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Jan. 11, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball forward Emily Haynam (Fr., Westerville, Ohio) will miss the remainder of the 2001 season after suffering a fracture and dislocation of her left ring finger during practice Tuesday. Haynam will have surgery Friday at OSU Hospitals East where Dr. Marc Trzeciak will reset and insert pins in the finger.

Haynam is the fifth Buckeye to miss significant playing time this season due to injury. Teammate LaToya Turner (So., Pickerington, Ohio), who tore her left knee anterior cruciate ligament-graft in the Buckeyes’ 62-60 loss at Michigan State Jan. 4, will also undergo surgery Friday at OSU Hospitals East. Dr. Chris Kaeding, Ohio State’s chief orthopedic consultant, will perform the procedure. The ACL-graft tear is the second such injury sustained to Turner’s left knee that was initially injured in the WBCA/Kodak All-America High School game and surgically repaired in April 1999.

Freshman starting guard Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio) will miss her inaugural Big Ten season because of a stress fracture in her right tibia. Matter played in the first nine games of the season.

Guard Tanya McClure (So., Gahanna, Ohio) and forward Courtney Bale (Sr., Vista, Calif.) also remain on the injury roster. McClure, 5-4, has been idle since Nov. 20, nursing a fracture in her left foot. She was taken out of her cast Dec. 19, participated in a few practice drills over the past few weeks, but was re-cast Monday (Jan. 8). The 6-2 Bale stepped on a teammate’s foot in practice Nov. 26 and fractured her left fibula. Her return to the lineup is unknown.

Ohio State will take the floor Thursday with a seven-member roster, hosting Illinois at 7 p.m. at Value City Arena.

Ohio State Injury Timeline…

Emily Haynam (Westerville, Ohio)
6-3, Fr., Forward (1.3 ppg/0.8 rpg)
Date of Injury: Jan. 9, 2001
Injury: Left ring finger fracture and relocation
Expected Return: Out for the season

LaToya Turner (Pickerington, Ohio)
6-4, So., Center (17.8 ppg/6.6 rpg)
Date of Injury: Jan. 4, 2001
Injury: Left knee ACL-graft tear
Expected Return: Out for the season

Caity Matter (Bluffton, Ohio)
5-10, Fr., Guard (8.1 ppg/3.6 rpg)
Date of Injury: Soreness and pain in late December 2000.
Injury: Stress fracture diagnosed Dec. 28 in right tibia
Expected Return: Out for the season

Courtney Bale (Vista, Calif.)
6-2, Sr., Forward (2.7 ppg/2.3 rpg)
Date of Injury: Nov. 26, 2000
Injury: Fractured left fibula
Date of return: Undetermined

Tanya McClure (Gahanna, Ohio)
5-4, So., Guard (2.0 ppg/2.0 rpg)
Date of Injury: Nov. 12, 2000
Injury: Left mid-foot fracture
Date of return: Out for the season