Meighan Simmons on the Lady Vols' win
OKLAHOMA CITY —Isabelle Harrison typically rooms with a teammate when on the road.
At the Oklahoma City regional, Tennessee’s sophomore center has been staying with athletic trainer Jenny Moshak. Or so it seems.
“I was doing a lot of rehab on this trip,” Harrison said. “Me and (Moshak) have been basically roommates. I’m glad I can get out there and do the best I can.”
Harrison did her best since returning last weekend from an injury to the medial collateral ligament in her right knee. She scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in Sunday’s 74-59 semifinal victory over Oklahoma at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
She had a combined 15 points and 10 rebounds in UT’s first two games of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Against the Sooners, the 6-foot-3 Harrison shot 5 for 7 from the floor and played 19 minutes. With Oklahoma pressing in the second half, Harrison also served as a press breaker on one possession, dribbling to halfcourt before passing off to a teammate.
“It’s big for her to come up big like that,” teammate Bashaara Graves said. “It’s what we know Izzy can do.”
Harrison missed a combined 10 games this season with injuries to both her right and left knees as well as an ankle injury. With Sunday’s victory, the Lady Vols are 21-3 with her in the lineup. They are 6-4 without her.
Happy Easter: When Tennessee’s players arrived at the arena for Sunday’s shooting practice, they were surprised to find Easter eggs in their locker room.
They had to find them first. The tournament organizing committee hid eggs in the locker rooms of all four teams in the Oklahoma City regional.
“It was real sweet of them,” UT point guard Ariel Massengale said. “It helped to remind us what today is.”
Massengale said the Lady Vols had an Easter egg-coloring contest Saturday night at the team hotel.
“I won, just for the record,” Massengale said.
Notes: Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attended Sunday’s game ... Tennessee outscored Oklahoma 34-30 in the paint and is 21-0 this season when leading in that statistic. ... Tennessee has a 2-0 record all time against Tuesday’s regional final opponent Louisville.