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Originally published Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Huskies forward Marjorie Heard will have knee surgery, miss rest of season

Marjorie Heard, a sophomore forward, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in practice Monday.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Washington's once-deep front line has lost a pivotal player.

Sophomore Marjorie Heard learned Tuesday she would miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. The 6-foot-1 power forward suffered the injury at practice on Monday and is the second UW player out with a season-ending torn ACL. Guard Kristi Kingma tore her right ACL in August.

Heard had played her most minutes (25) of the season Saturday, deflecting two Utah shots in the final 32 seconds of regulation of a 49-36 overtime loss to Utah.

The injury is even more daunting with senior post players Regina Rogers (hamstring) and Mackenzie Argens (quad) hobbled. Rogers, who suffered her injury in the second half Saturday, is questionable for Saturday's game at Washington State.

If Rogers or Argens is hampered or gets into foul trouble, Washington's best option is senior Mollie Williams, a 6-foot-1 forward who is averaging 2.9 points and 3.7 rebounds. Otherwise the Huskies will go inside with freshman Aminah Williams (4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds) and junior Jeneva Anderson (2.6 and 2.4), both 6-footers.

Freshman forward Talia Walton has played only five minutes this season because of knee and ankle injuries.

"This is really a tough blow for Marjie," UW coach Kevin McGuff said. "I really feel as if she was making strides in our program."

Heard averaged 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12 games this season. The Snohomish native plans to undergo surgery once the swelling in the knee subsides.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com

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