X-ray reveals wrist sprain for Serna

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story was errant regarding the length of time Serna would miss due to injury.

UCSB senior forward Jaime Serna has a sprained right wrist and is considered day-to-day.

Serna fell on his wrist in Thursday’s game against Cal State Fullerton and was immediately removed from the game in obvious pain. X-rays taken Friday morning turned out to be negative, instead revealing a sprain and some bruising.

UCSB head coach Bob Williams was afraid after the game that Serna may have been lost to a more serious injury.

“We’ve all seen how big an impact Jaime has on the game when he’s playing well,” Williams said on Thursday. “I’ll be honest with you guys, I’m very nervous about it.”

Serna missed six games last season with a groin injury in the middle of last season but returned and finished the season strong by being named an all-tournament selection at the Big West Tournament. But Serna then broke his wrist – the same wrist injured on Thursday – in the NCAA Tournament game against Florida in March.

The starting 6-foot-7 post player has averaged 9.8 points per game in almost 24 minutes of court time so far this season.

The Gauchos have four conference games scheduled in the next two weeks, including a January 21st game against Long Beach State.