Tamari Key to miss remainder of Lady Vols’ season

Tamari Key to miss remainder of the Lady Vols’ season.

Tamari Key will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season for Tennessee.

Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper made the announcement Thursday.

UT press release:

Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper shared on Thursday that senior center Tamari Key will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season after physicians discovered blood clots in her lungs during testing.

Key, who missed her first-ever game as a Lady Vol vs. Chattanooga on Tuesday night, will continue to receive care under the guidance of the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Tennessee Athletics team physicians. She is expected to make a full recovery.

“My sole concern right now is that Tamari continues to get the medical care and guidance she needs and begins the gradual process of healing and returning to full strength. This is much bigger than basketball. We are so grateful that this medical condition was caught. Our entire program will be right beside Tamari during this process and welcomes prayers and positive thoughts from Lady Vol Nation and beyond.”

Those who would like to send well-wishes and encouragement to Tamari may do so at the following address:

Lady Vol Basketball Office / 207 Thompson-Boling Arena / 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way / Knoxville, TN 37996

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Lady Vols defeat Chattanooga, 69-39

The Lady Vols defeat Chattanooga, 69-39.

Tennessee (5-5) defeated Chattanooga (6-5), 69-39, Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Lady Vols won decisively despite being without Tamari Key, Jasmine Franklin and Rickea Jackson.

Key did not play due to an undisclosed medical reason. Franklin remains in concussion protocol and Jackson is out indefinitely due to a coach’s decision.

Tennessee led, 19-8, in the first quarter and, 39-15, at halftime.

Jordan Horston scored 14 points to lead the Lady Vols.

Jillian Hollingshead, who missed Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech, totaled nine points and five rebounds, while Sara Puckett recorded eight points and four assists.

Marta Suárez and Karoline Striplin added seven points each. Jordan Walker, Kayla Wynn and Tess Darby finished with five points apiece.

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Jimmy V Women’s Classic: Virginia Tech defeats Lady Vols

Jimmy V Women’s Classic: Virginia Tech defeats the Lady Vols

No. 9 Virginia Tech (8-0) defeated the Lady Vols (4-5), 59-56, Sunday in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tennessee never led in the contest and trailed, 23-13, in the first quarter.

Virginia Tech led Tennessee, 34-30, at halftime.

Tennessee out-rebounded Virginia Tech, 46-31, and held an 18-9 advantage for offensive rebounds.

Jasmine Franklin and Jillian Hollingshead did not play for Tennessee due to injury. Rickea Jackson missed the game due to a coach’s decision.

Jordan Horston recorded a double-double for the Lady Vols, totaling 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Tamari Key recorded 11 points and seven rebounds for Tennessee.

Four Virginia Tech players scored 10-plus points in the contest.

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Jordan Horston becomes 48th Lady Vol to amass 1,000 career points

Jordan Horston becomes the 48th Lady Vol to amass 1,000 career points.

No. 23 Tennessee (4-4) extended its winning streak to two games, defeating Eastern Kentucky (4-3), 105-73, Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Lady Vols outscored the Colonels, 33-11, in the first quarter. Tennessee led, 60-34, at halftime.

Five players scored double-digit points for Tennessee.

Rickea Jackson the Lady Vols with 15 points, while recording eight rebounds and five assists.

Jordan Horston totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Jillian Hollingshead recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Karoline Striplin finished with 10 points.

Antwainette Walker scored a game-high 18 points for Eastern Kentucky.

Horston has recorded 1,004 career points, becoming the 48th Lady Vol player to amass 1,000 points.

Tennessee scored a season-best 70 points in the paint against Eastern Kentucky.

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PHOTOS: Lady Vols defeat Colorado

PHOTOS: The Lady Vols defeat Colorado

No. 24 Tennessee (2-4) defeated Colorado (4-2), 69-51, Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Jordan Horston led the Lady Vols with 23 points, while Rickea Jackson scored 20.

Horston and Jackson led Tennessee in scoring for the fourth straight game, marking the first contest of the season in which the Lady Vols had two players with 20 or more points.

Tennessee out-rebounded the Buffaloes, 38-33. The Lady Vols have now out-rebounded its opponent four times during the 2022-23 season, and in three of the last four contests.

Below are photos of Tennessee’s win versus Colorado.

Battle 4 Atlantis: Gonzaga defeats Lady Vols

Battle 4 Atlantis: Gonzaga defeats the Lady Vols

No. 23 Tennessee (2-4) lost its second consecutive game Monday.

Gonzaga defeated the Lady Vols, 73-72, in a third-place game in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The game featured 15 lead changes and nine ties.

Yvonne Ejim led Gonzaga with 22 points. Ejim scored 20 points after halftime.

Kaylynne Truong scored 14 points and recorded six assists for Gonzaga.

The Lady Vols led, 36-30, at halftime.

Jordan Horston led Tennessee with 19 points. Rickea Jackson scored 16 points and Jasmine Franklin finished with 11. Franklin recorded nine rebounds in the contest.

Jasmine Powell and Tamari Key each scored seven points for the Lady Vols. Powell recorded four assists.

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Battle 4 Atlantis: UCLA defeats Lady Vols, 80-63

Battle 4 Atlantis: UCLA defeats the Lady Vols

UCLA (5-0) defeated No. 5 Tennessee (2-3), 80-63, Sunday in the semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Charisma Osborne scored a game-high 23 points in the contest for UCLA, which led, 26-18, by the end of the first quarter.

Osborne was one of four UCLA players to record double figures in the scoring column.

Kiki Rice had 15 points while Gina Conti and Lina Sontag added 12 points each.

UCLA led 46-36 at halftime.

Rickea Jackson led the Lady Vols with 14 points. Jordan Horston finished with 11 points for Tennessee.

Tennessee will conclude tournament play versus Gonzaga (4-1) in the third-place game Monday at 2:30 p.m. EST.

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Lady Vols defeat Rutgers in Battle 4 Atlantis

The Lady Vols defeat Rutgers in Battle 4 Atlantis.

No. 11 Tennessee (2-2) defeated Rutgers (3-2), 94-54, Saturday in the Bad Boy Mowers Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis at Imperial Arena in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Lady Vols never trailed against Rutgers. and had a

Tennessee led, 22-15, at the end of the first quarter before seizing control of the contest with a 30-13 second-quarter run.

Tennessee led Rutgers by as many as 54 points and had four players record double figures in the scoring column.

Rickea Jackson led the Lady Vols with 26 points, including 18 before halftime. She recorded six rebounds and three assists.

Jasmine Powell and Jordan Horston scored 12 points each. Powell recorded  eight assists and Horston finished with four assists in her return to Tennessee’s lineup after missing a game due to injury.

Marta Suárez finished the contest with 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Vols advance to the tournament semifinals. Tennessee will play the winner of Saturday’s game between UCLA and South Dakota State.

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Indiana defeats Lady Vols, 79-67

Indiana defeats the Lady Vols, 79-67.

No. 12 Indiana (3-0) defeated No. 11 Tennessee (1-2), 79-67, Monday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Hoosiers led, 22-14, at the end of the first quarter.

Three players recorded 10-plus points for Tennessee.

Rickea Jackson led the Lady Vols with 17 points. She recorded seven rebounds and three assists.

Tamari Key and Jasmine Powell each totaled 14 points. Powell recorded nine rebounds and four assists.

Mackenzie Holmes and Grace Berger each recorded a double-double for the Hoosiers. Holmes recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Grace Berger totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior Jordan Horston, who was injured in Tennessee’s victory versus UMass, did not play for Tennessee.

Horston is day-to-day after suffering a lower-body injury.

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NCAA Tournament: Xavier eliminates Lady Vols

NCAA Tournament: Xavier eliminates the Lady Vols

Xavier (14-3-5, 6-0-4 Big East) defeated No. 22 Tennessee (11-6-2, 7-2-1 SEC), 4-1, in overtime during the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Regal Soccer Stadium Friday.

The Lady Vols scored first and surrendered four unanswered goals, including three during overtime.

Jaida Thomas scored in the 20th minute for Tennessee. Tara Katz was credited with an assist on the first goal of the match.

Xavier scored an equalizer by Ella Rogers in the 36th minute.

The game went to overtime after a scoreless second half.

The Musketeers led 2-1 in the 93rd minute as Chloe Netzel scored her second goal of the season.

Molly McLaughlin scored in the 103rd minute and Sonia Vargas added a final goal of the game in the 110th minute.

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