Women’s Basketball’s Taylor Out For Year

Women’s Basketball’s Taylor Out For Year

Sept. 18, 2007

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball program lost the services of an integral member of its team last week when senior guard Tasha Taylor tore her left anterior cruciate ligament during an individual workout.

“There is no question that Tasha’s injury is a blow to our basketball team,” Head Coach Cristy McKinney said. “I am disappointed for Tasha as well as for our team. She had worked extremely hard this off season and was ready to have a great year on the court. The positive is that we have some depth this year and have several players that can step up and help ease the loss.”

Taylor, a three-year starter, was expected to be a leader for this year’s team. She ranks 10th in school history with 338 assists and is listed fifth in the Lady Tiger annuals with a 3.93 assist per game average. The native of Columbus, GA effectively switched to the two-guard position last season and increased her scoring average as well as her shooting accuracy.

She averaged 11.9 points per game in 2006-07 to bring her career figure to 8.2 per game. Taylor led Clemson with a .470 field goal percentage and drained a team-best 26 three pointers last season. She was also effective on the defensive end, earning the team’s Best Defensive Player Award at the post-season banquet.

Taylor has the option to red-shirt this season and return for a fifth year in 2008-09.