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Knee injury bug bites again as Ducks lose Loera for season.

Byline: Ryan Thorburn The Register-Guard

Not again.

That was pretty much the reaction the Oregon women's basketball team had when Jordan Loera suffered a season-ending left knee injury during a recent practice.

Loera, a 5-foot-9 junior guard from Moses Lake, Wash., was one of the only players able to stay healthy last year when a rash of similar injuries ravaged the Ducks during a 4-27 campaign.

Loera started all 31 games for Oregon last season, averaging 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. She will take a medical redshirt this season.

Coach Paul Westhead is counting on a number of key players to recover from injuries and help turn the Ducks' fortunes around this season.

Point guards Laura Stanulis and Lexi Petersen are still making their way back from serious knee injuries sustained last November.

Oregon will play its first exhibition game against Western Oregon on Oct. 30 at Matthew Knight Arena. The regular-season opener is Nov. 9 against Cal State Bakersfield.
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Title Annotation:Oregon Women Basketball
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:1U9OR
Date:Oct 22, 2013
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