Andraya Carter to have shoulder surgery, miss rest of season

Freshman needs surgery on shoulder

Tennessee's Andraya Carter is helped on court after hurting her shoulder during the game against MTSU at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. 
  
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Tennessee's Andraya Carter is helped on court after hurting her shoulder during the game against MTSU at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

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Andraya Carter's troublesome right shoulder didn't leave her with much of a choice.

After suffering injuries to the shoulder in three of Tennessee's last four women's basketball games, the Lady Vols freshman point guard consulted with her family and decided to undergo surgery. She will have the shoulder repaired this morning and miss the rest of the season.

"She could still play this year with the hope that (the shoulder) didn't go out," Warlick said on Wednesday, "but it came out twice in two games fairly easily. So it was their decision that if she could get a redshirt year, or a hardship year that they would do that."

UT will apply for a medical hardship for Carter, who first suffered an injury to the shoulder during her senior season at Buford (Ga.) High School. Warlick said that Carter is under the limit in terms of games played this season.

"It was something we tried to avoid," Warlick said. " ... It just kept popping out and it's something we had to do."

No. 13 Tennessee (6-1) returns from exam break to play at No. 18 Texas on Sunday. The Lady Vols play at No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday before returning home to face top-ranked Stanford on Dec. 22.

Carter had started Tennessee's first five games while Ariel Massengale recovered from tendinitis in her left Achilles tendon. Carter was averaging 20.6 minutes per game.

She first suffered an injury to the shoulder this season with two minutes left in a 79-67 victory at Miami on Nov. 18. She went out with 7:35 left in an 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 28. Despite wearing a sleeve to protect the shoulder, Carter played just five minutes of a 102-57 rout of North Carolina on Dec. 2, departing with eight seconds left in the first half.

Carter's surgery leaves Tennessee with nine players available for the Texas road trip. Although fellow guard Jasmine Phillips returned to practice Wednesday and will travel with the team, Warlick said that the sophomore won't play in Texas. Phillips missed the last two games while getting her academics in order.

Warlick said senior Kamiko Williams and junior Meighan Simmons will assist Massengale at point guard. Since Simmons already starts and is Tennessee's leading scorer, Carter's absence creates a bigger opportunity for Williams.

"If she wants to go out with a bang her senior year, she can step in and get some major minutes," Warlick said. "We need her. We're counting on her because we saw what she can do in the Middle Tennessee State game."

Williams was instrumental to the comeback victory with key steals and baskets at the end of regulation and in overtime.

"When you see her do those type of things, that's why you have to keep holding her accountable every time she steps on the court," Warlick said.

Summitt Honored: UT head coach emeritus Pat Summitt, who stepped down last April after 38 seasons, has been selected as the 2013 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women's College Basketball Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced.

The award is presented annually to individuals whose efforts have created a long-lasting positive impact on the game of basketball.

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Comments » 17

voloffaith writes:

Tough break(no pun intended) for Miss Carter. Speedy recovery and look to see ya next fall on the hardwood at 'The Summitt'.

richvol writes:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

Millisa writes:

Get Well Soon Andraya :) :) :)

voloffaith writes:

in response to richvol:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

Meaning that the season is over and we need to cancel the rest of the season since we can't(your call) hit the preseason goals?

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to richvol:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

Oh ye of little faith! Why bother posting if that is all you have to say.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

This one will be a tough one to swallow . Carter to me helped Ariel calm down and she was vicious on defense. Ariel must step up big time against the likes of Baylors Sims and Stanford's Orrange. We don't shut those two down , we don't win.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Get well young lady you showed great promise thus far. I believe you are going to be one of the great ones for UT.

vettefool writes:

in response to richvol:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

you will soon learn that if you post anything at all realistic about the lady vols, the girls on here will bash your comment. hopefully they, lady vols, can overcome this injury, but looks tough.

Theo writes:

I'm sure disappointing for Andraya but sounds like the right call. Get it taken care of and come out shooting next year. Great that she got a taste of what it is like. She will be that much more prepared for next year and the three years beyond.
All teams have injuries and this is a significant one but the term - next - means Kamiko and JJ will just need to step up.
Love this team - this year AND the future look bright.

voloffaith writes:

in response to vettefool:

you will soon learn that if you post anything at all realistic about the lady vols, the girls on here will bash your comment. hopefully they, lady vols, can overcome this injury, but looks tough.

Pot calling the kettle black? Is it realistic to completely wipe the season off? You must agree since you said US GIRLS will bash you......sadly you're inaccurate on your broad sweeping gender calling also.....next time just say some will disagree since y'all are more realistic than we are and leave it to minimal sarcasm ..okay? Good grief Charlie Brown ...next thing you'll be telling me that 'The Great Pumpkin' belief is unrealistic too....

tnluv2play writes:

Andraya, get better soon. We'll miss you but we will look forward to watching you play next year.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

In all honesty I like our chances against Texas and the #1 team in the country. We match up with Stanford and I give the edge tothe Lady Vols. I think we are a quicker team, I think Baashara and Izzy matches up well with Chingy O. Coaching and substitution will be a factor and our guard play. The crowd has to come alive and stay into the game . Not commenting on Baylor. It's in Waco.

SoddyVol writes:

Besides good guard play herself, Carter has greatly influenced how the team plays. Because of her attitude and play, others have become more capable at her position. At least that better be true with such tough games coming up.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to richvol:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

I don't see why, unless somebody else gets hurt. The nine scholarship players left can all play. Nine players is all a team really needs in its regular rotation. They may not win the SEC championship, but the absence of Carter would be pretty far down the list of reasons why, IMHO, behind lack of experience on a young team and a lack of height in the post.

madrigal writes:

in response to richvol:

Well there goes any chance at an SEC championship. Get well soon Carter as we have a great class coming in next fall.

Quitters never win. If you are going to quit on the Lady Vols now, just GO AWAY! It's a tough blow, but they are a young team and haven't even totally gotten their together together yet. One player certainly may help a team more than others, but unless they're Britney Griner they don't MAKE a team. I'm sorry for Andraya and sorry for the Lady Vols, but attitudes like yours don't help anything. They are a young team, they have a lot of good players, and they will have a decent season. Maybe not a championship this year, but they're on track. Injuries happen. Now go sulk somewhere else.

SoddyVol writes:

The Vols just need a little more muscle inside plus maybe an inch or two to compete for the top in the nation. They do have a great chance to win the SEC. Close to home, Chattanooga, with their weight inside, has a chance to knock off their third SEC team Dec. 19th against Auburn. They were fortunate to play an inexperienced Tenn team and would lose big if play Tenn again now.

ps11824 writes:

vettefool, All of us ARE NOT girls, guys, women, men. One thing for sure, one IS NOT a gentleman. We are all fans here. Does it matter the gender. Can we not be fellow-posters and have opinions?

Your tone reveals your negative attitude. Hopefully, you will realize such a comment is not well-received here.

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