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June 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Spokane’s Briann January out with season-ending injury

BJanuary.jpgWNBA stars seem to be bowing out of the season everywhere, which surely will kick-up debates about year-round play and wear on their bodies, again. Indiana PG Briann January joined three-time MVP Lauren Jackson and Los Angeles star Candace Parker as the latest to suffer a serious injury.
January, who shinned at Lewis and Clark High, underwent an MRI on Wednesday that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. She suffered the season-ending injury in the fourth quarter of the Fever’s win against Phoenix on Tuesday.
Surgery to repair her knee will be performed in 4 to 6 weeks by Dr. Stephen Kollias, team orthopedist with St. Vincent Sports Performance.
“It is such a tough blow for Bri (pictured right) because she’s worked so hard to get where she is today,” said Fever coach Lin Dunn in a released statement. “It’s unfortunate and we’ll miss her leadership, but we know she’ll come back even better and even stronger. Now is the opportunity for someone else to step up, though. We have talked a lot about the depth of this team and so now is the time for someone like Erin Phillips or Shannon Bobbitt to fill that void. We may have a point guard-by-committee for awhile as we adjust to her loss.”
Parker is in the midst of rehabilitating her right knee surgery. She’ll miss about six weeks, missing all but 10 games in 2010 due to shoulder surgery.
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Meanwhile Jackson is preparing for an approximate three-hour surgery on Thursday to repair her torn labrum. A source said it’s off the bone and torn in half. She’ll require 8-12 weeks of rehabilitation, beginning with four weeks on crutches.
Jackson plans to rehabilitate in Seattle. Dr. Marc Philippon of Vail, Co. will handle the operation, known as the best orthopedic hip surgeon in America.
Storm coach Brian Agler announced earlier this week that he signed Polish C Ewelina Kobryn, but she needed to obtain a visa and pass necessary physicals. Kobryn would replace rookie Ify Ibekwe on the roster, who was cut Sunday.
But on Wednesday, Agler was noncommittal about Kobryn joining the team for its Eastern Conference swing. The Storm does not qualify for the WNBA’s medical exemption.
“We will actively look to make our roster and team stronger,” said Agler, who’s also director of player personnel. “If that’s through practice and getting better in some areas, we’ll do it that way. If that’s trying to improve our roster, we’ll do it in that kind of way. We’re definitely going to study every situation possible.”
The Storm (4-2) begins a three-game road trip against Connecticut (5-3) on Friday.



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