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Baylor’s Jones Hospitalized With Vision Loss



By Lee Michaelson
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Baylor guard Melissa Jones is hospitalized, unable to see from her right eye, after suffering a blow to her head in Sunday’s 82-81 victory over Oklahoma. Jones was injured when she struck her head on the floor late in the game, causing swelling to the optic nerve.

An MRI and MRA taken after the injury show no structural damage to the eye, the optic nerve or to the brain, according to a statement issued by Baylor Athletics. Steroids are being administered in order to reduce the swelling. Because Jones’s pupils are equal and reactive to light, medical caretakers believe that the eye and the optic nerve are still sending signals to the brain, and are “cautiously optimistic” that with time, and the aid of the steroid treatment, her vision will be restored.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said that Jones, a senior, expects to be released from the hospital in time to attend her Senior Night game against Missouri on Wednesday, but will be unable to play. Whitney Zacharaison, a fellow senior, will start in Jones’s stead. A trainer stated that Baylor is attempting to obtain protective eyegear from a vendor in anticipation of Jones being cleared to play in the postseason.

“Kids aren’t supposed to have this kind of injuries in basketball,” said a choked up Mulkey. “I’ve seen her take worse licks. I still can’t comprehend what I saw on film has led to this. ... This just doesn’t fit.”

“Melissa is just a warrior. She’s just everything coaches dream to coach. ... If she’s back on the floor playing, she’ll dive on the floor again,” added Mulkey.

Baylor guard Melissa Jones is hospitalized, unable to see from her right eye, after suffering a blow to her head in Sunday’s 82-81 victory over Oklahoma. Jones was injured when she struck her head on the floor late in the game, causing swelling to the optic nerve.

An MRI and MRA taken after the injury show no structural damage to the eye, the optic nerve or to the brain, according to a statement issued by Baylor Athletics. Steroids are being administered in order to reduce the swelling. Because Jones’s pupils are equal and reactive to light, medical caretakers believe that the eye and the optic nerve are still sending signals to the brain, and are “cautiously optimistic” that with time, and the aid of the steroid treatment, her vision will be restored.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said that Jones, a senior, expects to be released from the hospital in time to attend her Senior Night game against Missouri on Wednesday, but will be unable to play. Whitney Zacharaison, a fellow senior, will start in Jones’s stead. A trainer stated that Baylor is attempting to obtain protective eyegear from a vendor in anticipation of Jones being cleared to play in the postseason.

“Kids aren’t supposed to have this kind of injuries in basketball,” said a choked up Mulkey. “I’ve seen her take worse licks. I still can’t comprehend what I saw on film has led to this. ... This just doesn’t fit.”

“Melissa is just a warrior. She’s just everything coaches dream to coach. ... If she’s back on the floor playing, she’ll dive on the floor again,” added Mulkey.

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Originally published Wed, March 02, 2011


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
Rank remains unchanged since last week
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.