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It will take great determination for Texas forward Vicki Hall, the leading scorer for the Longhorn women's team last season, to come back from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, which she suffered in Texas's season opener against Southwest Missouri State on Nov. 23. Bet on her to do it, though. No one can question Hall's determination.
Chuck Person and Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers have firsthand knowledge of her grit. After she was cut from the U.S. Pan Am Games team last spring, Hall spent the summer working out with Person and Miller. "She's a fighter," says Person. "She'd come out every day. We'd knock her down, and she'd get right back up. If the doctors tell her to do therapy for one hour a day, she'll do three."
The Longhorns, who were No. 12 in the AP preseason rankings, already miss Hall, a preseason All-America who averaged 17.5 points last year. Last week Texas lost 70-62 to unranked George Washington in its first game without her.
Hall, a 6'1" senior, hasn't decided whether she will take a redshirt year and rejoin the Longhorns next season. However, she is certain she would like to make the U.S. Olympic team for the Barcelona Games, which begin in July. Doctors expect she will need six to nine months of rehabilitation, and the Games are eight months away. But Hall hasn't given up.
"I'm going to be as intense with rehab as I am on the court," she says. "I want to come back as quickly as possible, and if that means being in rehab 24 hours a day, seven days a week, I'll do it."
Catholic University of Washington, D.C., shot 62 three-pointers, a Division III record, and made 27 of them, a record for all NCAA divisions, in a 117-71 victory over St. Joseph's of New York in Brooklyn. Catholic is coached by Bob Valvano, brother of you-know-who....
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