In her first season at Nebraska, Spiric was limited during non-conference play while recovering from a major knee injury in the final game of her junior college career. During the conference season, Spiric neared 100 percent and became one of NU's top players. She produced career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Nebraska's upset of eventual national champion Baylor on Jan. 12, and averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in the Huskers' two postseason tournament games.
"This injury is obviously terrible for Jelena. She worked so hard and put in a huge amount of time rehabbing from her first knee injury. Last year, we never got to see the kind of player Jelena really is," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Before Tuesday, Jelena was playing great basketball, and I was expecting her to have a great senior season. She had a really good summer and was in great shape athletically. Her confidence was high and she was one of our most dominant players in practice. We are going to have to approach our season differently without Jelena."
Spiric can apply for a medical hardship and return for her senior season with the Huskers in 2006-07.
Nebraska opens its 2005-06 season with an exhibition game against Nebraska-Omaha at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:05 p.m.