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OU's Cunningham out for season

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Posted: Tuesday October 23, 2001 10:17 AM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma center Jennifer Cunningham will not play for the Sooners this season after she suffered a fourth and career-ending knee injury in preseason workouts, coach Sherri Coale said Monday.

The 6-foot-3 Cunningham tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during conditioning drills. It's the second time she's injured the knee.

She also has torn the ACL in her left knee twice.

"We are obviously very disappointed to lose Jen and we're sick that Jen has to go through a fourth ACL injury," Coale said. "Our focus is on getting Jen healthy and strong again."

"We'll miss her on the court but we have shown that we can win without her. We will continue to depend on the contribution from a number of other players."

Cunningham missed the final 15 games last season after injuring her knee Jan. 28 against Texas Tech.

The Sooners went on to win their second consecutive Big 12 regular season title and made a second-straight appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women's tournament

Cunningham said the injury forced her to end her basketball career. She said she will remain active within the program.

"I'm very disappointed that I won't be able to contribute on the court this year, but I will be here daily supporting my teammates as they work toward winning a national championship," she said.

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