Pratt Pavilion resembled an auxiliary training room Tuesday as Tennessee began preparation for its women's basketball game at LSU.
Center Isabelle Harrison stretched out on a table and slowly lifted her left leg again and again as she continued her rehabilitation from last week's knee surgery. Coach Holly Warlick said "the knee looks good" but still has no idea when Harrison might return.
Asked if there were a chance Harrison would be back this season, Warlick said, "I think she has that chance — more yes, than no — but that could be wishful thinking."
Guard Kamiko Williams sat next to Harrison on the bench. Her right ankle, which she injured in last Sunday's loss to Missouri, was in a boot; her crutches were propped against the wall.
"She's day to day," Warlick said. "It would be very lucky if she played Thursday (against LSU). I'm not planning on having her there."
Freshman guard Andraya Carter demonstrated a nice left-handed shooting touch for a right-hander as the Lady Vols warmed up before practice. Carter is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-December.
Forward Cierra Burdick showed improved shooting range but is still bothered somewhat by a broken right hand that cost her eight games. She estimated her shooting hand as being "80 percent," and still had her middle and ring fingers taped together.
On a more upbeat medical note, forward Jasmine Jones showed no ill effects from the knee injury she sustained in the final minutes Sunday. No. 12 Tennessee (17-5, 8-1 SEC) can count on her Thursday (TV: CSS, 9 p.m.) at LSU (13-8, 4-4) as it tries to maintain a share of the conference lead with Texas A&M.
"I know it's part of the game but when you have three starters out with injuries at one time, I don't have an answer," Warlick said. "Then, when we had Jasmine and Kamiko get hurt, I was hoping to have five people to compete.
"We're just going to have to deal with it. But we will kind of walk on egg shells in practice."
The injuries could place an increased burden on point guard Ariel Massengale. With Carter out for the season and Williams probably unavailable against LSU, Warlick said off-ball guard Meighan Simmons would be her first alternative at the point if Massengale is in foul trouble or needs rest.
There's rest ahead for everybody after Sunday's game against Ole Miss at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols will then have a week off before playing Vanderbilt the following Sunday.
"It would be great to get some rest," Warlick said. "I wish it was this week."
Russell An All-Star: Tennessee signee Mercedes Russell was among 20 players announced as WBCA All-Americans.
The 6-foot-5 center from Springfield, Ore., will play in the All-Star game sponsored by the coaches association April 6 in New Orleans.
Fellow UT signee Jordan Reynolds, a 5-10 guard from Portland, Ore., was named an honorable mention All-American by the WBCA.
John Adams is a senior columnist. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.