Lady Vols' Harrison 'doubtful' for SEC tournament

Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison is helped up after being injured in the second half against Texas A&M on Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison is helped up after being injured in the second half against Texas A&M on Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says sophomore center Isabelle Harrison is "doubtful" for this week's Southeastern Conference tournament because of an injured right knee.

Harrison hurt her right knee Thursday in an 82-72 victory over Texas A&M and sat out Tennessee's 78-65 loss at Kentucky on Sunday. Harrison already missed six games this season with an injured left knee, which caused her to undergo surgery on Feb. 1.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore averages 9.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game for the ninth-ranked Lady Vols.

In other Tennessee injury news, senior guard Kamiko Williams participated in Wednesday's practice after spraining both her ankles Sunday.

The top-seeded Lady Vols (23-6) play a Friday quarterfinal against the winner of Thursday's game between Arkansas (18-11) and Florida (17-13) at Duluth, Ga.

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johnlg00 writes:

Well, that's just a darned shame, though not entirely unexpected. Just hope she can get right before the NCAAs start. It would REALLY be a good sign if the LVs could pull out the tournament championship with Izzy on the shelf.

PureOrange writes:

We need her badly. If we play Kentucky again, Holly needs to draft some black-belt types to help our girls fight.

Hope Izzy gets back sooner.

VFL70 writes:

Will be very difficult to win tournament without her.

Volinflan writes:

Still, there has been no publication of what Izzy did to her knee. I know she "hurt" it, but what was it?

ps11824 writes:

This is an old, familiar refrain for veteran Lady Vols fans such as many of us are. Injury rears its ugly head. There's no such thing as good timing when one of our key players is unable to get in the game. This is not devastating, but it sure feels that way.

However, the ladies cannot, and I don't want to even imagine the possibility of them limping into Deluth like a band of wounded warriors.... they will be mercilessly devoured. We all know that. Instead they must gain strength and confidence in adversity. That's what great teams do, as in our '08 NCAA National Champions.

The way I relate is remembering days when 2 or 3 coworkers called out of work leaving a skeleton crew to "get it done." That's what the team has to do in this tournament. They have to suck it up, going in with a convictional demeanor of we can (will) "get it done."

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ps11824:

This is an old, familiar refrain for veteran Lady Vols fans such as many of us are. Injury rears its ugly head. There's no such thing as good timing when one of our key players is unable to get in the game. This is not devastating, but it sure feels that way.

However, the ladies cannot, and I don't want to even imagine the possibility of them limping into Deluth like a band of wounded warriors.... they will be mercilessly devoured. We all know that. Instead they must gain strength and confidence in adversity. That's what great teams do, as in our '08 NCAA National Champions.

The way I relate is remembering days when 2 or 3 coworkers called out of work leaving a skeleton crew to "get it done." That's what the team has to do in this tournament. They have to suck it up, going in with a convictional demeanor of we can (will) "get it done."

As short as the squad has been for most of this season, this loss may well BE devastating to their chances of winning the SEC tournament. I'm sure they will give it all they've got, it's just that they will be wielding a considerably shorter stick than they might have otherwise. We've just got to hope that Izzy can be back close to 100% by the time NCAA play starts.

ps11824 writes:

john, they better darn well be wielding that short stick with all their might and then some, because they are a mighty big target 'again' this season. The lame duck, walking wounded, or whatever the pitiful status will gain them no sympathy from hungry teams aching to take them down. It is the SEC and Tennessee Lady Vols are... the giants. Holy Warlick is the giant slayer, so we are in for a battle.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ps11824:

john, they better darn well be wielding that short stick with all their might and then some, because they are a mighty big target 'again' this season. The lame duck, walking wounded, or whatever the pitiful status will gain them no sympathy from hungry teams aching to take them down. It is the SEC and Tennessee Lady Vols are... the giants. Holy Warlick is the giant slayer, so we are in for a battle.

I certainly don't expect any sympathy from opponents. I'm just hoping for a little leniency from LV fans if they DON'T pull it off. I agree that will and pride can take you a long way, but I don't want people jumping to the conclusion that they just don't HAVE those things if they lose under the current circumstances.

TopperHarry writes:

Why-why-why didn't she have a brace on her knee the night we played ND. I keep saying if we do not get someone that knows how to coach the bigs, teach them noves etc. we will be unable to compete for the bigdance. Lockwood is a good person, however watch the girls inwarmups they have no moves. Cannot hold on to ball,do extend on layups etc.

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