March 15, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- UTSports.com's Dani Klupenger highlights the play of junior center Isabelle Harrison, who has blossomed into not only a first-team All-SEC player this season but the SEC Tournament MVP as well.
The 6-foot-3 product of Nashville's Hillsboro High School, has emerged as a go-to player for No. 4/3 Tennessee. Her play is a key reason why Tennessee has won seven in a row and 13 of its past 14 games en route to a 27-5 record and an SEC Tournament championship.
Harrison is UT's second-leading scorer at 13.9 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per contest. Not only does she lead the SEC in rebounding, she also tops the league in field goal percentage and ranks 10th nationally at 58.5 percent. Those board and shooting numbers would rank No. 5 and No. 8 on UT's all-time single season lists if the season were to end today.
This season, Harrison has broken Chamique Holdsclaw's Lady Vol junior record for most double-doubles in a season (16) with an SEC-leading 17. She stands second to Candace Parker (21 as a sophomore) for the most by a Lady Vol in any season. The UT post player has 23 for her career, which ranks her eighth all-time at Tennessee.
During the SEC Tournament, Harrison hit full stride, averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds and shooting 59.1% over three games en route to MVP honors. She recorded double-doubles of 21 points and 12 rebounds vs. LSU, 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. No. 15/14 Texas A&M, and she closed with 16 points and five rebounds in the title game vs. No. 12/13 Kentucky.
Harrison and her teammates will gather on Monday night to watch the NCAA Selection Show at 7 p.m. on ESPN. They'll be eager to learn their seeding, opening round opponent and the region to which they've been assigned.
Tennessee already knows it will host NCAA First and Second Round games on March 22 and 24. Game times, as set by the NCAA and ESPN, are 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Monday. First Round game assignments won't be known until Monday night. Tickets are available at UTTix.com.