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Women's Basketball Loses Starting Point Guard To Knee Injury

December 4, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Freshman point guard Vnemina Reese (Fort Wayne, Ind.) will miss the remainder of the 1998-99 basketball season after injuring her right knee early in the second half of MSU's win over Detroit on Dec. 1.

Reese, who started the first six games of the season, has a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. She will undergo reconstructive surgery later this month and is expected to miss at least six months of action.

"This is a very disappointing and frustrating situation for our team and Mina," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "She was progressing in a timely fashion and was improving with each game. Fortunately, Mina will be able to get a medical redshirt and get this year of eligibility back.

"We have to use these next four non-conference games to adjust and find someone to take her place at the point," Langeland added.

Prior to the injury, Reese was averaging 5.7 points and 2.7 assists per game and was leading the team with 14 steals.

The Spartans return to action tomorrow with a non-conference game at Illinois State at 3 p.m., EST.



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