Thursday, February 24, 2005

LADY VOL SIDNEY SPENCER LOST FOR SEASON :: The sophomore forward suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee

KNOXVILLE, TENN. --- Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol basketball sophomore Sidney Spencer had indeed suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

"Sidney hurt her right knee in practice yesterday. She was immediately evaluated by Lady Vol team physician Dr. Rebecca Morgan who diagnosed ligament damage. She subsequently ordered an MRI. This afternoon, team orthopaedist Dr. William T. Youmans confirmed the isolated tear," said Moshak.

Spencer, a 6'3" sophomore forward from Hoover, Ala., had played in all 25 games and started 13. She averaged 5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg and almost 19-minutes per game for the #5-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (21-4, 11-1 SEC).

"We'll get to work rehabbing her knee immediately," said Moshak. "Her surgery date has not been set."

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was disappointed to hear the news about Spencer. "I hate this for Sid and our program," Summitt said. "Sidney has been a big part of our rotation this season either as a starter or coming in off the bench. She has played some of her best basketball in the last two weeks. Our team will miss her contributions," Summitt concluded.

Tennessee has two regular season games remaining - a meeting with Mississippi State at home tonight and the regular season finale at Alabama on Sunday, Feb. 27.

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