Summitt on Stricklen's status for Duke: We’re planning on her being there
By Dan Fleser (Contact)
Originally published 05:45 p.m., February 13, 2009
Updated 05:45 p.m., February 13, 2009
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Jenny Moshak was clinical. Pat Summitt sounded confident.
No matter the source, a sense of optimism prevailed Friday regarding Tennessee women’s basketball guard Shekinna Stricklen’s recovery from a right knee injury.
Summitt, the Lady Vols coach, went so far as to say Stricklen is part of UT’s plans for Monday night’s game against Duke at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“We’re planning on her being there,’’ Summitt said. “She looks good.”
The 6-foot-2 freshman remaining on crutches Friday after suffering a subluxation of her right patella during Thursday night’s 80-61 SEC victory over Alabama.
Moshak, the Lady Vols’ associate athletics director for sports medicine, didn’t budge from listing Stricklen’s status as day to day.
“She’s rehabbing well and progressing nicely,” Moshak said.
Summitt counts time and Moshak as Stricklen’s best allies in her recovery.
“We have some days; I have a lot of faith in Jenny Moshak,’’ Summitt said. “If (Stricklen’s) not ready, she’s not ready (Monday), but I’m optimistic.”
Asking For Support: Tennessee sophomore guard Angie Bjorklund has written a letter appealing to Lady Vols fans in general and UT students in particular to attend Monday’s game, which is a fund-raiser for breast cancer research.
“This is a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone involved with women’s basketball,’’ Bjorklund wrote. “We all know someone who has gone through the battle with cancer. With the recent loss of coach Kay Yow at North Carolina State, the event is even more important this year.”
All-American Honors: Lady Vols signee Taber Spani of Lee’s Summit, Mo., is one of 20 players who’s been selected for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s High School All-America game, which will take place April 4 in St. Louis. The game is held in conjunction with the Women’s Final Four.