Chiney Ogwumike injures knee

March, 17, 2012

Stanford sophomore Chiney Ogwumike sustained a right knee injury early in the Cardinal's first-round game against Hampton and was off the floor for much of the first half.

Stanford said Ogwumike has a bruised knee. She returned in the second half.

Ogwumike got tangled going for a rebound with two Hampton players at the 17-minute mark and sat on the floor for a couple of minutes before limping to the Stanford bench.

Ogwumike left the floor with a trainer and returned with about 10 minutes to go, but she left again after playing about a minute, taking her father, Peter, and the team doctor Elaine Lambert with her back to the locker room.

Ogwumike said after the game she landed on her knee awkwardly and she felt more tightness than pain.

"I was probably not in the best position (for the rebound), but it was a do-able position," Ogwumike said. "Feet got tangled up and I hit my knee. It was just a little stiff."

She said she was evaluated in the training room and felt more tightness when she came out to play again, so they sent her back into the training room for one more look along with the Stanford team doctor and a second opinion from Hampton's team doctor.

"It doesn't really hurt, it was just very awkward," she said. "I have never experienced that before, so it was tough for me to gauge how my knee should be reacting. It was really tight walking off."

Ogwumike ended up starting the second half and finished with nine points and six rebounds in 14 minutes. Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said she could have played more in the second half had the game been closer.

Ogwumike was icing her knee postgame and said she will be ready to play Monday.

"It might be one of those awkward things you just have to play through and then adrenalin kicks in," Ogwumike said. "Definitely yes. I will be ready."

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith has covered pro and college sports for AOL Fanhouse, the San Francisco Chronicle and espnW.



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