June 29, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS � Indiana Fever point guard Briann January will miss the remainder of the 2011 WNBA season due to a right knee injury sustained early in the fourth quarter of the Fever�s 91-86 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday. An MRI evaluation on Wednesday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Surgery to repair the injury will be performed in 4 to 6 weeks by Dr. Stephen Kollias, team orthopedist with St. Vincent Sports Performance. A full recovery is anticipated in advance of the 2012 season.

A third-year pro out of Arizona State, January had assumed the Fever�s starting point guard duties for the first time this season, while leading Indiana into first place in the WNBA�s Eastern Conference. She was averaging 8.6 points, 5.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game at the time of her injury, and ranked seventh in the league in assists.

Surrounded by a starting lineup of playoff-laden veterans, January had engineered the club to an East-leading 7-3 record. The Phoenix win Tuesday was the Fever�s fourth-in-a-row.

�It is such a tough blow for Bri because she�s worked so hard to get where she is today,� said Fever head coach Lin Dunn. �It�s unfortunate and we�ll miss her leadership, but we know she�ll come back even better and even stronger. Now is the opportunity for someone else to step up, though. We have talked a lot about the depth of this team and so now is the time for someone like Erin Phillips or Shannon Bobbitt to fill that void. We may have a point guard-by-committee for awhile as we adjust to her loss.�