No. 19 Gators lose Mossor for season

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:22 p.m.

Sunday started bad and got worse for the UF women's basketball team.

Before the Gators' 15-game winning streak was snapped at the hands of No. 8 Auburn, 81-65, the team learned that starting guard Jenn Mossor will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Mossor, a junior, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during a one-on-one drive to the basket with 12:38 remaining in a victory of Mississippi State on Jan. 8.

"She said that she just felt it buckle when she was driving," UF coach Amanda Butler said after the Mississippi State game.

Mossor was able to walk off of the court after the injury, placing some weight on the leg. She returned to the bench later in the game with the knee heavily bandaged.

At Auburn junior guard Lonnika Thompson took Mossor's place in the starting lineup, finishing with seven points in 24 minutes.

"It's a tough loss," Butler said to the Gator Radio Network following the game. "She can do things that Steffi (Sorensen) and Sha (Brooks) can't do because she's bigger and stronger."

The 5-foot-9 inch Mossor started all 16 games this season for the Gators and was the team's fourth-leading scorer, averaging 9.1 points per game. She started the season with a career-high 22 points in a loss to Florida Gulf Coast, marking the first time that she played in a season-opening game after being injured the previous two openers.

"It's a big loss for our team, but also an opportunity for other players to set up and show what they've got," Butler said. "The different contributions Jenn has brought to the team will not be able to be filled by just one person so we need everyone to step up."

Meanwhile, Florida dropped one spot in the rankings to No. 19, while Auburn moved up three spots to sixth its highest ranking since Jan. 3, 2000.

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