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    Gordon Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury
    Gordon knocked down two free throws before leaving Sunday's game with the knee injury. (photo by Beth Unser)

    Gordon knocked down two free throws before leaving Sunday's game with the knee injury. (photo by Beth Unser)

    Jan. 30, 2009

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois senior Chelsea Gordon will miss the rest of the 2008-09 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee on Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Fighting Illini's win over Indiana. The injury effectively ends the 6-0 forward's UI career after three years as a starter.

    "I really feel for Chelsea because you never want to see a senior finish her career with an injury," Illinois head coach Jolette Law said of her lone senior. "Chelsea is a total team player who did whatever was asked of her. She was our defensive stopper and her basketball IQ is unmatched.

    "Chelsea had a great career as a player, and even though she won't be on the court the rest of this season, her presence at games and in practice will continue to have a big influence on our team. With her knowledge of the game, it will be like having another coach on the bench."

    Gordon was injured on a drive to the basket with 1:34 left in the first half of Sunday's game. A foul was called on the play and she stayed in the game to knock down both free throws before gingerly walking off the court. She did not return to the game and also sat out Thursday night's win at Northwestern.

    Gordon played in 116 career games - tied for the sixth most in school history - and made 83 starts. The Erie, Pa., native scored 680 points (5.9 ppg), pulled down 360 rebounds (3.1 rpg) and made 69 three-pointers in her career, the 12th most in school history. Gordon was named the team's Best Defensive Player after the both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. She was also named to the FIU Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team last season after helping Illinois to the tournament crown.

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