By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Southeastern Conference women’s basketball race is turning into a battle of attrition.
When Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Sunday, she joined Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson and Georgia’s Shacobia Barbee among notable SEC players to go down with season-ending injuries.
All these injuries could impact teams’ postseason runs as the SEC tries to earn a berth in the Final Four for the first time since Tennessee and LSU got there during the Lady Vols’ 2008 championship season. Texas A&M won the 2011 national title, but as a Big 12 member.
No. 2 South Carolina (24-1, 12-0 SEC) has stayed pretty healthy in its quest for a second straight league title, but other SEC schools haven’t been nearly as fortunate.