Jasmine Dixon (Achilles) likely done
UCLA women's basketball senior forward Jasmine Dixon is expected to miss the 2011-12 season after rupturing her right Achilles tendon Monday during a team workout. She will undergo surgery Thursday and is expected to apply for another year of eligibility, according to a team spokesman.
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The injury deals a major blow to a UCLA squad that expects to contend for a Pac-12 conference title. Dixon, a member of the Wade Trophy preseason watch list, participated in the USA Basketball World University Games trials in May. She ranked second on the team in scoring (12.1) and first in rebounding (7.3) last season. Dixon, a Long Beach Poly product, transferred from Rutgers in 2009.
"My first parallel is to think about Jasmine," coach Cori Close said. "What is it like for her right now? She's about to begin her senior year. How do we walk her through this? That's my first priority."
Dixon suffered the injury on the final sprint of the team's conditioning session Monday, with Close standing nearby.
"She was pushing strong, touched the line, turned and (the Achilles) popped," said Close, who suffered the same injury during her playing days UC Santa Barbara. "She knew right away and I knew right away.
"Am I disappointed? Of course. But we're going to have to regroup and everyone is going to have to do their part."
The Bruins went 28-5 last season under then-coach Nikki Caldwell, losing three times to conference winner Stanford. Caldwell went 72-26 in her three seasons in Westwood before being hired by LSU on April 4. UCLA named Close, a former Florida State associate head coach, as her replacement on April 21.
UCLA opens the season at home on Nov. 11 against McNeese State.
Blair Angulo covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.