Shock cuts pair
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5/15/12 at 5:49 AM
The Tulsa Shock waived rookies Vick Baugh and Lorin Dixon on Monday, bringing the team's roster to 13.
Baugh, a 6-foot-4 forward from the University of Tennessee, was the third of four players chosen by the Shock in the WNBA draft, going 25th overall with the first pick of the third round.
Dixon, a 5-foot-4 guard from the University of Connecticut, signed as a free agent.
They were battling in training camp for two of 11 regular-season roster spots. The squad must be trimmed from 13 by Thursday afternoon, two days before the regular-season opener. Tulsa opens by hosting the San Antonio Silver Stars at 7 p.m. Saturday at the BOK Center.
Baugh, who scored 12 points in a 91-89 exhibition loss at the Atlanta Dream on May 5, injured her right knee last Monday and was held out of Friday's 86-60 home exhibition win over the Seattle Storm.
"It's unfortunate. I would like to have had a way to keep her," head coach Gary Kloppenburg said. But he said Baugh's injuries - a meniscus tear and sprained medial collateral ligament - would require at least eight weeks to rehabilitate, and the WNBA has no provision for carrying injured players apart from taking up a spot on the roster.
A Sacramento, Calif., native, Baugh battled left knee injuries in her first three Tennessee seasons before enjoying her best year as a senior in 2011-12, averaging 7.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Vs. San Antonio
7 p.m. Saturday
The Shock's Lorin Dixon puts up a a shot over the Storm's Ashley Corral during their exhibition game at the BOK Center in Tulsa. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World