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Messenger Sports Briefs for December 11

Messenger Sports Briefs for December 11

Ex-Liberty star Long
to miss rest of season

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Murray State forward Jewuan Long — a Liberty product from Jackson — will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Morehead State last week.
Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against the Racers on Dec. 6. The sophomore was averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Racers.
Coach Billy Kennedy says Long’s presence will be missed, particularly on defense. Long will be able to apply for a medical redshirt.
Murray State plays at Missouri on Saturday.

UTM baseball team
adds dual threat

When UT Martin head baseball coach Bubba Cates signed Brent Morris to a scholarship recently he added more than an outfielder and a right handed pitcher.
He added an aggressive left handed hitter.
“When I saw him in the batter’s box he looked like he was on the attack,” Cates said. “He will be a quality hitter and player for us.”
Morris, the son of Billy and Elaine Morris, from Lebanon, is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He will graduate from Lebanon High School this spring. Morris played basketball for one season and will play his fourth season of baseball for head coach Tracy Slone.

Younger Lady Vols
could start soon

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Several Tennessee freshmen have stepped up their performances in practice enough to seal their spots in the starting rotation.
Coach Pat Summitt said Wednesday in her weekly media teleconference that 5-foot-2 freshman point guard Briana Bass will make her first start in place of redshirt sophomore Cait McMahan when the Lady Volunteers host Middle Tennessee tonight.
Summitt also says she’s considering a starting lineup that includes playing freshman Shekinna Stricklen at the wing, freshman Glory Johnson at small forward, sophomore Vicki Baugh at power forward and redshirt freshman Kelley Cain at center.
Summitt said Bass, Stricklen and Johnson have shown the most improvement in recent practices as they become more intense and improve their practice habits. Freshman Alyssia Brewer has also shown improvement and likely will be the first player off the bench.
With seven freshmen and only one senior, this year’s Lady Vols squad is one of Summitt’s youngest ever.

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