Sarah Keeler Out For NCAA Play With Torn ACL

March 20, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Husky sophomore forward Sarah Keeler suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in practice this week and will be out for Washington's first-round NCAA tournament game vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay in Eugene, Ore., Sat., March 22, and any further games the Huskies may play this season.

The injury occurred on Tuesday and an MRI performed Wednesday revealed the nature of the injury. This is the second ACL injury for Keeler, who had also ACL surgery during the summer before her senior year of high school. Keeler used a redshirt-season in 2000-01.

'This is heartbreaking news for Sarah,' UW head coach June Daugherty said. 'Especially because she's missing the chance to play in front of her home-state crowd this weekend. She will be missed on the floor and her teammates will have to pick it up as best they can in her absence. Sarah worked so hard to come off her previous knee surgery, it's just so hard to see her go through this ordeal again. But we know she'll come through with flying colors.'

Keeler, a native of Pendleton, Ore., has come off the bench in all 29 games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. She notched her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds vs. North Carolina State. Keeler scored a season-high 12 points vs. Oregon State, Jan. 25. She was the Huskies' leading rebounder in four games.

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