Lady Vols lose point guard

Updated: January 27, 2004, 9:55 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tennessee junior guard Loree Moore will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, Lady Vols officials announced Monday.

Earlier in the day, Tennessee was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Lady Vols beat then-No. 1 Duke 72-69 on Saturday.

Moore underwent X-rays and an MRI on Monday before Tennessee team orthopaedist Dr. William T. Youmans made the diagnosis.

"I really feel bad for Loree. She has been a great leader for this team and has some big shoes to fill at the point guard position," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. "However, we'll get to work in practice tomorrow and be ready to go up against Kentucky on Thursday in Lexington.

"No doubt, though, losing Loree is a tough and unfortunate break for our team."

One of three players to start all 17 games for the Lady Vols this season, Moore averaged 7.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while logging 27.7 minutes per contest.

Moore, Tennessee's starting point guard, was fouled on a breakaway lay-up following a steal with 8:42 to play and Tennessee trailing 45-44. The Lakewood, Calif., native had to be helped to the bench while fellow junior Shyra Ely sank both of Moore's free throws following the injury to give the Lady Vols a 46-45 lead.

After being evaluated by Tennessee head athletic trainer Jenny Moshak, Moore returned to the floor a few minutes later and sank a key 3-pointer with 4:11 showing to give UT a 60-51 lead. However, she returned to the bench shortly afterward for the rest of the game.

No surgery date has been set yet. Moore will begin pre-surgery rehabilitation immediately.

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