Sophomore Jill Noe to Miss 2003-04 Season with ACL Tear

Oct. 13, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore guard Jill Noe will miss the 2003-04 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, Arizona State head women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne announced this week.

Noe suffered the ACL tear Wednesday afternoon in individual skillwork, and will have surgery to repair the ACL on Wednesday, Oct. 15. It marks the second consecutive year that ASU has had a top returning player suffer a season-ending knee injury in the preseason after junior guard/forward Betsy Boardman suffered the same injury on the second day of official practice last season. ASU also lost sophomore forward Alexis Tate to a season- and ultimately career-ending knee injury last year following its two exhibition games.

'We are obviously extremely disappointed for Jill Noe. I feel so bad for Jill right now because this is a young lady who came in and had a sensational freshman year but had not rested on her laurels one bit,' Turner Thorne said. 'Jill had worked twice as hard to prepare herself for the season, and I feel so badly that she will not get to capitalize on all of that hard work.'

Noe burst onto the Pac-10 Conference scene last year as a true freshman, starting 29 of 30 games and earned first-team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last season. She became the first Sun Devil rookie to lead the team in scoring since 1999, averaging 12.6 points per game. Noe also finished second on the team in three-point shooting (35.5 percent), assists (2.7 assists per game) and steals (1.9 steals per game). She also became the first true freshman in the league to be named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice in a season since Stanford's Nicole Powell did it in 2000-01, earning the recognition on Dec. 16 and Jan. 6.

'We're trying to look at the bright side,' Turner Thorne said. 'Jill hasn't lost a season, she's gained one, and we all know how much brighter, stronger and more mature players are when they are playing in their fifth year. Our loss this year will be our gain in the following three years.'

With the loss of Noe, Arizona State still returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team, which earned ASU's school-record fourth consecutive postseason appearance, advancing to the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Sun Devils also regain the services of Boardman who started all 65 games in her first two years in Tempe, helping the Sun Devils to a share of the 2001 Pac-10 title and the 2002 Pac-10 Tournament championship.

The Sun Devils open the regular season at home with Akron on Friday, Nov. 21 and Grambling State on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Wells Fargo Arena.

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