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China Crosby to undergo MRI on left knee Monday

By Steve Yanda

Virginia women's basketball Coach Debbie Ryan said Sunday following the Cavaliers' 81-58 win over Mount St. Mary's that sophomore point guard China Crosby will undergo an MRI on her left knee Monday. Crosby did not play Sunday after re-injuring the same knee Friday during Virginia's season-opening 82-66 win at Hofstra that caused her to miss the second half of last season.

Ryan said Crosby was "a lot more mobile this time than she was last time" and that Crosby has been able to walk around without the aid of crutches. Crosby sat on the Virginia bench in street clothes during Sunday's game.

"I felt like, not having China, we played a different pace," Ryan said. "We played differently. And so you come in and you’ve got a whole different thing."

After a sluggish start, the Cavaliers gained control against Mount St. Mary's and had built a 20-point lead by halftime. Junior forward Chelsea Shine recorded 17 points and 15 rebounds, and freshman guard Kelsey Wolfe tallied 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting.

After shooting 34.1 percent from the field in the first half, the Cavaliers recovered and shot 55.2 percent from the field after halftime. They also took greater control of the boards, where they ended up with a 49-32 edge.

With Crosby out, junior Ariana Moorer took over as Virginia's primary point guard. Moorer had sat out Friday's win due to a violation of team rules and was making her season debut. She shot 4 for 13 from the field -- including 1 for 4 from three-point range -- and finished with 12 points, three assists, two turnovers and two steals in 27 minutes.

Crosby -- expected to play a significant role on the team this season -- logged 18 minutes against Hofstra before going down with the left knee injury. She tore her left ACL on Jan. 2 at Colorado and missed the final 18 games of her freshman campaign. Shine said Crosby had been practicing with the team at 100 percent for the past 3-4 weeks before suffering her latest setback.

"She definitely brings another level of intensity," Shine said of Crosby. "A quick guard, savvy, a lot of emotion, which people really can feed off of. It’s a bummer that this had to happen because we were getting used to her coming back into the flow of things and starting to run the point again."

Virginia (2-0) will play at No. 4 Tennessee (1-0) on Thursday.

By Steve Yanda  | November 14, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
Categories:  Women's Basketball  
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