Point Guard Kayla Miller Sidelined Following Back Surgery
November 5, 2010
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. – Kayla Miller, a junior member of the University of Delaware women’s basketball team, will sidelined indefinitely following back surgery to repair a herniated disk last Friday.
Miller underwent surgery on Friday, Oct. 29 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. to repair the disk and is expected to be out indefinitely. She could miss the entire 2010-11 season.
“It’s very disappointing for Kayla and our basketball team,” said head coach Tina Martin. “I know Kayla will work hard to come back in the future.”
In the 2010-11 Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Delaware was selected to finish third in the conference. Delaware was also ranked No. 24 in the CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major Poll, released on Oct. 27.
The Blue Hens open their season on Friday, Nov. 12 when they host the Retrievers of UMBC. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the Bob Carpenter Center.
After sitting out the first nine games of the season due to NCAA transfer rules following her departure from George Washington, Miller tallied a team-high 74 assists, averaging 3.1 across her 24 games played. The 5-8 guard also tallied 27 steals and snagged 43 rebounds. During her time last season, she averaged 30.4 minutes a game, ranking her third on the team.
Miller, an exercise physiology major at the University, earned second-team All-CAA Academic Honors. She was Delaware’s nominee for the conference’s Dean Ehlers Leadership award, serving as a captain both this season and last season. Miller was also presented the Joyce Perry Memorial Coaches’ Award at the team’s annual banquet.
Last season, Miller, a native of nearby Wilmington, Del. (Ursuline Academy), and the Blue Hens reached the semifinals of the CAA Tournament, falling to eventual runner up Old Dominion. Delaware (21-12) earned a bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) where it hosted the University of Richmond before falling 67-49.
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