Injury may be blessing in disguise for Lady Vols player

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- New Lady Vols coach Kellie Harper will have another scoring option for the 2019-20 season.

Washington State graduate transfer Lou Brown had her waiver approved by the NCAA for an Extension of Eligibility to play in the upcoming season.

Brown arrived in Knoxville on September 6 from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Unexpected delays getting her student visa, along with tearing her right ACL during preseason practice on October 17.

"This injury has been tough on me in more ways than one," Brown said. "So waking up to this news just reassured everything that I've put into getting back to being healthy. I came here for a reason, and I'm just so excited to have the opportunity to live that out with my team."

Brown returned to the court Monday for offseason workouts.

"I am very happy to hear this great news for Lou Brown," Lady Vol head coach Kellie Harper said. "To suffer an injury like that is devastating, and I am pleased that she was granted another year of eligibility. We are so excited for her and look forward to seeing what the future holds for Lou."

The 6-foot-3 forward started 71 of 95 career games at Washington State from 2014-18. She averaged 5.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while knocking down 80 three-pointers during her time in Pullman. Brown graduated from WSU in May 2018 with a degree in sport management and is pursuing a master's degree in communications.