Lady Vol Sidney Spencer hurts knee in practice

Lady Vol sophomore forward Sidney Spencer hurt her right knee in practice Wednesday, but the full extent of the injury won't be known until tomorrow. <p> Spencer is scheduled to see team orthopedist Dr. William Youmans on Thursday afternoon. Tennessee plays Mississippi State that evening at 7 p.m. in the last regular season home game.

Sidney Spencer was hurt during a half-court defensive drill in the paint. At the time she was guarding one-on-one former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings, who was serving as a practice player in the drill and occasionally practices with the team. Spencer was sliding into defensive position when she went down under the basket.

Coach Pat Summitt said Spencer hyperextended the knee and then went down. Spencer was helped off the court to the locker room and didn't return to practice. Although she was assisted off the court, she was able to put weight on her right leg.

Summitt's initial reaction after practice was that "it didn't sound good to me." However, Thursday's diagnostic testing - including an MRI and Youman's examination - will determine the exact extent of the injury and how serious it is.

Tennessee has endured the worse season for knee injuries in 20 years. Freshmen Alex Fuller and Candace Parker are taking redshirt years because of preseason knee surgery. Fellow freshman Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood missed eight weeks in the beginning of the season because of a knee injury and remains out of practice with severe patella tendonitis. Her status is still listed as day-to-day.

In 1984-85, three Lady Vols suffered knee injuries in a single season - Shelia Collins, Valerie Freeman and Lisa Webb.

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