Oct. 19, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane women's basketball player Tymeka Moore will miss the 2000-01 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee, head coach Lisa Stockton announded on Thursday.
Moore, a freshman from Houston, Texas, injured her knee at the Green Wave's first practice on Saturday, Oct. 14. She underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on Tuesday that revealed a torn ACL, a mild medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain and a mild cartilage tear. Moore's injury will require surgery, though an exact date has not yet been set.
"It is unfortunate that Tymeka had this injury, especially after she had such a great preseason," Stockton said. "She is one of our most athletic players, so this is definitely going to hurt us. Her attitude has been great, though. She will definitely come back from this. We are looking forward to getting her on the court next year."
This is the third straight season that Tulane has been forced to redshirt a women's basketball player. Senior Kelly Scanlon missed the 1998-99 season after rupturing her achilles tendon during preseason conditioning drills, while sophomore Gwen Slaughter missed last season for personal reasons. In addition, junior Salome Hector missed the final eight games of last season after injuring her ACL on February 12. Hector will return to practice on a limited basis on Monday.
Despite losing Moore, Tulane returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's 27-5 squad. The Green Wave won its second straight Conference USA Tournament title last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Although we're disappointed to lose Tymeka, we are excited about the upcoming season," Stockton added. "We have a tough schedule in front of us, but it is one that should really be exciting for our fans."
Tulane opens the 2000-01 season with a Nov. 2 exhibition against the Mississippi All-Stars in Fogelman Arena. The Wave kick-off the regular season in the Preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament against Grambling State on November 10 in Fogelman.