DeShields taken off court on stretcher

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields was carted off the court after a first-quarter collision Thursday night in the Lady Volunteers' 65-57 loss to Alabama.

DeShields' head hit the body of an Alabama player about four minutes into the game. The 6-foot-1 junior guard left the court on a stretcher, was taken to a hospital and didn't return to the game.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said in her postgame radio interview that it was a precautionary measure and added that "I think Diamond's going to be OK."

"She just felt some tingling and I think she popped her neck a little bit," Warlick told Knoxville radio station WNML. "From all indications and what (the doctor) told me, she's going to be OK."

DeShields entered the game averaging a team-high 18 points as well as 6.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

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