Vicki Baugh undergoes surgery

Vicki Baugh, a forward for the Lady Vols basketball team, underwent successful knee surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Tuesday to repair the ACL and medial meniscus in her left knee.

"Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher, UT team orthopedists, performed surgery on Vicki's left knee this afternoon," said Jenny Moshak, the associate athletics director for sports medicine. "The surgery addressed the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) revision and repaired the medial meniscus tear of her knee."

According to Moshak, Vicki Baugh's surgery went well and she will begin rehabilitation of the knee immediately.

Baugh, a 6'4 sophomore from Sacramento, Calif., injured the knee on Feb. 2 in an 80-70 loss at No. 2-ranked Oklahoma. The injury occurred during the second half as Baugh was helping her Lady Vol team rally against the Sooners. Mathien diagnosed the ACL tear on Feb. 3.

A key member of the 2008-09 team, Baugh had seen very limited action since suffering a sprain of the knee in practice on Jan. 1 in preparation for the game at Rutgers. This season, she played in 14 games and started 10. She was averaging 6.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game prior to the injury.

This is Baugh's second ACL injury. Last season, in the NCAA title game versus Stanford, with a little more than seven minutes to play, Baugh's slashing-through-the-key layup gave the Lady Vols a double-digit lead, 55-44, that they would not relinquish down the stretch en route to NCAA Championship number eight.

Unfortunately for Baugh, that was the play when the injury occurred to her left knee. On April 11, 2008, an MRI confirmed that Baugh had torn her ACL, and she had surgery on May 13, 2008.

This season, she started out as the best rebounder on the team registering double-digit boards. She picked up three double-doubles and was emerging as a force in the pivot. Prior to suffering a knee sprain before the game at Rutgers, she was coming off one of the best performances of her career with a 12-point and 15-rebound outing at Gonzaga.

During her freshman season, Baugh played in all 38 games helping the Lady Vols to a 36-2 record. She averaged 5.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 13.1 minutes per contest. She shot a team best 55.2 percent from the field (79-143) and knocked in 77.8 percent of her charity tosses. She recorded six games in double-digits scoring including a season high 12-point effort versus Purdue in the NCAA Tournament. Baugh had a monster game on the boards against Louisiana Tech hauling in 16 rebounds.


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