Sharp undergoes angiogram; expected back soon

Updated: January 27, 2006, 12:21 AM ET news services

Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp underwent an angiogram on Thursday to alleviate what was thought to be blockage in a single coronary artery, the school announced. The surgery, however, revealed no evidence of blockage or heart damage, and Sharp is expected to make a full and rapid recovery.

Sharp was stricken with sudden illness on Jan. 18 as the team traveled to Norman, Okla. for a Big 12 matchup with league-leading Oklahoma (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 AP).

Since then, Sharp has undergone numerous medical tests, some which came back with abnormal results, Texas Tech said. A CT angiogram performed Thursday morning suggested the blockage of a coronary artery and prompted Dr. Gerry Maddoux, Sharp's cardiologist, to perform the angiogram. The surgery revealed a muscle bridge, or band overlying the left coronary artery, which is believed to be the reason for the abnormal test results.

"I would like to thank Dr. Rebecca Raedeke, Dr. Gerry Maddoux and all the support staff at Lubbock Heart Hospital for all their help this past week," Sharp said after the surgery. "It is remarkable how things have worked out for me. I am very grateful to everyone for their prayers and support."

Sharp is currently listed in good condition, and could return to the Lady Raiders' bench as early as Saturday for Tech's game at Missouri.