McLellan To Miss Next Four Weeks After Knee Surgery

Dec. 19, 2007

SEATTLE -- Washington sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Wednesday, and will most likely miss the next four weeks of the women's basketball season, UW head coach Tia Jackson announced.

McLellan, a native of Campbell, Calif., underwent the surgery to repair a meniscus tear and cartilage defects on her patella, an injury that was diagnosed on Tuesday. McLellan averaged 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in nine games, and shared the team lead in blocked shots with seven. She came off the bench in seven games and started twice. It is the second surgery for McLellan in the last year after undergoing a scope on her right knee during the off-season.

'I've said this about our many injuries and it warrants a repeat,' Jackson said. 'It is never a good time to see a player go down with any injury, especially one that requires surgery. But I also feel as though things happen for a reason. Laura has been experiencing some swelling and pain in her knee for quite some time now and the medical team here feels it is in her best interest to surgically repair what has been causing her discomfort. It is unfortunate that this is something we have to face yet again. We will truly miss Laura's presence on the floor and we wish her the best as we patiently await her return.'

The Huskies (4-7) have been hit with a barrage of injuries this season. The news on McLellan came just a few days after Washington welcomed the return of senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe who missed the first 10 games due to an Achilles injury. Freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens underwent surgery to repair the torn ACL in her left knee Wednesday as well and is out for the season. Senior guard Dominique Banks is redshirting the season recovering from stress fractures in both of her legs.

Washington will wrap the non-conference portion of its schedule hosting Purdue (3-5) on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will then open Pac-10 play with three straight road games at No. 12/12 California (Dec. 28), Nov. 5/4 Stanford (Dec. 30) and Washington State (Jan. 4).