Jan. 8, 2003

Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's basketball team lost another member of its squad on Tuesday, Jan. 7, when senior Stephanie Simon (Clinton, Okla.) went down with a knee injury. This is OU's fourth knee injury of the season. The Sooners, who are ranked 25th in the AP and 22nd in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches polls, have been trimmed down to 10 players on the roster.

During the summer the Sooners lost incoming freshman Casey Walker (Houston, Texas), followed by senior All-American candidate Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) and freshman standout Erin Higgins (Oklahoma City, Okla.) to ACL injuries. Hill's and Higgins' injuries occurred on Nov. 26, while Walkers' was on July 23, during an AAU playoff game.

"This is such a horrible situation for Stephanie," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "Steph is probably our toughest player on the court. She's battled back from two ACL injuries already and to have her career end like this is disappointing. We will miss her on the court but our primary concern is getting her healthy."

Late in practice on Tuesday, Simon torn her medial meniscus in her right knee after making a post move in the paint. Simon's meniscus locked at a 45-degree angle and was surgically repaired at 8:30 p.m. later that night. Dr. Don McGinnis, OU's orthopedic surgeon, performed the surgery. Simon, a former walk-on, earned a full scholarship in January 2002.

The three-year letterwinner was averaging 2.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game this season.

"I'm disappointed with the injury but what hurts the most is that I will not be able to help my teammates on the court," said Simon. "But, I will be at every practice and game supporting them every minute."

Simon will be on crutches for three to six weeks. Full recovery is expected to take 12 weeks.