Jan. 2, 2003
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina sophomore guard Kevin Martin, the leading scorer in the Southern Conference, will be out 10-14 days after suffering a second-degree sprain of his left ankle on Dec. 30. The injury occurred during a practice in Chicago as the Catamounts were preparing for their game at DePaul.
The Zanesville, Ohio, native is averaging 22.8 points per game, which is good for 11th nationally. Martin, who finished his freshman season ranked 11th nationally in scoring (22.1 ppg), has been Western's top scorer in five of his eight games played, including a career-high 46 points in the season opener versus Coastal Carolina.
Martin will miss two contests (VMI and Reinhardt). If he continues to progress on schedule, he would return for Western's game at Davidson on Jan. 11.
The Catamounts will return to action Sunday (Jan. 5) as they open their 2003 SoCon schedule with a home contest versus VMI. The game will be the last time VMI visits the Ramsey Activity Center as a member of the SoCon before joining the Big South Conference next season. Also, the WCU-VMI game will be the annual “Pack the RAC” promotion. Admission to the VMI game is free and tip-off is set for 3 pm.
On Tuesday (Dec. 7), Western will make-up its postponed game with Reinhardt. The game was originally set for Dec. 4, but was postponed at the time due to inclement weather. Tip-off for the game is set for 7:00 pm.