UNC freshman center suffers torn ACL

Freshman center Tiffany Tucker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the University of North Carolina women's basketball game on Monday evening and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2001-02 season.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Freshman center Tiffany Tucker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the University of North Carolina women's basketball game on Monday evening and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2001-02 season.

Tucker will begin a rehabilitation program immediately and is expected to undergo surgery in approximately three weeks, according to Dr. Tim Taft, UNC's Director of Sports Medicine. Taft diagnosed the ACL tear during an examination on Tuesday morning.

Tucker, a 6-5 player from Petersburg, Va., fell to the court with the injury after jumping for a rebound with just over a minute remaining in the game against Tennessee-Martin, a 90-67 win for Carolina. She played a total of four minutes, totaling three points and one block.

For the season, Tucker has appeared in 11 games, including two Atlantic Coast Conference contests. She is averaging 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 4.5 minutes off the bench.


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