Holly Warlick on the Lady Vols' loss to Notre Dame
When Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison drove to the basket and attempted a left-handed layup against Notre Dame, she reinjured the lateral meniscus in her left knee.
An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed the nature of Harrison's latest injury. UT announced before Monday night's game that she had been diagnosed with a lateral meniscus injury, but the 6-foot-3 sophomore center was cleared to play against the Fighting Irish. She started and played 13 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds before going down with 5:07 left in the first half.
Harrison had to be helped to the locker room. She returned to Tennessee's bench in the second half on crutches with the knee packed in ice.
There was no official word on the down time involved with Harrison's latest injury. She didn't practice Tuesday and won't be on the court today as No. 9 Tennessee (16-4, 7-0 SEC) prepares for an SEC women's basketball game against Mississippi State (9-11, 1-6) Thursday (TV: CSS, 7 p.m.) at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Harrison also missed practice Saturday and Sunday in advance of the Notre Dame game but did participate in the team's shooting practice Monday.
Jenny Moshak, UT's assistant director of sports medicine, said that further consultation will determine the course of action for Harrison, who's averaging 10 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Harrison suffered a sprained right ankle in the second half of a game at Texas on Dec. 16 and missed Tennessee's game at Baylor two days later.
Fellow sophomore Cierra Burdick has been sidelined since New Year's Eve after suffering a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in her right hand. Progress reports on her recovery have been encouraging. She might be back by early February.
Freshman Andraya Carter is out for the season after having right shoulder surgery on Dec. 13 to repair a labral tear.
With Harrison hurting, Tennessee is down to eight available players.