DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire junior guard Emily Caschera (Ballston, N.Y.) will undergo orthoscopic surgery today to remove cartilage from her left knee. The 5-foot-8 back-up point guard, who had been bothered by knee problems since her freshman year, is expected to be sidelined anywhere from four to six weeks, meaning she is questionable for the Wildcats season opener against Morgan State at the Seton Hall Invitational Nov. 16.
Caschera appeared in 27 of UNH's 28 games in the reserve point guard role last season and recorded 26 total points and 21 assists. She also appeared in four games for the Wildcats in 1999-2000, finishing with 12 points and eight assists.
Caschera will be the third UNH player to have undergone surgery in the last three months. In September, senior center Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.), the Wildcats' leading scorer and rebounder (12.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg) and an America East Third Team selection last season, underwent shoulder surgery. She is expected to begin practicing with the team later this month.
Senior guard Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) has a second surgery in July to reinforce the tibia bone in her left shin. Danen, who has career averages of 9.0 ppg and 5.6 rpg in two seasons for UNH and is competing for a starting spot, medical redshirted last season.