Lady Vols' Burdick out indefinitely with broken hand

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- On the first day of the new year, the Tennessee women’s basketball team received some unfortunate news. Sophomore Cierra Burdick broke a bone in her right hand on Monday, UT associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak confirmed on Tuesday.

Burdick, a 6-foot-2 forward from Charlotte, N.C. (Butler H.S.), fractured the fourth metacarpal of her shooting hand. Evaluation is continuing, but she is out indefinitely.

The Lady Vols did not practice on Monday, but Burdick, who is known for spending extra time in the gym, was getting some additional shooting and defensive work in when the injury occurred.

Burdick started 11 of 12 games for a Tennessee team that has fashioned a 9-3 record and is ranked No. 12 nationally by Associated Press and 13th in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. She is the team’s fourth-leading scorer (8.8 ppg.) and third-leading rebounder (6.5 rpg.), hitting double figures in points in four of UT’s last six games.

The Lady Vols will open SEC action without Burdick in the lineup when they play at No. 18/15 South Carolina on Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

“I feel for Cierra, and I feel for this team,” UT Head Coach Holly Warlick said. “She’s a vital part of our success, but this is a team sport, and somebody is just going to have to step up.

“It’s a tough time (for this to happen), as we’re getting ready to head into SEC play, but we’ll get her back. We’re going to have to deal with it and stay positive.”


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 185371241 - local8now.com/a?a=185371241
Gray Television, Inc.