Lady Vols to open with Baylor

The still-young Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team will need to grow up in a hurry.

UT will be hosting Baylor in its season opener Nov. 15 at Thompson-Boling Arena in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic.

The game was announced on Baylor’s Web site on Monday and confirmed by UT women’s athletic director Joan Cronan.

“We could not have been matched up with a better team in a better opener,” Cronan said. “I appreciate State Farm’s support for this game. It will be exciting to be in a national television game.”

Cronan said she is not at liberty to say which network will be televising the game.

Baylor, under head coach Kim Mulkey, finished 29-6 last year and made it to the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville. The Lady Vols ended up 22-11 and were upset by Ball State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“I think we had a young team last year,” Cronan said. “We’ve added new talent and they’ve been working hard. Baylor will be one of the most talented teams in the country. That will be a great measuring stick for us, and I expect to see Thompson-Boling full.”

The State Farm Classic field has been shrunk.

“They’ve cut back the State Farm Classic from two games to one so it’s very special to be selected to play in it,” Mulkey said on the Baylor Bears’ Web site. “We are honored to open up on national television versus Pat Summitt and her Lady Vols in Knoxville,”

Doing Better: Cronan says is “on the top side of getting better” while still recovering from back injuries suffered in an automobile accident near Hattiesburg, Miss., in late May.

“It has been eight weeks, so it’s time to get to feeling better.”

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Comments » 15

senracjr writes:

Baylor is not as good as any Vols team so why worry?

senracjr writes:

Notice I didn't post FIRST like a bunch of you dorks would have!

ladivolfan writes:

I'm ready for tip off.

qspr91iz writes:

I hope the Lady Vols will be ready because Brittney Griner is 6 ft and 9 inches tall and has the dunking skills of a male athlete. Hopefully, Cain and Baugh will be 100%.
GO VOLS!!!

tnqball writes:

With that 6'8 girl coming in here. I hope that our post players are on their "A" game.

movol53 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Then go to Scount.com/womens basketball and check out Baylor's recuits. Not only did they get the number one girl they picked up some other help as well. Baylor will be better than last year and will be even better in the next couple of years.

qspr91iz writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Go to hoopgurlz.com. They did have videos of Brittney Griner dunking with ease. Several articles stated that this girl will revolutionize the game. If you find the video you will understand my comment.
GO Lady VOLS!!!

LdyVolFaninKS writes:

This could be ugly.Check her out.
http://www.insidewomensbasketball.com...

xvolx writes:

they couldn't beat ball state. baylor in a rout.

LadyVolFanForever writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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tnman, It would be real nice if you could get off Angies' case and let's see what this seasons team can do. A shooter is told to shoot, a shooter wants to shoot but a shooter needs some openings to shoot. Hopefully, things will be much smoother this year and the team will be more consistent. I believe they deserve our support and I don't believe in tying a player to a stake over and over again, especially a player with the heart, talent and determination of Angie !

tedb#664810 writes:

in response to LadyVolFanForever:

tnman, It would be real nice if you could get off Angies' case and let's see what this seasons team can do. A shooter is told to shoot, a shooter wants to shoot but a shooter needs some openings to shoot. Hopefully, things will be much smoother this year and the team will be more consistent. I believe they deserve our support and I don't believe in tying a player to a stake over and over again, especially a player with the heart, talent and determination of Angie !

Thank you for this post. Your reply was much better than the one I had planned to send. Angie is a great player and I'm glad she's at UT. I am more than a little sick of those people who berated our team last and are at it again this year.

seventysevenvol writes:

This is a crucial year for the Lady Vols. These All-Americans on our team aren't freshmen anymore...they need to produce and win games. If not, and we have another mediocre year, listen for all the howling about "lost her touch", "her style doesn't reach today's athletes"...get 'em going Pat!

MaiKai writes:

Go Lady Vols!!! I don't think Pat will stand for another season like last. Also, Angie is a great player... she maybe needs to be more of a leader and hopefully this year she will take on that role. Last year was a team full of young players and one senior, not the case this year the talent has a year under their belt and I think we can expect great things this year!!!! That young lady heading to Baylor dunks well but she is also by herself hopefully the LV's Will NOT ALLOW THAT!!!! GO LADY VOLS!!!!

CTOWNICON writes:

This game is going to be a thriller! What a measuring stick to start the season against Baylor. I agree with one poster who said earlier that our post players better be ready and I hope they are fully healed from their injuries. Britney is good but she is just one person and lady vols have different post players that they can keep throwing on her to tire her out, so here is hoping our post players are healthy and ready to do battle because that is what it is going to be. Im loving it!

volboy81 writes:

LA Tech is STILL kicking themselves for letting Kim Mulkey get away! Biggest mistake in Womens College BB History...but lets start her out at 0-1 for 09-10!
GO LADY VOLS!!!!

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