Lady Vols to address rebounding, 110-66

Pat Summitt did her homework Tuesday night. And she was quick about it.

Minutes after Tennessee’s 110-66 women’s basketball victory over Carson-Newman College, the Lady Vols coach already had reviewed the exhibition history between the two schools and done the math.

“The one thing that stands out to me is we gave up more points,’’ she said. “Why?”

Good question. In the six previous exhibition meetings, the Lady Eagles had never scored more than 55 points. Last year, they mustered just 34.

In this game, they had 36 by halftime. Furthermore they were outrebounding the Lady Vols by two at the break.

Summitt answered her own question by saying, “We weren’t passionate about playing great defense. I don’t know many teams that are going to win championships if they aren’t passionate about defense and board play. We can certainly address that.”

On the flipside, Tennessee put some effort into its offense. Despite playing without five players, the Lady Vols still had six double-figure scorers, led by Glory Johnson’s 26 points. Taber Spani added 22, connecting on four of six 3-pointers. Alicia Manning had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Tennessee shot 54.9 percent from the floor (39 for 71) and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers (12 for 26).

The Lady Vols achieved the accuracy without one of their top sharpshooters. Senior guard Angie Bjorklund sat out the game for a violation of the team’s class attendance policy. They amassed the points and eventually built a 45-28 rebounding advantage without most of their post game. Vicki Baugh and Kelley Cain were resting while Alyssia Brewer was out recovering from Achilles’ tendon surgery.

UT also was missing freshman guard Lauren Avant, who’s recovering from a nerve contusion in her right hand.

The Lady Vols gained some self-assurance with their offensive efficiency and effectiveness. Perhaps they banked enough to make a deposit in their play at the other end of the court.

“It’s being confident on defense,’’ Johnson said, “knowing we’re going to get steals and pushing back on offense.”

Johnson had one of the best all-around performances. She shot 8 for 12 from the floor and played some effective perimeter defense, consciously avoiding the foul trouble that has caused Summitt to be hesitant about deploying the 6-foot-3 forward away from the basket.

“She’s older and smarter,’’ Summitt said. “She has a good feel for what she has to do.”

Freshman Meighan Simmons, on the other hand, is still young but perhaps a bit wiser after her first game. With her parents making a surprise visit, she picked up three fouls and played five first-half minutes. She eventually returned to score 11 points, dish out five assists and show off her quickness.

“I got four hours of sleep last night pretty much,’’ Simmons said. “I was pretty excited about today.”

Given the depleted ranks, guard Kamiko Williams, who also must miss one game for a violation of the class attendance policy, played 22 minutes and presumably will sit out Sunday’s exhibition against Union University.

Summitt also said that the team uniforms eventually will have the players’ names on them.

“We didn’t have time to get them on there now,’’ she said. “We’re working on it.”

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PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

Same conclusion I came to Pat! Defense needs a little more work! Offense was clicking on all cylinders! The three pointers were raining tonight for the lady vols. Pretty good play from all the players. Simmons made some pretty passes!

AllforTenn writes:

in response to PINK_CHAMPAGNE:

Same conclusion I came to Pat! Defense needs a little more work! Offense was clicking on all cylinders! The three pointers were raining tonight for the lady vols. Pretty good play from all the players. Simmons made some pretty passes!

You can count on Manning giving effort, getting loose balls and rebounding with the best of them. Great to get a double-double. Good result for the team, considering the missing links.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

You can count on Manning giving effort, getting loose balls and rebounding with the best of them. Great to get a double-double. Good result for the team, considering the missing links.

Manning was the cleanup woman! She got good points on put backs, which came from rebounds. She always give a 100%, no doubt! Another good thing is the freshmen and the second stringers got to play some minutes to show what they can bring to the table. They did really well!

richvol writes:

The thing I noticed the most about UCONN the last two years was the tremendous intensity they play with...especially on defense. That wins championships.

I swear we are snakebit every season with injuries. We start the season trying to nurse everybody into playing shape. Why can't we seem to get everyone in shape in the offseason?

kazoo writes:

Here we go: Yet another season of Pat Summitt complaining about rebounding and defense. Good grief. Memo to Summitt: If you had anybody who could shoot--score--you wouldn't have been knocked out of the ncaa tourney last year by baylor. Keep that in mind.

ps11824 writes:

kazoo writes:
Here we go: Yet another season of Pat Summitt complaining about rebounding and defense. Good grief. Memo to Summitt: If you had anybody who could shoot--score--you wouldn't have been knocked out of the ncaa tourney last year by baylor. Keep that in mind.]]]

Why do you bother? You get off on it. You could try harder to be positive, or you could be quiet. Why must you always question Pat?

BigBadVol writes:

in response to kazoo:

Here we go: Yet another season of Pat Summitt complaining about rebounding and defense. Good grief. Memo to Summitt: If you had anybody who could shoot--score--you wouldn't have been knocked out of the ncaa tourney last year by baylor. Keep that in mind.

Good grief are you really that stupid?

TennVol01 writes:

Players being suspended for not attending class? UT is giving these ladies a free education, yet they do not appreciate it? I hope both are embarrassed and warm the bench more than they play. I just lost all respect for these two. Sitting out exhibition games is not really punishment.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to TennVol01:

Players being suspended for not attending class? UT is giving these ladies a free education, yet they do not appreciate it? I hope both are embarrassed and warm the bench more than they play. I just lost all respect for these two. Sitting out exhibition games is not really punishment.

"all respect?" dang.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Kazoo has NEVER had anything nice to say about Pat. Guess we will have to put up with his/her stupidity all season long...AGAIN. Best advice...IGNORE KAZOO! Go Pat and Go Lady Vols!

wigmeister writes:

Better rebounding=better fast break=more fast break points+a more tired opposing team. Simple!

Pompey writes:

in response to kazoo:

Here we go: Yet another season of Pat Summitt complaining about rebounding and defense. Good grief. Memo to Summitt: If you had anybody who could shoot--score--you wouldn't have been knocked out of the ncaa tourney last year by baylor. Keep that in mind.

....a little more respect for a Hall of Famer if you please or risk looking like an even bigger fool.......

ps11824 writes:

[[ writes:
Kazoo has NEVER had anything nice to say about Pat. Guess we will have to put up with his/her stupidity all season long...AGAIN. Best advice...IGNORE KAZOO! Go Pat and Go Lady Vols! ]]

Sometimes I'm able to ignore annoyances. This one I cannot. If one doesn't stand up for right, what then? Let 'em move in and take over? There's too much of that going on.

Our Coach has the best record, man or woman, in the game. She has been and still is developing raw talent and leading them to more championships than any other coach in the country. She stands up for the right despite a nation of neigh-sayers, accusers, cheaters and those who revel in tearing down a "builder of the best program in the country." If and when another program surpasses what she has done, Pat Summitt will be the first to step up and give props, and pass the baton to the worthy and deserving builder. At that time, a time when SHE thinks is right for the University of Tennessee Lady Vols Program, she will graciously step aside and into another phase of her life. She will be successful at that game too. You can bet your britches on that, kazoo.

Until then, UTVOLSRROCKN, those who simply want to 'tear down' with hyperbolic jabbering can expect this poster to jump in with both feet to defend what's right.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Pat had better get her team ready for the game with Louisville on the 12th of November...The Cardinals have recruited some of the best players they have ever had...they are long and quick athletes. Besides they will play the new indoor arena in Louisville called by folks in the know as the finest basketball arena in nation..not even close. The Cards are hoping to upset the Lady Vols and think they can. about 25 thousand fan are expected. Its a tribute to the Lady Vols as The Louisville coach wanted to start the season off by playing the best in the super beautiful arena.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

in response to kazoo:

Here we go: Yet another season of Pat Summitt complaining about rebounding and defense. Good grief. Memo to Summitt: If you had anybody who could shoot--score--you wouldn't have been knocked out of the ncaa tourney last year by baylor. Keep that in mind.

Yes,they had a scoring block last year, but it looks like the shooting drills they have been practicing has really paid off. I know the game was an exhibition, but shooting, is shooting. Go and check out the box score. Strick was 4 for 5 on three pointers, and only played 15 minutes. Glory and Spani also had good shooting nights, especially Spani. As far as rebounding goes, they were getting outrebounded in the beginning, but eventually turned that around. The defense did need a little work in this game, so I can see the need for concern on Pat's part. So for a change Kazoo, the offense was not the problem, doesn't that make you happy.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

in response to Ralph_Crampton:

Pat had better get her team ready for the game with Louisville on the 12th of November...The Cardinals have recruited some of the best players they have ever had...they are long and quick athletes. Besides they will play the new indoor arena in Louisville called by folks in the know as the finest basketball arena in nation..not even close. The Cards are hoping to upset the Lady Vols and think they can. about 25 thousand fan are expected. Its a tribute to the Lady Vols as The Louisville coach wanted to start the season off by playing the best in the super beautiful arena.

Believe me, Pat is aware of what they will face in Louisville. She has spoke on it. She said that Louisville will be a real test for them, and I agree. I think they are ready for that hostile environment! I have great respect for Jeff,the Louisville coach, and it will be an exciting game for the both teams.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to Ralph_Crampton:

Pat had better get her team ready for the game with Louisville on the 12th of November...The Cardinals have recruited some of the best players they have ever had...they are long and quick athletes. Besides they will play the new indoor arena in Louisville called by folks in the know as the finest basketball arena in nation..not even close. The Cards are hoping to upset the Lady Vols and think they can. about 25 thousand fan are expected. Its a tribute to the Lady Vols as The Louisville coach wanted to start the season off by playing the best in the super beautiful arena.

Lady Vols 88
Louisville 65

Go with it!

kazoo writes:

in response to PINK_CHAMPAGNE:

Yes,they had a scoring block last year, but it looks like the shooting drills they have been practicing has really paid off. I know the game was an exhibition, but shooting, is shooting. Go and check out the box score. Strick was 4 for 5 on three pointers, and only played 15 minutes. Glory and Spani also had good shooting nights, especially Spani. As far as rebounding goes, they were getting outrebounded in the beginning, but eventually turned that around. The defense did need a little work in this game, so I can see the need for concern on Pat's part. So for a change Kazoo, the offense was not the problem, doesn't that make you happy.

Yes, it is NICE to see the team shoot well for a change--but Summitt will screw up any good offensive mojo the team might develop with her INCESSANT GRIPING about defense and rebounding. No wonder shooting as long been a problem for UT. They win an exhibition by 50 and PS with the same old song and dance.

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