You know how rough it is during a game and sometimes injuries occur, but you hardly expect it to happen while practicing.
That is exactly what happened to Cierra Burdick, who was in the gym on Monday, December 31 putting in some extra shooting time. She fractured the fourth metacarpal in her shooting hand, which will definitely take her out of the South Carolina game on Thursday, January 3. The is no timetable for her return, but the team is hoping to have her back before the season ends.
”I feel for Cierra, and I feel for this team,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said Tuesday in a statement released by the university. ”She’s a vital part of our success, but this is a team sport and somebody is just going to have to step up.”
”It’s a tough time (for this to happen), as we’re getting ready to head into our SEC play, but we’ll get her back” Warlick said. ”We’re going to have to deal with it and stay positive.”
Tennesssee already has been playing without freshman guard Andraya Carter, who started five of the Lady Vols’ first seven games before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery for a torn labrum on her right shoulder on Dec. 13.
The Lady Vols know that they will be up against the wall, without Burdick, but have some other big guns that should be able to fill in the gap, left by her at this time.
Burdick is fouth in shooting for the Lady Vols and third in rebounding. She has been a starter for 11 of Tennessee’s 12 games.
By Nancy Morris