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KAMIKO WILLIAMS WILL START FOR UT LADYVOLS VS ARKANSAS

Tennessee's Kamiko Williams  (4) drives for the basket as South Carolina's Samone Kennedy (4) and Ashley Bruner (21) look on during the first half of the game in Columbia, S.C.

Photo by Mary Ann Chastain
BEFORE YOU READ THIS, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT I BEEN SAYING THIS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON!! OPPONENTS IT JUST GOT REAL!
Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams (4) drives for the basket as South Carolina’s Samone Kennedy (4) and Ashley Bruner (21) look on during the first half of the game in Columbia, S.C.

After Kamiko Williams’ strong supporting performance, the Tennessee freshman will be playing the lead role at point guard.
UT coach Pat Summitt said Monday that Williams will start Thursday when the Lady Vols face Arkansas in an SEC women’s basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Sophomore Shekinna Stricklen, who had been the starting point guard, will line up for the opening tip against the Razorbacks at a wing position while continuing to help at the point.
“I think she truly wants to help our team and she knows she can,’’ Summitt said of Williams. “I think she’s more serious now than at any point in time. Off the bounce, she’s the best we’ve got.”
Williams relieved Stricklen at South Carolina and responded with a season-high 17 points and a team-high four assists in a 60-55 comeback victory. Even after Stricklen returned in the second half, the 5-foot-11 Williams manned the point for some key possessions down the stretch.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley described Williams as “a luxury” as a reserve and said that her size created a matchup problem for South Carolina’s players.
“We’ve always told her she has such potential,’’ UT teammate Angie Bjorklund said after Sunday’s game. “She just has to play with confidence.”
Williams’ role was upgraded after Stricklen suffered through a three-game stretch in January in which she committed 19 turnovers. Summitt and associate head coach Holly Warlick compiled a DVD of five set plays for Williams to study and she did her best to get a better handle on UT’s offense.
Williams, who played point and shooting guard at Northeast High in Clarksville, Tenn., ran the point while Stricklen was at the wing during portions of last Thursday’s 85-56 victory over Auburn.
Summitt thinks the lineup change ought to be a relief to Stricklen.
“I think her not feeling the burden of playing that position all the time will be good,’’ Summitt said. “I think she’ll be more comfortable when she knows she has help. I think she saw (Sunday) that she has some help.”
Stricklen scored all nine of her points against South Carolina in the second half.
The role of backup point guard Briana Bass, on the other hand, remains in flux. She played one minute Sunday. Summitt said the decision was based on UT going to its zone defense and utilizing the Lady Vols’ height.
“I think it all depends on situations in the game,’’ Summitt said.
In starting Williams, Summitt is mindful of filling a key role with a player who she has criticized this season for suspect work habits and a casual demeanor.
“It all depends on her,’’ Summitt said. “I can’t tell you she’s going to be doing this all the time. She’s young. We’ll take this one game at a time.”

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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in kamiko, ladyvols, tennessee, UT, williams

 

Check out Candace Parker Live 1/29/10 w/ her baby Lailaa

Check out WNBA star Candace Parker with her baby girl Lailaa Nicole.Superwoman…she is over in Russia playing basketball,and has her daughter with her. Her husband Shelden Williams plays for the (excuse me Laker fam) the Boston Celtics…well everything can’t be perfect..lol. Naw I love you Shelden, and Candace is a former Lady Vol..so you know how I feel about that!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in CANDACE, L.A. Sparks, Parker, Shelden, williams

 

Lala Vasquez Talks Carmelo & Marriage on Wendy Williams

Lala Vasquez Talks Carmelo & Marriage on Wendy Williams

One of my favorite couples in NBA are finally getting married! Congratulations LaLa and Carmelo!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2010 in CARMELO, lala, NUGGETS, wendy, williams

 

Road To Redemption: LadyVolsNation Stand Up

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!

 
 

CANDACE PARKER LIVE 10/25/09

 
 

Lady Vols Freshman

Tennessee moved a step closer to the official start of women’s basketball practice next month by convening their first full-team workout on Thursday.
Since fall semester began, the Lady Vols had been conducting individual workouts that involved no more than four players at a time.
“We worked on all these things in individuals,” freshman Taber Spani said, “but now it’s understanding it in a team setting.”
Actually the Lady Vols spent most of the individual sessions introducing and drilling on defensive concepts. They will use the team workouts to start playing catch-up on offense.
Team workouts also introduce the use of male practice players.
“The size of the guys down low defensively surprised me,” freshman Faith Dupree said. “I’ve played some big people, but those are the biggest I’ve played.”
UT coach Pat Summitt likely will be more vocal as well. During individuals, she spent more time observing while her assistant coaches directed the drills.
Dupree was happy to report that she survived a Summitt scolding on Thursday.
“You know what? Bring it,” Dupree said. “I’m going to mess up, and she is going to tell me what I did wrong.”
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Posted by on September 24, 2009 in dupree, faith, kamiko, ladyvols, spani, taber, williams

 

Ladyvolnation: Pat Speaks Defense! (via Dan Fleser)

Pat Summitt sounds serious.
The warning issued by Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach to freshman Kamiko Williams last month evoked early winter, not late summer.
“We’re going to be a different team,” Summitt said. ” . . That’s why Kamiko better get in the picture real soon. I hate to see her get left out entirely.”
For Summitt, “different” means more attuned to defense and playing more like a typical Tennessee team.

“Just looking back, we were never committed to defense for 40 minutes a game,” she said. “It was more pick and choose when we’re going to play hard. We’re not going to be that team this year.”
If she’s really serious about that, it’ll take more than threatening a callow first-year player like Williams. With the Lady Vols beginning weekly full-team workouts on Thursday, it will take deploying sophomore Glory Johnson on the perimeter as Tennessee’s lead defender.
Johnson was used there some last season. The strategy was conceived as a way to utilize Johnson’s 6-foot-3 wingspan and her quickness.
The former Webb School star was the most athletic Lady Vol last season. Watching her dart around the court at Pratt Pavilion the past few weeks reinforces the distinction. Even Summitt conceded, “I have no doubt that she can guard anyone, anywhere on the court.”
Furthermore, Johnson’s physical talents have been enhanced by a season’s worth of experience. All of the sophomores are talking about an improved comfort level. Johnson described the difference in a defensive context.
“I don’t have to think about the way to play defense,” she said. “The way to close out, the way to deny – I don’t have to think about it anymore. It comes natural. It’s kind of comforting.”
What better time then to turn a strategic change-up into a staple. What better way to invigorate UT’s effort than casting Johnson in a role comparable to past stoppers Nikki McCray and Alexis Hornbuckle.
Summitt qualifies Johnson’s defensive potential with apprehension about discipline and Johnson’s tendency to foul.
“That’s the biggest hurdle we’ll have to get over with her,” Summitt said.
But that worry will follow Johnson all over the court, no matter whom she’s guarding or where she’s defending. Perhaps another concern should take priority – namely Johnson’s offensive game.
On the other end of the court, she remains a work in progress. She joked about the sleeve-like wrap she’s wearing to protect her left shoulder as it pertained to one of her more challenging shots.
“You have to find new ways to make a left-handed layup, which is rough for me already,” she said.
Johnson said that she spent the offseason working on her left-handed dribbling, her free throw shooting and her jump shot.
Listening to her brought to mind Hornbuckle and the offseasons she spent shooting countless jumpers. The best she could do in four years was become a streaky shooter.
Nobody will remember, however. Instead, Hornbuckle will be recalled as the Lady Vols’ all-time steals leader and a key contributor on back-to-back national championship teams.
Johnson could be afforded a similar opportunity. Even with forward Vicki Baugh still recovering from knee surgery and center Kelley Cain yet to complete a season because of knee and concussion problems, Tennessee remains plenty big with the addition of freshmen Faith Dupree and Taber Spani, who looks taller than her listed 6-1.
There appears to be enough height for Johnson to step out on the perimeter and create some serious havoc.
Dan Fleser covers the Lady Vols. He can be reached at 865-342-6288 or fleserd@knoxnews.com

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in glory, govolsxtra, johnson, kamiko, ladyvols, williams

 
 
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