Banks To Miss First Part Of Women's Hoops Season

Oct. 6, 2006

SEATTLE -- Washington junior guard Dominique Banks will miss the first half of the women's basketball season after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both of her legs, Husky head coach June Daugherty announced Friday.

Banks, a native of Stockton, Calif., had multiple stress fractures in the tibias of both her lower legs, injuries that were discovered in August. Banks underwent surgery on Sept. 15, a procedure in which rods were inserted down the middle of each tibia.

'We're looking forward to a speedy recovery for Dominique,' Daugherty said. 'She's one of our more experienced players and we will miss her hard work. We hope she will be back on the court as soon as possible.'

Banks is one of five returning starters from last year's Husky team that posted a 19-11 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds last year playing in all 30 games, starting 29.

Banks is the second player UW will be without when the season starts in November. Senior guard Angie Jones announced her retirement on Thursday after a career riddled by knee injuries. Jones will remain with the team as a student assistant coach.

The Huskies will hold their first official practice on Friday, Oct. 13, as a part of Husky Hoopla starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Washington volleyball game with Washington State in Bank of America Arena. The volleyball match begins at 7 p.m.

Washington's first exhibition game will be Wednesday, Nov. 1, versus the University of Regina while its season opener will take place at Marquette, Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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