Lady Vols' Andraya Carter has surgery to repair labral tear

Tennessee's Andraya Carter is helped off the floor during the game against North Carolina at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee's Andraya Carter is helped off the floor during the game against North Carolina at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee's Andraya Carter underwent arthroscopic surgery Thursday morning to repair a labral tear in her right shoulder, said Jenny Moshak, UT's associate director of sports medicine.

Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher performed the procedure at KOC surgery center to address instability in Carter's shoulder. The 5-foot-9 women's basketball guard suffered an injury to the shoulder last year during her senior season at Buford (Ga.) High. She suffered an injury to the shoulder in three of the Lady Vols' last four games.

Carter's recovery is expected to take four to six months. Tennessee will apply for a hardship waiver for her after the season. She is expected to meet the requirements, since she played in less than 30 percent of the team's scheduled games. If the waiver is granted, she will have four years of eligibility remaining.

Carter, who is from Flowery Branch, Ga., played in all seven of Tennessee's games this season, starting the first five. She was averaging 5.3 points, 1.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 20.6 minutes per game.

She is not expected to travel with No. 13 Tennessee (6-1) this weekend to Texas. The Lady Vols begin a two-game road trip there against No. 18 Texas on Sunday.

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orangecountyvols writes:

Sorry to learn this news. Wishing for her a complete recovery. Seems like this year is to set the stage for great things next season.

wigmeister writes:

We wish you a complete recovery. There is plenty of basketball to play in the future. Take care of rehab and there will be a big career ahead of you!

OrangeBloodFlood writes:

May you have a speedy and complete recovery !

Theo writes:

Good to get it fixed now and then don't have to worry about it. Recuperation time will give her a great chance to observe and learn and by the time she finishes her fourth year of eligibility she should be well on her way to completing her masters. We will miss her this year but great things await!

johnlg00 writes:

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Perhaps the most important factor, though it doesn't apply in Andraya's case, is that research has shown that women's knees are more prone on average to ligament tears than men's knees. Also, HS girls these days play much the same kind of summer AAU ball that the guys do. A good HS player these days plays upwards of 70 games a year, causing much wear and tear and leaving little time for rest and recuperation. And of course, it's not just UT suffering from this. It would be hard to find a women's college team that doesn't have one or more players out for the season with knee injuries.

madrigal writes:

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The main reason is that more girls are playing, and playing harder. The game is tougher than it used to be, at all levels. Scholarships are always a gamble. We've had plenty who came on scholarship without injuries and still never produced. It's the way it is. Go whine somewhere else. Your name says it all.

Theo writes:

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Waste scholarships comment is beyond ridiculous. None of the kids you mentioned was a wasted scholarship. They brought great things to our program and in Candace's case a couple of NCs.
Andraya should recover nicely from this surgery and make us all proud for the next four years. Have a feeling she may be heavily involved in a couple of NCs too!

rickangstadt#239402 writes:

Agree with others about the challenging evolution in women's basketball wreaking havoc on their bodies and missing some playing time, but he really has his head in a hole in the ground when "Rocky Top Has Crumbled" including Parker in w ith the names who never panned out. How many games did she play through pain and how many championships did she bring to Tennessee? She was and still is a role model for young players. A bar for them to reach. Don't be so negative. These players come to Tennessee with high hopes and feel they can contribute. What have you done lately?

Sweet writes:

To me it's not even about basketball. Its about a young woman's health in the future. Get well soon and come back. We will be waiting on you. Now allow me to ask a question. When one of our athletes has operation who pays for all of it??? Just asking

johnlg00 writes:

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To me it's not even about basketball. Its about a young woman's health in the future. Get well soon and come back. We will be waiting on you. Now allow me to ask a question. When one of our athletes has operation who pays for all of it??? Just asking

I would guess that the UTAD has insurance to cover medical expenses for athletes injured in team activities. Seems only fair that the athlete him- or herself wouldn't have to pay for it.

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