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Loren Woods Out 4-6 Weeks
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2000
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Tucson, Ariz. Upon further consultation and examination it has been determined that Arizona junior center Loren Woods, the Wildcats' top scorer, shot blocker and second-leading rebounder, will miss four to six weeks due to a back injury that is believed to have happened in the Washington State game on Feb. 12, in Pullman, Wash. The injury, which forced him to miss the UCLA game on Feb. 19 and has been nagging him for the past three weeks, is believed to have occurred when he landed awkwardly after attempting to block a WSU shot in the first half of the Wildcats' 73-50 win.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans that were done indicated the injury, which is best described as a compression injury to the disc between the 12th thoracic and first lumbar vertebrae that also involves the bone. Woods has no neural involvement (numbing, muscle weakness) and due to the fact that the injury involves the bone, his rehabilitation will involve rest over a period of time. He is expected to make a full recovery with no long term problems.

Woods is the leading scorer for the fourth-ranked Wildcats (23-4; 12-1 Pac-10), averaging 15.6 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. The Pac-10's leading shot blocker on the season (3.9 bpg), he had set an Arizona single season shot blocking record with 102 on the year. He was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this year and tied an NCAA record for blocks in a game earlier this season when he had 14 blocks against Oregon. In that game, he recorded the Pac-10's first triple double since 1995, when he scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to go with the 14 blocks.

Arizona is in action today, when it hosts Arizona State at 2:04 p.m. in McKale Center. After today's game, the Cats have two more weeks left in the regular season before the NCAA Tournament begins on March 16.

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