Knee injury leaves standout on Columbia College women's basketball team out for season

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 10:27 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA– Amanda Phillips heard a pop.

Phillips, a senior forward on the Columbia College women's basketball team, tore her ACL on Monday night in practice, and is likely out for the season.

“I was driving the lane on the right hand side, and I just planted with my right leg and it just caved inwards,” a somber Phillips said. “I heard a couple of pops, and knew right away it wasn’t good.”

Phillips, who led the NAIA and set a Cougars record with 144 blocks last season, has been a major contributor again this season as the Cougars played to an early 6-0 record. She had already accumulated 22 blocks, which placed her second in the NAIA.

Her eligibility to continue playing next season seems to be up in the air.

“From what I’ve been told, the NAIA redshirt requirements are you could have only played at the most five games, and I don’t meet that requirement,” she said.

The No. 18 Cougars host Baker University on Tuesday night, and despite the loss of Phillips, will look to remain undefeated.

“I still plan on being the same leader as I was on the court, I just have to take that view point,” Phillips said. “We’ve all got adjustments that we will have to make.”

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