STANFORD -- Starting guard Toni Kokenis ended her Stanford basketball career Friday by taking a medical retirement because of head injuries that limited her minutes last season.
The school also announced Friday that forward Ally Bebee suffered a torn knee ligament during a recent workout and will miss the 2013-14 season. It is Beebe's third ACL injury -- the others coming during her high school career in Santa Maria.
The biggest blow is the loss of Kokenis, a Oak Brook, Ill. native who will remain with the team for her senior year as she works toward a degree in human biology.
"Toni Kokenis has been an integral part of our program's continued success and even though she won't be on the court, we know she will continue to provide leadership and guidance to our team in her new role," coach Tara VanDerveer said in a statement. "We are saddened that this injury has ended her decorated playing career, but we all know that this is the right decision for Toni's long-term well-being."
Kokenis suffered a concussion during spring workouts in 2012 and then sustained a second head trauma during Stanford's 65-45 victory at Oregon State on Feb. 3. She missed the Cardinal's final 14 games of the 2012-13 season. Stanford lost to Georgia in the regional semifinals, failing to make the Final Four for the first time in six seasons.
Kokenis was expected to play an integral part in the upcoming season having helped Stanford reach the Final Four in 2011 and '12. She started 57 of the 91 games in which she appeared, averaging 24.6 minutes a game.
Kokenis was named to the All-Pac-12 team as a sophomore when she averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.57 assists per game.
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