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Vicki Baugh On the Mend

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in ladyvols, tennessee, vicki baugh

 

NO SUMMER VACATION FOR LADYVOLS (GOVOLSXTRA.COM)

Since her summer calendar is open, Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams plans to fill it with school and basketball.
“I have nothing else to do,” said the 5-foot-11 freshman guard, who said that she will attend both summer school sessions. “Daddy’s leaving. Mamma’s working.”
Williams’ father, Vincent, is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and begins a tour of duty in Iraq in August.
“I’m used to him leaving; my brother, on the other hand, I don’t think he is,” said Williams, referring to her younger sibling, Keynante. “Since I was in like the sixth grade, he’s always been gone and in high school he was gone for at least a year. So I’m used to it.
“I just wish I was closer to home kind of, so to help my mom out. She gets a lot of stress.”
Regarding her game, everything from improving her conditioning to becoming more proficient with her right hand (her off hand) are on Williams’ agenda. Assistant coach Dean Lockwood wants her to sharpen her offensive moves.
“Being able to do things off one or two explosive dribbles,” he said.
Williams is young enough to still be getting plenty of advice from her teammates. Yet she’s experienced enough to offer her own to next season’s freshmen.
“Get rid of your stubborn ways and buy into the program as soon as possible,” she said. “If not, your life is going to be crappy.”
Nothing’s Free: One of center Kelley Cain’s summer projects figures to be upgrading her 47.1 percent free-throwing shooting.
Lockwood believes it’s a matter of Cain doing countless repetition with a consistent routine.
“Good reps with a system she trusts,” he said. “Get her mind to relax.”
UT coach a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } Pat Summitt also recommended that Cain avoid early foul trouble in games next season or risk losing her starting spot.
“We can’t do that next year,” Summitt said. “No. Not happening.”
Earn Your Minutes: With Vicki Baugh and Faith Dupree on schedule to return next season, there will be more post players vying for playing time. Fellow post Alyssia Brewer thinks those minutes will turn out to be time well spent.
“There were a couple of games this year when one of us really wasn’t doing anything, but we really couldn’t change that because we only had three posts,” she said. “So either you were going to get something or you weren’t.
“Next year, if somebody is not producing, you can put somebody else in and see if they’re going to produce. I think it’s going to be great, and I think it’s going to be a challenge for the posts.”
More On Brewer: Brewer intends to work on a mid-range shooting during the offseason. Summitt doesn’t want her to forget about conditioning.
“I think she’s got to get in better shape,” Summitt said. “I think being a little bit lighter on her feet would make a big difference.”

 

Glory Johnson: It’s Your Time (GoVolsXtra)

Tennessee's Glory Johnson shoots over Kentucky's Amber Smith.

Tennessee’s Glory Johnson shoots over Kentucky’s Amber Smith.


Tennessee’s Glory Johnson saw her scoring and rebounding numbers last season mirror the numbers of her freshman season.
Glory Johnson wasn’t offering powdery beaches or shimmering waters.
The summer getaway the Tennessee women’s a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } basketball player presented to her friends involved a gym and a chance to help her upgrade her game.
Selling a trip to the Yukon Territory might be easier. Or so Johnson feared. But her buddies are coming anyway, some from out of town to stay with her.
“I thought it was going to be a lot harder,” she said. “All you have to do is ask. And, for the most part, real, true friends, they’ll do whatever you ask them to do.”
And Johnson really, truly needs their help. The former Webb School star and high school All-American is entering the offseason before her junior year. The 6-foot-3 forward essentially has reached halftime of her collegiate career. And just like a coaching staff huddling outside a locker room between halves, she’s gathering a summer support crew to make some necessary adjustments.
Johnson began last season by scoring in double figures in 10 of the first 12 games. She looked like an All-American in scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds at Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 25. As late as Jan. 28 she was averaging nearly 13 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor. Yet she finished with scoring and rebounding averages (10.1, 7.7) that virtually mirrored her freshman season (10.2, 7.1). And her accuracy sank to 45.8 percent. In the process, she lost her starting spot.
“One of the things Glory Johnson has to decide,” Lady Vols assistant coach Dean Lockwood said, “she’s got to decide how serious she’s going to be about really, really taking her skill set down the road farther.”
Johnson’s fellow juniors-to-be face the same decision. Their ranks will grow to seven next season with forward Vicki Baugh returning with two seasons of eligibility. She was redshirted last season while recovering from multiple knee surgeries.
The juniors’ progression from a rocky 22-11 first season was quantified by their part in 32 victories as well as SEC regular-season and tournament championships. A 77-62 upset loss to Baylor in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, though, affirmed that a steeper price must be paid.
Lockwood equated the investment to one of life’s essentials.
“Do you want to be in a Final Four and have a chance to play for a championship almost as bad as you want to take your next breath?” he asked. “That’s how serious it has to be.”
Lockwood believes that the growth of the women’s game has raised the offseason stakes. He conceived a vivid image of a player pulling out a hammer and chisel, as if she was sculpting her skills from marble. He said that a plan must be formulated and executed with “an unbelievable passionate purpose.”
“To do that, you can’t be casual,” he said. “You can’t say ho-hum. I’ll shoot 30 minutes a day and expect that to happen anymore.”
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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in GLORY JOHNSON, ladyvols, tennessee

 

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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in mrfloz, NBA, NBA PLAYOFFS 2010, SILO

 

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