I can’t wait for this season to begin. These ladies have 2 more seasons to do what their predecessors did, win back to back. Pat Summit has the perfect lineup, and all the parts for the making of a champion…hopefully the players have the proverbial “Chip” on they shoulder to prove it. 2008 they were the #1 recruiting class in the nation, now it’s time to show why. Let’s go LadyVols, IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP TIME!
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LadyvolsNation stand up…our beloved team is sitting at 10-1, after playing 6 ranked teams in those 11 games. I am very happy about how we have started off this season. The teams chemistry on the court is very evident this year…although I’m still not sure about a couple of players, who seems to not be able to play off each other. I’m hoping to see Johnson and Stricklen really get there act together on the court. Everytime I watch them on the floor together, there seems to be no “interaction” between the two. But nonetheless, our once “babyvols” are maturing into champions. When we got the #1 recruiting class in 2004, I know we all believed that winning would come right then, yet it took that group 2 years to get it together. I believe we are seeing the same thing with this group, only the final four is definitely in this groups future (if you remember we lost in the elite 8 with that Candace Parker group).
So what will it take to become champions this season? When it looks as if Uconn is invincible. Our “test” against Stanford, we failed miserably…and I know Pat said Stanford just played great defense, and though they defense wasn’t “bad”, but what I seen was more of us not hitting open shots. I watch Shekinna and others miss chippies around the rim, open jumpers, and it went on and on. And yet after that loss I didn’t have that feeling from last year…you know the one that made you doubt the “commitment” level of this team. Instead I was more like, come March we are going to be incredible! I am convinced that our #3 ranking is very legit…and by the time we meet up with Stanford again, perhaps in the final four, the outcome will be different.
Everyone has their own opinions about how this will happen, but mine is spoken in two words: KAMIKO WILLIAMS. Back when I did my Intro to Kamiko Williams, I was saying then that Kamiko is going to be a beast for the LadyVols. She has all the tools that we have been missing for a long time. She don’s a 5-11 inch frame, the fact that she is left-handed is a bonus, she rebounds and blocks shots, and I love her energy on the floor. Even though when I’m watching her with the ball in her hands it looks like she is moving in slow motion..lol. Pat gave her the opportunity to display her skills against USF, and she had 14pts/8rbs/4stls/3ast/2blks. LadyvolsNation we have a player right here, and she will allow Shekinna to play in her “natural” position. Honestly I need a great 6th woman…and don’t hate me right now..lol, but when Williams is truly ready…PG Williams,SG Bjorklund SF Stricklen PF Johnson C Cain…ok let me explain. Taking Taber out of this starting lineup allows her to be more aggressive with the second unit. It also gives Kamiko the experience she will need for March.
The Road To Redemption is in full effect…next stop Old Dominion!
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.”
SAN ANTONIO — Returning to San Antonio likely won’t be this easy for Tennessee.
Taber Spani scored 18 points and Glory Johnson added 17 as the Lady Vols (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) crushed Texas Tech 91-53 on Tuesday night in what Tennessee hopes will be the first of two trips to the Final Four city this season.
The road back is bound to be tougher: Tennessee opened the second half on a 32-4 run, held Texas Tech to 30 percent shooting and handed the game over to Spani and the rest of the Lady Vols bench early.
About the only thing giving the game a Final Four feel was defending national champion Connecticut watching nearby, waiting to play Texas (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) in the second game of a doubleheader.
“It gives [the players] a taste of what it’s all about,” Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said about playing in the San Antonio showcase. “Clearly, we all want to be back. It kind of whets your whistle a little bit.”
Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points for the Tennessee and Angie Bjorklund sank four 3-pointers to finish with 14. The mostly burnt-orange crowd here for the Longhorns took in a dominating preview of Tennessee, which will face Texas at home Dec. 6.
Kierra Mallard scored 15 points and was the only player in double figures for Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders have never beaten the Lady Vols in six tries.
Tennessee flirted with holding Texas Tech to a single-game school record for poor field percentage before the Lady Raiders scored 21 of their points in the final 10 minutes. Before then, Texas Tech was shooting just under 24 percent from the floor.
Like the three other teams in the AT&T Center for the doubleheader, Texas Tech was once a Final Four contender before longtime coach Marsha Sharp retired after the 2005-06 season. Coach Kristy Curry has been trying to get Texas Tech back on track since.
“This does not define our season,” Curry said. “When you’re called for this opportunity, do you turn it down? No. You know this is the right step to take to get Tech back to where we want to be.”
The Lady Vols have now opened the year with two wins over Big 12 teams after beating Baylor (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) on Sunday. They’ll play another pair of ranked teams starting Sunday at Virginia (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) and then Nov. 25 at Middle Tennessee (No. 24 AP).
Stricklen just wants to be back in Texas come April.
“As a team that’s our main goal — to come back here,” Stricklen said. “Being here for the first time we really enjoyed it and we want to be back. We know what it takes to come back.”
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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt wanted to keep Brittney Griner’s dunking potential from being a distraction. So she reminded the Lady Volunteers that a dunk was only worth two points.
“Obviously going into it everybody’s talking about Brittney Griner and the dunk,” Summitt said of the 6-foot-8 Baylor freshman. “So I told them, ‘Angie (Bjorklund) and (Shekinna) Stricklen: if she dunks, just go hit a 3. Now we’re one up.'”
Stricklen ended up with 25 points and 14 rebounds and No. 8 Tennessee beat No. 7 Baylor 74-65 on Sunday in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.
Griner, women’s college basketball’s celebrated recruit dunked in an exhibition game and a few times in warmups. She scored 15 points and had four blocks but never got close enough to the rim for a chance to dunk during the game.
The Lady Volunteers(1-0) didn’t need many 3s, but instead used a combination of post players _ who spent much of the game in foul trouble _ to shut down Griner. The freshman found herself with four fouls 2 minutes after halftime and sat for 6½ minutes of the second half.
“They were petty fouls. That’s part of the learning I’m going to have to do coming from the high school level to the college level, playing with fouls,” Griner said.
Baylor led by as many as seven points in the first half and entered halftime with a 26-24 lead, but Tennessee scored the first 12 points coming out of the break.
Stricklen hit a fast-break layup on a steal and assist from Kamiko Williams to cap a 14-2 run that gave the Tennessee a 52-38 lead with 9:49 left.
“They made a few runs, and Shekinna would come down and make a jump shot,” Lady Vols center Kelley Cain said. “When she makes those shots, it really picks up our team and lets us know that we’re still in it, and that we aren’t going to let them come back.”
Baylor (0-1) got within nine points several times but kept sending the Lady Vols to the free throw line, where they shot 85 percent in the second half.
The Lady Vols were looking for redemption after losing in the opening round of the NCAA tournament in March. Summitt has praised her young players for working harder than all her recent teams in the offseason.
“I brought them into a hornet’s nest,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “(Summitt’s) mad at her team. They lost in the first round of the tournament, they got kicked out of their locker room and I’m coming to Knoxville, Tennessee.
“You think I wasn’t sitting there proud as a peacock when we had a lead at halftime and proud at the end of the game? Absolutely, but I’m not into moral victories,” she said.
Melissa Jones led the Lady Bears with 21 points, and Morghan Medlock had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Cain had 15 points for Tennessee, and Bjorklund added 13.
Both teams featured underclassmen, and both teams shot poorly in the first half: Baylor 29.2 percent and Tennessee 28.9 percent.
“With the hype of the game and the large crowd, we were nervous in the first half,” Summitt said. “I told them at halftime, ‘OK, you can settle down now. Most of these people are cheering for you.'”
The 2010 women’s Hall of Fame class was introduced as part of the State Farm Tip-Off Classic festivities.
The inductees include Leta Andrews, the winningest high school girls’ basketball coach; celebrated USA basketball player Teresa Edwards; Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo; WNBA standout Teresa Weatherspoon; and former Maryland coach Chris Weller.
“You saw the past, the present and the future,” Mulkey said. “I thought it was a great way to start off the season, except for the loss.”
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.”
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