Lady Vols happy to see Alyssia Brewer

LOS ANGELES — Alyssia Brewer has been quick about making herself at home at UCLA.

Bruins coach Cori Close said that one of Brewer's new teammates recently said, "It's as if Lyssi has always been on our team."

The former Tennessee player didn't enroll, however, until the fall quarter. She left UT in September after reaching an agreement with Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt that resulted in the 6-foot-3 post player no longer being a part of the team.

Close said that she's not leaning too much on Brewer for scouting tips in advance of UCLA's game against Tennessee today.

"I've tried not to put her in too many tough positions,'' Close said. "She's been a great addition. I'm very, very thankful for her."

Lady Vols senior guard Briana Bass said that she still keeps in touch with Brewer. Bass talked about Brewer as if she's still her teammate.

"We're just happy to see her,'' Bass said. "She's still our sister. We're going to treat her with love when we see her."

About The Point: UT freshman point guard Ariel Massengale, who suffered a dislocated middle finger on her left hand last week, is out of the sling and soft cast she had during the previous road trip.

With her middle fingers taped together, she did some dribbling and shooting at a side basket on Friday.

Massengale is expected to be sidelined for another one or two weeks.

A Viewing Site: Live streaming of today's game is available for free on UCLA's website. Go to uclabruins.com and go to the all-access page.

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butch31 writes:

UT 81 Ucla 65...This match box gym is not good! Too bad the game was not moved to a bigger facility and shame on athletic director Guerrero

ps11824 writes:

Perhaps the Lady Vols will put themselves in the summer league mode in this cracker box environment, and score 100 points.

I'm anxious to see how Brewer is playing. Why is she not required to sit out a season?

OrangeDew writes:

in response to ps11824:

Perhaps the Lady Vols will put themselves in the summer league mode in this cracker box environment, and score 100 points.

I'm anxious to see how Brewer is playing. Why is she not required to sit out a season?

Does the article say that she is playing?

SoddyVol writes:

in response to ps11824:

Perhaps the Lady Vols will put themselves in the summer league mode in this cracker box environment, and score 100 points.

I'm anxious to see how Brewer is playing. Why is she not required to sit out a season?

Has she been playing? I understood she would be having a red-shirt year. Also, I believe Pat let her go without requiring the sit out year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

Has she been playing? I understood she would be having a red-shirt year. Also, I believe Pat let her go without requiring the sit out year.

The transfer rule is not up to the LVs or any other team. That is an NCAA rule, only occasionally waived for extraordinary individual circumstances, like when Tyler Smith was allowed to transfer from Iowa to UT and play immediately. A mutual decision that a player might be better off elsewhere does not qualify. Brewer is not playing today, though she can practice with the team. I would be amazed if she played at all this season because of the transfer rule.

nadio1987 writes:

Lyssi wont be playing this game or any game this year, If im not mistaken, she will be cleared to play next year (next semester)..

SummittsCourt writes:

I checked the UCLA website and though she is listed on the roster she is at the bottom of the roster and not numbered. I also looked at recent box scores and her name was not listed.

Point being, she is not playing this season.

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