NEW YORK (AP) _ Rebecca Lobo will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament, leaving the WNBA without one of its marquee players.

The New York Liberty said today she has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, an injury that came less than a minute into the team's season opener Thursday.

Lobo, who has started all 59 Liberty games, twisted her knee during New York's 87-60 victory over Cleveland.

Lobo had two MRIs after the game to determine the extent of her injury. The team said the quality of the first MRI was poor, but the results of the second were conclusive.