Michigan State's Jefferson out for year with knee injury

Updated: November 5, 2007, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State forward Aisha Jefferson will miss the season because of a knee injury.

Spartans coach Suzy Merchant said Monday that the 6-foot junior tore a ligament in Michigan State's exhibition victory over Lake Superior State on Sunday.

Jefferson averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds for Michigan State last season and was considered a leader for the Spartans both on and off the floor.

Michigan State opens its season at home Friday against Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis.

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