Tennessee can’t seem to avoid some sort of calamity or upheaval at point guard.
Kamiko Williams suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee is the latest installment in a seemingly never-ending saga.
UT suddenly has been deprived of its backup and will have to devise an alternate plan.
In this case, the Lady Vols’ history at the position might aid their cause. They’ve been so unsettled the past three seasons that there’s still three players on the roster — Shekinna Stricklen, Meighan Simmons and Briana Bass — with significant starting point-guard experience.
Of the aforementioned trio, Bass is the only true point guard, however. And the senior hasn’t started a game since her sophomore season and averaged just 8.3 minutes for 23 games last season. So cobbling together a Plan B from this group won’t necessarily be ideal.
Can’t help but wonder if Lauren Avant might’ve helped. She left the program last spring and there’s been no word since as to her whereabouts. She struggled to stay healthy and offered only a glimpse of her potential. Still, she was a true point guard and her performance in the second half at Vanderbilt last season was an eyeful.
Avant didn’t address her departure. Can’t help but wonder, though, whether naming incoming freshman Ariel Massengale the starting point guard was a factor.
The saga continues.