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BATON ROUGE, La. — No. 3 Tennessee’s offense struggled in its 55-43 victory over LSU (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) on Sunday night, but coach Pat Summitt was still pleased — with a tough zone defense.
“I thought our coverage out of the zone was really good,” Summitt said. “We extended it. We were aggressive, we got after it. Obviously we wanted to make sure we were not just giving them good open looks or a lot of chances to get in the paint.”
The Lady Volunteers, who scored about 20 points below their average, held LSU to 26 percent shooting from the field.
Alyssia Brewer made the most of her third Southeastern Conference start, scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds for Tennessee. Kelly Cain added 11 points and Angie Bjorklund had 10 for the Lady Vols (17-2, 5-1).
Allison Hightower led LSU (14-4, 3-3) with 17 points and LaSondra Barrett had 12. Jasmine Nelson had 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
LSU scored only 5 points in the first three minutes of the game.
“I think during those plays we had a lot of breakdowns,” said Hightower. “We fouled the shooter and put them on the line. They got a few easy looks in the post. I guess we had a lot of breakdowns at key moments in the game — blocking out and rebounding.”
Tennessee, playing its second straight road game, led by as much as seven in the first half and took a 24-22 lead at the break.
LSU took its only lead of the game with 12:18 remaining in the second half, going up 35-32 before the Vols answered with an 18-2 run to put the Lady Tigers away.
The much bigger Lady Vols gave LSU problems under the basket, holding the Tigers to only 12 points in the paint. Tennessee outrebounded LSU 39-32.
LSU retired former player Seimone Augustus’ jersey before the game. Augustus, a two-time national player of the year, led the Tigers to their first Final Four as a sophomore and ranks in LSU’s top 10 in every major category. Augustus is the first female athlete at LSU to have her jersey retired. It now hangs beside those of Pete Maravich, Shaquille O’Neal, and Bob Petit.
The rivalry game, normally a big draw, played second fiddle to the New Orleans Saints taking on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, which kicked off at the Superdome shortly after the tip in Baton Rouge.
Update: The New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in overtime. Also the Lady Vols played great defense in this game. I like the way Kamiko Williams played as well in the first half, but what I didn’t like is the look of “pain” on Glory Johnson face after she would go up for a rebound. Glory was over on the bench getting her backed worked on by trainer Jenny Moshak. LadyVolsNation make sure you are praying for Glory, we can’t afford to lose another post player, specifically Glory “I eat rebounds” Johnson.
LadyVolnation stand up!!! I know I haven’t given you guys anything to read about our Ladyvols, but I was just waiting to get to this game, now here we are. I want to start by getting you guys to really look at the picture..you see the look on “The Enforcer’s” face? Glory Johnson is focused guys, and this bodes well for our LadyVols team.
Tonight’s opponent was the Texas Longhorns, who defeated our lady vols 73-59, and I just remember the looks on the longhorns faces…ARROGANCE…NO PITY…looking like beating them was nothing. Kat Nash in particular was quoted as saying “we knew we could win, if we played our hardest, we would win!” Well tonight that look from “The Enforcer” was pin pointed on Kat Nash..and the results were different. Kat Nash scored 5 points. The lock down defense played by Glory was just exceptional.
Angie Bjorklund has really begun to crank it up against the smaller defenders. Remember that has been my only “knock” against Angie’s game..she wouldn’t pull up against the smaller defenders and take her shot. Well in the past two games she has been doing just that, and the results are great for the team. She had 15pts tonight. And I don’t know what else to say about “double s” Shekinna Strickly Sickly..is going to be the first one to get a triple double in a Lady Vols uniform. She definitely has played to a first team caliber. I am most impressed with her double digit rebounding…now if we can get those assists up, she will be unstoppable, which makes our team a “nightmare” for the opponent.
All I’m saying is if we can keep our intensity up..the road to redemption will give us a date with the Uconn Huskies, and the nation what it’s been waiting for since 2006.
This time, Alyssia Brewer delivered with Kelley Cain sidelined by another injury.
Brewer scored a career-high 23 points, Glory Johnson had 16 points and 12 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee beat George Washington 93-53 on Tuesday night.
Cain missed much of the Lady Volunteers’ loss to Ball State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last season after she hurt her knee. Brewer struggled in that one as Tennessee slipped to its worst postseason finish in history.
Cain suffered a concussion Saturday against UCLA, leaving the Lady Vols without their starting center against the Colonials. But Brewer finished with a strong effort, helping Tennessee (6-0) dominate inside.
“Last year it was the same scenario against Ball State, and I didn’t step up like I needed to,” Brewer said. “It’s all in my hands if I carry it over or not. I plan on doing that, but I need to stay consistent.”
Brewer got an earful from coach Pat Summitt regularly during practice last season as Tennessee struggled and was pushed hard during the team’s physical offseason conditioning program.
“I think she needed this game,” Johnson said. “Just watching her struggle in practice — sometimes she’ll do good things in practice, but she’ll dwell on the negatives.”
Johnson had a double-double by halftime and rested for much of the second half when Brewer took over. Shekinna Stricklen had 17 points.
“If we can rely on that, along with Kelley and Glory and Taber [Spani] doing some good things in the mix, I feel better about our post game,” Summitt said.
Tennessee led 54-24 at the break and finished with 54 points in the paint.
Kay-Kay Allums led George Washington (2-4) with 16 points. Tiana Myers and Megan Nipe both had 11.
The Colonials dropped to 0-10 against Tennessee, but Allums thought it was a good experience for her team.
“I love playing against the best. To be the best, you’ve got to beat them,” she said. Like Tennessee, George Washington has been forced to deal with injuries early in the season. The Colonials lost starting point guard Danni Jackson on Friday when she broke her left leg in a 78-47 loss to Michigan State.
“They lose a player, they replace her with another high school All-American,” coach Mike Bozeman said. “I’m proud of the class that my young group came in here and played with.”
Tennessee officially added a women’s basketball backcourt for next season as point guard Lauren Avant and off guard Meighan Simmons signed letters of intent Thursday with the Lady Vols.
Avant, a two-time Division II-A Miss Basketball honoree from Memphis Lausanne Collegiate School, said via text message that she signed at school. The 5-foot-9 Avant committed to the Lady Vols as a ninth grader.
Simmons, from Steele High in Cibolo, Texas, signed at school along with several other athletes. She was a late addition to UT’s class. A scholarship became available when guard Cait McMahan decided to stop playing because of persistent knee problems.
“This is a great opportunity,’’ Simmons said. “I’m so excited. I can’t wait to go to college.”
The 5-9 Simmons averaged 25 points per game last season in helping Steele reach the Class 4A state semifinals for the second consecutive season. She sounded eager to play for UT coach Pat Summitt.
“She’s so straightforward,’’ Simmons said. “And she know what she wants. I’m going to give her what she wants, whether she likes it or not.”
Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Nov. 5, 2009
Lady Vols Media Relations
Six players reached double figures and No. 8 Tennessee defeated Carson-Newman 124-34 in an exhibition game Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Sophomore Glory Johnson led the way with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Angie Bjorklund scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting before making her exit midway through the second half.
At one point after halftime, Bjorklund had scored more points than Carson-Newman.
Freshman guard Taber Spani started and scored 17 points in her first game as a Lady Vol. Alicia Manning added 18 points, and Kelley Cain had 16 points. Shekinna Stricklen chipped in 12 points, 10 of which came in the first half.
No other freshmen played until forward Kamiko Williams, who scored two points on 1-of-2 shooting, entered with about 6:21 remaining in the game. Faith Dupree did not play.
For the game, Tennessee hit 62 percent of its shots from the field, including a 45-percent clip from beyond the 3-point line. Bjorklund and Spani both hit a team-high three 3-pointers.
The Lady Vols opened the game on a 16-3 run and cruised to a 64-18 lead at halftime, thanks in large part to 18 first-half turnovers by Carson-Newman.
Tennessee scored 22 points off turnovers in the opening half and used their considerable size advantage inside to outscore the Lady Eagles 34-8 inside over the same span.
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The Lady Vols defeated Carson-Newman 135-55 in an exhibition game last year and have now scored more than 100 points in five of their last six exhibition games against the Division II school. Tennessee returns to the court Monday for its final exhibition game against Delta State at 7 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols open the regular season at home against No. 7 Baylor on Nov. 15 as part of the State Farm Classic.
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“CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE”
The 2009-10 University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team realizes that its success in the coming season depends entirely on how it collectively empowers its “Circle of Influence.”
Thirteen players are shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to start the task at hand. Central to their success and at the core of their circle they realize the following: the Tennessee Lady Vol basketball program has the richest tradition of any team in the nation. That’s a fact. And the players who choose to pull on the orange and white uniform to represent Tennessee know better than most of the privilege and, sometimes burden, it is to be with the nation’s elite program. There are the expectations of adding to the eight national championships or the 27 (combined) Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament titles. Players anticipate their opportunity to excel and join the elite group of 100 percent graduated Lady Vols, or the athletically acclaimed 19 State Farm/Kodak All-America Tennessee players named to 33 different teams, or aspire to add their name among the 12 Olympians or the 58 players who have been crowned as Lady Vol NCAA Basketball Champions.
“Our circle of influence this season will impact a team that appears to be invested, unselfish and committed to unity, togetherness and team work. Because of this, I think we will have an exciting year,” said UT coach Pat Summitt, entering her 36th season at the helm of the Lady Vols and the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach, starting the campaign with a 1,005-193 overall record.
There is a price to pay to maintain the program’s lofty status, and each and every player is expected to contribute in her own individual way. It’s not easy being everybody’s “BIG” game and walking around with a larger than life invisible bulls-eye on the back of your jersey or enduring the comparisons to other Lady Vol teams and the expectations of a trip to the Final Four every year.
“I can see a big difference with this team over last year,” said Summitt. “There’s a lot I like about this team. We are much more mature, serious and focused. I think we have learned valuable lessons, and we have invested at a different level as far as our training.”
Perhaps better than any other team in the history of Lady Vol basketball, the 2009-10 squad fully understands the expectations of the program. Last year’s roller coaster 22-11 season may be in the rear view mirror for the 10 returning players and coaching staff, but it will never be out of sight.
“I try to be realistic now,” Summitt said of the 2008-09 team. “It was the youngest group we ever had, and while I think all of our players wanted to come in and hold the tradition high, they were not ready and there was really no way to fast-forward it. As much as we wanted them to commit to our offensive and defensive schemes, be committed to each other and to board play and all that goes into having a great team, they were young and they just weren’t ready to handle it.
“They were the youngest team on the biggest stage and at times they were overwhelmed and didn’t quite understand what it took to be successful.”
Despite the historical negatives – tying the most losses in school history with 11, losing for the first-time ever in an NCAA Tournament First Round game, dropping a program-high five SEC regular season games and turning in the lowest field goal shooting average in UT history at .413 – the 2008-09 team tempered the negatives by helping to deliver Coach Pat Summitt’s historical 1000th career NCAA win.
Regardless of the historical highs or lows, in the coming season the returning players understand the positive impact that can be achieved within their circle of influence as they bring three talented rookies into the fold.
“I think this team understands the importance of gaining knowledge and sharing it and getting each other’s back on every play like veteran teams do instinctively,” Summitt said.
The Lady Vols had one senior last year (6’3″ post Alex Fuller, 7.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and enter this season, for the first time ever, with no one in the senior class. Besides losing Fuller to graduation, Tennessee also lost 5’4″ junior point guard Cait McMahan (4.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg), who decided to hang-up her career after dealing with chronic knee pain.
“I’m not concerned with not having a senior class. Focusing on what you don’t have is disempowering,” said Summitt.
“I see leadership across the board in our freshmen, sophomores and juniors this season. Leaders have a way of rising to the top, and several players already have made their voices heard.”
Three of those voices belong to the junior class, consisting of shooting guards Angie Bjorklund and Sydney Smallbone and post player Vicki Baugh. As rookies, they garnered invaluable experience playing on the 2008 NCAA Championship team. As sophomores, they tasted the bitter disappointment and experienced the humiliation of a first round loss in the NCAA Tournament.
“This team, especially our junior class, wants to do things the right way,” emphasized the head coach. “They are invested in our system both offensively and defensively and they are paying attention to detail to get it right.”
At 6’0″, Bjorklund (12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg) can play at both guard or forward and returns as Tennessee’s most prolific three-point scoring threat, connecting on 40.8 percent of her shots last season (62 of 152). Overall, she was the team’s second-leading scorer as a sophomore and led the team in scoring eight times, including dropping in a career-high 29 points against Old Dominion.
For all of her scoring ability, the team would benefit if she scored more and passed less. “Angie is a key to our perimeter game,” Summitt explained. “A lot of times she tries to be a great teammate and distribute the ball. First and foremost, I want her hunting for shots, opening up our inside game and not being the assist leader.
“Because of her ability to knock down threes, she’s also playing well off the dribble when she ducks and darts. This season Angie appears to be more confident in helping us to establish a strong offensive attack.” read more
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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