Lady Vols finish off perfect SEC regular season

Shekina Stricklen, center, smiles while being cheered on by teammates from left, Briana Bass, Taber Spani, and Angie Bjorklund after Stricklen scored 3-points on the buzzer. The Tennessee Lady Vols defeat the LSU Tigers, 80-60, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, February 27, 2011. With the win, Tennessee achieves a perfect 15-0 conference record.

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Shekina Stricklen, center, smiles while being cheered on by teammates from left, Briana Bass, Taber Spani, and Angie Bjorklund after Stricklen scored 3-points on the buzzer. The Tennessee Lady Vols defeat the LSU Tigers, 80-60, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday, February 27, 2011. With the win, Tennessee achieves a perfect 15-0 conference record.

Nothing could do Angie Bjorklund justice Sunday afternoon quite like Bjorklund herself.

After the flowers and the video tribute and all the trappings of Senior Day, Tennessee’s senior guard showed what all the fuss was about. She buried 6 of 10 shots, added four 3-pointers to her school record and scored 17 points in UT’s 80-60 SEC women’s basketball victory over LSU before a crowd of 17,473 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

“I think she knew it was her time to shine,’’ teammate Glory Johnson said. “As a senior it was her day. She had to shoot with confidence and she did. She shot like we all know she can shoot. ... I think we could use that for the rest of the season.”

Bjorklund played a lead role in a 14-for-18 shooting start for No. 4 Tennessee (28-2, 16-0 SEC), which went undefeated in conference play for the ninth time in program history and the first time since the league schedule expanded to 16 games.

The Lady Vols will be the No. 1 seed this week at the SEC tournament in Nashville and will play at 1 p.m. Friday against the winner of Thursday’s first-round game between No. 8 Florida and No. 9 Arkansas.

Bjorklund shared team scoring honors with Shekinna Stricklen, who grabbed 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Johnson also had her 10th double-double with 15 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

Meighan Simmons was UT’s other double-figure scorer with 10 points.

Courtney Jones scored a game-high 21 points for LSU (18-12, 8-8), which put up a fight but couldn’t recover from Tennessee’s best shots.

“I have been watching Tennessee since 1978 and I have never seen them shoot the ball like they did in the first half,’’ Lady Tigers coach Van Chancellor said. “They just shot lights out in the first half. If they can shoot like that all the way, they are going to be a contender for the big championship.”

Bjorklund didn’t have much preparation for her performance. She’s been back for just two games and 18 total playing minutes after missing six games with a right foot injury.

“I think it started the past couple days in practice,’’ said Bjorklund, whose career 3-point record now stands at 288 after she made all four of her attempts. “It just carried over into the game. It just took a little bit to get back into the flow.”

Whatever it was, Bjorklund played 32 minutes and contributed 12 points to a torrent of first-half baskets. Fellow senior Sydney Smallbone started and also got involved with one of her two 3-pointers.

“Syd just came in with complete confidence,’’ Bjorklund said. “I was so proud of her.”

A Taber Spani jumper completed the Lady Vols’ hot start and gave them their biggest lead at 34-10 with 7 minutes, 12 seconds left before halftime.

Although it wasn’t all downhill from there, the Lady Vols didn’t stay the course, shooting 16 for 43 (37.2 percent) thereafter.

Their overall play was spotty as well. Despite the rebounding efforts of Johnson and Stricklen, LSU broke even on the boards, 43-43. Along with her points, Jones grabbed 12 rebounds.

After a 3-for-20 shooting start, the Lady Tigers made enough baskets to creep within 67-57 with 2:59 left.

Along the way, Johnson and LSU’s Latear Eason got tangled up and exchanged words. Tennessee’s Alicia Manning and Lady Tiger LaSondra Barrett drew matching technical fouls for jousting at the free-throw line.

“We really invested more into our offense than we did our defense,” UT coach Pat Summitt said. “Our defense and our board play is where you win championships, so we have to get our mindset exactly where it needs to be for those two aspects of the game.”

In a final tribute to Bjorklund, UT shot a season-best 56.3 percent (9 for 16) on 3-pointers.

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ravensearay writes:

Atta baby girls - Now for the tournaments!!!!!!!!!!! GBO.

Ga_Dave writes:

Step 1 - completed 16-0. Step 2 - SEC tourney. Step 3 - NCAA Champs!!!! GLV

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

I hate to be so blunt:
The SEC sucks big-time in women's basketball. It is really hard to understand with the huge number of athletic girls in the South.

Other than VU and UK, the SEC season was a waste of time for us and didn't prep us for the tough, hard-playing teams to come.

xvolx writes:

A few coaching blunders, but still a win.

ps11824 writes:

Hey dead_ they won, they went undefeated, they played 5 on 8-players much of the season, and still won. They played really short-handed today, and still beat Van Chancelor's team. They beat Vandy at Vandy, Kentucky at Kentucky. They deserve an "atta girls", don't they?

Maybe they don't need the SEC to prep them for the NCAA. Maybe they will be self-motivated just to prove you wrong. You old sourdough, you : (

flatrock writes:

Plus/Minus/Minutes:
(points, rebs, assists, steals, block shots MINUS turnovers)
-G. Johnson: plus 35 in 27 minutes...All-SEC,
2nd team AA;
-S. Stricklen: plus 30 in 38 minutes...SEC's
MVP, first team AA...why did the staff promote
Simmons for the Wade Trophy instead of Stricklen? Smart, tough, super skills, team
player...if LVs can win a NC before she leaves,
her jersey should hang in the rafters!
A. Manning: plus 15 in 17 minutes...Her late-game takeway and bucket should be on the highlights reel!
-A. Bjorklund: 22 points in 32 minutes...
either she or Manning need to be on the floor
at all times...it's called leadership!
-K. Williams: plus 10 in 13 minutes...
LVs out-scored LSU
by 19 (in only 13 minutes)when Kamiko played PG...LVs only out-scored LSU by 1 (in 26 minutes at PG)when MS was
at the PG...Wade Trophy
folks are probably really confused;
-M. Simmons: plus 9 in 34 minutes...
4 turnovers vs. 0 assists kept her
numbers low;
-S. Smallbone: plus 7 in 13 minutes...
took advantage of the start...Thanks
for your effort and attitude!
-T. Spani: plus 7 in 20 minutes...she's
got the shot back...when she lifts straight up
on her shot, her release is s-o-o pure!

The Bigs didn't show. Others provided
great shooting and crisp passing and solid
defense early...One more time: Why did
Kamiko only play 13 minutes?

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

WTG Lady Vols! Great comeback game by Angie! Great game for Strick and Glory! Was also great to see Smallbone hit 2 treys in her final game at TBA.

SEC Tourney champs here we come, then on to the Big Dance! GLV!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

I hate to be so blunt:
The SEC sucks big-time in women's basketball. It is really hard to understand with the huge number of athletic girls in the South.

Other than VU and UK, the SEC season was a waste of time for us and didn't prep us for the tough, hard-playing teams to come.

Vols,

To be 'blunt'...........Deadvolfoul..........just fouled out on GoVolsExtra. Before that, let's hit him/her with a "T" for a going away present.

Speaking of a waste of time................

murrayvol writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

I hate to be so blunt:
The SEC sucks big-time in women's basketball. It is really hard to understand with the huge number of athletic girls in the South.

Other than VU and UK, the SEC season was a waste of time for us and didn't prep us for the tough, hard-playing teams to come.

Exactly. And the SEC Tourney won't help either.

Not too long ago you could find 8-9 SEC teams in the Top 40. No more. Stanford, Baylor, and Ucon would've torched the SEC much like the LVs did.

That said, I'm glad they're 16-0 and locked into a 1 seed. Hopefully #9 is just over the horizon.

murrayvol writes:

in response to flatrock:

Plus/Minus/Minutes:
(points, rebs, assists, steals, block shots MINUS turnovers)
-G. Johnson: plus 35 in 27 minutes...All-SEC,
2nd team AA;
-S. Stricklen: plus 30 in 38 minutes...SEC's
MVP, first team AA...why did the staff promote
Simmons for the Wade Trophy instead of Stricklen? Smart, tough, super skills, team
player...if LVs can win a NC before she leaves,
her jersey should hang in the rafters!
A. Manning: plus 15 in 17 minutes...Her late-game takeway and bucket should be on the highlights reel!
-A. Bjorklund: 22 points in 32 minutes...
either she or Manning need to be on the floor
at all times...it's called leadership!
-K. Williams: plus 10 in 13 minutes...
LVs out-scored LSU
by 19 (in only 13 minutes)when Kamiko played PG...LVs only out-scored LSU by 1 (in 26 minutes at PG)when MS was
at the PG...Wade Trophy
folks are probably really confused;
-M. Simmons: plus 9 in 34 minutes...
4 turnovers vs. 0 assists kept her
numbers low;
-S. Smallbone: plus 7 in 13 minutes...
took advantage of the start...Thanks
for your effort and attitude!
-T. Spani: plus 7 in 20 minutes...she's
got the shot back...when she lifts straight up
on her shot, her release is s-o-o pure!

The Bigs didn't show. Others provided
great shooting and crisp passing and solid
defense early...One more time: Why did
Kamiko only play 13 minutes?

You were definitely paying attention flatrock.

AHoffman writes:

Congratulations Vols.

wildmed writes:

That steal and basket Manning made near the end of the game was one of the greatest hustle plays I've EVER seen at any level of competition. She is such an asset coming off the bench, just an inspiration to watch!

huntined#565710 writes:

As I watched the young ladies clean the floor with the towels during time-out ect. I was thinking maybe they should have had the Men's team do that and let them know how important that home floor is!!!

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

I hate to be so blunt:
The SEC sucks big-time in women's basketball. It is really hard to understand with the huge number of athletic girls in the South.

Other than VU and UK, the SEC season was a waste of time for us and didn't prep us for the tough, hard-playing teams to come.

dead - get a grip dude - that's what the non conference schedule is all about. Pat has been playing the NONConference schedule for that reason because the SEC hasn't been that strong over the years.

Also, it's not UT's fault if the other teams can't keep up with the Lady Vols.

SummittsCourt writes:

Great win by the Lady Vols - Thanks Angie and Sydney for your heart and soul over the last 4 years!

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Great game against a scrappy tiger team. I see a very deep team with solid defense. That will beat a lot of teams in the Big Dance.

8ball writes:

in response to flatrock:

Plus/Minus/Minutes:
(points, rebs, assists, steals, block shots MINUS turnovers)
-G. Johnson: plus 35 in 27 minutes...All-SEC,
2nd team AA;
-S. Stricklen: plus 30 in 38 minutes...SEC's
MVP, first team AA...why did the staff promote
Simmons for the Wade Trophy instead of Stricklen? Smart, tough, super skills, team
player...if LVs can win a NC before she leaves,
her jersey should hang in the rafters!
A. Manning: plus 15 in 17 minutes...Her late-game takeway and bucket should be on the highlights reel!
-A. Bjorklund: 22 points in 32 minutes...
either she or Manning need to be on the floor
at all times...it's called leadership!
-K. Williams: plus 10 in 13 minutes...
LVs out-scored LSU
by 19 (in only 13 minutes)when Kamiko played PG...LVs only out-scored LSU by 1 (in 26 minutes at PG)when MS was
at the PG...Wade Trophy
folks are probably really confused;
-M. Simmons: plus 9 in 34 minutes...
4 turnovers vs. 0 assists kept her
numbers low;
-S. Smallbone: plus 7 in 13 minutes...
took advantage of the start...Thanks
for your effort and attitude!
-T. Spani: plus 7 in 20 minutes...she's
got the shot back...when she lifts straight up
on her shot, her release is s-o-o pure!

The Bigs didn't show. Others provided
great shooting and crisp passing and solid
defense early...One more time: Why did
Kamiko only play 13 minutes?

agree, meg is great but kamiko in the best we have more minutes please if we want it all

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Tennessee might move up to #3 if Ok holds on against Baylor! Im watching Griner and she is playing stiff. The freshman Sims to me is the leader of that team . Lady Vols scout her and shut em down if we cross paths. GLV! Nevermind ...Baylor by a fraction of a inch.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

Congrats team on a good solid win! Congrats Angie and Sydney for all of your hardwork over the past 4 years. Good luck to both of you, and you will be missed.

I am really proud of the lady vols. They have really improved as of late and they are to be commended for it. Going 16-0 in any conference is amazing. The SEC may or may not be as strong as some conferences, but they are not the weakest either. If the SEC does not prepare the lady vols for the upcoming post season run, then I am sure playing Stanford, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor, Arizona St and other out of conference teams will help in preparing them for a good tournament run.

I am also proud of the consistent play of Glory Johnson. She has carried this team in the post. Really pleased with the 16 rebounds today. Keep it up Glory! One step at a time! Go and win the SEC tournament!

RLL59 writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Tennessee might move up to #3 if Ok holds on against Baylor! Im watching Griner and she is playing stiff. The freshman Sims to me is the leader of that team . Lady Vols scout her and shut em down if we cross paths. GLV! Nevermind ...Baylor by a fraction of a inch.

Oklahoma lost by one, but it was clear that their game plan was to have quick guards take the ball into the paint and pull up for the short jump shot, rather than directly challenge Griner. That strategy nearly won them the game. The Lady Vols have a few players now that could do the same thing, and the Lady Vols have much better rebounding than OK. If the Lady Vols play Baylor again, and Coach Summitt decides to throw the ball into the post and try to get Briner in foul trouble, we'll lose again. Good game by two solid teams.

Congratulations to the Lady Vols for their undefeated season in the SEC. I hope Coach Summitt was allowing them to play on their own for the last 5 minutes of the game, because there was absolutely no reason to shoot as quickly into the shot clock as they did while holding a 10 point lead. That, and the lack of focus at the end of the half, were the only downers in an overall well played game.

huntined#565710 writes:

Remember to VOTE for Angie today as it is getting close for her.

dewey0022 writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

I hate to be so blunt:
The SEC sucks big-time in women's basketball. It is really hard to understand with the huge number of athletic girls in the South.

Other than VU and UK, the SEC season was a waste of time for us and didn't prep us for the tough, hard-playing teams to come.

Tennessee's SOS is number 3 nationwide. Also, try taking a look at what the rest of the SEC did in their non conference schedules if they indeed suck so bad. LSU beat UCLA, Arkansas beat Oklahoma, and Kentucky beat Notre Dame. Also, Georgia, Vandy and South Carolina have improved tremendously as the season has progressed. Tennessee beat a bunch of teams that are rated in the top 25 or teams that have beaten top 25 teams regularly this year. The SEC is not nearly as bad as you make it out to be. Get a grip.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to lakindofguy:

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Go to the top, click on other sports, click on softball and there it is.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Game ball: Angie Bjorklund. Her pull-up jumpers are poetry in motion. She IS back...and not a moment too soon.

It's tourney time...and I firmly believe we have the goods. Go Lady Vols!

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Game ball #2: Glory Johnson. ANOTHER double-double and 16 rebounds. 16!

If we get that kind of performance thoughout the tourney(s)...LOOK OUT!

Volinflan writes:

in response to volballrocks:

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The time out POed the Lady Vols also since it was Van Chancellor that called it with 4 seconds remaining and his team behind by 17 points. The Lady Vols always walk away the last few seconds if it is less time than the shot clock. Something made them mad and they stuck one in there, then celebrated big time. Tickled me!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Pat S, you da bomb!

Congrats LVs!

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

in response to RLL59:

Oklahoma lost by one, but it was clear that their game plan was to have quick guards take the ball into the paint and pull up for the short jump shot, rather than directly challenge Griner. That strategy nearly won them the game. The Lady Vols have a few players now that could do the same thing, and the Lady Vols have much better rebounding than OK. If the Lady Vols play Baylor again, and Coach Summitt decides to throw the ball into the post and try to get Briner in foul trouble, we'll lose again. Good game by two solid teams.

Congratulations to the Lady Vols for their undefeated season in the SEC. I hope Coach Summitt was allowing them to play on their own for the last 5 minutes of the game, because there was absolutely no reason to shoot as quickly into the shot clock as they did while holding a 10 point lead. That, and the lack of focus at the end of the half, were the only downers in an overall well played game.

I thought Oklahoma had a good game plan. They collapsed on Griner whenever she touched the ball and tried to force Baylor's perimeter players to beat them. It worked for a while! But they kept leaving the wrong player open, Odyssey Sims. Those 9 three pointers really hurt, plus all of her other shots. I think another key to beating Baylor is to shut down Odyssey Sims. Keep the ball out of her hand as much as possible. She was awesome today!

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

in response to PINK_CHAMPAGNE:

I thought Oklahoma had a good game plan. They collapsed on Griner whenever she touched the ball and tried to force Baylor's perimeter players to beat them. It worked for a while! But they kept leaving the wrong player open, Odyssey Sims. Those 9 three pointers really hurt, plus all of her other shots. I think another key to beating Baylor is to shut down Odyssey Sims. Keep the ball out of her hand as much as possible. She was awesome today!

Yeah as something im sure Pat and her staff will look at when they make it to Indy. Another scout: Uconn had 26turnovers against Gtown . There key to winning ? MM and defense. Weakness : Depth, and relying on MM to bail them out. Stanford? Im not sure of . Very diciplined.

UKCatsFan writes:

Congratulations to the Lady Vols and their great fans, many of whom are friends I look forward to seeing this week in Nashville at the SEC tournament. I mark this event on my calendar a year in advance and really enjoy the traditions of all the schools at the tournament. I hope to see the UT and UK women in the championship game on Sunday. Go Cats!

ps11824 writes:

xvolx writes:
A few coaching blunders, but still a win.

xvolx = Doris Burke

Cookeville-vol writes:

Congrats! Lady vols. Now lets keep the mo. & win #9.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

As I watched the young ladies clean the floor with the towels during time-out ect. I was thinking maybe they should have had the Men's team do that and let them know how important that home floor is!!!

you know what...
that is a helluva thought...

I like it.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

Interesting comments on my concern about who we have played lately...only murray, who is also a regular on football and men's basketball, seems to see the danger of winning easily despite not playing your best.

Personally, I'd like to see in another NC game...and not making excuses for why we didn't make it there.

Anybody remember while Candace was playing and our 'clock' win over Rutgers?? Or, the gut-check win over LSU??

Those teams where hardened to stress.

This one?? How the hell would we know?? I'm not convinced we are ready.

Been over this a 1,000 times: tournament play is about mental toughness. Look at our men's team: pathetic right now. But, they ARE used to the stress. The ladies??

Do you people think we win every tourney game by 30?? Or, do we hit Baylor like we did last year, and panic??

To a select few: learn to read.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to ps11824:

Hey dead_ they won, they went undefeated, they played 5 on 8-players much of the season, and still won. They played really short-handed today, and still beat Van Chancelor's team. They beat Vandy at Vandy, Kentucky at Kentucky. They deserve an "atta girls", don't they?

Maybe they don't need the SEC to prep them for the NCAA. Maybe they will be self-motivated just to prove you wrong. You old sourdough, you : (

You're darn straight I'm concerned, 98...2 straight flameouts against Baylor...in both, we were intimidated and lost composure.

Some Big 10 team like an Iowa or Big 12 like Nebraska could do just enough to get in our heads...and unlike the SEC, they won't roll over and play dead.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Looks like someone has some serious issues...
ignorant, jealous, loser, grandma's special boy, stupid, lonely, bored to name a few.

ceross2#217486 writes:

Article in Louisiana paper better than this and they lost.

richvol writes:

To play such a beautiful first half and then such a sloppy second will get you beat. I have never seen them shoot better and after the half we could not hold on to the ball...turnover after turnover and poor rebounding.

The hustle play by Manning is the reason that she is my favorite player. She is also asserting herself with good three point shooting lately.

Why Pat won't let Kamiko stay in at point is baffling. She is CLEARLY the best passer,ball handler and can create her own shot. Meighan is a great player but she is too wild and selfish with her shot much of the time. She was hitting last night but when she is not hitting she still attempts crazy shots.

We did not need Vicky Baugh to win but I sure do want all the rust off of her come tourney time.

ps11824 writes:

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:
WTG Lady Vols! Great comeback game by Angie! Great game for Strick and Glory! Was also great to see Smallbone hit 2 treys in her final game at TBA.

SEC Tourney champs here we come,
then on to the Big Dance! GLV! ]]]]]]]]]]]

Will you be there in music city to cheer the Lady Vols on to another SEC Tourney Crown?

dead_vol, you are right 98% of the time, BUT, sometimes your comments make my BP rise. That's not good for an old codger like myself. Occasionally, I tell my clients what they want to her just to keep 'em on my side : )

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

To be fair this time about the Kamiko comments on playing time. I think Pat was fair against LSU . If you noticed she (Williams)split her time with Smallbone at point. Smallbone held her own in 13 mins . She only got beat once and the shot attempt was blkd by Glory. She play good D. So Pat had no problem giving her well deserved minutes.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to richvol:

To play such a beautiful first half and then such a sloppy second will get you beat. I have never seen them shoot better and after the half we could not hold on to the ball...turnover after turnover and poor rebounding.

The hustle play by Manning is the reason that she is my favorite player. She is also asserting herself with good three point shooting lately.

Why Pat won't let Kamiko stay in at point is baffling. She is CLEARLY the best passer,ball handler and can create her own shot. Meighan is a great player but she is too wild and selfish with her shot much of the time. She was hitting last night but when she is not hitting she still attempts crazy shots.

We did not need Vicky Baugh to win but I sure do want all the rust off of her come tourney time.

Meighan was hitting in the first half but not in the second. She was still firing them up, though. I love her quickness, toughness, confidence, and creativity, but her frequent recklessness scares me going into tournament play. The danger with a streak shooter like her is that she can shoot you out of a game as quickly as she can shoot you into one. Even if she misses her first six or so, Pat might be afraid to rein her in because she might hit the next six. I would think that would be nerve-wracking for Pat, but she seems to be handling it this year by just biting her tongue and letting Meighan play through it.

Oh, BTW, dead_vol, count me among those who see the danger in poor play even in big wins. Meighan's tendencies and lengthy spells of poor ball-handling by the team in general could be fatal in tournament play. Not to mention the frequently spotty free-throw shooting and the uncertain health and productivity of the posts. This is clearly the most talented LV team since the Candace Parker teams, and maybe even more so overall, but I am still not sold on their general focus and fundamentals. Awesome potential, though.

tmartin writes:

Geno and UConn says none of it really matters.

Volinflan writes:

Lots of good observations on the game and mostly good comments. However, I haven't heard many comments on the absence of Brewer and Baugh. Brewer played 2 minutes in the first half, missed a couple of lefty hooks then sailed that bad pass out of bounds and she got yanked, never to be seen the rest of the game. Vickie looked good and mobile but she only played 4 minutes.

The Lady Vols didn't need the Big Post players yesterday, Glory and Strick did just fine thank you, but like some other posters have commented, I'd like to see Alyssia and Vickie get some court running time.

It was a fun game to watch though. Just really happy that Syd knocked down those two treys. Watching the celebration after Strick stuck that last shot lets us know this team is coming together. Coach Summit even said in her Post Game comments that they had good chemistry.

Lets go cut down some nets.

ps11824 writes:

tmartin dis all you like; you'll never outdo the average elephant who deposits 50 lbs. of dung each day. You are close, however. Mikey, on the other hand surpassed the elephant long ago and keeps on dropping it on ITS road to UConn. Mikey has so many user names so that IT can travel "All roads" simultaneously. I'm very thankful we don't have to travel behind IT. You folks read the comment, "Everything goes through the Huskies," it's no wonder IT leaves 50 lbs. of dung each day.

Me thinks mikey is more obsessed with TN Lady Vols than anyone. Mikey will, in his own mind, climb up behind Geno "when he tears down his" nets. tmartin will have a nice view too.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to Mike_In_Connecticut:

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Mike...
you might not 'get' this, but I worry less about playing you than I do others. We actually match up well with UConn.

Baylor?? We've choked twice in a row. You know Baylor, too. I've half-accused Griner of throwing that game for the sake of 'the streak' being in the women's ledger, but I hate to even think that way. Maybe for the one time in a billion games she just choked at the line.

Don't get me wrong: UConn's good. Physical matchup, though, we can handle.

Stanford, they can take us if they shoot well and we play 'stupid' ball. You know THAT feeling as well.

Just curious...who in the BE is good?? ND?? I think VU and UK from the SEC can make a bit of noise in the right brackets.

Volinflan writes:

in response to Mike_In_Connecticut:

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Let's see; Tennessee played Baylor, Tennessee played Stanford, UConn played Baylor, UConn played Stanford, did Stanford play Baylor? Who has not played is UConn and Tenn. A dream match up for the final. You can bet that Committee will construct the tournament so that, if they win to that point Tenn and UConn can be in the final. I don't know how big the ball house in Indiana is but it'll be a sell out. That would be the biggest Women's game of all time.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Yeah I agree with the last statement . If the committee wants to make $$$ then they would put Uconn and Tenn on opposite sides and see what turns out. Indy is about the same distants for both teams so it will be a sellout.

madrigal writes:

in response to xvolx:

A few coaching blunders, but still a win.

Gee, glad you're such an EXPERT coach yourself.

bsimpg3 writes:

Does anyone else think that we're a better team WITHOUT Kelly Cain on the floor? I wonder if PS will play her much when her health improves. I hate to say it but she'd be my LAST option of the bench in most cases, after Baugh & Brewer. She just can't seem to get up & down the court on a consistent basis and that was BEFORE the injuries. I hope she gets better though; she'll be needed to eat up some fouls in the event LVs meet Baylor along the way.

ModelMaker writes:

I have never seen a Basketball Team win the National Championship without a great Center and a great point guard. I think the LV's have both. Vicky Baugh and Lauren Avant. Trouble is that they never seem to be healthy. I think if those two can play at least 30 min. in the big games we will have a chance. If not we will have to wait until next year.

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