Cait McMahan has knee surgery

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol basketball redshirt sophomore point guard Cait McMahan had undergone successful knee surgery.

"Dr. Russ Betcher and Dr. Greg Mathien, UT team orthopedists, performed arthroscopic surgery on Cait's right knee this afternoon at the UT Medical Center," Moshak said. "Basically, it was a clean-up job.

"Cait had been experiencing some discomfort in the knee and conservative treatments did not address the problems. Today's scope eliminated some loose bodies, smoothed out joint surface irregularities and addressed a small lateral meniscus tear. Her rehab will begin immediately and we'll evaluate her knee day-by-day."

Moshak said she anticipates Cait McMahan being ready to go when official Lady Vol practice begins on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

This surgery comes after McMahan sat out the 2007-08 season following an extensive surgery on June 6, 2007, to repair a lesion on the articular cartilage in her right knee. The 5'4 guard from Maryville, Tenn., originally tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee on Nov. 29, 2005, while playing at Heritage High School.

As a Lady Vol rookie in the 2006-07 NCAA Championship season, she played in 35 games and earned one starting assignment. She averaged 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.4 apg while logging almost 14 minutes per contest.

This season, McMahan is vying for a spot in the starting lineup at point guard. Tennessee plays its first exhibition game on Nov. 6 against Carson-Newman in Thompson-Boling Arena.

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