Saturday, January 22, 2011

UNC's Breland out for Maryland game after surgery

North Carolina senior Jessica Breland had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on Friday and will not travel with the Tar Heels to Maryland on Sunday.

Breland, who played sparingly in UNC's victory over Wake Forest on Thursday, had "two loose bodies" in her knee removed, according to a release from North Carolina officials. She had surgery at UNC Hospitals.

Breland, who is the team's second leading scorer with 12.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds, is listed as day-to-day.

After starting against Wake, Breland left the game midway through the first half. She returned to the bench, though did not re-enter. She later left the bench for the locker room.

UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said on Thursday that the injury did not happen in Thursday's game. She did not comment about any other details about the injury. It's uncertain how Breland injured the knee.

Breland, a redshirt senior, returned to the team this season after missing the 2009-10 campaign while recovering from Hodgkins' lymphoma. She underwent chemotherapy and slowly worked back into playing condition.

She has averaged 22.1 minutes per game this season, starting in 19 contest.

The No. 10 Heels face the No. 15 Terrapins, their second top 25 opponent in the past three games. The Heels dispatched Wake 71-56 after falling to No. 2 Connecticut on Monday.

-- Edward G. Robinson III