Senior faces surgery on ruptured tendon

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas senior forward Annissa Hastings will miss the 2003-04 season after rupturing her left Achilles tendon.

Hastings, who is 6-foot-2, was injured Monday during an individual workout session. She is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

"I am so disappointed that I will miss this season," Hastings said. "The only thing I can focus on now is to go through surgery and rehabilitation and get as healthy and strong as possible and return next year."

Hastings started 30 of her 80 career games, and averaged 13 minutes, 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. In Texas' five NCAA Tournament games last season, however, she increased her averages to 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds, shooting 11-for-16 from the floor as the Longhorns reached the Final Four.

This past summer, Hastings made her first USA Basketball appearance, playing on the 2003 USA World University Games Team, which was represented by the Big 12 All-Stars. In six games, Hastings averaged 7.5 boards and ranked second on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game, hitting 55.4 percent (24 of 44) from the field.