Lady Vol junior guard Loree Moore, who suffered an injury to her left knee in Tennessee's upset victory over top-ranked Duke Saturday, underwent x-rays and an MRI Monday afternoon.
The further diagnostic testing revealed a "torn anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee," according to UT orthopedist Dr. William T. Youmans. She will be lost for the remainder of the season.
"We were cautiously optimistic but realized at the same time what the extent of the injury might be," Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt said. "I really feel bad for Loree.
"She has been a great leader for this team and has left some big shoes to fill at the point guard position. Losing Loree is a tough and unfortunate break for our team."
One of three players to start all 17 games for the Lady Vols this season, Moore averaged 7.9 points-per-game, 5.5 rpg and 2.8 apg while logging nearly 30 minutes a contest.
Moore, UT's starting point guard, was fouled by Duke All-American Alana Beard on a breakaway layup following a steal with 8:42 to play. The Lakewood, Calif., native had to be helped to the bench while Shyra Ely sank both of Moore's free throws following the injury.
After being evaluated by Tennessee head athletic trainer Jenny Moshak, Moore did return to the floor a few minutes later and sank a key three-pointer to give UT a 60-51 lead. However, she returned to the bench shortly thereafter and watched the remainder of the game.
No surgery date is set as of yet. Moore will begin pre-surgery rehabilitation immediately.