Penny Taylor Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Phoenix Mercury forward Penny Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, the club announced today. The surgery was conducted in Melbourne, Australia by world-renowned knee surgeon Julian Feller. Taylor is expected to make a full recovery by the end of 2012.

Taylor sustained the injury March 29 while playing for Fenerbahce (Turkey) in the Euroleague Final 8 and will miss the entire WNBA season as well as the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The three-time WNBA All-Star will rejoin the Mercury for the 2012 season to continue the rehabilitation process. She is expected to return to Phoenix prior to the May 20 season opener in Minnesota and is cleared to participate in all team-related activities. While unable to play, Taylor will be listed as an active player on the teamís 11-player roster.

The Mercury season-opener against the Lynx is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time and will be broadcast on ABC. The Mercury will make its home debut on May 26 when it hosts Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. Tickets starting as low as $10 are available at phoenixmercury.com or by calling 602-252-WNBA.