Kirsten Brockman Unable To Play Basketball Due To Stress Fracture Injuries

Oct. 29, 2003

SEATTLE - After battling stress fractures in both feet for a year and a half, the career of Washington women's basketball player Kirsten Brockman has come to an end, UW head coach June Daugherty announced Wednesday.

Brockman, a redshirt sophomore from Snohomish, Wash., had surgery twice on her left foot in the last 14 months and after a recent bone scan was given a medical disqualification. Brockman's first surgery was in August 2002, while the second was in June, 2003.

'This is awfully hard news to hear because Kirsten loves to play basketball and she really wanted to get out there to help her teammates,' Daugherty said. 'To have this taken away from her is tough. Kirsten has done everything humanly possible to play, but it's the foot that is just not cooperating.'

Brockman redshirted last year due to the stress fracture surgeries. As a freshman in 2001-02, she played in 10 games and scored 21 points. Brockman saw action during the non-conference season before being limited by the stress fracture injury for several games. She scored a season-best seven points versus Boise State, and also played in UW's WNIT games against North Texas and USC.

'It's been awful being injured for so long,' Brockman said. 'If I had it my way I'd be able to play, so I'll try to make an impact on the team in another way. I kind of expected this news but there is no easy way to prepare for someone telling you you're not going to play again.'

Last year, Brockman was honored as the team's Tyee Community Service award winner at the second-end banquet.

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