Oklahoma given a (somewhat) healthy dose of Isabelle Harrison

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Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison, left, blocks a shot by Oklahoma’s Joanna McFarland in the second half Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

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Photos by ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison, left, blocks a shot by Oklahoma’s Joanna McFarland in the second half Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

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.

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Comments » 8

SummittsCourt writes:

So glad to see Isabelle Harrison back on the court. Regardless of what happens this year I can't wait until next season!

RLL59 writes:

Izzy is the defensive post presence that Bashaara is not. She's essential going forward. That's why I don't understand why she was still in the game with 4 minutes left and a 20 point lead. A re-occurrence of the leg problems would be devastating.

tovolny writes:

I wish someone would tell the Lady Vols to remove the chewing gum when being interviewed. They do great when it comes to looking at the camera (not the floor), but some refinement is in order. I know it is easy to forget you're chewing gum...this is where the team mates need to help out. I have been interviewed chewing gum myself (just forgot) and was really embarrassed when looking back at the tape. I think our Lady Vols are wonderful ladies, and I love them so...soooooo.....much. I was proud of your team work, basketball savvy, and game time attitude yesterday. Love you...love you...love you. Please watch the gum, okay?

kazoo writes:

With Harrison UT is respectable to above average on defense; without her, we play defense like Spanish matadors.

Vol1968 writes:

Last night was good. Now, please rest, review tapes,study and prepare... the next game won't be easy. Respect your opponent.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Great to see the video of the ladies in the locker room celebrating the moment and good to see Izzy with the Dougie moves even with the ice pack on her knee. She's in good health and I'm glad for that.

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to kazoo:

With Harrison UT is respectable to above average on defense; without her, we play defense like Spanish matadors.

Kazoo knows you have to be specific with the Knoxville readers.

Otherwise they might think "Polish" matadors.

...or (in Fountain City) AMC Matadors .

LadyVolsBB85 writes:

Happy seeing how Izzy is playing. What she's doing out there this tourney is special.

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