championships in 2018. She averaged 15 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists that year, meriting a second-team all-state selection.