Oct. 20, 2006
Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced this afternoon that Lady Vol basketball freshman point guard Cait McMahan's surgery was successful.
"Dr. Greg Mathien, UT team orthopaedist, performed arthroscopic surgery on Cait's right knee this afternoon at the UT Medical Center," said Moshak. "Basically, it was a clean-up job.
"Cait had a debridement of loose bodies in the joint and a smoothing out of the articular cartilage. Her rehab will begin immediately and we'll evaluate her knee day-by-day," said Moshak.
A month ago, McMahan suffered a bone bruise to her right knee. "It is the same knee that was surgically repaired for a torn anterior cruciate ligament she suffered last year," Moshak concluded.
McMahan, a 5-4 rookie from Maryville, Tenn., played in just five games during her senior year at Heritage H.S. after tearing her ACL on Nov. 29, 2005 in a game versus Austin-East. She was named to USA Today's list of top juniors in 2005. She was recognized as a Street & Smith's All-America in 2005 and honorable mention in 2004. Additionally, she was a finalist for Tennessee's Miss Basketball in 2004 and 2005 and All-State in 2003, 2004 and 2005. A two-time district and region MVP in 2004 and 2005, she has been a catalyst for the Lady Mountaineers since her rookie season.
During her career at Heritage, she compiled 2,322 points, 618 rebounds and 360 assists in three seasons. As a junior in 2004-05, McMahan averaged 21.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.0 apg. and 3.1 spg. During her sophomore season, she averaged 22.0 ppg, 5.2 apg, 5.0 rpg. and 3.3 spg. In 2002-03, as a freshman, she compiled impressive numbers as well, and averaged 21.5 ppg, 5.7 apg, 4.5 rpg. and 3.5 spg. As a junior, she broke the HHS single-game scoring mark after swishing the nets for a career high of 40 points twice.
McMahan is vying for a spot in the line-up at point guard. The Lady Vols play in their first exhibition game on Nov. 1 against Carson-Newman in Thompson-Boling Arena.