« Women’s Basketball 2014-15

Isabelle Harrison

School

Tennessee

Position
Center
Major
Master's - Ag. Leadership, Educ. & Communications

Classroom

Isabelle Harrison has been a member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll the past two seasons and was named to the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a freshman in 2011-12. She also wears a patch on her uniform identifying her as a Vol Scholar, an honor accorded by the University of Tennessee’s Thornton Athletics Student Life Center for accomplishments in the classroom.

Character

Harrison comes from a tight-knit family of 12 children and is a very kindhearted and warm young lady. She is one of three seniors on this year’s team, but during the summer she stepped into a more visible leadership role and truly embraced that responsibility. With three freshmen and a new transfer on the team, she has been there to offer guidance and support during the time of transition for those young ladies. She also has emerged as a more vocal leader on the court, constantly encouraging her teammates and setting an example with her perseverance and work ethic. The coaches immediately noticed her efforts to be a leader during the off-season and have counted on her to set the tone for this year’s team through her words and actions. The fact that she is the team’s top returning player only enhances the trust her teammates have in her advice and decision-making.

Community

Harrison has been very active in the community and away from Knoxville in a variety of causes. She has been a four-year participant in Hoops For Hope, a basketball event for children with Down syndrome in the Knoxville area. She has actively participated in multiple home-building projects with Habitat for Humanity in the Knoxville community. Harrison has visited Shannondale Nursing Home during the holidays to deliver gifts and sing songs with her teammates, much to the delight of residents. She is an annual participant in VOLoween, an event that brings area children to campus to celebrate Halloween with UT student-athletes. Harrison visited and played games with patients in the Ryan Seacrest Studio at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as part of the 2014 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament outreach to the area. She also spoke to a women’s team from Senegal and encouraged them to work hard, play the game they love with passion and be strong leaders.

Competition

Harrison is one of the top returning players in the Southeastern Conference and an All-America candidate as she enters her senior season. She had a break-out junior season that earned her All-SEC First-Team accolades as well as Third-Team All-America recognition from Full Court and honorable mention status from the Associated Press and the WBCA. She shot 57.7% from the field in 2013-14 and averaged 9.3 rebounds and 13.6 points to rank first, second and 18th, respectively, in the SEC in those categories. She also led the SEC and set a Tennessee junior record with 18 double-doubles. That mark is second-all-time at UT behind Candace Parker’s 21. From Dec. 14, 2014, to Jan. 9, 2014, Harrison posted seven-straight games with double-doubles, setting a Lady Vol program record for consecutive double-doubles. She scored in double figures in 31 of 35 contests, including 20 games in a row from Nov. 29 to Feb. 20. Harrison earned SEC Tournament MVP honors after leading UT to its 17th postseason league title, averaging 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the tourney. She shot 59.1 percent from the field in three SEC Tourney games.