February 25, 2004

Tennessee's Jackson could be ready for SEC tourney
February 25, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee guard Brittany Jackson will miss the last two games of the regular season because of an injured knee but could be ready for the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The junior sprained a ligament in her left knee during practice Feb. 18 and missed the last two games.

The No. 2 Lady Vols (23-2) clinched their seventh straight SEC regular-season championship last weekend. Tennessee plays Thursday at Arkansas and at home Sunday against LSU.

Coach Pat Summitt was optimistic Wednesday that Jackson could play in the league tournament, which begins March 4 in Nashville.

Jackson participated in shooting drills Monday. Tennessee does not practice Tuesdays.

``She looked very good, ahead of schedule,'' Summitt said. ``That could be a very positive sign for the potential for her to get back with us. Obviously, the earliest possible would be the SECs, but we don't want to rush anything.''

Jackson started eight games this season and was inserted in the lineup last month after point guard Loree Moore tore a knee ligament. An accurate 3-point shooter, Jackson is averaging 8.7 points."

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