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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.
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.
Check out this star studded roster on picture day! And Amber Gray looks great! God is so good.
She’s been immersed in her own medical ordeal for most of the month.
Yet she’s gathered everyone just the same.
“Given the circumstances, all that she has been through, I think it has brought our team and all of us closer together,” Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said. “When you see someone who’s so young, going through so many challenges. Amber is family. It has brought us closer together. . . . and made us realize how precious life is.”
Complications ensued after Gray underwent shoulder surgery on July 2 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The Lady Vols forward underwent a series of tests and later was moved to the University of Cincinnati’s Neuroscience Institute, where she underwent a 12 1/2-hour surgical procedure beginning on July 20 for an aneurysm in her brain.
Gray was moved last week to the Drake Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati. Gray’s mother, Tonya Carter, said Monday that there’s no timetable for her daughter’s recovery.
Summitt said that she’s been impressed with Gray’s upbeat attitude in the face of such a challenge.
“It wasn’t like ‘why me?’ ” Summitt said, “It’s ‘what do I have to do to get better.’
“I think her positive attitude has helped her family and everyone. She’s kept a great sense of humor. Every time I’ve gone in the room, she’d had something to say.”
The Lady Vols want to buoy Gray’s spirit with their support. While Gray was in Knoxville, the players convened their own vigil on her behalf with their presence at the hospital.
“The people at St. Mary’s did a great job of protecting Amber but letting her teammates go in two or three at a time,” Summitt said.
With Gray in Cincinnati, the Lady Vols’ challenge is closing the distance between here and there. They’ve built a bridge through cyberspace but have to be careful about too much traffic.
“I was talking with Tonya,” Summitt said. “They just had to turn (Amber’s) cell phone off so she could get the quality rest she needed.”
While the Lady Vols figure out the right amount of communication with Gray, they seem to be locked in on the appropriate content.
“It’s going to be important that she knows every day she’s in our thoughts and prayers and we’re pulling for her,” Summitt said.
And since Gray went to all the trouble, they ought hold that huddle together, too.
“She’s brought us all together,” Summitt said, “in a very good way.”
Lady Vols’ Gray suffers post-surgery complication
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Amber Gray will be transferred to a hospital to be near her family in Ohio after suffering unspecific complications following shoulder surgery last week.
Lady Vols team trainer Jenny Moshak says Gray’s July 2 surgery was successful, but the West Chester, Ohio, native suffered some complications after surgery unrelated to her shoulder.
She will undergo diagnostic testing and rehabilitation at a hospital in Cincinnati. Tennessee officials did not have a timetable for her recovery and rehabilitation.
Gray, a 6-1 rising sophomore, injured her shoulder during a practice session after the end of the 2008-09 season. She played in 27 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.
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