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Fever Lose January for the Season with Torn ACL



By Lee Michaelson
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The injury bug continued to bite as the Indiana Fever announced Wednesday that starting point guard Briann January will be out for the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

January went down Tuesday during the Fever’s 91-86 home victory over the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury’s Nakia Sanford had just blocked January’s attempted lay-up early in the fourth quarter and the two made contact in the subsequent battle for the lay-up. January, a third-year pro from Arizona State, was blown for the foul, but had to leave the floor and would not return for the remainder of the game. January, who was averaging a career-high 8.6 points and 5.0 assists per game for the Fever who are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record and a four-game winning streak, had amassed seven points and six assists (but three turnovers) before her departure.

The Fever said Wednesday that January will go under the knife in the next four to six weeks. The surgery will be performed by team orthopedist Dr. Stephen Kollias.

There were already concerns for the stability of the Fever backcourt after Indiana lost the steady hands of Tully Bevilaqua, when she signed with San Antonio as a free agent in the off-season. Though January is a strong performer, especially off the dribble, and has shown her ability to find teammates with the dish, ranking seventh in the WNBA in assists per game this season (5.0 per game), she also has notoriously loose handles. January was tied with Tulsa’s Tiffany Jackson and Ivory Latta at fourth in the league in turnovers per game this season with 3.3 miscues per outing.

The team will now have to rely upon “point guard by committee,” according to head coach Linn Dunn, as Erin Phillips and Shannon Bobbitt, both relievers who are new to the team this season, share duties at the point.

The injury bug continued to bite as the Indiana Fever announced Wednesday that starting point guard Briann January will be out for the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

January went down Tuesday during the Fever’s 91-86 home victory over the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury’s Nakia Sanford had just blocked January’s attempted lay-up early in the fourth quarter and the two made contact in the subsequent battle for the lay-up. January, a third-year pro from Arizona State, was blown for the foul, but had to leave the floor and would not return for the remainder of the game. January, who was averaging a career-high 8.6 points and 5.0 assists per game for the Fever who are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference with a 7-3 record and a four-game winning streak, had amassed seven points and six assists (but three turnovers) before her departure.

The Fever said Wednesday that January will go under the knife in the next four to six weeks. The surgery will be performed by team orthopedist Dr. Stephen Kollias.

There were already concerns for the stability of the Fever backcourt after Indiana lost the steady hands of Tully Bevilaqua, when she signed with San Antonio as a free agent in the off-season. Though January is a strong performer, especially off the dribble, and has shown her ability to find teammates with the dish, ranking seventh in the WNBA in assists per game this season (5.0 per game), she also has notoriously loose handles. January was tied with Tulsa’s Tiffany Jackson and Ivory Latta at fourth in the league in turnovers per game this season with 3.3 miscues per outing.

The team will now have to rely upon “point guard by committee,” according to head coach Linn Dunn, as Erin Phillips and Shannon Bobbitt, both relievers who are new to the team this season, share duties at the point.

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Originally published Thu, June 30, 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.
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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.