Dislocated finger results in hospital visit for Laura Langman during Lighting match
Silver Ferns star Laura Langman was sent to hospital with a dislocated finger during the Sunshine Coast Lightning's 51-50 win over the Magpies in Australia's ANZ Championship.
Langman started the game at wing defence, but picked up what was described as a "serious finger injury" early in the second quarter.
She made it back to the arena for the closing minutes of the match, but there has been no timeframe set for her return to the court.
The 30-year-old, who is not eligible for the Silver Ferns this year after committing to play in the Australian domestic competition, had been in hot form for the Noeline Taurua-coached side.
After being a regular in the centre bib, she was shifted to wing defence for the match in a bid to shut down the Magpies' Madi Robinson.
Taurua's tactic had been working and Langman's absence was felt almost immediately.
Robinson added 12 feeds and four goal assists in the second quarter, double her first quarter contribution, as the Magpies took a 29-26 lead into the half.
But despite Robinson's presence, the Lighting bounced back in the third quarter.
They held on for the nail-biting win late.
The Lighting sit third on the competition ladder with three wins through five matches.