Michelle Jenkins Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury

Nov. 23, 2009

The USC women's basketball roster took another hit for the 2009-10 season with a season-ending knee injury suffered by Michelle Jenkins last week. Jenkins, a 6-3 sophomore forward, went down during the Nov. 19 game at Gonzaga, and results of her MRI have determined that she has torn the ACL in her left knee.

It's the first knee injury for Jenkins, but puts Jenkins as the third Trojan to be sitting out the duration of the 2009-10 season due to a torn ACL. Stefanie Gilbreath and Vicky Tagalicod both suffered repeat ACL tears before this season got underway. Jacki Gemelos is expected to return to action in January 2010 after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

As a freshman, Jenkins averaged 10.1 minutes per game, contributing 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. This year, Jenkins was contributing 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game through these first three games of the season.

Jenkins' injury is the first season-ending injury to come during a nonconference game for the Trojans in over eight years, and is the first ACL tear to occur in any game since 2006 when Allison Jaskowiak partially tore hers in a game at Oregon State.

Jenkins is expected to undergo surgery to repair her knee injury next month.

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