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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

 

Lady Vols Road To Redemption Continues with SEC Tournament Win over Kentucky

DULUTH, Ga. — Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat Kentucky (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) 70-62 on Sunday to win the SEC tournament and possibly wrap up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Pat Summitt was so pleased she brought down the house with a postgame song.
Tennessee completed its first sweep of the Southeastern Conference’s regular-season and tournament championships in 10 years. In each case, the decisive win came against Kentucky, which improved from a .500 finish a year ago to play in its first tournament final in 28 years.
Tennessee (30-2) earned its 14th straight win to give Summitt her 19th 30-win season.
Kentucky (25-7) played tough in its first championship game appearance since winning its only title in 1982. The Wildcats, led by Victoria Dunlap’s 21 points, played even with the Lady Vols until midway through the second half.
Tennessee players celebrated at midcourt before starting to cut down the nets. Summitt then stole the microphone — and the show — when she started singing “Rocky Top.”
“You are the best fans! We love you!” Summitt said after her song.
Tennessee fans dominated the Gwinnett Arena crowd of 5,854. The orange-clad fans were especially loud when the Lady Vols took control with an 11-3 run for a 61-53 lead following a 50-50 tie.
Tennessee set a school record with 15 blocks when it clinched the SEC regular-season title with its 81-65 win over Kentucky on Feb. 25. The Wildcats showed no sign of intimidation in the rematch, even after Tennessee took an early 19-9 lead.
Kentucky answered to take its first lead with 5 minutes remaining in the half.
A layup by A’dia Mathies cut the Tennessee lead to 23-22. Amber Smith then stole the ball, drove toward the basket and made a behind-the-back pass to Dunlap, who was fouled as she scored. Dunlap’s free throw gave Kentucky a 25-23 lead.
Freshman Kamiko Williams, who didn’t score in Tennessee’s first two tournament games, answered Dunlap’s three-point play with four straight baskets, helping the Lady Vols lead 35-29 at halftime.
Tennessee center Kelley Cain picked up two quick fouls and played only three minutes in the first half. The Lady Vols’ depth showed as they held a 31-14 advantage in rebounds even playing most of the half without the 6-foot-6 Cain.
Cain had 11 points, all in the second half.
Kentucky opened the second half with an 13-3 run for a 42-38 lead. Stricklen’s three-point play and 3-point shot helped Tennessee pull even at 46-46.
Following the last tie at 50-all, Tennessee took the lead for good with an 11-3 run, which included another 3-pointer from Stricklen.
Tennessee’s Alyssia Brewer, who had eight points, was named tournament MVP.

Great job by my LadyVols! The road 2 redemption continues…Pat Summitt once again is genius for adding Alicia Manning to this starting line up, and I give much props to Alicia for understanding her role on this team, and doing it beyond anything, we could have imagined. And for her relentlessness on the offensive boards..she get’s the fans MVP. And understand I noticed the games Alyssia Brewer has been having, but Manning just doing it through hustle plays, and on both ends of the floor.

Game ball goes to the freshman Kamiko Williams…when she entered the game, the momentum was turned around back into the Lady Vols favor. Kamiko played solid on both ends of the floor, and proved that when she is focused, Shekinna Stricklen is free to be that go to player we need. Her game just becomes so much easier.

Now it will be interesting to see, if the committee will give us our WELL-EARNED #1 seed in the NCAA tournament?…San Antonio the road to redemption leads to you. Go LadyVols!!

 

LadyVols Defeat Alabama 74-67 (Pat Summitt Not Happy)

At least it wasn’t a lost night.
The Lady Vols erased any lingering possibility of the unthinkable against the SEC’s last-place team with a scoring spurt inside the final 10 minutes. It provided sufficient breathing room for a 74-67 women’s a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } basketball victory before a Pink Zone crowd of 3,900 at Coleman Coliseum.
The outcome didn’t provide much in the way of solace, however.
“It’s an opportunity for our basketball team to take a look at who we are,’’ UT coach a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } Pat Summitt said. “… We disrespected the game of basketball tonight.”
Alyssia Brewer, who started in place of Kelley Cain, scored a team-high 20 points for No. 5 Tennessee (24-2, 12-1 SEC). She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Angie Bjorklund had 13
Freshman guard Celiscia Farmer made her first career start and scored a career-high 21 for Alabama (10-16, 2-11).
The Crimson Tide committed 24 turnovers, which resulted in a corresponding 27-14 Tennessee advantage in points off turnovers. That helped cover for the Lady Vols being outrebounded 45-33 and shooting 11 for 24 from the free throw line.
The Crimson Tide became just the second team to outrebound Tennessee this season (the other was No. 2 Stanford) and shot 45.9 percent from the floor, a season best by a UT opponent.
“We had a chance, if we had made some shots, to pull off something big,’’ Alabama coach Wendell Hudson said.
Tennessee came to Tuscaloosa without Cain, who stayed in Knoxville to attend classes. Alabama, on the other hand, began without its usual starting five, sending reserves Alyson Butler, Carmen McCoy, Katie Hancock, Tamara Williams and Farmer out for the opening tip.
“We were going to play who will play hard,’’ Hudson said. “That’s the group that was playing hardest in practice.”
Alabama’s new lineup played UT to standstill until the usual starters checked in with 14:14 left in the first half, establishing the rebounding dominance and shooting accuracy.
Tennessee, meanwhile, wasn’t establishing much of anything.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2010 in alabama, ladyvols, pat summitt, tennessee, UT

 

PAT SUMMITT BOOTS KAMIKO WILLIAMS FROM PRACTICE

a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } Pat Summitt hadn’t tossed a Tennessee women’s a.inline_topic:hover { background-color: #EAEAEA; } basketball player from practice in nearly three years.
That changed Monday.
The Lady Vols coach sent freshman Kamiko Williams to the locker room after she exhibited low energy during a workout at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“Hopefully, she’ll learn,” Summitt said. “Again, she’s the most athletic guard on our team.”
The last Lady Vol to be banished was Dominique Redding, who was tossed from a practice leading up to the Women’s Final Four in 2007. Earlier that season, Summitt sent the entire team packing.
After scoring 17 points off the bench in a 60-55 comeback victory at South Carolina on Jan. 31., Williams was promoted to starting point guard. She struggled in her new role against Arkansas on Feb. 4 and versus Vanderbilt on Feb. 8. She went back to a reserve role but wasn’t appreciably better at Ole Miss last Thursday or against Florida on Sunday, where she had two points and two rebounds while playing 11 minutes.
Summitt said she wasn’t sure whether starting Williams was too much too soon for her.
“I don’t know how she thinks,” Summitt said. “If somebody told me ‘Hey, you can be my starting point guard’ I’d be studying my notes, I’d be looking at all our sets.”
Summitt said Williams had watched tape of her recent play with acting assistant Stephanie Glance and acknowledged she wasn’t playing hard enough. Williams also did extra shooting before Monday’s practice.
“Then she comes out and there’s no change,” Summitt said. “Today might have been the lowest energy of all through the whole year. And so I kicked her out.”
Williams, who was visibly upset when leaving the court, was composed when she returned afterward to run at Pratt Pavilion.
“She’s just casual and we can’t be,” Summitt said. “Because, I mean, that’s why I went off at halftime (Sunday). I am committed to holding this team to the highest standard in every practice and everything we do.”
The team is off today. Summitt said Williams’ playing status for Thursday’s game at Alabama will hinge on her effort in Wednesday’s practice.
“Right now I’m just going to wait and see what she does when she gets on the practice floor,” Summitt said.

 
 
 
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