USC's Jacki Gemelos To Miss 2007-08 Women's Basketball Season

Oct. 8, 2007

After redshirting her first season at USC due to injury, guard Jacki Gemelos has been sidelined once again by a second knee surgery. Rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation as a senior coming out of St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif., Gemelos has yet to take the court for the Women of Troy. She first tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in her final high school game in 2006, thus redshirting her first year at USC. Last month, Gemelos re-injured that same knee, and recently underwent a second surgery that revealed a torn ligament that required repair. Gemelos will sit out the coming 2007-08 season in order to heal, and is expected to return in 2008-09.

'Jacki's a fighter and she won't get down,' USC head coach Mark Trakh said. 'It's unfortunate, and our hearts go out to Jacki, but now we look forward to her taking the floor for the 2008-09 season. We really appreciate the outpouring of support that Jacki has received from friends, fans, alumni and everyone connected with the Women of Troy family.'

Also sitting out this 2007-08 season is true freshman Stefanie Gilbreath, who also suffered a torn ACL. Gilbreath's injury came during practice before the 2007 McDonald's All-American Game. Gemelos's first knee injury also kept her from participating in the annual event for the nation's top high school players. A 2006 McDonald's All-American, Gemelos came to USC in the Trojans' top-rated recruiting class in the nation. She was named the MaxPreps National Player of the Year, having racked up 3,161 points in her high school career to rank eighth all-time in California. Gemelos averaged 37.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a senior.

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