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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Lynx's Williams out 4-6 weeks after surgery

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx forward Tamika Williams will miss four to six weeks after having surgery Tuesday on a torn meniscus in her left knee.

The team captain was injured Sunday in the team's first practice of training camp. She was examined on Monday and had successful surgery on Tuesday morning, Lynx spokesman Matt Slieter said.

Entering her fifth season in Minnesota, Williams is the WNBA's career leader in field goal percentage, shooting 58.1 percent in her first four years.

But after starting 98 of her first 99 games with the Lynx, Williams came off the bench for 25 of the team's 34 games last season, averaging career lows in points (5.8) and rebounds (5.0).

Still, with seven new faces on the roster this season, coach Suzie McConnell Serio said she was counting on Williams, one of the few veterans left on the team, to provide leadership and stability. The Lynx open the regular season on May 23 against Connecticut.