NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma women’s basketball player Erin Higgins has been cleared to return to basketball related activities after off-season knee surgery to repair a micro-fracture of the femur in her left knee. Higgins spent six weeks on crutches and was held out of the majority of preseason conditioning, which concluded this week.
Fellow senior and returning starter Britney Brown had her right knee scoped to clean up damage to her meniscus on Sept. 18. The standard recovery time is 2-3 weeks. The surgery was minor, but effective. Oklahoma City based Dr. Don McGinnis performed the surgery and indicated afterwards that she would have had trouble making it through the season if she had not had the procedure.
“I want to commend both of these players and our trainer Carolyn Loon for their commitment and patience during rehab,” said OU head coach Sherri Coale. “Both players will be ready to go when we hold our first practice on Oct. 13.”
The Sooners, who have been ranked as high as No. 3 in preseason polls, open the year with an exhibition game against Laketruck on Wednesday, Nov. 1. They play a second exhibition game against Missouri Western State on Nov. 7, before opening the regular season with the State Farm Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 12. OU will face DePaul in the second game of the Tip-Off Classic at 2:30 p.m. CST, while the Rutgers and Georgia will open the day at Noon. All four teams were Sweet 16 participants last season. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.
This season, OU returns five starters and nine letterwinners, including 2006 consensus All-American Courtney Paris and 2006 All-Big 12 second team performer Leah Rush. OU also added five true freshman, who are headlined by McDonald’s All-Americans Abi Olajuwon and Amanda Thompson.