Freshman out for season with torn ACL

Updated: November 3, 2005, 8:13 PM ET news services

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman Angel Robinson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during the Lady Bulldogs' exhibition game on Tuesday night and will miss the 2005-06 season, coach Andy Landers announced Thursday.

Robinson's injury was confirmed during an MRI conducted Wednesday.

"I hurt for Angel because she had worked extremely hard to position herself as a viable contributor to our basketball team," said Landers, whose Lady Dogs were ranked fifth in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. "Just in the last week, you could see her game elevating on a daily basis. I'm confident she will meet the challenge of rehabilitation as she did three years ago with her another knee."

Robinson, a 6-foot-5, forward, from Marietta, Ga., was the 2005 Miss Georgia Basketball after averaging 23.8 points, 15.2 rebounds and 5.1 blocked shots while leading the Blue Devils to a 28-2 finish. She tore the ACL in her right knee in 2003 during her sophomore year at Marietta.

Robinson participated in both the WBCA and McDonald's High School All-America games last summer and was rated as the nation's No. 7 and No. 11 prospect by Blue Star Recruiting and the All-Star Girls Report, respectively.

Robinson becomes the fourth frontcourt player the Lady Bulldogs have lost during the preseason. Starting forward Rebecca Rowsey tore the ACL in her right knee during the first week of September. Sixth-year senior Ebony Felder was forced to forego her final season of eligibility due to chronic pain from knee injuries. Sophomore Reicina Russell left the team for personal reasons.

"It's another huge blow to our basketball team and it certainly raises the bar as far as the challenge before us," Landers said.

Georgia opens its 2005-06 campaign on Nov. 13 when the Lady Dogs face defending national champion Baylor in the State Farm Tip-off Classic in Lubbock, Texas (ESPN2, 1 p.m. ET).