Rowsey Out For 2005-06 With Knee Injury

ATHENS - Rebecca Rowsey, a 6-3, forward who started all 34 games for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs last season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during a pre-season workout last week. Rowsey had successful surgery to repair the ligament on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and will red-shirt during the 2005-06 season, head coach Andy Landers announced on Wednesday.

During the surgery, Rowsey also underwent a debridement to clean up meniscal cartilage in the same knee.

"What's most disappointing -- and I'm not with all of our players every minute of every day -- but my sense is that Rebecca probably out-worked everybody on our basketball team this summer," Landers said. "It always hurts you when someone gets hurt. That Rebecca had invested so much during the summer and got hurt in the second workout is just a shame. It's a cruel injustice."

Rowsey averaged 4.1 points and 5.0 rebounds as one of only two players to start all 34 games for the Lady Bulldogs last season. She posted career highs in every major statistical category, including scoring 12 points at Georgia Tech, grabbing 12 rebounds at Kentucky and playing 38 minutes in the Lady Dogs' win over Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Rowsey grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and equaled her career-high with four blocks against the Longhorns. Her final rejection came with 12 seconds left and the Lady Bulldogs clinging to a one-point lead.

Rowsey, a pre-Med major from Henderson, Tenn., also has been a standout in the classroom. She is a member of the University's Honors Program and sports better than a 3.60 cumulative grade point average. Rowsey has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following both of her first two seasons at Georgia.

"As you would expect, Rebecca has a positive attitude," Landers said. "She wanted to get the surgery done as quickly as she could so she could go about the business of getting it rehabbed as quickly as she can. She's definitely going to red-shirt this season, but she wants to get back on it and get back to work as soon as she can."

Despite the loss of Rowsey, the 2005-06 Lady Bulldogs still return four starters and four more letterwinners from last year's squad which finished 24-10 and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Ebony Felder -- a three-year letterwinner from 2002-04 -- was recently granted a sixth year to complete her collegiate eligibility by the NCAA. Georgia also will welcome a group of talented newcomers which includes: 6-5 Angel Robinson, a consensus first-team prep All-American; 6-6 Reicina Russell, a sophomore transfer who was a Freshman All-Big Ten performer for Penn State in 2003-04; and Danielle Taylor, the MVP of the 2005 Georgia North/South All-Star game.

Georgia will open the campaign by facing defending national champion Baylor in the State Farm Tip-off Classic in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Bears will square off at 1:00 p.m. ET on espn2, with LSU and Texas Tech set to play in the second game of the doubleheader.

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