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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse sophomore All-ACC guard Brittney Sykes will undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in her right knee. The diagnosis came after an MRI was performed this week.
Syracuse's leading scorer was injured on a drive to the basket with 12:46 remaining in the Orange's 59-53 NCAA Tournament first round win vs. Chattanooga on March 22 in Lexington, Ky. She left the game with a team-high 13 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and third of her career.
"I would like to thank everyone for showing their concern and sending their support and prayers to the team and me," Sykes said. "It means a lot and has helped me push through this past week.
A date for surgery will be set following a reevaluation. After the surgery, Sykes will immediately begin the rehabilitation process with Syracuse's medical, athletic training, and strength and conditioning staffs.
"I am 100 percent dedicated to rehabbing and coming back strong for the upcoming season," Sykes said. "I am looking forward to being back on the court with my teammates making Syracuse proud."
Sykes was a leading force in Syracuse enjoying a historically successful season in 2013-14. Averaging 16.6 points per game and shooting 51 percent from the field, both team-bests, she led SU to a 23-10 overall record, including a 10-6 mark in its first ACC season, good for fifth-place. The Orange received an NCAA Tournament bid in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history and then recorded the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament win behind her double-double effort before narrowly losing to No. 3 seed and host Kentucky in the second round without Sykes.
"Brittney is obviously a very important part of our team, on and off the court," head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "I have all the confidence in the world that she will fully dedicate herself to rehabbing the injury and coming back better than ever, and we will be there to support her every step of the way."
Source: Syracuse University Athletics Media Relations press release.
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