Center likely out four weeks

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota senior center Janel McCarville
broke her left hand at practice Thursday and is expected to miss
four weeks.

McCarville averaged 16.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last
season, leading the Gophers to their first Final Four. Her 75
rebounds were an NCAA tournament record.

McCarville is also the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year for

Minnesota opens its season Nov. 14 against UNLV in Seattle.

Coach Pam Borton said she's "crossing her fingers" that
McCarville will be back when the Gophers host the Subway Classic at
Williams Arena on Nov. 19-20.

"Obviously you don't want to see any of your players being
injured," Borton said. "But if anything like that is going to
happen, this is the best time. We still have 2½ more weeks before
we play."

McCarville got hurt about 30 minutes into practice during a
one-on-one drill. Borton said McCarville lost her balance and tried
to break her fall with her left hand.

She did not return to practice, and X-rays showed the third
metacarpal bone, in her left middle finger, was broken.

Sophomore Liz Podominick, who had been competing with Jamie
Broback for the starting spot at power forward, is slated to
replace McCarville in the starting lineup.