Shekinna Stricklen sprains knee

Diagnostic tests confirmed Shekinna Stricklen has a sprained right knee. The Lady Vol senior guard/foward is officially listed as day to day.

Shekinna Stricklen suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday's 87-64 win over Vanderbilt after she collided with a Commodore when both went for a rebound.

"Diagnostic testing and further evaluation confirmed that Shekinna suffered a right knee sprain in the game yesterday," said Jenny Moshak, the program's chief of sports medicine.

"We have already started the rehab process and her status is listed as day-to-day."

Stricklen had to be helped from the court after the injury. She scored a team-high 20 points in 35 minutes of action in the victory over Vandy.

Assistant Coach Dean Lockwood was on the radio show Lady Vols Illustrated on Monday evening and said the staff was relieved to learn that Stricklen didn't suffer an ACL injury, the worst-case scenario.

"It could've been much worse," Lockwood said. "In the locker room, in the coaches' locker room, we were very very somber (on Sunday). We've had our share of bad news. We were very pleased to learn it wasn't an ACL."

The senior All-American leads the Lady Vols in scoring at 15.5 points per game and adds 6.4 rebounds.

Tennessee (13-4, 4-1) begins preparations Tuesday for LSU (13-4, 4-1). The Lady Tigers are coached by former Lady Vol player and assistant coach Nikki Caldwell. LSU rolls into Knoxville on Thursday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. (CSS).

ARIEL HONORS: After breaking the Lady Vol record for rookie assists, Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale was selected as the SEC Women's Basketball Co-Freshmen of the Week on Monday.

Massengale shared the weekly accolade with LSU freshman forward Krystal Forthan. The Lady Tigers will be the Lady Vols next opponent.

In two games against ranked SEC opponents last week, Massengale averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game, while playing 35.5 minutes per game in the team's split with a loss at Kentucky (61-60) and a win over Vanderbilt (87-64).

Massengale dished 12 assists against Vandy while adding six points, two rebounds and a couple of steals. The dozen helpers against the Commodores breaks the previous mark set by Meighan Simmons, who had 11 assists against Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011.

Her 12 assists also tied for the fifth-most in program history with current Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick, who had 12 assists against Clemson in 1980. Earlier this season, Massengale had two nine-assist performances.

Previously, Massengale was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 5 and joins UT graduate student Glory Johnson for dual Lady Vol conference honors. Johnson was named as the SEC Player of the Week on both Jan. 2 and 9.

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