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USC Star Jacki Gemelos Suffers Fourth ACL Tear; Naismith Nominee Out for Remainder of Season



By Lee Michaelson
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USC redshirt senior Jacki Gemelos has suffered yet another tear to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the University of Southern California announced Tuesday. It is the fourth ACL injury and will be the fifth surgical repair for Gemelos, a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American who was considered the top women’s basketball recruit in the nation when she graduated from St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) in 2006.

The latest injury to the talented guard’s left knee occurred on December 18 in College Station, Texas, as Gemelos drove to the hoop in the first half of USC’s near-upset of reigning national champion Texas A&M. The game ended in a 70-71 squeaker. Gemelos’s season ended roughly 23 minutes early, as Gemelos lay on the floor, writhing in pain and sobbing in pain, anger and frustration.

Gemelos, who had been averaging 11 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game before this latest injury, had been named to the Naismith Award early-season watch list. She plans to have surgery in January and ultimately to return to playing basketball.

USC redshirt senior Jacki Gemelos has suffered yet another tear to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the University of Southern California announced Tuesday. It is the fourth ACL injury and will be the fifth surgical repair for Gemelos, a McDonald’s and WBCA All-American who was considered the top women’s basketball recruit in the nation when she graduated from St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) in 2006.

The latest injury to the talented guard’s left knee occurred on December 18 in College Station, Texas, as Gemelos drove to the hoop in the first half of USC’s near-upset of reigning national champion Texas A&M. The game ended in a 70-71 squeaker. Gemelos’s season ended roughly 23 minutes early, as Gemelos lay on the floor, writhing in pain and sobbing in pain, anger and frustration.

Gemelos, who had been averaging 11 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game before this latest injury, had been named to the Naismith Award early-season watch list. She plans to have surgery in January and ultimately to return to playing basketball.

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Originally published Wed, December 21, 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.