BREAKING: Lady Vols Lose Star to ACL Tear

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    During an availability with the media on Tuesday, Lady Vols head coach Kellie Harper announced that Tennessee forward/center Keyen Green has a torn ACL. Harper also noted that Green is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to the injury.

    Green’s knee injury was sustained in the third quarter against Georgia last Sunday. While the fourth-ranked Lady Vols ended up winning the game against No. 13 Georgia, 63-55, Green’s injury was immediately worrisome.

    In her second season at Tennessee, Green has been a significant piece for the Lady Vols off the bench. In 19 games this season, Green is averaging seven points and 3.2 rebounds in just over 14 minutes per game. Specifically, Green has been an important one-two punch behind Tamari Key and has given the Lady Vols experience and strong size underneath the basket when Key is out.

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    Before the Georgia game, Green’s 14 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of play were crucial in securing a huge 26-point victory over No. 19 Kentucky.

    In her first year with Tennessee, Green also suffered a season-ending leg injury just four games into the Lady Vols’ season after starting all four games. Green came to Knoxville as a graduate transfer after spending her first four years at Liberty. According to UT Sports, from 2016 to 2020, Green started 91 of her 93 games for Liberty. However, an ankle injury did cause Green to miss her entire junior season.

    The success that Green has had on the court has certainly translated off the court, too. Keyen Green is a graduate of the University of Liberty and received her Master’s Degree at the University of Tennessee in May of 2021. Now, Green is currently in the process of working on her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.