Steen to Miss Remainder of Women's Basketball Season

March 4, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon junior guard Kayla Steen will miss the rest of the 2002-03 season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, an MRI confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

With 1:30 left in last Saturday's game at UCLA, Steen stole the ball, drove the length of the court and, as she went up for a left-handed lay-in, her knee buckled. Steen also partially tore the medial collateral ligament on the play. She is expected to return to full strength in about six months.

Steen, a Hillsboro, Ore., native, averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 assists per game-second on the team-along with shooting 37 percent from the field and 81 percent from the foul line. She played in 26 of the Ducks' 27 games, starting eight. Steen transferred to Oregon this fall after playing two years at Clackamas Community College.

The Ducks (12-15) will play UCLA in the Pac-10 Tournament on Saturday at San Jose's HP Pavilion at 7:15 p.m.

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