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.