Dec. 10, 2003
Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced that junior guard LaQuinta Neely suffered a torn ACL to her right knee in practice on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the 2003-04 season.
Neely, a two-year starter, was averaging 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and was tied for first on the team with 4.2 assists per game. She had started all six games and was second on the team at 25.3 minutes per game. She had led the team in rebounding twice, in assists four times and steals once this season. She scored at least four points in all six games and eight or more points three times. Shooting 54 percent from the field on the year, Neely scored a season-high nine points in the season-opener vs. Savannah State and twice recorded a season-high of seven rebounds.
“Losing Quint is a huge blow to our team,” Semrau said. “She contributes so much not only physically, but was really a stabilizer for our team mentally and emotionally on the floor. Obviously, this is part of basketball. Players sustain injuries and as a result, we have other people on our team capable of stepping up at this point and will have the opportunity to do so.
“I feel terrible for Quint because I think she was having her best year ever and was such a big part, and still will be, in what we are doing,” Semrau continued. “It’s an injury that when it takes you out for a whole season, it’s a blow, but at the same time, Quint has such a great work ethic that she’ll be back probably more quickly than anybody who would have sustained this type of injury. Unfortunately it won’t be this year, but I expect her to be even better than ever next year.”
Neely will undergo surgery as soon as it can be scheduled. Florida State will apply for a medical hardship for Neely in order to sustain the year of eligibility.
The Seminoles will return to action on Sunday, December 14th vs. South Florida at 2 p.m. The game will be played at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.