Welch was co-Big 12 Frosh of Year last season

11/16/2003 - Oklahoma Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners sophomore Chelsi Welch will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Friday toward the end of practice, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale announced.

Welch, a 5-foot-9 guard who was the 2003 co-Big 12 Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 second-team pick, will undergo surgery at a later date. In Oklahoma's first exhibition game against Sparta Praha, she scored six points, grabbed three rebounds while playing just 13 minutes.

"This is a disappointing situation for Chelsi," said Coale, who lost two players to the same injury last year around this time after they suffered torn ACLs in the same day. "It's such a difficult thing when you know she worked extremely hard in the offseason and was looking forward to competing this year."

As a freshman, Welch collected numerous all-conference honors and was one of 12 players on the Big 12 All-Star team that represented the United States at the 2003 World University Games in South Korea.

Welch averaged 12.1 points and 3.7 rebounds for OU last season. She also shot 80 percent from the free-throw line and 35.3 percent from the field.