Duke's Emily Waner takes leave of absence

Updated: February 10, 2008, 4:52 PM ET
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior Emily Waner has taken a leave of absence from the women's basketball team and missed Sunday's 71-36 win against Wake Forest.

"We respect and support Emily's decision to be away from the team at this time," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "Emily is a member of our program. We'll continue to support her in any way possible."

Waner, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., who sat out the 2004-05 season after transferring from Colorado, has appeared in 18 games this season, starting three. She is averaging 1.8 points, 1.6 assists, shooting 9-of-24 from 3-point range and averaging 9.8 minutes a game. A 5-foot-8 point guard, Waner has played in 72 career games as a Blue Devil.

Emily's younger sister, Abby Waner, is a 5-10 junior guard who led Duke in assists per game (3.6) and 3-pointers made (31) and ranked second in scoring (10.7 ppg) before Sunday's win.

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