MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australia forward Penny Taylor will miss the London Olympics after injuring her left knee playing for her Turkish club team.
Basketball Australia said Wednesday the 30-year-old Taylor, who was on the country's 2006 world championship-winning team and won Olympic silver medals in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, tore her anterior cruciate ligament while playing with Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague and will have to undergo surgery.
Taylor was averaging more than 19 points per game for Fenerbahce.
Taylor also has won two WNBA championship titles with the Phoenix Mercury and was a three-time league All-Star. The injury will sideline Taylor for the 2012 WNBA season, which begins May 18, according to a report in the Arizona Republic.
"We are devastated by the news of Penny's injury," Mercury president and chief operating officer Amber Cox said in a statement published in the Arizona Republic. "We plan to do everything possible to aide in Penny's rehabilitation and look forward to her full recovery and continuing her career with the Phoenix Mercury."
Mercury coach and GM Corey Gaines said the team's core, which includes players like Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree, will be counted on to make up for Taylor's absence.
"Anytime you lose a player of Penny's caliber, it is a significant blow to your roster," Gaines said in a statement. "We will work diligently with her through her recovery and continue to move forward building our team."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.