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Lady Vol Basketball Announces 22 Television Dates
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Sept. 29, 2009
By Debby Jennings, Assoc. AD for Media Relations University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball has added 14 more television dates to its 2009-10 schedule to bring the current number of TV games to 22.
Eight contests had previously been slated for national television including: Nov. 15 Baylor (ESPN2), Nov. 17 vs. Texas Tech (ESPNU), Dec. 6 Texas (ESPN2), Dec. 13 vs. Rutgers (ESPNU), Dec. 19 at Stanford (FSN), Jan. 3 Oklahoma (ESPN2), Feb. 8 at Vanderbilt (ESPN2) and Feb. 22 LSU (ESPN2).
On Tues., Sept. 29, the Southeastern Conference announced the comprehensive regular season television package for women’s basketball and the Lady Vols picked up the additional dates. They include: Jan. 7 South Carolina (FSN), Jan. 10 at Mississippi St. (SEC Network), Jan. 14 at Florida (CSS), Jan. 17 Vanderbilt (ESPNU), Jan. 21 at Georgia (FSN), Jan. 24 at LSU (ESPNU), Jan. 28 Auburn (CSS), Jan. 31 at South Carolina (SEC Network), Feb. 4 Arkansas (FSN), Feb. 11 at Mississippi (CSS), Feb. 14 Florida (SEC Network), Feb. 18 at Alabama (CSS), Feb. 25 Kentucky (FSN) and Feb. 28 Mississippi (ESPNU).
The expanded coverage from the SEC package makes it possible for Lady Vol fans to watch every conference game in the coming season.
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Check out this star studded roster on picture day! And Amber Gray looks great! God is so good.
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!
LadyVolNation stand up! Now introducing #40 Shekinna Stricklen aka “The Alexis Hornbuckle Clone” aka “double S-Strictly Sickly” yes I got game! Nation we got another “gem” right here. When last season first started, I just kept praying for Shekinna to be able to adjust to the role that Pat wanted her to play…or should I say roles. I must admit, the first few games I was nervous when she had to run the point, because she looked so much more at ease when she did not have to be the lead guard. Like when Pat had her and Brianna in the game, I could see her relax more and just play her game. But my how things change. As the season wore on, Shekinna continued to blow my mind game after game. She became comfortable with the offense and she was making it “rain” with that jumper.
When the LadyVols played Stanford, we got to see Shekinna display an array of skills on the court. She finished the game with 25pts/7rbs/4ast/1blk…I wondered who would take it upon themselves to become the PASSIONATE leader on the court, and she has definitely assumed this role, wholeheartedly. That is not to say that there are not others on the team who do the same, but when I watch Shekinna play, she wears her basketball heart on her sleeve. I love that about her, and in that way she reminds me of Alexis Hornbuckle. She is a great rebounding guard as well, but another thing she does well is “stop and pop”. Shekinna drives the ball down the lane, and puts on the brakes, and takes that 12 footer in the paint…nothing but net! Just a thing of beauty. She shoots the 3 ball at about 40% clip…and right before she lets go of the ball I yell, “Double S baby…Strictly Sickly”, cause the heads of the defense begins to shake!lol
Now let me define Passion-any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. When Shekinna Stricklen chose Tennessee, right then I believed she embodied all that it means to don the orange. So for every obstacle she came against (having to play point guard, become a leader to this great group of women) etc..she took it on, knowing and believing that she is playing for the best, with the best, and she can’t give anything less. So every time you see her scream out, or hit the deck going after a loose ball, show love to her teammates, or is taking instruction on the sideline from Pat…though her voice is soft, she will unleash the PASSION!
LadyVolNation stand up. Introducing #34 6’4 Post Faith Dupree. What is it about the Webb School? It just keep on producing ballers. We were able to get Glory Johnson last year, and this year we get Faith. What I like about this addition, no matter who comes off the bench this season for the post, they are all 6’0 and up. Faith has a nice jumper from 12-15 ft in, and that alone makes her valuable in Pat’s offense.
I was able to see a couple of homemade videos of Faith that she has on facebook, and she appears to have “funny bone”, and her smile is infectious. Now because I don’t have a lot of information about Faith, let me just say that any person that “may” have not been on the radar before, took the time to hone her skills and make an impression on the #1 institution of basketball learning in the country.
Faith has “soft” hands, so Stricklen, and Bass will have a field day finding her down low. With that 6’4 frame she will be able to carve out a lot of space under the basket-imagine when she is on the court with Kelly Cain at the same time…ooooh weeee! I love it! Now because this team is SOOOO deep, Faith will have to work hard to crack playing time, but I believe a bench mob of her, Brewer, Williams, Spani and Bass would just run circles around any of our opponents. Faith Dupree is just another reason I am so ready for the season to start.
Faith don’t be afraid, have “faith” that you belong here, and play the game. You have officially been painted ORANGE, cause your dream has come true.
Update: Here is what Pat Summit had to say about Faith and Glory Johnson teaming back up together…and guess what Faith shoots the “deep” 3 ball…oh I love this team.
“I think certainly there’s going to be times when they’re going to be on the floor together, and they’ve got awareness when they’re playing together. I’ve watched them play a lot. To have them both now, and Glory be able to play in the high-low game and Faith, she shoots the 3-ball deep. I could see those two playing together and being a good combo.” (via utladyvols.com)
LadyVolNation here is the next introduction for our 2009-2010 Lady Volunteers. #33 Alyssia Brewer is absolutely the “Swagger” of this team. What do I mean by swagger? She is that one player that can change the entire course of a game. Now let me say that Alyssia and I have been going back and forth about who is the best (right now) Kobe or Lebron? Of course she is a Lebron James fan and she is the ultimate “trash talker!” I won’t go into the whole debate, but she knows that all I have to say is, Kobe got four!lol Now back to our regularly scheduled program…lol. Honestly though being able to go back and forth with her like that showed me her competitive nature, and her passion for this game. LVN she is that “enigma” on our team. 6’3 post player with point guard skills? Sounds familiar? It should..now I’m not saying she good as Candace Parker, but I’m just saying. I hate to even put that comparison out there, but you have to see Alyssia run the break, it doesn’t make me afraid when I see her coming down the lane on the break handling the ball, because she has those skills. Actually I found out that she played point guard up until 8th grade, where she had a growth spurt and was taught how to play in the post. This team is just so talented that we only get to see a limited amount of what she can do on the court. Matter of fact she truly reminds me of the Lakers Lamar Odom, left-handed, can shoot the short jumper (though I wish she would take the elbow jumper from the freethrow line more), and can lead the break. If she adds the 3point shot to her game, get the bow, cause it’s a wrap!
Alyssia is also a great passer, as well as rebounder. In the game against Auburn at the SEC tournament, Alyssia had 11pts/15rbs and the funny part is she could have had more. This was the game where Kelly Cain went down early. Pat inserted Brewer, and she went to work. Auburn had no answer for Lyssi! Now ya’ll know I love Pat and Kelly, but I was having a fit when they showed Pat at halftime asking Kelly if she was ready to go, she said yes, and Pat said you are starting. She sat Lyssi down, and we all know the rest of that story. I’m a firm believer that if a player has it going, work it til the defense stops it. We also watched Lyssi toss behind the back passes, and what about that pass to Angie B in the great comeback against Rutgers. The only thing I would hope to see more out of Lyssi is control in the open court (pull up and take the jumper)…and THE SWAGGER! Take your opponent totally out of their games…I love watching Lamar, & Candace give the smirks after a nice play, or Bobbitt when she would talk trash to the opposing guard to a point that they make multiple mistakes the next few plays. I been trying to see who that person was or could be on this team, and I choose the Lefty…call her Lyssi aka Miss So Much Swag!