Know your Lady Vols: Andraya Carter
One women's basketball guard was able to practice for Tennessee on Friday, but another guard wasn't.
Freshman Andraya Carter returned wearing a brace after suffering a right shoulder injury in Wednesday's 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee State. She's expected to play Sunday against North Carolina.
Sophomore Jasmine Phillips, meanwhile, remained sidelined after missing Wednesday's game because of what head coach Holly Warlick termed "a violation of team rules." Warlick said Friday that Phillips' issue is academic-related and she will sit out Sunday's game.
"She'll be back," Warlick said. "We're just trying to get her academics back on track."
Phillips missed the first two games of the season with a strained left quadriceps. She's played 18 minutes total, appearing in two games. Warlick said that Phillips won't practice again until the semester is finished.
"We've got to get her academics (going) in the right direction; that's all," Warlick said.
Carter, on the other hand, will be wearing a brace for the foreseeable future to protect her right shoulder. She initially suffered an injury during her senior season at Buford (Ga.) High. She landed hard on the shoulder during a Nov. 18 game at Miami and had to leave the game with two minutes left.
"Her biggest thing now is getting used to that brace," assistant coach Jolette Law said. "Right now she knows how important it is and how important she is to our team."
Carter has started five games and is averaging 6.2 points and 23.2 minutes per game.
Her biggest adjustment likely will involve shooting and UT didn't do much of that on Friday, concentrating more on defense.
"We did shoot free throws and she was shooting them fine," Warlick said. "I guess we'll see how she adjusts to it. It didn't hamper her on the defensive end."
Notebook: The Temptations Revue, which performs at a theatre in Pigeon Forge, will sing the national anthem and perform at halftime on Sunday ... Center Isabelle Harrison set a new career high with six blocks against MTSU. ... Guard Meighan Simmons is 10 points shy of 1,000 for her career.