Rutgers' McCurdy lost for season with knee injury

Updated: February 23, 2008, 12:42 AM ET news services

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers sophomore Myia McCurdy will miss the remainder of the 2007-08 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, as well as injuries to the lateral collateral ligament and a tear of the lateral meniscus, in her right knee in Tuesday's 57-51 win over Notre Dame.

"We're as thin as ever and it's a major blow for us,'' said Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who has just eight healthy scholarship players. "We're trying to lick our wounds and regroup and figure out how we can try and win because we're not quitters. We're fighters."

McCurdy, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, will undergo surgery early next week in her hometown. The reserve was averaging three points and three rebounds per game.

"Losing Myia is a huge loss," Stringer added. "She is has been a vital part of our defense, the top of our '55.' I am extremely upset."

McCurdy is the third Scarlet Knight to suffer a knee injury this season. Freshman Khadijah Rushdan was lost for the season on Dec. 30 with a torn ACL. Sophomore Brittany Ray missed eight games with a meniscus tear. She had surgery on Jan. 12 and made her return Feb. 11 against Tennessee.