While many players have stepped up their role on the Lady Vols basketball team this year, which only features one senior, there is one in particular who has truly elevated her game.
After an injury-plagued sophomore season where she only started 17 games, Isabelle Harrison has turned in a bounce-back campaign this year, no injuries included.
The 6-foot-3 junior center has been a dominant force in the post this season and has started in all but one game.
With just two regular season games left, she has put up career-highs in points per game (13.3), rebounds (9.1, 2nd in SEC), field goal percentage (.573), and double-doubles (13).
"I think she is one of the best post players in the country," second-year head coach Holly Warlick said. "I have seen her progress and develop. I say that because I see the importance she has placed on this basketball team."
Harrison's physical play on the court has directly correlated to the Lady Vols' success of rebounding the basketball, one of Tennessee's trademarks this season.
UT currently ranks fourth in the country in rebounding margin per game (+11.5) as the squad has outrebounded its opposition 1242-932.
The only team that outrebounded the Lady Vols all season has been No. 5 Stanford (43-40), who beat UT back on Dec. 21, 2013; Chiney Ogwumike's 20 rebounds played a large part in the Cardinal's success on the boards as well.
In six games this season, Harrison has recorded 12 rebounds or more and set a career-high with 18 in a win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 17.
Perhaps the biggest step the Nashville, Tenn., native has taken this season is in her offensive game, where she has boosted her field goal percentage by .088 points from a season ago.
In conference play – where the Lady Vols boast an 11-3 record – she has scored 14.5 points per game.
"We (post players) carry a large load on how the games go," Harrison said earlier in the season. "We have to have a good game and do our part no matter what the guards do just to keep the game steady."
The high percentage looks she has taken are a key reason why UT ranks 21st in the nation in scoring per game (79.5) and 12th in field goal percentage (46.6).
"I haven't seen a player shoot that well of a percentage in a long time," Warlick said. "She is taking good looks for her. It's physical inside. She not only has to be able to make the moves, she has to handle the contact and finish with contact. She is healthy and having a great year for us."
If Harrison can attempt 18 more shots in her final two games of the regular season and complete them at a high percentage, she will be the first Lady Vol since Sheila Frost in the 1988-89 season to shoot more than 57 percent in one season with a minimum of 250 shot attempts.
The Lady Vols leader in the post will be a vital factor as the team nears SEC Tournament play.
Although the team is taking things one game at a time, Warlick said Harrison is intent on making it to her hometown to play in the Final Four along with the rest of her teammates.
"She is one of the keys to us," Warlick added. "As she goes, we go."