A win was expected for the Tennessee Lady Vols in their 2013 NCAA Tournament opener against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles; the big news for Lady Vols fans was the return of forward Isabelle Harrison, who had been out with a MCL injury.
David Hooper of SB Nation’s Rocky Top talk described the impact of the 6-foot-3 sophomore forward’s return in Tennessee’s 83-62 win.
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…Isabelle Harrison returned. She wore a knee brace through the game, but was solid for 13 minutes, earning 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks (one of which was an absolute monster on a three point attempt). Having Izzy back in the game was a terrific sight for Lady Vols fans; she forces defenders to respect two interior players, giving Graves space to work and making double teams a very risky proposition. With one game in hand, she can put the injury behind her and return to the form she had that helped beat Texas A&M;and win the SEC regular season. Her presence completely changes Tennessee on the court in a very positive way.