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No. 8 Lady Vols Lose Massengale for Two Weeks Due to Dislocated Finger



By Lee Michaelson
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It’s happened to pretty much everyone who has ever played the game of basketball.

This time it happened to No. 8 Tennessee’s starting point guard Ariel Massengale at an extremely inopportune time.

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced Thursday evening that Massengale suffered a dislocated finger in practice and would be out for two to three weeks.

“Ariel injured the middle finger on her left hand in practice this afternoon after going for a loose ball,” Moshak said. “Typically, this type of injury takes between 14-21 days to heal.”

That means Massengale won’t be available for two major games against nationally ranked foes coming up for the Lady Vols over the next few days. This weekend, Tennessee travels to New York City to face No. 20/21-ranked DePaul on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU) in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Two days later, UT travels to face No. 11-ranked Rutgers on its home floor in a 7 p.m. tilt on ESPN.

Tennessee, which started the year at No. 3, is 4-2 on the season, having already dropped early-season games to unranked Virginia (64-69 in OT) and No. 1 Baylor (67-76). And those were with Massengale healthy.

It’s happened to pretty much everyone who has ever played the game of basketball.

This time it happened to No. 8 Tennessee’s starting point guard Ariel Massengale at an extremely inopportune time.

Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, announced Thursday evening that Massengale suffered a dislocated finger in practice and would be out for two to three weeks.

“Ariel injured the middle finger on her left hand in practice this afternoon after going for a loose ball,” Moshak said. “Typically, this type of injury takes between 14-21 days to heal.”

That means Massengale won’t be available for two major games against nationally ranked foes coming up for the Lady Vols over the next few days. This weekend, Tennessee travels to New York City to face No. 20/21-ranked DePaul on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU) in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Two days later, UT travels to face No. 11-ranked Rutgers on its home floor in a 7 p.m. tilt on ESPN.

Tennessee, which started the year at No. 3, is 4-2 on the season, having already dropped early-season games to unranked Virginia (64-69 in OT) and No. 1 Baylor (67-76). And those were with Massengale healthy.

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Originally published Thu, December 08, 2011


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
Rank remains unchanged since last week
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.