Stefanie Gilbreath Sidelined For 2008-09 Season

Oct. 3, 2008

USC guard Stefanie Gilbreath will have to sit out a second straight season due to a knee injury. Gilbreath first tore her right anterior cruciate ligament before arriving at USC as a freshman last season and redshirted her first season at Troy. During the summer, Gilbreath partially tore the ligament in the same knee and suffered a complete tear earlier this week.

'It's very upsetting for us to see Stefanie reinjure herself,' head coach Mark Trakh said. 'We'll support her 100 percent through this next stage, and are 100 percent confident that we'll get her back for next season the that she'll be one of the best guards in the country next year.'

Gilbreath was set to join her sister Briana for their first seasons of action at USC this season. Stefanie and Briana - who is a true freshman this season - both were McDonald's All-Americans. Entering USC for the 2007-08 season, Stefanie Gilbreath also was a Second Team Parade All-American and was selected to the WBCA Al-American Team. Stefanie's first ACL injury came during practice for the 2007 McDonald's All-American Game. After surgery to fix the tear and later being cleared for full participation, Gilbreath suffered a partial tear of the new ligament during the summer. Despite wearing a knee brace during preseason agility workouts, Gilbreath's ligament tore completely. She will undergo a second surgery to repair the knee within the month.

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