July 7, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior-to-be guard Jamie Lewis (Oak Hill, Ohio) will undergo surgery today to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Lewis sustained the injury while playing basketball June 24.

The torn ACL is the second such injury for Lewis, who tore the other ACL during high school, forcing her to miss her junior season. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Chris Kaeding at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

“I know Jamie’s surgery will go well this week, especially having one of the best surgeons in the country in Dr. Kaeding,” head coach Beth Burns said. “I think that just like in LaToya’s (Turner) situation, the immediate response is that you’re upset and scared, but Jamie is strong and tough, and she knows what’s in front of her having gone through this once before.”

A two-year starter, Lewis averaged a career 8.5 points and 5.1 assists per game. She established the Ohio State freshman (159) and sophomore (122) assists records and ranks 13th on the Buckeyes’ all-time assist chart with 281.

-Go Bucks!-