Lady Vols leave pair in Knoxville

Summitt: 'I want them to get it right and we'll move on'

SAN ANTONIO - Tennessee is traveling lighter than expected for its first road trip of the women's basketball season.

Sophomore forward Alyssia Brewer and freshman guard Kamiko Williams did not accompany the Lady Vols for a game against Texas Tech tonight in the ESPNU Classic (TV: ESPNU, 7 o'clock) at the AT&T Center because of a violation of team policy.

UT coach Pat Summitt indicated that the punishment would be for this one game, which is part of a doubleheader to help promote the Women's Final Four here in April. Defending national champion Connecticut plays Texas in the second game.

"If they take care of business, it's done, it's over,'' Summitt said. "I'm not holding a grudge. I want them to get it right and we'll move on.

"When you come here, you go to class, you sit up and pay attention, you sit in the front three rows. If you don't, understand that you don't play."

Summitt said that she spoke with the players' parents after UT's 74-65 season-opening victory over Baylor on Sunday. Brewer and Williams already were squarely in the coach's crosshairs over inconsistency at practice. Summitt spoke to Vincent Williams, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army, about his daughter before Sunday's game and gave him credit for her energetic play.

"Got a nice little phone call from my father and he got me acting right and it showed during the game,'' said Kamiko, who had four points, two steals and a block in 14 playing minutes.

Brewer had four points as well in 13 minutes. Her one assist was timely as her pass set up Glory Johnson for a conventional three-point play, pushing UT's lead to 67-57 with 4:08 left.

Sixth-ranked Tennessee will be down to nine players against Texas Tech (1-0), which opened with a 91-52 victory over Sam Houston State last Saturday.

Williams' absence deprives the Lady Vols of an athletic player capable of making an impact on both ends of the court. Presumably, sophomore reserve guard Briana Bass will log more than the nine minutes she had Sunday. Starter Shekinna Stricklen can't top the 40 minutes she played against Baylor. Her 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals added up to SEC player of the week honors.

Nobody benefited more than Stricklen from the team having a day off from practice on Monday.

"She can sleep,'' Summitt said. "I might even massage her feet."

Fellow guard Angie Bjorklund played 32 minutes against Baylor and hit her first two jumpers before tailing off to a 4-for-13 shooting finish.

"She has to be a better screener to get better shots,'' Summitt said. "She gets a little overanxious. That hurt us."

Without Brewer, a repeat of UT's foul trouble on Sunday could cripple its post play. Johnson stayed out of trouble and worked hard for her nine points and seven rebounds. Her four steals canceled her four turnovers, and she hit two free throws down the stretch. Johnson didn't seem bothered by the left shoulder injury she suffered last week, just the resulting wardrobe change.

"She came into the day not real happy about the (protective) sleeve she has to wear,'' said Summitt who then asked: "Am I going to have to worry about you and that sleeve and it's going to affect your play? She said, 'no, no it's not.' It certainly didn't.''

History Update: Tennessee opened a game in a zone defense at least one other time before Sunday during Summitt's 36-year coaching career.

UT started in the alignment for an SEC tournament game against Georgia in 1993 and paid dearly.

The Lady Bulldogs rushed to a 30-14 lead.

The then-No. 1 Lady Vols recovered but squandered a 10-point lead down the stretch to lose, 73-72.

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CTOWNICON writes:

That zone worked pretty well from what I could see. It was a fortress. I would stick with it until the opponent proves they can beat it. I wish Brewer and Williams were able to go on the trip but the lady vols will be fine. They will have to battle down there in Texas but they can do it.

utvolz#637682 writes:

And handing out punishment when appropriate is why Coach has all the wins and National Championships she has. Lane Kiffin took a step in the right direction today as well!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to utvolz#637682:

And handing out punishment when appropriate is why Coach has all the wins and National Championships she has. Lane Kiffin took a step in the right direction today as well!

Sorry, not having to punish players and having to count on them is the reason for her wins.

richvol writes:

Brewer,what's the matter with you? You have the ability to be all-SEC yet don't care enough to get in shape or go to class. What a waste of talent.

adimatteo#261830 writes:

If you love ladys basketball, and where it is, then you have to accept reality of more parity. That is just the way it is. Girls can now grow up wanting to play near their home,etc, and often can do it. They dont have to go to TN or two or three other schools.
Said it before, enjoy what we have been and what we are as it relates to ladys basketball, that will never change, but what is good for the game is not always best for any one school.

UT put ladys basketball on the map,it created more programs, more coaches, more players, etc, they can never take that away, and we still have great program, great people, just a lot more parity. Teams will have great runs depending on the class, etc, but no one team will dominate for years and years.
It says nothing negative about UT, just positive for the game...

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to long_vol:

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Severely un-funny. Too bad you didn't have the ability to keep this one to yourself.

537081 writes:

As long as Pats in charge I'm betting on Tennessee.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

I trust in Pat! I know the girls do to. Go Vols!

ps11824 writes:

richvol, I have to agree. Brewer is taking her opportunities for granted. It's a chance of a lifetime (in the women's sports world) to be recruited at UT. Why would you not give 100% every day in every aspect of your collegiate career? It's simple what Pat asks of recruits: go to class, pay attention, take a seat in the first 3 rows of the classroom. What the heck is so difficult there?

Can one honestly think that she might get away with breaking even a tiny rule? She MUST be stupid! Stupid doesn't get the finest athlete far in Pat's tutelage. Pat sets the rules loud and clear. She does not waver. She hasn't in 34 years. God bless her.

Williams, what's the deal? You are a freshman. You could be a great Lady Vol. Good Grief, go to class, sit in the assigned area, and pay attention to all the rules. Don't trade your birthright for a bowl of stew.

Forgive me, longVol, I have to go here again. Those football players, especially Nukeese, will be choking on stew for the rest of their life.

Poor posture in class, or tardiness, or whatever infraction occurred to bring disciplinary action against Brewer and Williams is merely a flash in the pan compared to a criminal activity.

As a former coach, longVol, you may agree that if a young athlete gets away with the slightest infraction, he/she's likely to take it to the next level.

The kids in my family were taught that pointing a gun, even a Red Rider, at a playmate was just plain wrong. Were they punished? You bet your BB they were severely dusted, prior to the war toys being placed in storage.

Back in the day, (Oh, here I go again) the real guns were for hunting. Dad's were the shooting instructors. The guns were in plain sight at all times and if they were touched by anyone other than Dad, every child in the house was subjected to the butt chewing and the butt whooping.

What does any of that have to do with Pat's rules and Kif's rules? Probably, not much. But I said all that to say this: Neither testosterone nor estrogen is an acceptable excuse for breaking the rules. End of story.

(Nothin' like a rainy day off waxin' nostalgic by yourself on the GVX thread!)

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to ps11824:

richvol, I have to agree. Brewer is taking her opportunities for granted. It's a chance of a lifetime (in the women's sports world) to be recruited at UT. Why would you not give 100% every day in every aspect of your collegiate career? It's simple what Pat asks of recruits: go to class, pay attention, take a seat in the first 3 rows of the classroom. What the heck is so difficult there?

Can one honestly think that she might get away with breaking even a tiny rule? She MUST be stupid! Stupid doesn't get the finest athlete far in Pat's tutelage. Pat sets the rules loud and clear. She does not waver. She hasn't in 34 years. God bless her.

Williams, what's the deal? You are a freshman. You could be a great Lady Vol. Good Grief, go to class, sit in the assigned area, and pay attention to all the rules. Don't trade your birthright for a bowl of stew.

Forgive me, longVol, I have to go here again. Those football players, especially Nukeese, will be choking on stew for the rest of their life.

Poor posture in class, or tardiness, or whatever infraction occurred to bring disciplinary action against Brewer and Williams is merely a flash in the pan compared to a criminal activity.

As a former coach, longVol, you may agree that if a young athlete gets away with the slightest infraction, he/she's likely to take it to the next level.

The kids in my family were taught that pointing a gun, even a Red Rider, at a playmate was just plain wrong. Were they punished? You bet your BB they were severely dusted, prior to the war toys being placed in storage.

Back in the day, (Oh, here I go again) the real guns were for hunting. Dad's were the shooting instructors. The guns were in plain sight at all times and if they were touched by anyone other than Dad, every child in the house was subjected to the butt chewing and the butt whooping.

What does any of that have to do with Pat's rules and Kif's rules? Probably, not much. But I said all that to say this: Neither testosterone nor estrogen is an acceptable excuse for breaking the rules. End of story.

(Nothin' like a rainy day off waxin' nostalgic by yourself on the GVX thread!)

Ok I followed you for a bit then I realized you're kinda crazy...

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

I'm sure the guy who's pair is still in Knoxville is pretty psyched about this development....

switcher76 writes:

in response to ps11824:

richvol, I have to agree. Brewer is taking her opportunities for granted. It's a chance of a lifetime (in the women's sports world) to be recruited at UT. Why would you not give 100% every day in every aspect of your collegiate career? It's simple what Pat asks of recruits: go to class, pay attention, take a seat in the first 3 rows of the classroom. What the heck is so difficult there?

Can one honestly think that she might get away with breaking even a tiny rule? She MUST be stupid! Stupid doesn't get the finest athlete far in Pat's tutelage. Pat sets the rules loud and clear. She does not waver. She hasn't in 34 years. God bless her.

Williams, what's the deal? You are a freshman. You could be a great Lady Vol. Good Grief, go to class, sit in the assigned area, and pay attention to all the rules. Don't trade your birthright for a bowl of stew.

Forgive me, longVol, I have to go here again. Those football players, especially Nukeese, will be choking on stew for the rest of their life.

Poor posture in class, or tardiness, or whatever infraction occurred to bring disciplinary action against Brewer and Williams is merely a flash in the pan compared to a criminal activity.

As a former coach, longVol, you may agree that if a young athlete gets away with the slightest infraction, he/she's likely to take it to the next level.

The kids in my family were taught that pointing a gun, even a Red Rider, at a playmate was just plain wrong. Were they punished? You bet your BB they were severely dusted, prior to the war toys being placed in storage.

Back in the day, (Oh, here I go again) the real guns were for hunting. Dad's were the shooting instructors. The guns were in plain sight at all times and if they were touched by anyone other than Dad, every child in the house was subjected to the butt chewing and the butt whooping.

What does any of that have to do with Pat's rules and Kif's rules? Probably, not much. But I said all that to say this: Neither testosterone nor estrogen is an acceptable excuse for breaking the rules. End of story.

(Nothin' like a rainy day off waxin' nostalgic by yourself on the GVX thread!)

I love it!!! You're right on with what you said!!

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