Pryce to Miss Entire 2000 Season

Sept. 11, 2000

Los Angeles -- UCLA freshman defender Nandi Pryce (Casselberry, FL/Lake Howell HS), an alternate on the 2000 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team, underwent surgery Friday night to repair a fractured left tibia following an injury she suffered that afternoon in a game against Vanderbilt at the 2000 USC Fila Challenge.

Pryce, regarded by many as the top recruit in the nation as a high school senior last season, suffered her injury in the first half of UCLA's 2-0 victory over the Commodores. She was taken immediately to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where x-rays confirmed the fracture.

"I heard it crack and I instantly knew it was broken, especially after I realized I couldn't move it," said Pryce on Monday.

The injury came exactly one week after she broke her nose in UCLA's 6-1 win over Georgia in Gainesville, Fla. on Sept. 1. Prior to the injury, Pryce played in all five games for the Bruins, recording one assist.

In August, Pryce was named as an alternate to the 15-member U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team that will represent the United States this month at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She was not scheduled to make the trip prior to the injury.

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