June 20, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced that junior Molly Beal will not be competing next season due to a medical disqualification. Beal, a native of Mission Hills, Kan., has undergone three arthroscopic surgeries throughout her Florida State career in an attempt to determine and correct her injuries. Beal has traumatic arthritic changes in her knee which cause excruciating pain which has led doctors to medically disqualify her from competing any longer.
“Molly sustained an ACL and MCL injury during high school,” FSU Assistant Athletic Trainer Kari Langley said. “She has strength deficits that interfere with her ability to rehabilitate fully. It was doubtful that she would return to action this past season after undergoing surgery in October, but she made great strides to finish her sophomore season. However, following another post-season surgery, Dr. Tom Haney (team orthopedist) feels it is in Molly’s best interest to discontinue competition.”
Beal played in 49 games during her two-year FSU career and averaged 3.5 points per game. After undergoing right knee surgery in the preseason to remove bone fragments, she was sidelined for the first nine games of the 2000-01 season. An offensive spark plug when she returned to action, Beal played in 22 games and averaged 3.0 points and 0.4 rebounds per game in 9.5 minutes of action per contest. She scored a career-high 16 points and tied her career-high with five three-pointers in the Maryland win in College Park and was fourth on the team with 18 three-pointers on the year.
“We’ll miss Molly’s presence on the team for a lot of reasons,” Semrau said. “Not only was she a tremendous asset to us on the court, but her work ethic was contagious. She was a very coachable player and her teammates love her.”