Jill Bell To Undergo Surgery Thursday

Nov. 5, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington women's basketball freshman Jill Bell (Bellevue, Wash.) will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in her left thumb, head coach June Daugherty announced Tuesday.

Bell, the second Husky freshman to suffer a preseason injury, sprained her thumb in practice over a week ago. Depending on what is found during surgery, it is not known when she will return to action.

Angie Jones (Seattle, Wash.) was the first freshman to go down with an injury, suffering a torn ACL in practice, Oct. 22. The 5-9 guard tore the same ACL during her junior year at Holy Names Academy and will have surgery to repair the ligament.

Bell and Jones join sophomore Kirsten Brockman (Snohomish, Wash.) on the Husky injured reserve list to start the 2002-2003 season. Brockman is out for the year, recovering from surgery performed in August to repair a stress fracture in her left foot. The 6-0 forward played in 10 games as a freshman last year, scoring 21 points.

Washington tips off the season with an exhibition game vs. Bay Area Pro-Am at Bank of America Arena, Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. The Huskies will open the regular season on the road at Boise State, Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. MT.

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