Injuries leave Lady Vols inexperienced in post

UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)
UT to call all teams Volunteers, phase out 'Lady' for women's (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee frontcourt that already relies on 1 of the nation's top newcomers now has even more of a freshman flavor.

Isabelle Harrison is on crutches with an injured left knee that has prevented her from practicing the last two days. Cierra Burdick just had the cast removed after missing eight games with a broken right hand and has been targeted for an early February return.

Their injuries could force the ninth-ranked Lady Vols (16-4, 7-0 SEC) to rely entirely on freshmen Bashaara Graves, Jasmine Jones and Nia Moore to handle the post duties in the short term.

Graves already has established herself as a legitimate all-Southeastern Conference candidate. Jones likely would make her first career start Thursday against Mississippi State (9-11, 1-6) if Harrison and Burdick are sidelined.

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