Dabbs decides to end playing career

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Chesley Dabbs, a starter for Texas Tech who returned this year after sitting out last season recovering from knee surgery, will no longer play for the Lady Raiders, the women's basketball program announced Wednesday.

The announcement, which came about two hours before Tech plays at Kansas, said Dabbs' career-ending decision stemmed from "personal reasons." She will remain part of the program, the release states.

"Chesley's well-being is our first and foremost concern," Lady Raiders coach Kristy Curry said in the release. "She will continue to be a part of our program."

Dabbs, a fifth-year senior from Plano, was the team's fourth-leading scorer, averaging nine points in 21 games this season. She redshirted last year after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee before the season began. As a junior, she averaged 12.2 points.

Through spokeswoman Tammi Hoffman, Curry declined to comment further late Wednesday.

Three years ago, Tech lost its leading scorer midseason when it was ranked second in the country. Senior Jia Perkins was averaging 16.5 points when she left the team for undisclosed medical reasons.