The Lady Vols assistant coach fell while walking last Monday from the team's hotel in Stanford, Calif., to a nearby restaurant. She suffered a fractured radius bone in her right arm and injured the pinkie on her left hand.
DeMoss said that she was wearing a new pair of boots that she purchased while the team was in Los Angeles for a game against UCLA. Debby Jennings, the associate athletic director for media relations, warned DeMoss about the shoestring right before head coach Pat Summitt accidentally stepped on it.
"We were 30 yards from the restaurant," DeMoss said after practice on Tuesday. "I just thought, 'I'll just get it when I get to the restaurant.' "
DeMoss said that Summitt felt "awful" about the accident.
"I said, 'Pat, it's not your fault. I should've tied my shoestrings,' " DeMoss said. "Anybody could've stepped on my shoestrings. They're that long."
It's been a rough year for Lady Vols assistant coaches. Associate head coach Holly Warlick suffered a fractured left pinkie in October. The heel of her shoe caught while deplaning after the return flight from SEC Media Day in Birmingham, Ala. Warlick's finger got caught in the railing while she was trying to regain her balance.