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PAT SUMMITT TO START SYDNEY SMALLBONE INSTEAD OF BJORKLUND?

Pat Summitt is reaching to the far end of Tennessee’s bench to make a change in the Lady Vols’ starting lineup for Sunday’s SEC women’s basketball game at LSU.
UT’s coach said Friday that guard Sydney Smallbone will start in place of Angie Bjorklund against the Lady Tigers.
Summitt made the decision after reviewing Bjorklund’s 3-for-11 shooting and six turnovers in Thursday night’s 53-50 loss at Georgia.
Bjorklund watched the same video and wondered whether she was suffering from a case of basketball amnesia.
“I honestly thought I didn’t know how to play basketball there a couple of possessions,” Bjorklund said.
Smallbone hasn’t committed a turnover or missed a shot lately. The 5-foot-10 junior hasn’t played in the last three games. Her last action was nine playing minutes in a 75-48 victory at Mississippi State on Jan. 10. Overall, Smallbone has played in 13 games and averaged 9.6 minutes.
“She’s the only player on this team I haven’t given a chance to,” Summitt said. “You look at how many games she hasn’t gotten in.”
Summitt is sticking with Shekinna Stricklen as the starting point guard. She shot 3-for-11 against Georgia and had seven turnovers. For the past three games, the 6-foot-2 sophomore has nine assists and 19 turnovers.
Summitt wouldn’t commit to an expanded role for backup point guard Briana Bass.
Her follow-up to a decent effort against Vanderbilt last Sunday was being yanked after committing a turnover against Georgia.

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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in Bjorklund, ladyvols, smallbone, Summitt

 

LadyVolNation Introducing UT LadyVol: Sydney Smallbone

LadyVolNation it’s that time again. Meet #20 Sydney Smallbone, a native of Granger, Indiana gives us another 3point bomber from that state (remember Shanna Zolman)?! What we have in this great talent, is the ability and willingness to try her best. Sydney is on a team of players who all can be considered the top at their perspective positions. So unfortunately it’s going to take for her to do one of two things well, or even better if she does both at the same time: play defense and hit her open shots. Sydney will be going into her 3rd year at UT and for her it’s all about playing time. She will have a uphill battle to get her feet on that court, so I suggest for her to use her basketball intelligence to her advantage, because for every great pass, 3pt make and defensive stand she makes, the playing time will be hers. When I see her step on the court, all I want to see her do is shoot that beautiful 3point shot. Another thing that could possibly keep her on the court is if she will hit that elbow jumper. With the offense that Pat Summit runs, that elbow jumper stays open, and we had no one last year that was willing to take it consistently. So Sydney practice that shot, cause it’s always open, and you are a pure shooter, so let’s make it happen. I am just itching for this season to start. Holla back LadyVols!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in ladyvolnation, ladyvols, smallbone, sydney, UT

 
 
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