UNLV player hospitalized after hitting head on court

Updated: February 5, 2006, 1:18 AM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- A UNLV women's basketball player was knocked unconscious after hitting her head on the court after taking a charge late in Saturday's game at Wyoming.

Senior forward Sherry McCracklin was hospitalized overnight for observation.

McCracklin drew the charge as Wyoming forward Michelle Taylor drove into the key with 3:48 remaining.

The collision sent McCracklin backward and her head slammed to the court. She initially got up and walked a few feet before she collapsed, unconscious. Within a few minutes she started having a seizure, said Mark Wasik, UNLV sports information director.

After the seizure, McCracklin was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

A hospital spokesman said he couldn't release information.

Wasik said medical personnel told UNLV coach Regina Miller that McCracklin regained consciousness at the hospital but didn't remember what happened.

"Our thoughts and prayers to go Sherry McCracklin, and that is all you are really thinking about," Wyoming coach Joe Legerski told the Laramie Boomerang. "You just hope that young person is OK."

McCracklin had scored 17 points and Wyoming led 48-46 when she fell. The game was delayed for about 20 minutes. Wyoming went on to win 53-50.

"[This] reminds us that it's just basketball at the end of the day," said Wyoming sophomore Hanna Zavecz. "She is a great player, and it is really sad to see anyone in a situation like that."

McCracklin, from Hazel Crest, Ill., had 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 61-50 win over TCU on Thursday.


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