Jan. 13, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure senior center Emma Haywood will miss the remainder of the 2003-04 season after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament in her left knee.
Haywood sustained the injury January 2, during a practice at Nebraska. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the tear, according to St. Bonaventure head athletic trainer Renee Kleszczynski.
Haywood will undergo surgery tomorrow.
Haywood is the fourth Bonnies women's basketball player to sustain a torn knee ligament in the past three years. Junior guard Stefanie Collins tore her left anterior cruciate ligament during a preseason workout last year, senior guard Lyndsey Maurer tore her right ACL in the 2001-02 Bonnies season opener. Former Bonnies center Eva Kadlecova suffered an ACL tear in July of 2001 during a pickup game.
"This is a difficult blow to both our program and Emma," said Bonnies' head coach Jim Crowley. "With the injury, her role on the floor has changed. We still need her leadership within the team. Since the injury, she has exemplified that thoroughly."
After missing the first five games of the season with a foot sprain, Haywood proved to be a presence in the paint for the Bonnies, averaging 5.9 points per game to go along with 3.2 rebounds.
Haywood was also a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, an award given to student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher.