It didn't take long for Tennessee's Rae Burrell to make her return known in Fayetteville, as she made her first shot of the game.
Burrell's basket was ruled a 2-pointer after review showed her toe barely crossing the arc. The senior had missed 12 straight games since suffering a knee injury in the final minutes of the first half of the Lady Vols' season opener on Nov. 10. Until last week, there was no timetable for her return..
In Tennessee's SEC opener Thursday, Burrell went through pregame warmup and was in uniform for the game for the first time since her injury. Harper said after Thursday's win over Alabama she wanted more reps for Burrell before seeing her in a game.
Burrell is Tennessee's leading returning scorer. She had 12 points in the season opener against Southern Illinois before going down.
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