Nov. 12, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – Freshman women’s basketball player Bryelle Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the closing minutes of the Lady Tigers’ season opener on Friday night and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Smith is the third member of the Clemson women’s basketball team to fall victim to an ACL injury this season, as seniors Tasha Taylor and Adrianne Bradshaw suffered the same injury in preseason workouts.
“Bryelle played very well in our season opener and we are really going to miss her this season,” said Head Coach Tasha Taylor already out with an injury, we were counting on Bryelle to give us valuable minutes at the point guard position and she had stepped up her play in the last couple of weeks. This is another tough blow for our team to take at this time.”
Smith, a guard from Raleigh, NC, played 18 minutes in the victory over Maine with three assists and two rebounds. She was expected to provide depth at the point guard position this season, but will now redshirt the year to prepare for 2007-08.
Smith was a four-year letterwinner at Cary (NC) Academy and led her team to conference titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07. She was a four-time all-conference selection and was named her league’s player-of-the-year as a senior.
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