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The Pride of the LadyVols on the LINE vs Baylor

Hello ladyvolnation! Well the two exhibition game are over and done with..defeating Carson Newman by 90, and then defeating Delta State by 33. We all watched how potent our offense can be, when Angie Bjorklund is hitting shots. She was 9-14 for 21pts, and the freshman phenom, Taber Spani…oooh the girl has a shot that is just beautiful, but what I love most is her “nose” for the ball. She has managed to grab 19 rebounds in her first two games as a Lady Vol, with 14 of those being offensive boards. With those two hitting on the perimeter, it opened up the inside game, and we watched Kelly Cain and Glory Johnson go to work against Carson Newman. However against Delta St. Glory was hampered by foul trouble, and at times what looked like fatigue. Without Vicki Baugh on the floor, Glory has to be a presence, no excuse me, Glory must be the ENFORCER. Don’t forget, she was ranked #2 in the country when she came in last season. She is very capable of wreaking havoc on the boards, and scoring in the post.

That brings me to the reason I spoke of “pride” of our LadyVols…last year this team manage to “fail” at almost everything possible. Yeah it was extremely hard for me to type that sentence, but unfortunately it’s true. Last season, teams really believed they could come into the Summit and beat them..and that happened way too much then, but this can be an embarrassment on a whole other level. The last dunks to come in womens basketball all belong to LadyVols, except for the one dunk Sylvia Fowles got in her last season at LSU. Michelle Snow, and Candace Parker have both dunked in games on other opponents floor, most notable Parker in Connecticut. No opponent has dunked on a LadyVol team…EVER! We know Brittney Griner is “itching” to be the first to ever do that…but Kelly Cain has a different thought towards that…NOT IN OUR HOUSE! Kelly is playing great, but most importantly, she looks healthy. She stands at 6’6 and with Griner at 6’8, that battle in the post is going to be something. No matter what, and at ALL cost..there will not be a dunk by Brittney Griner at the expense of the “Big Orange” cause even if we win the game…sportscenter will show that dunk over and over. So memo to all of our post players…you have 5 fouls, use them.

The lineup that worked well together: Cain,Stricklen,Bjorklund,Spani, and Manning. Johnson seemed to flourish coming off the bench. Yet, no matter what 5 players start on Sunday, we should have our way with Baylor. Hopefully our ladys will strap that Orange on…and seek REDEMPTION. As far Cain and Griner…Cain when asked about the game Sunday said; “I’m ready for EVERY GAME”…I’m ready! Brittney get your weight up…your height is superior, but you don’t weigh enough.

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Posted by on November 11, 2009 in baugh, baylor, Bjorklund, cain, glory, johnson, Stricklen

 

Kelly Cain Optimistic About Progress (via GoVolsXtra.com)

Kelley Cain hasn’t charged headlong back onto the Pratt Pavilion court.
After two seasons worth of multiple knee surgeries and multiple concussions, the Tennessee women’s basketball center is proceeding through individual workouts at a more practical pace.
“The confidence is coming back day by day,” the 6-foot-6 redshirt sophomore said. “I’m not rushing into anything.”
Cain had surgical screws removed from her right knee in early April. She said that her summer work was confined primarily to “rehab, rehab, rehab, rehab.” She was able to do some cardiovascular work but didn’t start running until the beginning of school.
She reports her knee, on which she had surgery to correct patella subluxation in December of 2007, is doing much better.
“It’s working,” Cain said. “Every now and then I might have pain but it’s not as bad as it used to be.”
As for the latest concussion, it occurred in a non-basketball-related incident a few weeks ago. Nobody has offered any specifics. Cain is back to being fully engaged in the on-court work, which progresses to weekly full-team workouts Thursday.
Until the start of official practice next month, Cain intends to concentrate on her conditioning, not her medical history.
“I’m looking at the positive side of everything,” she said.
Sizing Up Spani: Taber Spani’s career scoring and rebounding totals from high school stack up pretty well nationally.
The UT freshman, who was home-schooled and played for Metro Academy in Olathe, Kan., is the only girls’ player to be ranked in the top 10 for scoring (4,113 points, seventh) and rebounding (1,758, ninth).
Notebook: Texas Tech freshman post player Shauntal Nobles is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon. UT plays Tech on Nov. 17 in San Antonio. … Recruits Lauren Avant and Meighan Simmons are scheduled to visit the weekend of Oct. 2. Avant already is verbally committed to UT … ESPN football analyst Todd Blackledge visited individual workouts Thursday to see Spani. Blackledge played with Spani’s father, Gary, with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs 1983-87.

writer Dan Fleisher

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in cain, govolsxtra, kelly, ladyvols, spani, taber

 

LadyVolNation Introducing UT LadyVol: Kelly Cain (The Anchor)

LadyVolNation stand up! Introducing to you “The Anchor” Kelly Cain, 6’6 of block party! Wow where do I start…how about with a look of disgust at the end of the game versus ballstate! Now I don’t want to bring up “bad experiences” (believe me) but there was a look on Kelly’s face that said it all. She only played 14 minutes in that game, I’m guessing it was her knee, because I don’t remember her having any fouls. Now bear with me, cause I know we don’t want to keep reliving that game…but as the teams lined up to shake hands, one active player was on the bench: Kelly Cain now check out the look on her face.

Now people can interpret things all type of ways, but if I could put a bubble over her head (it would say: What just happened? Then switch to-This will NEVER happen again on my watch)! First off let’s make sure that everyone knows that Kelly nor Vicki were acting like “poor” sports or anything because they were sitting on the bench…it’s just when you are playing for the #1 women basketball school in the history of the NCAA, coming off of back to back championships…we don’t make history like this!

I said that to say this…I watched Kelly score baskets with the greatest of ease when she is on the block. She knows how to use frame to carve out space under the basket, rendering her opponent helpless. With her height all the guards have to do is throw it at the rim, she has very soft hands around the basket. I got a feeling it’s going to be “hack a Cain” this season, cause she will be pinning opponents under the basket and powering up…uhhh who is going to stop her? Oh so Kelly if you reading this free throw practice this offseason cause you will live at the line. Cause they will either foul or get scored on.

One other thing I would like to point out is, I hope she plays “The Anchor” aggressively this season. I truly want guards to be scared to death to come into the paint with Kelly standing right there. Whoever tries it, will have their shot mailed back to their home state. There is nothing worse than seeing your “family” struggling, fighting, and not be able to do anything about it. But guess what Kelly had the screws that were in her knee taken out…and when she steps back onto the court, she will be ready to play her first full season for the LadyVols, and we can have her for 2 more years to wreak havoc on the SEC and the NCAA wearing the Orange baby! Being THE ANCHOR!
Side note: We are praying earnestly that Kelly does not get another concussion. By my count she has suffered at least 3 since being at UT. These have occured at different times during her UT career! Family that PRAYS together STAYS together! LadyVolNation stand up!

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2009 in anchor, ballstate, cain, kelly, ladyvolnation, ladyvols, UT

 
 
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