Doudney Sidelined For Season

Dec. 9, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University junior guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, men's basketball trainer Jennifer Nyland confirmed on Thursday.

Doudney, who redshirted last season at Gonzaga after transferring from Texas Tech University, was injured early in the second half of Tuesday's game at Washington State University when he collided with the Cougars Chris Schlatter in front of the Gonzaga bench.

The Rockwall, Texas, native had a MRI on Wednesday that revealed the tear. He will undergo surgery within the next month. The normal rehabilitation period is approximately nine months.

Doudney had appeared in all seven Gonzaga regular-season games this season with four starts, averaging 19.9 minutes/game. He was averaging 3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals.

"This is unfortunate for Nathan," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "He is a great competitor who loves the game of basketball. We know he'll work hard to rehabilitate and come back even stronger than ever next season."

Doudney's injury also impacts Gonzaga's depth. Junior Erroll Knight saw his first action of the season last Saturday after missing the first five games of the regular season with a sprained thumb.

"We were just getting back to full strength with Erroll's return," Few said. "Nathan's injury pushes us back a little bit and gives us fewer options, but, as is the Zag tradition, somebody else will have to step up and pick up the slack."

Freshman David Pendergraft will more than likely be that "somebody." He was brought off an expected redshirt season when Knight was injured and has played in all seven games this season. He's averaging 10.4 minutes/game, 1.9 ppg and 1.4 rpg.

Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes, another true freshman, had replaced Doudney in the starting lineup for the last three games. He's averaging 20.9 minutes/game, 3.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 2.4 assists.

Ronny Turiaf, who sprained an ankle in Tuesday's game at WSU, is expected to play Saturday when Saint Louis University visits the sold out McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. contest.



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