Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Lady Vols turn to MRI for Moss

Freshman's knee not responding after rest

With Lindsey Moss' left knee becoming a mystery, Tennessee wants more clues.

Moss, a women's basketball freshman guard, missed her fourth consecutive practice Wednesday. While her Lady Vols teammates were working out, Moss underwent an MRI exam.

Lady Vols athletic trainer Jenny Moshak said that Dr. Rebecca Morgan, the team's physician, made the call on the exam. The results will be known today.

"It's not acting normal,'' Moshak said of Moss' knee. "Dr. Morgan decided it was time to do further investigation."

Moss hyperextended the knee in last Thursday's exhibition game against Carson-Newman. She practiced the next day but has since been sidelined, receiving treatment and doing exercises.

Since Moss underwent surgery on the knee in high school, the Lady Vols are being extra cautious.

UT coach Pat Summitt said she thought Moss would've returned by now but also added, "We're going to err on the side of caution.''

The team is off today and returns to practice Friday in preparation for the season opener against Stetson at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Summitt addressed Moss' progress Wednesday in her weekly teleconference.

"She has benefited tremendously from being here this summer,'' Summitt said. "She spent a lot of time in the weight room and in the gym. Like any true freshman, there are some growing pains, but she's adjusted well."

Notebook: Tennessee is picked No. 1 in the Sports Illustrated preview issue and a small photo of forward Candace Parker adorns the magazine's masthead. She also was a full-page feature in last week's SI on Campus. ... Stetson guard Nefertiti Walker is the preseason pick as the Atlantic Sun Conference's player of the year. .... The Lady Vols will partner with Aramark to collect coats for Knox Area Rescue Ministries on Sunday and at Monday's home game against Chattanooga. Fans will receive a free general admission ticket for every coat donated.

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