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Tennessee Lady Vols center Keyen Green tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's win over Georgia, UT coach Kellie Harper announced Tuesday.
Green went down in the third quarter and did not return to play, though she came out of the locker room and finished the game watching from the bench. This is the second time Green has torn an ACL. The first was in her right knee in December 2020 and sidelining her during her first season at Tennessee.
"It is a gut punch to our team," Harper said. "I hate it for Keyen. She's meant so much to this team and she will continue to be a great leader for us. But it'll just be in a different role."
Usually the first one off the bench to replace Tamari Key, Green has played 14.1 minutes per game this season and averaged seven points and 3.2 rebounds.
In her sixth year of college due to previous injuries, Green provided leadership on and off the court for Tennessee and was a veteran who took the freshman class under her wing.
"She is one of the best leaders I have ever – no, the best leader I have ever played under," freshman Sara Puckett said after Tennessee's win over ETSU in December. "She is the best teammate, literally like a coach. She's amazing."
This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee Lady Vols basketball: Keyen Green out for year with torn ACL