Lindsey Moss to have X-ray after collision

Lady Vol freshman guard Lindsey Moss practiced Monday one day after absorbing a nasty blow to the bridge of her nose during a scramble for a loose ball in Sunday's game at Mississippi State. "Lindsey is tough," coach Pat Summitt said after practice ended Monday.

Lindsey Moss saw the team physician, Dr. Rebecca Morgan, on Monday, and will get an X-ray on Tuesday. The health center was closed Monday because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday so the X-ray had to wait one day. The good news was that Moss didn't sustain a nasal septum hematoma, which would have indicated an accumulation of blood from the blow and "which is what you worry about," said Jenny Moshak, assistant athletics director for sports medicine.

The septum is the wall that runs down the middle of the nose and divides it into two sides. The X-ray won't change the course of treatment – Moss will wear a splint in practice and games – but it will determine if she needs surgery now or later.

"The bottom line is this: If it's a non-displaced fracture, we splint her and by the end of the season it could be healed up because it's just staying in line and the broken bone can heal," said Moshak, who added if it didn't heal then surgery would be performed. "If it's a displaced fracture and there's no obstruction of the breathing we will probably not fix it until the end of the season because there's a high probability of being hit, and then they're just fixing it again. If it's a displaced fracture that affects her breathing then you fix it. So regardless she's going to be in that splint to protect it."

If Moss did need immediate surgery, she would likely miss little to no time. Former Lady Vol Loree Moore had surgery last year to repair her broken nose, and she didn't miss a game.

Moss collided with the shoulder of a Mississippi State player in Tennessee's 79-56 win on Sunday. Moss tried to stay in the game but was brought to the sideline, and an ice bag was placed on her nose. Moshak said Moss didn't suffer a concussion.

"Technically no. I didn't see that type of a blow," Moshak said. "She had more of a pain reaction. She has a little bit of swelling on the right side. Very tough kid to get up (and) to want to stay in and to practice today."

The Lady Vols went through a lengthy practice session Monday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's game against Vanderbilt (13-4, 2-1) in Nashville at 8 p.m. Eastern (Fox Sports Network, Lady Vols Radio Network). Tennessee (17-0, 3-0) will be seeking coach Pat Summitt's 900th career win.

Going into Sunday's game in Starkville, Summitt was seeking defensive improvement, and she got it.

"Absolutely," Summitt said. "They communicated maybe the best they have this season."

The communication continued at Monday's practice, and Summitt said it is a point of emphasis.

"We talked about it with the Vanderbilt game coming up and then the Duke game," Summitt said. "They're going to have to take a lot of ownership of their huddles. They've played in some venues that have been pretty loud. I thought at Notre Dame they communicated well."

Summitt didn't have a lot to say during Sunday's game and that was by design. Thursday's game will be at Memorial Gym with the benches on the baselines. There will be plenty of times when the team won't be able to hear Summitt.

"I just felt like they needed to take control with this Vanderbilt game coming up," Summitt said. "Some of them love the fact they're 94 feet from me. I thought I might as well shut up Sunday to get ready for Thursday."

Senior center Tye'sha Fluker impishly saw one advantage in the unusual setup.

"If she's on the (far) baseline, and I mess up, that's a good thing," Fluker said. "It doesn't really matter, only for that reason."

For the first time this season redshirt freshman forward Candace Parker practiced at point guard as part of regular and planned repetitions and not due to practice or game circumstances, such as a fast break or breakdown in play.

"Today was the first day," Summitt said.

Will the coach use her there?

"Possibly," she said.

The move reflects both Summitt's faith in Parker and her disappointment in the play of junior forward Dominique Redding.

"Obviously with her play in Starkville it's clear you can not depend on her," Summitt said of Redding. "We can't take a risk is she going to come ready to play every night or not. Very, very disappointed in Dominique, and I'm not going to reward that performance or behavior. I don't have to say a lot for people to get messages so I'm sure she got the message. It's unacceptable. We're 10 deep, and if you're a competitor, you'll bring it every night so you earn some minutes."

The performance upset Summitt even more because of how Redding performed in the previous two games.

"She was terrific. In our UConn and Georgia games she was a difference maker, but yet she can't get up to play in Starkville," Summitt said. "For whatever reason she was uninspired."

Tennessee doesn't have much depth – there are only 10 players, and the Lady Vols need all of them.

"We do, but I can play six," Summitt said. "I'm not going to reward people for not showing up ready to practice or ready to play. I can coach a lot of things, but effort and attitude are two I have no time for."

Parker made news Monday with the announcement by the SEC that she was the conference's freshman and player of the week for her efforts in wins over Georgia and Mississippi State.

She averaged 21.0 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game in the two games. She shot 67 percent from the field (16-24) and 83 percent from the line (10-12). She played 65 minutes and only had one turnover.

Parker poured in a career-high 26 points against Georgia, which was the most points in a game by a Lady Vol this season. She also had 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists. Against Mississippi State, Parker had a team-leading 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one block.

"She's getting better with each game," Summitt said. "She's playing harder. She's more and more comfortable."

Tennessee has a rugged four-game stretch of road games. The first battle was won Sunday in Starkville. Next up are Vanderbilt on Thursday, Duke on Jan. 23 and Kentucky on Jan. 26.

"We just do what we've been doing," associate head coach Holly Warlick said after practice Monday. "We take it one game at a time and preparing in practice for each team, guarding concepts. We've just got to stay healthy. And as coaches we've just got to make sure we keep them sharp and fresh and don't overload their systems, and I think we've done a great job thus far. They've handled it."

The Lady Vols return to the practice court Tuesday evening and will leave Wednesday after classes for Nashville.

"We've had a hard schedule already so this isn't any different from what we've already experienced," Warlick said. "That was part of the plan."

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