Huh? Turn up Bass in NCAA

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Tennessee's Briana Bass will be heard louder and clearer at the NCAA women's tournament.

The Lady Vols freshman point guard has spent the week working with Dr. John Haas, the director of UT's School of Communications Studies. The intent of their collaboration was helping the 5-foot-2 Bass with projecting her voice and finding a deeper tone.

"Basically we've been meeting in a classroom and just yelling,'' Bass said.

Bass has been practicing with some basic keywords like "deny" and "help". At first, she was a little too high-pitched with the latter.

"People were wondering what was going on in the room," Bass said.

Their work has carried over to practice. UT coach Pat Summitt is hoping for an audible carryover effect in tonight's first-round game against Ball State.

"I think it can have an impact on her leadership as much as anything,'' said Summitt, who helped to arrange the voice sessions, "but defensively, she's talking more.

"I've been very frustrated with her not speaking up and not calling screens and not being real vocal on offense. Our guards call everything. With the loud gyms we're in, at times it's been an issue."

Bass' teammates are noticing a difference.

"She's working on it, she's working on it,'' forward Glory Johnson said. "You have to have your point guard talking. If people can't hear what your point guard is doing, it's kind of chaotic. It definitely helps solve a lot of confusion on the court."

Along with a stronger voice, Bass also might be developing more self-assurance.

"I kind of feel like I do have more confidence,'' Bass said, "now that my teammates can hear my voice."

Nice To See You: East Tennessee State, which plays Iowa State in tonight's other first-round game, is staying in the same hotel as the Lady Vols and is hoping for some support from their fans."

"We're trying to smile and be nice to all those Lady Vols fans,'' ETSU coach Karen Kemp said.

Awfully Familiar: After watching "The Cinderella Season" documentary of UT's 10-loss championship team of 1996-97, these Lady Vols realized they're not alone in feeling Summitt's wrath.

"It's the same coach, different team,'' forward Alyssia Brewer said.

"It reminds us so much of us, the stuff Pat was saying, the stuff that was going on,'' Bass said.

Bass was happy to note one difference.

"I'm glad we don't run on the track anymore,'' she said.

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Comments » 16

CTOWNICON writes:

Lady vols sound like they are ready to go out and do some damage in this tournament. Bass lets go out and get this offense going. Your help will be needed and I am sure you are ready to give it all you got. Play good hard defense and team ball on offense. Limit turnovers. Time to do battle!

abnerPeabody writes:

All the voice training in the world will not make them better on defence.Just like the men vols,no defence will spell doom.

vol1994 writes:

still exit the tourney after one or two games due to youth but just wait til next year.. they are loaded with talent and Pat will continue to reload and will not be in this situation ever again.

pammyvol1000 writes:

Come On Lady Vols!! Just Do It!! Good luck.

DaVolsRaJoke writes:

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT ???????????????

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

"Survive and advance". First time I heard it was from Coach Pat. I believe she still uses this axiom. This team can survived and advance...when they play well.

I'm hoping they'll play well through the tourney!

thevoice writes:

Boy, I sure can't picture Maze barking out calls.

LdyVolFaninKS writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

All the voice training in the world will not make them better on defence.Just like the men vols,no defence will spell doom.

It's defenSe. Sorry...that just drives me crazy.

You are correct, we need to pick it up on the defensive end...especially in transition. No easy baskets ladies! You can do it!!

CTOWNICON writes:

I sure hope when the lady vols prove some of these supposed to be fans wrong and advance far in this tournament that they don't try to jump back on the bandwagon. You have some bitter fans because the men lost, oh well I hate they lost to, but don't take it out on the lady vols. All this one and done, two and done, how do you know, are some of you psychics? If you are a fan be a fan. Leave the negative comments at home. The games have not even started yet and you have these no-count fans coming on here talking about them losing already. Then when they start to win more games than expected you want to come back on board. Some of you supposed to be fans are worse than that thing from Uconn.

chad_t31 writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

All the voice training in the world will not make them better on defence.Just like the men vols,no defence will spell doom.

"no 'defence' will 'spell' doom"...was pun intended on this one?

dwa7#337691 writes:

well..............prediction............

Ball State 72
UT Lady Vols 75

that will be able right.....

ps11824 writes:

Can you believe we are going into our first game of the NCAA dance today and this is all the news coverage the kns can muster for our Lady Vols? What are the sportswriters covering this weekend? Bristol? baseball? Our guy hoopsters have cleaned out their lockers. Where's the ladies' coverage?

At least they can be assured we care what's happening up there in Kentucky. They are shining their dancing slippers as we speak. Seriously seeking St. Louis!

bmaples writes:

98reax -- agreed. KNS needs to pick up its game.

Let's hope the Lady Vols do something to drive spring football practice off the front page. Glad I live in Louisville -- basketball is ALL anyone is talking about here. Well, that and Derby. :--)

Bruce in Louisville

utcp3 writes:

in response to CTOWNICON:

I sure hope when the lady vols prove some of these supposed to be fans wrong and advance far in this tournament that they don't try to jump back on the bandwagon. You have some bitter fans because the men lost, oh well I hate they lost to, but don't take it out on the lady vols. All this one and done, two and done, how do you know, are some of you psychics? If you are a fan be a fan. Leave the negative comments at home. The games have not even started yet and you have these no-count fans coming on here talking about them losing already. Then when they start to win more games than expected you want to come back on board. Some of you supposed to be fans are worse than that thing from Uconn.

I AGREE! THIS TEAM IS GOING TO SURPRISE THE NAYSAYERS!ONCE WE GET PAST THE SWEET 16, HERE THEY COME, CAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I BELIEVE!

mississippi writes:

in response to bmaples:

98reax -- agreed. KNS needs to pick up its game.

Let's hope the Lady Vols do something to drive spring football practice off the front page. Glad I live in Louisville -- basketball is ALL anyone is talking about here. Well, that and Derby. :--)

Bruce in Louisville

Only one problem with that is that these idiots at KNS are part time bandwagoners for our Lady Vols

mississippi writes:

in response to SMoKEY_Has_RABiES:

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You not Briana is a detriment to our team,. Stop criticizing and start supporting.

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