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Jan. 5, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State center LaToya Turner (So., Pickerington, Ohio) will miss the remainder of the 2001 campaign after tearing her left knee anterior cruciate ligament-graft in the Buckeyes’ 62-60 loss at Michigan State Thursday night.

The ACL-graft tear is the second such injury sustained by Turner whose left knee was initially injured in the WBCA/Kodak All-America High School game and surgically repaired in April 1999.

Turner exited last night’s game with 6:32 remaining in the first half after sustaining a blow to the knee following a field goal attempt. She finished the contest with seven points, two steals, one block and one rebound in nine minutes of play.

Turner, re-examined this morning by Ohio State’s chief orthopedic consultant Dr. Chris Kaeding, will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

“Obviously, this is a big challenge for LaToya to face,” head coach Beth Burns said. “We will all pull together to support her through her surgery and subsequent rehab.

“As for our team, we’ve been faced with a lot of injuries of late. We will choose to face adversity in a positive manner, stay together and play with great effort.”

Turner, the 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, exits the season as one of the most dominating players in the league as she ranks third in scoring (17.8 ppg), sixth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), fourth in steals (2.54 spg) and first in blocks (2.31 bpg). Turner received her first-ever Big Ten Player of the Week honor Nov. 20 following a career-high 37 point and 14 rebound performance in the Buckeyes’ season opener at Cleveland State (Nov. 17).