DeShields still uncertain for No. 4 Lady Vols’ season opener

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Candace Parker of the University of Tennessee, left, and Tyler Hansbrough of the University of North Carolina, right, pose with the 2008 John R. Wooden Award along with University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt who received the Legends of Coaching award in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11, 2008. The award was established by The […]

By STEVE MEGARGEE

AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields’ status for the start of the season remains uncertain as the North Carolina transfer prepares to make her Lady Volunteers debut.

Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Thursday that DeShields is “day to day” as No. 4 Tennessee awaits its opener Sunday with Central Arkansas. DeShields didn’t play Monday in a 101-59 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman.

DeShields says she was recovering from a leg injury while missing the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She didn’t play in Tennessee’s exhibition tour of Italy, with Warlick citing shin splints as the reason.

Center Nia Moore (ribs) and guard Te’a Cooper (knee) also missed the exhibition game and are considered “day to day.” Guard/forward Jaime Nared will miss the opener due to a broken left hand.

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