The Tennessee Lady Vols will be short two players for the 2016-2017 season.
Andraya Carter and Te’a Cooper will not be playing for Tennessee.
Tennessee Lady Vols Lose Two for the 2016-2017 Season
Carter, who has battled injury during her career at Tennessee, will be bypassing her last eligible season (fifth year senior) to recover from those injuries. She issued a statement today stating she was leaving the game. She expressed that she has played with injuries from bruises to broken bones. Last year, was the worst physically according to her.
In the 2012-2013 season Carter had underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. She then was red-shirted. Over her career as a Lady Vol, she averaged 6.4 points and 2.62 rebounds per game over an average of 27.1 minutes of court time.
Carter plans to work with VFL Films as a color analyst and commentator for some of the broadcasts of Lady Vols games on SEC Network+.
Cooper will be missing the season due to a knee injury. Coach Holly Warlick confirmed today that she hurt her knee. Warlick said that it happened while playing basketball at home this summer.
Originally from Georgia, Cooper averaged 8.2 points and 2.1 assists per game as a freshman last season. She appeared in all 36 games last season while posting double digit scoring in 15 of those 36 games.
The Lady Vols open the season with a exhibition game against Carson-Newman, a division 2 school also from Tennessee.
Knoxville, TN – November 4, 2012: Point guard Andraya Carter #14 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the exhibition game between Coker Cobras and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. The Lady Volunteers won 118-44. (Photo by Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)