Point guard out for season with torn ligaments in knee
STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford point guard JJ Hones will miss the rest of the season for the ninth-ranked Cardinal with torn ligaments in her left knee.
Coach Tara VanDerveer feared a serious injury after Hones, a freshman, went down awkwardly only 45 seconds into Sunday's 72-57 loss to California (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP). Hones underwent an MRI on Monday and it revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
She is scheduled to have surgery in three to four weeks, probably once the swelling in her knee has subsided.
"This is an unfortunate loss for our program and I feel so disappointed for JJ," VanDerveer said in a statement. "JJ has shown so much poise and maturity while leading our team this year despite being just a freshman. Now it will take a total team effort and I believe we will be ready for the challenge. I wish JJ well in her recovery and look forward to having her back next year."
Stanford already has been without sophomore guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude all season following reconstructive surgery on her left knee in the offseason.
The Cardinal aren't the only Pac-10 team to lose their point guard this season. Cal sophomore Alexis Gray-Lawson was lost in December to a season-ending knee injury that required surgery.
Last month, Arizona State guard Jill Noe was granted a second eligibility extension by the NCAA after missing both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons with ACL tears.
"The ACL situation is such a big part of the women's game," VanDerveer said after Sunday's game. "Obviously, it happened with Cal. It happened with ASU. Our team is not going to give up. We're going to work hard and put the puzzle together a different way."
That will mean two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins sees more time at the point for the Cardinal, who had their 52-game home conference winning streak snapped in the loss to Cal.
Hones started 20 games and played in 23, averaging 4.5 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 24.3 minutes.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press