A few leftovers from Wednesday’s Media Day for women’s basketball:
— Redshirt freshman guard Jannah Tucker, who’s recovering from offseason knee surgery, said she might experience a little contact in practice as early as next week.
— Head coach Holly Warlick said there was a chance sophomore center Mercedes Russell might have been able to return in January after undergoing offseason surgery on both feet. But Warlick wasn’t in favor of Russell returning for an abbreviated season.
“I don’t want to sell her short on her college career and have her have half a year,” Warlick said.
Russell, who said both of her feet already “feel great”, appreciates her coach’s consideration.
“I think it’s going to be good for me in the long run, just because of my health,” Russell said.
— Despite the loss of leading scorer Meighan Simmons, Tennessee returns 70.7 percent of its scoring from last season. The Lady Vols also return 83.2 percent of their rebounds, 81.7 percent of their assists, 79.5 percent of their steals and 68.9 percent of their blocks. Russell sitting out the season apparently results in the latter percentage. She led the team with 40 blocks last season.
— Tennessee’s least amount of depth is at the post position and junior center Nia Moore has been slowed lately by a sprained left ankle. She said it’s the first ankle injury she’s ever had.