Lady Hoop Dawg out for season

Sophomore Marquita Driskell of Milledgeville won't be able to play basketball this season for the women's team due to a still-unresolved medical issue.

Driskell will take a medical redshirt this year while she continues to try to determine what is causing what seems to be an irregular heartbeat, Coach Andy Landers said Tuesday.

"The answer isn't clear," Landers said. "You know when you go to the doctor and they don't know what's wrong so they send you to another doctor and they don't know what's wrong so they send you to another doctor. That's the path we're following."

Driskell first experienced a problem prior to last year's SEC Tournament. She sat out the tournament but was cleared to play in the NCAA Tournament. She was given another clean bill of health before summer break, but she experienced more problems this summer and she and Landers decided more testing was in order.

Driskell hoped to return to the court this year but an appointment two weeks ago at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn., didn't provide her with the answers she needed.

"They really didn't tell me much," said Driskell, who hopes to return next season. "I have to go through further testing before I know anyting."

That testing, suggested by doctors at the Mayo Clinic, has not been scheduled yet, Driskell said.

"In the beginning it started out as fear but being scared only makes matters worse so I pray about it and hopefully things will come out best for me," she said.

The 6-foot-3 Driskell still will attend all the team's functions and travel with the Lady Bulldogs, she said. A three-time All-Middle Georgia player at Baldwin County High School, she averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds last year. Georgia begins practice Saturday.

"We want to look out for what is best for Marquita, and we want Marquita to know what it is, if anything, that could be wrong with her," Landers said.

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