KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says she’s ”hopeful” that Diamond DeShields will be able to play Thursday against Florida, a week after the junior guard left the court on a stretcher.
DeShields participated in a portion of the Tennessee practice sessions that were open to the media Wednesday. She missed Tennessee’s 59-46 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.
Warlick said Wednesday that ”I think she’ll play, but we’ve got to go with what (the doctors) say.”
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DeShields’ head collided with the body of an Alabama player Feb. 16, causing her to be removed from the court on a stretcher and taken to a hospital.
DeShields is averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals for Tennessee (17-10, 8-6 SEC). The 6-foot-1 guard ranks third in the SEC in scoring.