November 3, 2006

UCSB Will Be Without Kat Suderman In 2006-07

Nov. 3, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After losing two key players last month, the UC Santa Barbara women's basketball team will now be without the services of junior forward Kat Suderman, head coach Mark French announced Friday. Suderman will redshirt the 2006-07 season to continue her recovery from a knee surgery she had in the spring.

Suderman's rehabilitation process has taken longer than originally expected, so rather than rushing her back before she is fully recovered, the UCSB coaching staff has elected for the San Luis Obispo, Calif. native to sit out the upcoming season.

"This is a very frustrating situation for Kat," head coach Mark French said. "But, we wish her the best in her recovery and hope to have her back next fall."

Suderman was one of only two players to appear in all 30 games last season, starting eight games for the Gauchos. She posted career-highs averaging 6.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game. Over the past two seasons, Suderman has appeared in a combined 56 games, more than any other Gaucho over that span.

After Erin O'Bryan and Shantel Thomas left UCSB in October for personal reasons, the Gauchos are now down to an active roster of just 11 for their preseason exhibition contest against Cal Poly Pomona this Saturday. Freshmen Jessie Goble and Ashley Hall will most likely see more minutes with the loss of Suderman.