Arriaran out for season with left knee ACL injury

Updated: January 8, 2007, 8:00 PM ET
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AUSTIN -- Texas guard Erika Arriaran will miss the rest of the season after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, the team said Monday.

Arriaran injured her knee with 31 seconds remaining in Texas' 64-61 upset of No. 10 Purdue on Sunday when she planted her left foot and fell. The 5-foot-9 sophomore is expected to undergo surgery in three or four weeks, the team said.

"Erika's loss to the team is extremely disappointing and very difficult for all of us," coach Jody Conradt said in a release. "Right now, her main priority will be doing rehabilitation and strengthening prior to her reconstructive surgery, which will be scheduled soon."

Arriaran averaged 10.5 points per game and led the team with 26 3-pointers. Arriaran led the Longhorns in free throw shooting percentage as well, going 24-for-27 from the foul line (.889). She also is second in assist average (2.3 apg) and second in minutes played (30.5 ppg).

"I'm sorry to my teammates, my coaches and to the fans that I won't be out on the court the rest of the season, but I will be there, supporting however I can," Arriaran said in a release.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.