No. 10 Louisville women lose Tia Gibbs for the season

It would appear the curse is not gender-specific. That's nice.

Here's the statement from U of L:

University of Louisville junior Tia Gibbs will miss the 2011-12 season after suffering a shoulder injury in the first half of the Cards' season opener against Missouri State.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test performed at Jewish Hospital in Louisville showed a torn labrum in her right shoulder as well as a bone fragment, which will require surgery to repair. With an expected recovery time of at least four months, Gibbs will effectively miss the entire season.

A 5-9 guard from Louisville, Gibbs was expected to big a major contributor to the ninth-ranked Cardinals. She had suffered an injury to his right shoulder after transferring from Vanderbilt, had surgery to repair it, and had spent her redshirt year rehabilitating. Last season she started every game for the Cardinals, averaging 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. She led the team in steals with 95 on the year.

"We are deeply saddened for Tia," said head coach Jeff Walz. "This is a big loss for our team and her presence on the floor will be missed. She has worked so hard to become an impact player for us. Tia is a very talented player and has the work ethic and determination to be a great player. We look forward to a full recovery and are excited about her return to the court next season. I know she will come back next year even stronger and ready to contribute. Tia is not only a leader on the court but a leader in the community as well."

Gibbs is expected to have surgery following fall semester exams.

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