Stanford women's basketball guard Toni Kokenis took a medical retirement Friday, ending her Stanford basketball career.
The Oak Brook, Ill. native will remain with the team for her senior year in 2013-14 as she works toward her 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," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "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 sustained a concussion during spring workouts in 2012 that limited her preseason practice, then sustained a second during Stanford's 65-45 victory at Oregon State Feb. 3, which kept her out of the final 14 games of the 2012-13 season.
Over her three-year playing career, Kokenis helped lead Stanford to two Final Fours (2011, 2012) and three Pac-12 doubles (winning the regular season and tournament titles in the same year).
Stanford track star Kori Carter, Kokenis' good friend, said Kokenis sometimes had to stay in her room due to headaches but that she also had good days.
Kokenis started 57 of the 91 games in which she appeared, averaging 24.6 minutes a game. Kokenis also averaged 7.7 points (688 career points) and 2.40 assists a game and shot 39.3 percent from the field, a figure which includes 66 3-pointers.
Kokenis was named to the All-Pac-12 Team as a sophomore in 2011-12 when she averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.57 assists per game. Her versatility at both guard positions helped lead the Cardinal to the Pac-12 double as well as its fifth-straight Final Four appearance.
Kokenis becomes the second Cardinal guard forced to retire due to concussions. Jamie Carey left the team in 2000 and eventually transferred to Texas, where she was cleared to play.
Carey, the National Gatorade Player of the Year in 1999, played with the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA until retiring in 2009. She currently coaches high school basketball in Colorado.
In other injury news for the Cardinal, second-year forward Aly Beebe suffered a torn ACL during a recent summer workout and will miss the 2013-14 season.
It is Beebe's third ACL injury, with the first two coming during her prep career. The Santa Maria native sat out her freshman season at Stanford due to an ACL tear suffered during her senior year of high school in spring 2012.