Lisa Tate tried. But she won't play for Kansas' women's basketball team again this season.
Tate, a 6-3 junior center, missed the first month of the season because of a stress fracture of her left leg. Then she played five games, averaging 10.4 points. She also led the team with 14 blocked shots.
But X-rays revealed her injury wasn't healing, KU head coach Marian Washington has reported. The Jayhawks will ask the Big Eight for a medical hardship ruling.
``She's definitely out,'' Washington said. ``It just kept getting worse. The main concern was there was no sign of further healing from the X-rays. We didn't want to take a chance. There isn't any question she has one of the worst stress fractures our trainers have ever seen.
``She wants to play. She was starting to get up and down the floor. She will have the rest of this season and all of the summer, if need be, to rest it.''
TATE WON'T be the only KU player missing when the Jayhawks open their conference season Wednesday night at Missouri. Freshman forward Angela Aycock, who suffered a concussion in KU's loss to Arizona State last month, is still unavailable.
Senior forward Terrilyn Johnson, who suffered a bruised kidney in the same game, is questionable.
Tipoff for Wednesday night's contest is 7:30 p.m. in the Hearnes Center.
Washington said Aycock was still experiencing headaches.
``She had a tremendous blow to her head,'' Washington said. ``Until she does not have any headaches at all, we're going to sideline her. She's definitely feeling better, but until some of these key signs are completely gone, we don't want to take any chances.''
WASHINGTON SAID Johnson ``has a better chance of being able to play. There were signs of improvement. She is the one I'm hoping can see some action.''
Kansas enters the league opener with an 11-2 record, best in the Big Eight. Missouri is 9-4.
``Going to Missouri, we're going to have to show a lot of courage,'' Washington said. ``Our team played very well at the beginning of the season without Lisa Tate. We are strapped when we don't have her and Terrilyn or Angela. At this point, injuries are the biggest challenge. We have to overcome it.''
The Jayhawks will be home for a 2 p.m. game Saturday against Colorado.