In the Lady Tigers 82-72 loss to Arkansas Sunday afternoon, senior forward DeTrina White sustained a stress fracture in her right foot. Surgery is scheduled and White will have a screw inserted into her foot, insuring the end of her LSU career.
"I've never been through anything like this with a player before," Gunter said. "No. 1, she's an unbelievably talented player. She brings tremendous athletic skills and plays at such a high level. But for whatever reason, her body's been unable to withstand the way she attacks the game."
White missed most of last season with a similar injury in the same foot.
"She thought she just rolled her ankle," LSU women's basketball trainer Micki Sandy said. "But when she took her first step, she knew it was worse. She knew it was her foot."
White, a 5-11 native of Lafayette, La., had started 15 of the Lady Tigers' 16 games and is averaging 9.3 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
On the men's side, sophomore guard Tony Gipson was ruled academically ineligible for the second semester after failing to meet necessary requirements in the fall. Brady says Gipson will remain part of the team and will have the option to return to the lineup next season.
"I like Tony Gipson," Brady said. "He is a good player. He's going to play here and finish his career here."
Gipson, a 6-1 sophomore transfer from Panola Junior College in Carthage, Texas, averaged 25 points a game last season. Just a week ago, the younger brother of former Arkansas standout Teddy Gipson, had the best game of his short career as a Tiger leading LSU in scoring with 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arch.