Kansas guard Chakeitha Weldon Out For The Season With A Knee Injury

Feb. 8, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas freshman guard Chakeitha Weldon will miss the remainder of the 2007-08 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee in practice on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are extremely disappointed for Chakeitha to have suffered this injury,” said Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson. “She had worked so hard since arriving on campus and her improvements were just starting to show on the court.

“The most important thing right now is getting her back healthy and helping support her during rehabilitation. We feel confident she will have a full recovery and be back on the court playing with her teammates next season.”

Weldon played in 10 games prior to her injury, scoring 26 points and pulling down four rebounds. She was also credited with eight assists and two steals.

The 5-foot-8 guard was coming on strong for the Jayhawks in the last two games. She had a career night against #10 Oklahoma last week, pouring in 10 points, while also dishing three assists and grabbing two rebounds. She knocked down 4-of-6 shots from the field against the Sooners in a personal-best 19 minutes of play.

Weldon followed that game up with a five-point, two-rebound, two-assist outing in helping KU to a 53-50 win over Iowa State.

The Atlanta, Ga., native will have surgery sometime in the next couple of weeks and following rehabilitation will return to the court for Kansas as a sophomore next season.

The Jayhawks will hit the court for the first time without Weldon’s services on Saturday afternoon when KU travels to Manhattan to take on #18 Kansas State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.