Radovic To Miss The Rest of the Women's Basketball Season
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/10/2000

Feb. 10, 2000

BERKELEY - Redshirt sophomore Masa Radovic will miss the remainder of the 1999-2000 season, Cal coach Marianne Stanley announced today.

Radovic has been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation over the last two seasons for three bad discs in her back. After receiving a medical redshirt last season, the 6-1 guard/forward from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, played the first 11 games of this season before the injury flared up again.

Radovic will make a decision in the next several months if she will undergo back surgery, which would likely allow her to be fully rehabilitated in time for the 2001-2002 basketball season. She then could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility, as this is her third year of enrollment at Cal but only her second season of basketball competition.

"Masa has won the respect and admiration of her teammates, coaches and fans of California basketball for the adversity she has fought through," said Stanley. "Losing Masa for the season is an incredible loss. We will greatly miss her leadership, scoring and ball handling skills. I am hopeful that Masa will play again for Cal, but what is most important is her long-term health and happiness."

Radovic started nine games at point guard for the Golden Bears this year, averaging 5.3 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent (24-50) from the floor. As a freshman in 1997-98, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team after finishing second for the Bears in scoring with 10.9 ppg and first for assists with 2.9 apg. She also shared the team's Most Valuable Player award with Paige Bowie.

On a brighter note, sophomore center Ami Forney is expected to return next week in time for the Feb. 18, Stanford game at Haas Pavilion. Forney has missed the last seven games with a stress fracture in her left foot. The 6-2 center from Newark, Calif., was in the midst of a breakout season prior to the injury, starting 10 of the first 12 games of the year. She is averaging 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.