Injury will prevent Memphis' Jones from playing this season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis forward Ashia Jones will miss a second straight entire season due to knee problems.

Tigers coach Melissa McFerrin announced Wednesday that Jones would be undergoing surgery "in the near future." The 6-foot-1 senior from Covington, Tennessee, already had missed the entire 2016-17 season with an injured anterior cruciate ligament.

Jones averaged 23.4 points for Tennessee-Martin in 2014-15 to rank fourth among all Division I players, but she hasn't played since. She sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

McFerrin said in a statement that the loss of Jones "is heartbreaking, both for Ashia and for our team." McFerrin added that Jones "had worked extremely hard to be healthy for this season."

Updated October 4, 2017

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