No timetable for Isabelle Harrison's return after knee surgery

Tennessee's assistant coach Dean Lockwood helps Isabelle Harrison stand after she hurt her knee during the game against Notre Dame at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, January 28, 2013. Tennessee loses to Notre Dame 77-67. 
  
  
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Tennessee's assistant coach Dean Lockwood helps Isabelle Harrison stand after she hurt her knee during the game against Notre Dame at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, January 28, 2013. Tennessee loses to Notre Dame 77-67. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

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Isabelle Harrison underwent surgery Friday to repair the lateral meniscus in her left knee.

Tennessee's news release about the procedure didn't address when the 6-foot-3 sophomore center might be back. But it didn't rule out a possible return later this season.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Greg Mathien and Dr. Russell Betcher of the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic.

Harrison had been diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury before Monday's game against Notre Dame. She sat out two days of practice but then participated in the team's shooting practice and was cleared to play.

She scored six points and grabbed five rebounds against the Irish before going down with 5:07 left in the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Harrison had to be helped to the locker room. She returned to the team bench in the second half on crutches with the knee packed in ice.

After further evaluation on Tuesday, Harrison was scheduled for surgery on the lateral meniscus. She didn't play in Thursday night's 88-45 victory over Mississippi State. She won't be traveling with the team on Saturday for Sunday's game against Missouri.

Harrison is averaging 10 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. She started 17 of the 19 games in which she played. She set single-game career highs for points (18), rebounds (15), blocks (7), steals (6) and assists (three) this season.

After Thursday's victory, UT head coach Holly Warlick anticipated Friday's developments. She also addressed the uncertain future regarding Harrison's recovery

"I'd love to have her back, but not at the expense that it's going to hurt her down the road," Warlick said. "It's a waiting game right now."

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SummittsCourt writes:

Hope she can return, but we don't want another Vickie Baugh situation. Get well quick and make the real push next season.

GrandCanyonVol writes:

One of my favorite players. She has improved so much since last year. The lady knows how to play the game. Get well. We are waiting for your return......

voloffaith writes:

Cierra Burdick came back earlier than expected, but then it wasn't a knee either. Probabaly not this year,but wasn't ruled out. Tournament time hard time to come back and not play tentative.Best wishes for successful healing as the Lord wills.

Millisa writes:

Get Well Soon Izzy :) :) :)

volsgirl writes:

Izzy you are my favorite players, get well soon. Go Lady Vols

ModelMaker writes:

Wishing you nothing but the best in your recovery Izzy because "we think you are the best".

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

Izzy we would love to have you back this year, you have become such a valuable part of this team! Don't rush your rehab to get back on the court, even though you would love to get back. You have improved so much from a year ago! Get Well Soon & Best Wishes on a Speedy but Excellent Recovery!

BxVol writes:

Izzy get well soon.I remember another Vol who dealt with a meniscus injury when he was in school, and he did pretty good after it was repaired.....Bernard King.

lstbodeanvol writes:

Rest and heal up Izzy we need you. Stay after your team mates to keep playing hard. Look forward to seeing you back on the floor when you are well ! Go Izzy Go lady vols !!!!

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