Monday, March 24, 2008

Camargo's injury not caused by sign

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After reviewing the videotape of Oral Roberts guard Mariana Camargo going down with a left knee injury Sunday night, Jenny Moshak has a different view on how it happened.

"The cheerleader sign did not cause this injury,'' said Moshak, the Tennessee Lady Vols assistant athletic director for sports medicine. "It's very evident from watching the film."

The sign, which was lying just a few feet beyond the baseline, was singled out as the cause for Camargo going down in the opening seconds of the Golden Eagles' NCAA women's tournament game against UT.

Moshak said Camargo overextended her left leg while chasing after the ball and the leg buckled.

"Her momentum carried her forward and she hit the sign with the right leg and she went flying,'' Moshak said.

Moshak said that she talked with the cheerleaders' coach. Moshak said that Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt talked to the coach, the cheerleaders and Camargo.

"First, I had to hold back tears,'' said Summitt, who met with Camargo after the game. "It was such a freak thing, the way it happened. I was thinking, 'Why?' "

Summitt also related her knee injury experiences with Camargo and said, "I've been there. It's all about the rehab."

Cooking For A Cause: Purdue junior guard Laura Mioton, who is a New Orleans native, put together a "Live to Eat" cookbook to help with the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The book sold out its initial allotment of 500 copies in one month, raising more than $7,000 for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to support their "Save the Coast" Foundation.

Mioton said people are sending her recipes and that she's planning a second edition.

Different Memories: Tennessee has a checkered past playing in Mackey Arena. In 1992, the Lady Vols lost a Sweet 16 game here to Western Kentucky, 75-70. In 1998, Purdue ended UT's 46-game winning streak with a 78-68 victory.

"In the past, this place has not been real kind to Tennessee and Coach Summitt, but we're going to change that,'' Summitt said.

Oklahoma, on the other hand, has great memories of the place, which were enhanced by Sunday's 69-61 first-round victory over Illinois State in the other portion of the Midwest Regional being played here.

In 2000, the Sooners burst onto the national scene with a second-round victory over Purdue. They advanced to the Sweet 16, where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.

"I have countless memories of this city and this floor and how we were able to catapult our program on this spot in 2000,'' Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.

No. 4 seed Oklahoma plays No. 5 Notre Dame in the late game tonight. If the Sooners again advance to the Sweet 16, they will play the Tennessee-Purdue winner in a home setting in Oklahoma City.

Notebook: The 21 points Oral Roberts scored in the second half Sunday was the second-lowest total by a Tennessee opponent this season. UT held Vanderbilt to 20 second-half points in the SEC tournament semifinals. … Alex Fuller tied her career high with eight rebounds Sunday. … Alberta Auguste matched her career high with 13 points against the Golden Eagles. … UT is going for the 100th NCAA tournament victory tonight. ... The Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations named Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma the Division I National Coach of the Year.

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