Sept. 3, 2004 — The Lynx today announced that four-time WNBA All-Star and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith underwent successful surgery today on her right knee. The surgery repaired the medial meniscus and reconstructed the anterior cruciate ligament in Smith's right knee.
Smith's surgery was conducted in Columbus, Ohio, by Dr. Christopher Kaeding, the medical director of the Ohio State Sports Medicine Center and medical director and head team physician in OSU's Department of Athletics. Dr. Kaeding has operated on Smith twice before in her career. Smith will miss the remainder of the 2004 WNBA season, but is expected to be back for the start of the 2005 WNBA season.
Smith originally injured her knee (a contusion to the lateral compartment) at Washington on July 23. The 5-11 guard re-injured her knee (tore cartilage) while competing with the U.S. women's basketball team in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The injury occurred during the U.S.'s 100-62 win over China on Aug. 22. Smith missed the team's first two games with a contusion on her knee and played a total of 13 minutes in the next three games.
Smith is the all-time scoring leading in the history of U.S. women's professional basketball (ABL/WNBA) with 4,730 points. She is the WNBA's fourth all-time leading scorer (3,299 points) and the league's all-time three-point leader (425). In 23 games in 2004, Smith averaged 18.8 ppg (third in the WNBA), 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and 34.8 mpg.
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