Isabelle Harrison reinjures left knee, won't practice leading up Mississippi State game

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)

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.

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Comments » 11

Theo writes:

Well. Step up JJ and Nia. Your team needs you now.
Godspeed to Izzy's recovery. I don't get injury vs tear. Glad it's not an ACL though.

oldster writes:

The team needs Izzy to be sure. However, even with her this team is NOT going to win the National championship. They should win the SEC even without her. Next year's team may well have a shot at the big prize with her, but not so good without her. Therefore, not only is it in her personal best interest to not take a chance on reinjuring the knee, but the best interest of the program.

wigmeister writes:

Good luck Izzy. Take care of your health first. Don't take a chance on screwing up your whole career. Need you more for the final push. Your teammates are going to have to pick up the slack. That is what team means!

movol53 writes:

Izzy take care of yourself first!!! If need be have surgery and sit out the rest of the year. Get well, Get stronger, and make a run next year!!! Next year is going to be fun with the new recruits we have coming in. Go VOLS!!!!

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Id rest her until the A&M game if she is completely healed.

PureOrange writes:

Izzy, we need you. Hope for a quick recovery. Was so afraid it might be season ending. Thankful for a little good news.

The rest of the team has to pick it.

jt45 writes:

I wish her a speedy recovery, but I think she would be better off to let this injury heal fully before she ends up with a more serious knee injury.

Hope Holly keeps Jones on the floor as much as possible before tournament time.

madrigal writes:

Best to rest her and not let it get time it could be a tear. Looks like Jasmine Jones might just get an opportunity to show us a little more what she's made of! I was impressed by what I saw Monday.

ModelMaker writes:

Izzy your the best and I wish you nothing but the best in your recovery. Your biggest challenge is going to be to play without worring about your knee. But you strick me as a person that likes challenges or you wouldn't have improved like you did from last year. If they say you can safely play on it, I will be looking forward to you coming back.

VOLindiana writes:

I agree. Rest her. Rather have her for sec tournament. Bring her back by end of feb. We need her now, but whats best for the team?

johnlg00 writes:

All good comments today on this unfortunate situation. This is the time for the rest of the young ones to step up. I hope they embrace the challenge and aren't afraid to stretch themselves a bit. I expect JJ to really blossom now.

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