GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's women's basketball team will start the season with nine players.
Speaking at the team's annual media day Wednesday, coach Amanda Butler says 6-foot-4 center Viktorija Dimaite tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and will have season-ending surgery. Dimaite, a sophomore from Lithuania, injured the same knee last November.
Dimaite also sat out the 2011-12 season after dislocating her right ankle.
Without her, the Gators will be short-handed in the post. Their roster has seven guards, including transfers Antoinette Bannister (North Carolina) and Cassie Peoples (Texas) as well as highly touted freshman Ronni Williams.
Butler says "if we have to play with eight, we will play with eight. If we have to play with seven, we will play with seven. I'll get worried if we get down to four."