Meighan Simmons, Lady Vols have 1,000 reasons to celebrate

Tennessee's Meighan Simmons tries to move the ball under pressure from North Carolina's Antoinette Bannister at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Tennessee won the game 102-57. Simmons led the night with 33 points.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee's Meighan Simmons tries to move the ball under pressure from North Carolina's Antoinette Bannister at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Tennessee won the game 102-57. Simmons led the night with 33 points.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Holly Warlick pleased with UT's win over UNC

Meighan Simmons kept a date with a milestone on Sunday afternoon.

Tennessee’s junior guard hurried to the rendezvous. Needing 10 points to reach the 1,000-point career mark, she arrived after two free throws with 11:44 left in the first half against North Carolina.

With time to burn and a hot shooting hand at her disposal, Simmons proceeded to another personal achievement. Her final stop was a career-high 33 points in helping lead Tennessee to a 102-57 women’s basketball rout of North Carolina.

“Whatever she ate, drank, did last night, she’s got to do that again every game,” UT coach Holly Warlick said. “I’m going to make sure of it.”

Simmons had plenty of followers as the Lady Vols convened a dominant showing before a crowd of 11,342 at Thompson-Boling Arena, one that stole the thunder from the much-hyped appearance by the Temptations Revue. Center Isabelle Harrison set a career high with 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Cierra Burdick also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Bashaara Graves and Taber Spani rounded out the double-figure scoring for No. 16 Tennessee (6-1) with 11 and 10, respectively.

The Lady Vols won the rebounding battle, 54-40, which translated into a 24-8 advantage in second-chance points. They also had 10 fewer turnovers (30-20) and made better use of the Tar Heels’ giveaways, as evidenced by a 36-16 edge in points off turnovers.

Freshman forward Xylina McDaniel led No. 22 North Carolina (7-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. She gathered six steals but also committed eight turnovers. She said that the Tar Heels were fed a heaping dose of their own high-tempo style of play and it didn’t go down very well.

“So far we haven’t played a team that plays like us that likes to play fast,” she said. “It just opened our eyes.”

Conversely, the Lady Vols got an eyeful of how they want to play and were encouraged by the impressive results.

“It told us we can go up against a team that is like ourselves — very athletic and up-tempo — and do what we did against them,” Spani said. “They’re a very good team and very talented. It says a lot for our performance.”

Speaking on behalf of her effort, Simmons indicated that she was motivated by “an expectation that North Carolina was going to beat us.” She was concerned enough beforehand about her equilibrium to evoke the power of prayer.

“I got up (Sunday) morning and I prayed and I said ‘Please God, just let me get to this game and stay calm and not get too hyped or anything like that,” she said. “Today, I just let the game come to me and when I do that, a lot of things come to me in a manner that I’m not expecting.’’

Perhaps this routine should become mandatory along with her aforementioned consumption habits. By halftime, she was shooting 9 for 11 from the floor and had 22 points. Tennessee had 49, just five short of what North Carolina’s previous seven opponents had averaged for an entire game.

Simmons finished 12 for 22 from the floor and 6 for 6 from the free throw line in becoming the second SEC player to top 30 points this season. She scored the most points by a Lady Vol since Candace Parker had 34 against Notre Dame on March 30, 2008.

North Carolina’s chances of slowing down Tennessee were hurt by the loss of guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who sat out the second half after showing the effects of hitting her head on the court in the first half.

“We call her our secretary of defense,” North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “She’s a great transition defensive player. You don’t get a lot of layups off Tierra.”

Tennessee also lost a guard in the first half when freshman Andraya Carter suffered an injury to her right shoulder for the third time in four games. Warlick expressed hope that a two-week break until Tennessee’s next game — Dec. 16 at Texas — will help curb this ominous trend.

“I think the next two weeks will be good for her to get some rest and get rehab in,” Warlick said.

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

You go Girls!!

huntined#565710 writes:

About 3 times what the men scored and these ladies hit free throws...

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

Go Meighan, That's what happens when you let a greyhound run. 33 points Great Game

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Can you lend some of those scorers to the men's team.

Sorry CM I couldn't resist.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to rclarkvols#224537:

Go Meighan, That's what happens when you let a greyhound run. 33 points Great Game

As MS goes so do the LV's..Remember her performance against UK last year?? If she can get more consistent UT could be special this year..GBO!

LadyVolsFan71 writes:

Great performance Lady Vols. Rest up for those 2 games in Texas.

movinonup writes:

We are still here !!!!!!!!!!!

Great game, Lady Vols....an absolute joy to watch.

jt45 writes:

Fantastic effort by the Lady Vols. After hearing Debbie Antonelli in the pre game comments I expected it to be much closer and by the second half she was talking about how much better this team is than what she expected. They are really looking good when they push the tempo and are getting better defensively with each game. Hustling for loose balls and shutting down NC all the way to the final buzzer makes this game a bit of a statement game IMO. Coach Warlick must have done her homework getting ready for this one. My only complaint goes to the refs, they let alot of over the back fouls go uncalled and at times it looked like the NC ladies were tackling Harrison for the rebounds. Izzy played an excellent game and has come a long way since last year. Simmons had the best game ive ever seen from her on both ends of the floor and was fantastic in the first half. All in all I bet the Lady Vols wont be under the radar anymore this year and I bet their next quality opponent wont be taking them as lightly as the NC coach did. The next three games will really be tough, but we could be watching another National Championship team within the next 2 years if this squad continues to improve like their doing now.

pcorange writes:

Awesome job! This ought to quiet the Warlick naysayers for a few days.

kazoo writes:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

About 3 times what the men scored and these ladies hit free throws...

I was thinking along the same lines, ed. I've been able to catch 2 of the men's games, OkSt & Gtown, and combined, the men's offensive output did not even equal what the ladies accomplished. Game was not shown in this area; but would loved to have seen it. Might be 1 or 2 key recruits away from making a NC run, but this kind of play has to be making a statement to high school stars throughout the country about PS's protege. Also says a lot to me about the level of competition from other in state schools such as MTSU & UTC. Those teams might be making some noise before tourney time. Congrats LVOLs!

ACWLY writes:

Now that was LADY VOL basketball of old. Great win, so glad to see what we are capable of.

volfan2002 writes:

North Carolina is not only no longer undefeated they are totally humiliated. This was a beat down by Tennessee.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

Astonishing! This class of LV's played the most complete game in eight or more years. Athleticism was spread from one end of the bench to to other. Spani maybe had the best game of her career, non-stop hustle and shooting touch. Harrison and Burdick looked very mature and in control. Other than Simmons, there were no high light reels, just non stop effort and highly skilled play - with some lazy or risky passing turn overs. NC had obvious deficits, but the game today showed just how good these LV girls can be. It is like they have suddenly jelled. Holly and staff are doing a super job. Now, if they can just keep this up, they will hang tough with anybody.

ModelMaker writes:

I have been saying all along I think this is a special team. Whatever Holly did between the Middle Tn. game and this one she needs to bottle it. The teamwork was tremendous. I can't get over the tremendous improvement in Harrison and Simmons. I thought they were key but at the same time I thought the whole team played great. The defense was the best I have seen it in a long long time. I thought the defense was what made everything go. I wish the Lady Vols nothing but the best from here on out.

voloffaith writes:

in response to LadyVolsFan71:

Great performance Lady Vols. Rest up for those 2 games in Texas.

oops Stanford after those Texas and Baylor......

lstbodeanvol writes:

great job by everyone..enjoyed the team effort, grat defense and free throw shooting :) go lady vols !!!!!!

richvol writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

Exactly Kazoo...I got tired of watching Pat's fat teams play. The game is now about speed and athleticism.

OrangeBloodFlood writes:

in response to pcorange:

Awesome job! This ought to quiet the Warlick naysayers for a few days.

Holly let the greyhounds run.She understands the kind of game that girls want to play these days.Get ready for some more top recruits.Also congrats to Kyra (best defender ever to wear the O&W)and Jolette and Dean, a true team effort .

laraccoon writes:

very nice game , now do it the next game. and so on

RLL59 writes:

The entire team played really well! Meighan had a great game, but Izzie was especially impressive. Good job by the coaching staff, both for game preparation and gametime decisions. It's been several years since the Lady Vols had as good a game as this one.

madrigal writes:

Either UNC is not as good as the pollsters think, or the Lady Vols are a whole lot better, or maybe both. And will the Meighan haters please just hush now?

golfman1975 writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

If you are questioning PS's ability to coach...you need to get a life.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

You are so right! PS only brought home 8 NC. Only 15 or more former players coaching. I guess you think a kazoo is a musical instrument too.

SummittsCourt writes:

Great start to a killer four game stretch that will let us know where this team is at.

Also, it makes Stanford, Baylor and Texas sit up and take notice.

Go Lady Vols!

BxVol writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

These are all Pat`s players!Great playing today Lady Vols.

OrangeBloodFlood writes:

in response to golfman1975:

You are so right! PS only brought home 8 NC. Only 15 or more former players coaching. I guess you think a kazoo is a musical instrument too.

I love and respect Pat Summit and my heart goes out to her especially since my mother was recently diagnosed with the same illness.To be totally honest though she allowed the game to pass her by,just like Phil Fulmer did.She ran off Lauren Avant because she promised the starting guard job to Massegale while she was still in high school,how long did she keep that job.The game has changed....coaches must change with it

justafan4ut writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

Don't you think she probably recruited these players, since this is the 1st year without HCPS. Please think a little before you post.
Have a Merry Christmas.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

What a great game! UNC messed with the wrong team today. Izzy and Graves were rebounding machines today. We outplayed and out hustled them on every possession. Sylvia got outcoached to by ours. Go Coack Warlick! Our team is jelling at the right time. Glad to see Spani getting her touch back. Simmons just went "ham" on em. This team will go far and prove a lot of people wrong. #16? Please! I sat and watched a yawner as UK stuck a fork in Louisville . Neither of those teams has post play like ours . I can't wait for us to play UK. First things first we have to rest up and get ready for the Texas round up.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

Yeah, apparently Coach Summitt got hung up on signing McDonald's All-Americans. Just makes you wonder.

Seriously though, what are you talking about? Pat signed every player on this team.

Theo writes:

Great execution, great effort, great game plan. Really one of the best efforts I think we have had in years top to bottom.
Congrats Lady Vols! Ace those finals and then on to Texas!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to richvol:

Exactly Kazoo...I got tired of watching Pat's fat teams play. The game is now about speed and athleticism.

1,098: victories, most among any coach at any NCAA level, men or women

208: career losses

135: NCAA tournament games

18: Final Four appearances

16: SEC regular-season titles

16: SEC tournament titles

8: NCAA championships

7: National coach of the year honors

Also the LV's appeared in EVERY NCAA tournament and only once lost before the round of 16. Put that in your pipe and smoke it..

Most NCAA Final Four Appearances (18)

The second-closest team on this list is Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad. The Huskies only made it this far into the tournament 13 times while Summitt took her Lady Vols here a ridiculous 18 times.

It’s definitely a testament to her greatness.

Most NCAA D-1 Postseason Wins (109)

The fact that Summitt has 109 wins in playoff games is insane when you consider that no other program has even competed in 100 postseason contests.

This record just shows how consistent she was in guiding her teams through the regular season with great poise and then dominating when the stakes were raised.

Most NCAA D-1 Basketball Wins (1,098)

Summitt breaks the gender barrier with this record. The closest coaches behind her are legends who will never be forgotten. Mike Krzyewski, Bob Knight, Jim Boeheim, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma are some of the greats in her shadow.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

I watch a lot of womens basketball and trust me lady vols you are the best running team in the country right now. If you get any of the teams to play your game you will win. The only way for them to beat you is to slow things down and play a half court game. Make them play your tempo! Go Ladies!

tenn32rebel writes:

in response to volfaninbuckeyeland:

I was thinking along the same lines, ed. I've been able to catch 2 of the men's games, OkSt & Gtown, and combined, the men's offensive output did not even equal what the ladies accomplished. Game was not shown in this area; but would loved to have seen it. Might be 1 or 2 key recruits away from making a NC run, but this kind of play has to be making a statement to high school stars throughout the country about PS's protege. Also says a lot to me about the level of competition from other in state schools such as MTSU & UTC. Those teams might be making some noise before tourney time. Congrats LVOLs!

Volfan, Holly got those "key recruits" in the Nov. signing period. Mercedes Russell, #1 recruit in the nation for 2013, will suit up for the Lady Vols next year. She is a 6'6" post but runs the floor like a small forward and handles the ball like a guard. She is the real deal.

The other two recruits are top-notch also. Mercedes will help Holly hang two National Championship banners in TBA.

With this solid core of young players returning year, Mercedes won't have to carry the team, just defend & own the paint. She will do that as a freshman while her teammates grab most of the early highlight videos.

These next five years will be great for the Lady Vols and Holly. It will be the start of the Warlick Era in Knoxville. Go Lady Vols!!!!

tenn32rebel writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

Kazoo, Pat recruited all these girls except Nia Moore (brought in by Coach Law from IL) and Jasmine Phillips (JUCO player - first player recruited by Holly Warlick as HC).

The "corn-fed chicks" of old were the best athletes of their time. Pat always recruited the best, regardless of when the young ladies played.

The WCBB game has greatly improved the last five years with bigger, faster, & stronger young ladies than ever before. Because so many young girls watched Candace Parker play and win NCs for the Lady Vols, they now have a blueprint for their basketball success.

A couple of years ago, Pat was being roasted for running off Lyssi Brewer, a big, slow-footed post that would not get into physical condition to play this up-tempo LV game. She transferred to UCLA and has done well because they play a half-court game.

Holly has been trained by the greatest basketball coach, so she knows how to win. Her style will be similar to Pat's but it will be Holly's style. Let the Warlick Era begin!!!

jdcdjc writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

As MS goes so do the LV's..Remember her performance against UK last year?? If she can get more consistent UT could be special this year..GBO!

Agree, but don't overlook the game Izzy had, if these two continue to lead the LV we are in for a great season.

ps11824 writes:

Just shut up and give Pat her props. No need to get off on critical remarks by those who know squat.

The officials, however, I will rag on them for a while until I'm told to shut up too ; )

No wonder many folks don't enjoy the women's game. The officials treat women like porcelan dolls. If the would swallow those dang whisdtles and let the ladies play, the game would have been so much more watchable. The whistled Izzy every time a powder blue jersey came into the paint. At least half the calls were just plain basketball, no foul calls needed. Let them play. I say.

As far as being ready for Texas, someone tell me what kind of game plan Texas is running. Do they play a half court game, or what can we expect to see. Anyone familiar with the Longhorns...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to LadyVolsFan71:

Great performance Lady Vols. Rest up for those 2 games in Texas.

Personally, I am concerned about that long layoff. Two weeks of practice and a few days at home is not a good way to keep your game shape. The LVs were firing on all cylinders yesterday. They will have to bring that same kind of energy and execution to the western trip, but a two-week layoff is not, IMHO, the best way to ensure that. I don't begrudge them the rest, but when you are playing well, it's usually better to keep playing.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to jt45:

Fantastic effort by the Lady Vols. After hearing Debbie Antonelli in the pre game comments I expected it to be much closer and by the second half she was talking about how much better this team is than what she expected. They are really looking good when they push the tempo and are getting better defensively with each game. Hustling for loose balls and shutting down NC all the way to the final buzzer makes this game a bit of a statement game IMO. Coach Warlick must have done her homework getting ready for this one. My only complaint goes to the refs, they let alot of over the back fouls go uncalled and at times it looked like the NC ladies were tackling Harrison for the rebounds. Izzy played an excellent game and has come a long way since last year. Simmons had the best game ive ever seen from her on both ends of the floor and was fantastic in the first half. All in all I bet the Lady Vols wont be under the radar anymore this year and I bet their next quality opponent wont be taking them as lightly as the NC coach did. The next three games will really be tough, but we could be watching another National Championship team within the next 2 years if this squad continues to improve like their doing now.

I'm pretty sure Sylvia Hatchell didn't take the LVs lightly. She has never beaten UT in K'ville. After all the adversity they had last year, she finally has a full, mostly healthy squad. All I can say is that they must not have played anybody any good earlier, and were just not ready for a fired-up LV team that was better, yesterday at least, than most people thought.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to kazoo:

This is UT's most athletic team in a decade. Not sure why PS got hung up on big, slow players, but we're now playing fast and well.

There is an old saying in sports that fast players can slow down when they get tired, but big players are always still big. Pat's formula worked pretty darned well, IMHO, for a lot of years. No question this team is fun to watch when they are going like they did yesterday, but tournament ball nearly always slows down. Speed and quickness are great in the uptempo game, but it helps to be big when the game slows down. I'm afraid their relative lack of height is going to hurt them at inopportune times, but they will be competitive with everybody if they can keep their energy up.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Great start to a killer four game stretch that will let us know where this team is at.

Also, it makes Stanford, Baylor and Texas sit up and take notice.

Go Lady Vols!

This was certainly a feel-good game for the Lady Vol Nation, but I would almost prefer that they slip up on Baylor and Stanford rather than draw their full attention. This is still a young team, most of whom have never been competitive in an environment like they will see in Waco and Palo Alto. Facing fully-alerted foes like Baylor and Stanford with perhaps a bit of overconfidence on their own part is a recipe for humble pie. This kind of competition early in the year is good preparation for the conference season and the postseason, however, and as long as nobody gets hurt, the experience will be good for them, win or lose.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

UT and Stanford plays a similar style of defense which will bode well for us when we play Baylor. Of course O.Simms was hurt when they got beat by Stanford and I'm sure she will be back. So you can bet Baylor will be the team on top in a few weeks. They did show they are vulnerable with her in the lineup so teams will have to key on her more so than Griner. Texas has a freshman that is averaging a double double in scoring / Rebs. She's a lot like X. McDaniels of NC. Simmons will be fired up playing in front of her near homecrowd. Should be a good game.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to tenn32rebel:

Volfan, Holly got those "key recruits" in the Nov. signing period. Mercedes Russell, #1 recruit in the nation for 2013, will suit up for the Lady Vols next year. She is a 6'6" post but runs the floor like a small forward and handles the ball like a guard. She is the real deal.

The other two recruits are top-notch also. Mercedes will help Holly hang two National Championship banners in TBA.

With this solid core of young players returning year, Mercedes won't have to carry the team, just defend & own the paint. She will do that as a freshman while her teammates grab most of the early highlight videos.

These next five years will be great for the Lady Vols and Holly. It will be the start of the Warlick Era in Knoxville. Go Lady Vols!!!!

Hey there, 32reb, I was aware of that outstanding recruiting class that will be coming in next year, and as you implied, they could very well provide the missing pieces in making that NC run. With this being BGriner's last year, Mercedes could indeed be the next Candace Parker of WBB. I just recall that as much of a game changer as CP was, she still had a tremendous supporting cast of talented athletes who worked their rearends off and usually did so in CP's shadow. But their accomplishments were unquestionably the result of a team effort. That's why I used the phrase "might be" when I suggested the possibility of needing yet 1 or 2 more key recruits. Sometimes an injury or other unforeseen circumstance can derail the best laid plans. At any rate, I tip my hat to HW and staff and I thank them for giving UT fans something we can all cheer about for a change. And by the way, I enjoy reading your insightful and informative posts.

madrigal writes:

in response to OrangeBloodFlood:

I love and respect Pat Summit and my heart goes out to her especially since my mother was recently diagnosed with the same illness.To be totally honest though she allowed the game to pass her by,just like Phil Fulmer did.She ran off Lauren Avant because she promised the starting guard job to Massegale while she was still in high school,how long did she keep that job.The game has changed....coaches must change with it

Oh, you were in the room and heard this? Yeah, right. Pat never promised anyone starting jobs, if I remember correctly...she told them they had to earn the start. And if you look back, you'll see how she benched starters when she felt they weren't earning it. Lauren Avant, for her own reasons, went back home and transferred to Rhodes, where perhaps she could balance academics and basketball a little more easily in *her* life.

Don't let your fantasies carry you away.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I've been telling myself for years to watch the women's bball...pro too(men's again and women's)
Warlick almost has me convinced. I loved watching 3 on 3 in high school(shows my age). 3 guards vs. 3 defenders...and no body playing full court.lmao 6 players at each end. Anyone else remember that junk? It WAS fun to watch though. I know some of you are as old as me.

Welp I'll just have to try and watch the LVs and LMs this season. The Lady Mocs lost to a good St Mary's team. Close though. St. Mary's comes out with good men's squads too sometimes.

The men's Moc's are playing their all too familiar(nowadays) losing way. They ARE young though and may come around. I doubt they'll see any tourney this year.

Anyhow...WTG LVs and keep it up 'cause I want to watch some game.

ps11824 writes:

[[[ mocsandvolsfan writes:
I've been telling myself for years to watch the women's bball...pro too(men's again and women's)
Warlick almost has me convinced. I loved watching 3 on 3 in high school(shows my age). 3 guards vs. 3 defenders...and no body playing full court.lmao 6 players at each end. Anyone else remember that junk? It WAS fun to watch though. I know some of you are as old as me. ]]]

Uh, yeah. Fun to watch but not to play. Well, it was like eating in the lunchroom or not eating at all, The mashed potatoes and chipped beef with gravy was such a heavy load to carry thru a couple hrs. of 3 on 3 practice every day at 3. On the other hand, choosing not to eat meant passing out and being sent to the bench to watch the others. I, personally, never liked sitting the bench.

So how fired up were the Lady Mocs to beat the Lady Vols? I think our freshmen came out with some nerves in that matchup. Perhaps the veterans failed to warn them to never take any team lightly. I don't know what it was, but we took a whupin there. Looking back won't change anything unless we are willing to learn from our rearview, and I believe we have. I'm really proud of what we showed yesterday.

Meigan was tuned in for sure, but she had some determined young freshmen right there with. I could complain a little bit about the poor choices Massengale made, but I won't. You saw it. You make the call.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I've been telling myself for years to watch the women's bball...pro too(men's again and women's)
Warlick almost has me convinced. I loved watching 3 on 3 in high school(shows my age). 3 guards vs. 3 defenders...and no body playing full court.lmao 6 players at each end. Anyone else remember that junk? It WAS fun to watch though. I know some of you are as old as me.

Welp I'll just have to try and watch the LVs and LMs this season. The Lady Mocs lost to a good St Mary's team. Close though. St. Mary's comes out with good men's squads too sometimes.

The men's Moc's are playing their all too familiar(nowadays) losing way. They ARE young though and may come around. I doubt they'll see any tourney this year.

Anyhow...WTG LVs and keep it up 'cause I want to watch some game.

Hey m&vfan, boy did you stir some memories with that reference to the jurassic age of WBB. Yep, that's what they played when I attended high school in the Chatta area. A 5'10" girl in those days was almost considered Amazonian. In fact, we didn't even have many guys much taller than that. I also still have a soft spot for those Mocs teams and wish them well. Great view of the UTC campus from the top of Lookout Mtn. Personally though, I don't think there is any comparison with today's women's game insofar as talent, conditioning, and overall excitement are concerned, and in this modern era, no one's done it better than the LVOLS.

volboy81 writes:

that was the best game the Lady Vols have played in several years. It was so much fun to watch! It helped make up for the mens loss on Friday, the hosing that Maryville got on Saturday (get some refs that know the rules, TSSAA!) and Ala winning on Sat. Play like that every game girls and you will be back on top real soon!!

SoddyVol writes:

[[[ mocsandvolsfan writes:
I've been telling myself for years to watch the women's bball...pro too(men's again and women's)
Warlick almost has me convinced. I loved watching 3 on 3 in high school(shows my age). 3 guards vs. 3 defenders...and no body playing full court.lmao 6 players at each end. Anyone else remember that junk? It WAS fun to watch though. I know some of you are as old as me. ]]]

I may be as old as you (or older). Coach "Big Boy" Ernest Eldridge used to pull a dollar or two out of his hind pocket to give to the players when on a road trip. I hitch-hiked home several times after a game unless I had a ride. Big Boy's Boys team won the state a year after some accused him of going to sleep on the bench when so far ahead he put in all the second 5. When he awoke, he put the starters back in but the momentum has switched and they came in second. He took no chances the next year and won easily.
My sister was smooth in our back yard and played on the offense end of the court for the girls but she sure looked awkward in a real game. Guess that was why she was on the second team.

Volinflan writes:

For a few games I got to be a scorekeeper for my highschool girls team (yes I'm male but nobody else volunteered and a buddy's sister was on the team). And it was the "half" court game. It was easy being the scorekeeper. The final scores were usually something like 18 - 14.

What we get to watch now is a lot more entertaining (well maybe not - being the scorekeeper was fun but it didn't get me any dates, which was the purpose of the volunteering.)

Back to seriouos matters, Simmons was awsome. Someone above mentioned her speed. She gets a ball three feet behind a defender, in about three dribbles she's passed them and is heading downcourt. I havent seen all the fast guards in the game but they better come ready to run.

But the real surprise to me, to date, is the play of Izzy. She has been a real force inside and she's doing something that Glory didn't untill her senior year. She makes her shots! For the first couple of years especially, Glory would start pressing and miss what should have been ringers.

Another thing that I am loving is the "esprit de team" that the players are showing, both on the court and on the bench. It's gonna be fun in March.

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