Lady Vols prepare for Kentucky

Holly Warlick

The Lady Vols returned to the court Friday for a light workout, and Holly Warlick addressed the media about the team's SEC title, injury woes and getting ready for Kentucky. Go inside with InsideTennessee for the latest on the team.

Tennessee seized the SEC championship Thursday with the win over Texas A&M, but the evening ended with two key players on crutches.

Both point guard Ariel Massengale and post Isabelle Harrison remained on crutches Friday. The sophomores each sustained right knee injuries in the second half of the game, and both were scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. No additional information was available Friday.

Massengale went down on defense as she was moving to her right. Harrison fell on offense as she tried to snare a high pass and landed awkwardly.

Coach Holly Warlick, from her vantage point on the bench, didn't see either injury as it occurred but saw both players in pain on the court. It has been has a familiar sight for the first-year head coach after a season full of injuries.

"I've talked to both of them," Warlick said Friday. "Their spirits are good. … I've never seen anything like it, just so many injuries. It's kind of crazy."

Tennessee closes the regular season against Kentucky, a team that brings withering pressure. Senior Kamiko Williams is likely to start at point guard with assistance from junior Meighan Simmons. Ball security is a must against the Wildcats.

"We've just got to be smart," Warlick said. "We're going to have to do it by committee like we've done in the past."

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