Tennessee senior center Tamari Key will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season after blood clots were found in her lungs.
Key started 93 of 99 games during her career at Tennessee — including the first nine this season — before sitting out the Lady Vols’ 69-39 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday.
Per the school, Key will receive care under the guidance of the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Tennessee athletics team physicians. Tennessee said Key is expected to make a full recovery.
“While I am disappointed to see my season come to an end, I am grateful to have had this issue properly identified and diagnosed,” Key wrote on Instagram. “I look forward to emerging from this setback stronger than ever!
“To my teammates — your love and support means the world to me. I’ll miss being on the court with you, but I can’t wait to cheer y’all on as we continue to chase our goals.”
Lady Vols coach Kellie Harper just wants Key to be on the fast track to better health.
“My sole concern right now is that Tamari continues to get the medical care and guidance she needs and begins the gradual process of healing and returning to full strength,” Harper said in a statement on Thursday. “This is much bigger than basketball. We are so grateful that this medical condition was caught. Our entire program will be right beside Tamari during this process and welcomes prayers and positive thoughts from Lady Vol Nation and beyond.”
Key entered this season as a preseason All-SEC first-team pick and on the Naismith Trophy watch list. She averaged 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in nine games before being sidelined.
Last season, Key started all 34 games for a Lady Vols team that reached the Sweet 16 and blocked a school-record 119 shots, which led the NCAA.
–Field Level Media