Lynx center Van Gorp undergoes foot surgery; out for season

Updated: September 4, 2004, 10:27 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx center Michele Van Gorp underwent successful foot surgery Saturday but will be out for the rest of the season, the team said.

The surgery repaired a stress fracture in her left foot. Surgeons had to put a screw into the navicular bone. The team said she is expected to be healthy for the 2005 season.

Van Gorp suffered the injury in practice, and went on the injured list Tuesday. She missed 16 games with a stress injury to the same bone earlier this season, but was activated July 28.

In eight regular-season games this year, Van Gorp averaged 2.8 points per game, 1.6 rebounds and 8.3 minutes. The 6-foot-6 center is in her sixth year in the WNBA, and her fourth with the Lynx.

The Lynx are also missing guard and Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith, who underwent successful surgery on her right knee Friday. The four-time WNBA all star will miss the rest of this season, but is expected back next year.

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