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Unbelievable: Tamari Key Say’s Good Bye to Volunteers women’s basketball!

Tamari Key has played her last game for Lady Vols basketball.

The redshirt senior announced on social media Tuesday that she will forgo her final year of eligibility, granted because of the COVID-19 season, and end her college career. Her decision comes a day after Tennessee fired Kellie Harper, whose first season as coach was Key’s freshman year.

The 6-foot-6 center broke the single-season and career blocks records as a junior, when she had 119 blocks. That put her at 277 for her career, surpassing Lady Vols legend Candace Parker’s program record of 275. Key finished her career with 347 blocks, making her one of six players in SEC history to surpass 300 in their career.

“I am so thankful for everything that basketball has blessed me with. It has given me the ability to travel, meet new people and create relationships with you all. I will always cherish those memories,” Key wrote in her post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Thank you for an amazing five years and for all of the unconditional love and support that you have shown me. I have found a forever home and family here. I also would like to thank my teammates, my coaches and support staff who pushed me to be the best version of myself every day.

“With that being said, I will not be pursuing my COVID year, and I am grateful to embark on the next chapter of my life.”

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