Sept. 4, 2004 — The Lynx today announced that center Michele Van Gorp underwent successful surgery today to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of her left foot.
Van Gorp's surgery was conducted by Dr. Fernando Pena, a foot specialist at the Orthopaedic Center in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Lynx orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Joel Boyd. Today's surgery required a screw to be inserted into the navicular bone. Van Gorp will miss the remainder of the 2004 WNBA season, and is expected to be healthy by the start of the 2005 WNBA campaign.
Van Gorp, who suffered the stress fracture in practice, was placed on the Injured List by Minnesota on Aug. 31. Earlier in the season (June 7), she was placed on the Injured List with a stress reaction to the navicular bone in her left foot and missed 16 games. She was activated on July 28.
In eight regular-season games in 2004, Van Gorp posted averages of 2.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 8.3 mpg. The 6-6 center is in her sixth year in the WNBA (fourth with the Lynx) and has career averages of 3.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 11.4 mpg.
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