Sept. 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery ended her rookie season, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter is anxious to begin again at Rocky Top.
Carter, a five-foot-9 guard from Flowery Branch, Ga., started her first five games as a Lady Vol last year and played in seven contests before a labrum tear in her right shoulder short-circuited the makings of a standout freshman campaign. She averaged 5.3 points, 1.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per contest and shot .900 from the free throw line and .367 from three-point land in her curtailed debut season.
Carter initially was injured vs. Miami on Nov. 18, but not before dropping 16 points on the #24/23 Hurricanes in Coral Gables. She scorched the nets by draining four of five threes, four of four free throws and tallying three assists and as many rebounds in 28 minutes in the key early-season road win.
In another fine performance, Carter turned in 36 minutes of duty at Georgia Tech in her second college game, with many family members, friends and former high school teammates looking on. While she scored only four points, she added four assists, four rebounds and a steal and played solid defense while committing only one turnover on the offensive end as Tennessee claimed the first victory of the Holly Warlick era.
Those efforts and the positive impression Carter left on the coaching staff, her teammates and fans during her limited playing time a year ago have everyone in Big Orange Country excited about her return to the court.
Not only does she have four years remaining to play at Tennessee, but she enters the campaign as a freshman with tangible college game experience and the knowledge she gleaned from sitting on the bench next to the coach staff for the 28 contests she was unable to play.
Coach Warlick is certainly glad to have Carter back on the court as the 2013-14 season approaches and the Lady Vols embark on the Grind For 9, with the goal of making the NCAA Final Four in Nashville their final stop during the 2013-14 schedule.