Betsy Boardman to Miss 2002-03 Season with an ACL Tear

Oct. 14, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior guard/forward Betsy Boardman will miss the 2002-03 season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament, Arizona State head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne announced Monday.

Boardman tore the ACL on her right knee Sunday afternoon at practice, and the injury was confirmed by ASU team doctors Monday afternoon.

'We are obviously extremely disappointed about losing Betsy for the year,' Turner Thorne said. 'Betsy is a proven scorer, rebounder and defender in the Pac-10, which is one of the best conferences in the country, and had worked very hard in the off-season to be our go-to player this year. But even more importantly, we will miss her leadership on the court as a veteran on our team.

'The biggest challenge for what was already a very young team is going to be how we handle this adversity. We knew all along that our young players were going to have to step up, and that is even more true now.This is not only a challenge, but an opportunity for our young team to go out and achieve success. Betsy is still going to be with us all year as a leader and an inspiration, talking to, teaching and motivating our young players. All any one of our players is going to have to do is look at Betsy on the sideline and be inspired on the floor.'

Boardman, who has started all 65 games over her first two years, was Arizona State's top returning scorer and rebounder from one season ago. A two-time invitee to the USA Basketball Junior National Team Trials, she had led the team in steals in each of the last two years. Boardman has averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and shot 35.6 percent from three-point land (73-205) in her first two seasons.

With the loss of Boardman, Arizona State returns just one starter and five letterwinners from its 2002 Pac-10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament squad which tied the school record for wins with a 25-9 record. The 2002-03 Sun Devil roster will feature no seniors, two juniors (one a junior college transfer), four sophomores and five true freshmen.

The Sun Devils open the regular season at home Nov. 22 with Chicago State and will play their first seven games of the year at Wells Fargo Arena.

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