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 Monday, January 31
Browne's future with team uncertain
ESPN.com news services

 DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke senior Peppi Browne has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, school officials announced Monday.

Peppi Browne
Peppi Browne, right, was instrumental in Duke's run to the 1999 NCAA title game.

Browne, the Blue Devils' second-leading scorer and top rebounder, suffered the injury Thursday. An MRI on Saturday revealed the torn ACL.

No surgery has been scheduled. In a statement released Monday, team officials said Browne is discussing her options with her parents, doctors and coaching staff. A decision on the rest of the season is expected to be made shortly. Officials added that Browne is considering trying to play while wearing a supportive brace on the knee.

Browne, a 5-foot-11 guard-forward, sat out Sunday's game against Virginia, a 61-49 loss that gave the Cavs sole possession of first place in the ACC. Both teams were 7-1 in the conference entering the game.

Brown suffered the injury with 11:14 to play after falling to the floor -- untouched -- on a breakaway layup in a 101-58 victory over North Carolina on Thursday.

Browne started the first 20 games of the season, leading Duke to an 18-2 record before the injury. She was averaging 13.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds and 3.1 steals. Browne also was averaging 2.5 assists, and was shooting 47.4 percent (100 of 211) from the field.


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