Vanderbilt runs away from Lady Vols, 93-79

Vanderbilt gets good practice on layup drills

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Vanderbilt center Stephanie Holzer, center, shoots between Tennessee forwards Cierra Burdick and Glory Johnson during the first half of their SEC game game at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

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Mark Humphrey/Associated Press Vanderbilt center Stephanie Holzer, center, shoots between Tennessee forwards Cierra Burdick and Glory Johnson during the first half of their SEC game game at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee erased one deficit Thursday night, but the Lady Vols couldn’t do it a second time.

After rallying from 12 points down in the second half and grabbing a two-point lead, the Lady Vols succumbed to another scoring onslaught by Vanderbilt.

The result was a 93-79 SEC women’s basketball loss to the Commodores before a crowd of 12,034 at Memorial Gymnasium.

Tiffany Clarke led four double-figure scorers with 23 points for Vanderbilt (19-5, 7-4 SEC), which reached a program high for points against its instate rival. Clarke, who was in foul trouble in the first half, had 19 points in the second half.

Guard Christina Foggie scored 22 points. Her 3-pointer gave the Commodores the lead for good with 11 minutes, 12 seconds left. Stephanie Holzer and Jasmine Lister each scored 19. Lister had 13 assists.

“Vanderbilt was better than us,’’ UT associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “They were stronger. They were smarter. They wanted it more.”

The Commodores beat UT at its own game, outrebounding the Lady Vols 41-27 and outscoring them in the paint, 52-28.

“We weren’t highly motivated to defend inside,’’ Warlick said. “It wasn’t just one player, it was several.”

In a season of defensive low points, Warlick conceded that this was the lowest.

“We’re a team that takes a lot of pride in their defense,’’ Warlick said. “We didn’t tonight.”

Meighan Simmons scored 20 points for No. 11 Tennessee (17-7, 8-3). Glory Johnson scored 19 but fouled out with 5:59 left.

Shekinna Stricklen added 17.

Tennessee didn’t start out shy about trying different defensive strategies. The Lady Vols altered their alignment on virtually every possession in the early going. The variety show wasn’t effective, however.

Instead, it appeared to be an open invitation for Vanderbilt to conduct a layup drill. Lister went the length of the floor for the first of three in a row by the Commodores. When the drill was complete, they had opened a 19-12 lead.

Foggie drove by Simmons for another layup to give Vanderbilt its first double-figure lead, 33-23.

Holzer did most of the first-half damage with 15 points. Her baseline jumper pushed the lead to 40-29.

Tennessee stayed within 42-34 at the half primarily on the strength of two scorers.

While Johnson wasn’t doing much to slow down Holzer, at least she matched her with 15 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor.

Simmons added 13, hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

The second half didn’t start out much better than the first. When Kady Schrann blew by Taber Spani for a layup, Vanderbilt had a 48-36 lead.

But a Stricklen block, of all things, ignited a Tennessee rally. The Lady Vols scored 14 of the next 18 points. A Johnson turn-around jumper gave them a 54-52 advantage.

“I was trying to talk to everyone, let them know this was our chance,’’ Johnson said.

Instead, it was time for Vanderbilt to get a second scoring wind. Consecutive treys by Foggie ignited the Commodores’ comeback.

After Holzer and Clarke scored down low, Foggie punctuated the surge with another 3-pointer, culminating a possession that was saved when Lister chased down a loose ball in the backcourt.

Suddenly, the Commodores were back in front, 65-56.

And the Lady Vols again were defenseless to prevent the fate that awaited them.

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Volinflan writes:

Got outplayed by a better team and out coached by a better coach.
Do they televise WNIT games? Caldwell for President.

butch31 writes:

Nice job Vanderbilt, Lady Vols didn't want it. Vicki Baugh, Shekinna Stricklen, Alicia Manning, were part of recruiting class that was overrated. I am surprised that UT didn't front the post players from Vanderbilt. Glory needs help. I had no idea this senior class quit...LOL! So sad to see them go out like this. Oh well...The freshmen are looking good, I can't to see them next fall. I am still laughing at this senior class and how they have given up. SMH@them! I can't believe these coaches endorsed Shekinna Stricklen as SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR! I hope we bring in a couple of nice juco players next fall.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

Sad on so many levels.

GONAVY writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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It's a game. Only a game, played by college kids. Tomorrow is another day full of promise.

Titan writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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Do you have trouble stringing your thoughts together into one post? Why not write them all down at once and then just drop one mile-long post on us. Will be much easier to ignore one long post than to have to wade through your never ending rants.

VolinTally writes:

93 points? Well, before people start jumping up and down saying how "defense is the bread and butter of Tennessee basketball" or the players "weren't passionate enough," I think it's evident that the current coaching staff isn't capable of teaching defense. When a team can dismantle your defense like this and you have no response, that's a coaching deficiency. This game was very reminiscent of last year's and this year's games against ND. Absolutely no defensive game plan.

Holly Warlick is proving with each game that she absolutely isn't capable of being a head coach. The Lady Vols lacked critical motivation in this game and many others this year, and after watching Warlick's sideline demeanor, I'm thinking she couldn't motivate a Thanksgiving turkey off the chopping block.

And with all due respect, what the heck is CPS's role anymore? Forgive me, but everytime the camera cuts to her on the sideline, she comes off looking like a feeble old grandmother at a family picnic. They say it's "early onset" dementia but the way it's being portrayed by the cameras, you'd think she's in the full, tragic throes of her disease. She peeks into huddles without offering anything and the cameras love focusing in on her blank stare. What's next? A drool bucket? That's totally off base, but who's orchestrating this fiasco of a coaching shift? Maybe they're waiting for her to reach that magic 1100 win, but technically, would they even be her wins? And for those of you who think Dave Hart will have to make some difficult decisions, remember he's the same guy who sat around Tallahassee for years without taking decisive action regarding Bobby Bowden.

Sorry about the rant, but I'm a little ticked by what I see. With some exceptions, the Lady Vols essentially have the same talent as they had last year, but they're not even keeping pace with last year. A few players left, but the most significant change is the coaching which is proving to be incompetent. Of course, the coaching has been slipping for years as other schools and teams have outrecruited, outscored, and outcoached the Lady Vols. Maybe this is just what UCLA fans felt like when John Wooden retired.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

First, credits to Vandy. Playing in the movie theater arena, they could do no wrong. Any Tennessee team giving up 90 plus points makes you wonder.

Did anyone besides me notice something about the lineup? We pretty much allowed Vandy to have their way. The Lady Vols allowed a clear path to the basket for layups any of us could have made.
Then, on their outside shooting, we seemed to allow the shots and 'hoped' they wouldn't fall.

But my point was being down 12, Tennessee brought Bass ( a Senior ) with quickness and 4 years of experience into the game......and wham.....Tennessee fought back and took the lead.
After that, we never saw Bass and her harrassing defense and Vandy roared back and pulled away.

Anyway, not going to jump off a tall building about what has happened to our season so far. IMO, it just isn't working with Holly on the sideline and Pat watching.

But, just one final thing. Once again, in the movie theater arena, whenever Tennessee had its hands on the ball, this obnoxious whistler ( you HAD to have heard him ) whistled the entire game when we had possession of the ball, or shot free throws. It sounded like he was sitting right behind Mickey Dearstone. I was hoping someone would put the camera on him so we could see what a total, classless idiot looks like.

Remember the good times friends......we don't have a typical Lady Vols presence this year.

I hope ........hope, they can somehow find the heart and effort to turn this thing around....

VolinTally writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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More likely, it's the worst coaching job in 30+ years. When coaches can't motivate players and give them game strategies that actually pay off, I'd lose my confidence too.

JimmyJoe writes:

How has it fallen to this level?

Orangeblood13 writes:

gee whiz

even the lady vols fans have turned on the orange, man it's tuff these days to find real ones

hang in there ladies, keep your heads up

bmaples writes:

LARGE disagreement with comments above about "didn't want it" or "lack of hustle." From what I could see, the Lady Vols worked hard, hustled, and scrapped the entire game. They wanted it plenty.

What happened, then? Combination of many things. They got outscored in the paint. Better game plan by Vandy coaches. Glory fouling out. Orher things.

Vandy played one of its best games of the tear, and Tennessee had no answer for some of their schemes,oiffensively or defensively.

And one more thing -- Glory is doing all she can to carry us to victory. She's one of the hardest-working players I've seen. Props to her.

Bruce in Louisville

Razor784 writes:

in response to VolinTally:

93 points? Well, before people start jumping up and down saying how "defense is the bread and butter of Tennessee basketball" or the players "weren't passionate enough," I think it's evident that the current coaching staff isn't capable of teaching defense. When a team can dismantle your defense like this and you have no response, that's a coaching deficiency. This game was very reminiscent of last year's and this year's games against ND. Absolutely no defensive game plan.

Holly Warlick is proving with each game that she absolutely isn't capable of being a head coach. The Lady Vols lacked critical motivation in this game and many others this year, and after watching Warlick's sideline demeanor, I'm thinking she couldn't motivate a Thanksgiving turkey off the chopping block.

And with all due respect, what the heck is CPS's role anymore? Forgive me, but everytime the camera cuts to her on the sideline, she comes off looking like a feeble old grandmother at a family picnic. They say it's "early onset" dementia but the way it's being portrayed by the cameras, you'd think she's in the full, tragic throes of her disease. She peeks into huddles without offering anything and the cameras love focusing in on her blank stare. What's next? A drool bucket? That's totally off base, but who's orchestrating this fiasco of a coaching shift? Maybe they're waiting for her to reach that magic 1100 win, but technically, would they even be her wins? And for those of you who think Dave Hart will have to make some difficult decisions, remember he's the same guy who sat around Tallahassee for years without taking decisive action regarding Bobby Bowden.

Sorry about the rant, but I'm a little ticked by what I see. With some exceptions, the Lady Vols essentially have the same talent as they had last year, but they're not even keeping pace with last year. A few players left, but the most significant change is the coaching which is proving to be incompetent. Of course, the coaching has been slipping for years as other schools and teams have outrecruited, outscored, and outcoached the Lady Vols. Maybe this is just what UCLA fans felt like when John Wooden retired.

Excellent post, right on the money, it's really frustrating to watch this team get progressively worse as the season goes on.

FanInNevada writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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I hate to say it but I agree. Tonight I did not see her say a single word. If she can't, or doesn't want to coach, then retirement is in order and let someone else be the coach. And I don't mean just on the floor. I've said it before, the situation must be unbearable for the 3 assistants. Maybe none of them is head coach material (we've seen what Mickie can do, but maybe she's over being the leader) - but we won't know that until they really are the head coach. Right now I think they are just trying to hold it together. My feeling after tonight is - if you are the head coach, then coach - in private and in public. I feel so bad for all of them.

coffy73 writes:

Please, please do not give the head coaching job to holly warlick! Get Nikki Caldwell, Walz from Louisville. I watched warlick on the sidelines trying to do her best CPS imitation and I just wished she would've sat down! I don't see a team trying to win an SEC title or go deep in the ncaas...I see one just trying to get through the season. That's it! It might be for the best, but I really don't see CPS retiring until the end of the season.

wigmeister writes:

It is the end of an era. It is not the same without Pat pacing the sidelines, arms folded, scowl on her face, practically forcing her players to greater heights. It is over, unfortunately. We will rebuild, but I don't see any of the assistants with the motivational skills to lead this program moving forward. Whomever Hart goes after, I hope he does it quickly, and pays the money to bring in someone good. He can start with Nikki!

VolinTally writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

gee whiz

even the lady vols fans have turned on the orange, man it's tuff these days to find real ones

hang in there ladies, keep your heads up

I don't know that anyone has turned. It's simply that the Lady Vols have been the consistent winners for more years than I can remember. Seeing it unravel like this is tough for a lot of fans, especially when it's pretty obvious where the problems lie. How many lineups were on the floor tonight? There's no consistency, and without consistency, these games feel like practice drills. The coaching staff keeps moving personnel on and off the court without any semblance of a game plan. If they had a game plan, the lineups would be more stable.

Titan writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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Well I haven't called people names and belittled them like you just did and I'll continue to take the high road - although it would be easy to stoop to your level. And I haven't said that what you've posted isn't legitimate. I'm just amazed by your arrogance that you think folks comes to this site and are impressed by ten posts of yours that pretty much say the same thing over and over. If your comprehension level is so good, why not make one intelligent post, say what you want, and be done with it?

kazoo writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

First, credits to Vandy. Playing in the movie theater arena, they could do no wrong. Any Tennessee team giving up 90 plus points makes you wonder.

Did anyone besides me notice something about the lineup? We pretty much allowed Vandy to have their way. The Lady Vols allowed a clear path to the basket for layups any of us could have made.
Then, on their outside shooting, we seemed to allow the shots and 'hoped' they wouldn't fall.

But my point was being down 12, Tennessee brought Bass ( a Senior ) with quickness and 4 years of experience into the game......and wham.....Tennessee fought back and took the lead.
After that, we never saw Bass and her harrassing defense and Vandy roared back and pulled away.

Anyway, not going to jump off a tall building about what has happened to our season so far. IMO, it just isn't working with Holly on the sideline and Pat watching.

But, just one final thing. Once again, in the movie theater arena, whenever Tennessee had its hands on the ball, this obnoxious whistler ( you HAD to have heard him ) whistled the entire game when we had possession of the ball, or shot free throws. It sounded like he was sitting right behind Mickey Dearstone. I was hoping someone would put the camera on him so we could see what a total, classless idiot looks like.

Remember the good times friends......we don't have a typical Lady Vols presence this year.

I hope ........hope, they can somehow find the heart and effort to turn this thing around....

Not true. Bass was in the game when Vandy went on a run to regain the lead by six and then more after UT had made its comeback.

This team is TERRIBLE defensively. They couldn't guard a group of grandmothers--seriously. Massengale and Stricklin are lazy on D, Spani can't stay with anybody, and Simmons--who is playing better on offensive--is clueless on defense as well.

What has happened to Baugh? MAJOR disappointment this year. Expected lots more. Glory has NO HELP inside--that's one reason for our defensive problems.

g-man writes:

in response to VolinTally:

More likely, it's the worst coaching job in 30+ years. When coaches can't motivate players and give them game strategies that actually pay off, I'd lose my confidence too.

agree 1000%

jdcdjc writes:

I do believe this is the worse LV team I have seen in all my years of watching them & that covers all Pats teams, we were out played and out coached. It's getting tiresome.

oldster writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

First, credits to Vandy. Playing in the movie theater arena, they could do no wrong. Any Tennessee team giving up 90 plus points makes you wonder.

Did anyone besides me notice something about the lineup? We pretty much allowed Vandy to have their way. The Lady Vols allowed a clear path to the basket for layups any of us could have made.
Then, on their outside shooting, we seemed to allow the shots and 'hoped' they wouldn't fall.

But my point was being down 12, Tennessee brought Bass ( a Senior ) with quickness and 4 years of experience into the game......and wham.....Tennessee fought back and took the lead.
After that, we never saw Bass and her harrassing defense and Vandy roared back and pulled away.

Anyway, not going to jump off a tall building about what has happened to our season so far. IMO, it just isn't working with Holly on the sideline and Pat watching.

But, just one final thing. Once again, in the movie theater arena, whenever Tennessee had its hands on the ball, this obnoxious whistler ( you HAD to have heard him ) whistled the entire game when we had possession of the ball, or shot free throws. It sounded like he was sitting right behind Mickey Dearstone. I was hoping someone would put the camera on him so we could see what a total, classless idiot looks like.

Remember the good times friends......we don't have a typical Lady Vols presence this year.

I hope ........hope, they can somehow find the heart and effort to turn this thing around....

All that we fans of UT athletics, men's or women's, have left are memories of glory days. There is no hope of revival. It's over and done. Just like life and the USA.

coffy73 writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

gee whiz

even the lady vols fans have turned on the orange, man it's tuff these days to find real ones

hang in there ladies, keep your heads up

Oh, so real fans are supposed to ignore reality and lie about how awful their team is? Why don't you send a letter to the team telling THEM to stop giving up on games and showing no heart towards the Lady Vol legacy! Real fans offer criticism, not just sugarcoating and sweet words.

SoddyVol writes:

They let Vandy make 39 of 70 shots. I have tried to support this coaching staff with the difficult task they had starting in 2009, but just have to face the facts. They have proven they can't get the team playing the defense needed to win big. I really believe the teams athletic ability is there. The rest, including getting them to put forth the effort, depends on how well they are coached.

Titan writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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The correct terminology is "couldn't care less". I am so impressed that you are an endowed donor. With such lofty status and credentials, KNS probably pays you by the post. I understand now - please post more, many, many more. The masses anxiously await your words of wisdom scattered throughout your plethora of posts.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

To Pat Head Summitt:

Sooner or later (and sadly enough) you will retire, having had a most prosperous career. Unless it's this diagnosis of yours that's actually keeping you from doing so and not to sound too harsh, I wish that until the very last millisecond of your career (or maybe, something like your very last national championship game, with 0.9 seconds left, the Lady Vols are down by a point or two, with perhaps not even a timeout and need to catch and shoot a two- or three-pointer to win the game), you would "get in the players' faces" about defense (GOSH! Vanderbilt scores 41 points in about 11 minutes??), rebounding, and other factors. You can show Holly or whoever wants to take over the ship your methods and continue the tradition of the Lady Vols definitely being a force to be reckoned with in women's college basketball as the years go on and on and on. Maybe this next coach or any future coaches can lead this team to eight or more national championships (in a row, even). But, even if it's 1,050 (that may be close to your number of wins) years from now, those coaches, as they may also become UT legends, would and should admire and respect you, the great Pat Head Summitt!!

VolinTally writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

They let Vandy make 39 of 70 shots. I have tried to support this coaching staff with the difficult task they had starting in 2009, but just have to face the facts. They have proven they can't get the team playing the defense needed to win big. I really believe the teams athletic ability is there. The rest, including getting them to put forth the effort, depends on how well they are coached.

This assessment is spot on. Everyone keeps saying the Lady Vols have quit, but it looks like the coaching staff has as well. A key element of coaching is motivation. I just don't see it.

gerryblack writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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If she doesn't announce she should be replaced anyway or this will be the worst recruiting year in history. I really like the LSU coach. I mean Pat isn't coaching so there's no excuse to keep her. The program is much more important than the coach.

r2d2 writes:

The talent level at UCONN and TN are approximately even and I may go so far as to say that TN has a ever so slight edge in talent. However, compare the won-loss records of the two teams. What is the difference? Geno is coaching his team. Pat is not coaching her team because she can't. Pat is watching her team being coached and poorly at that. I do not blame Holly Warlick. She is an assistant coach, not a head coach. She does as she is told. The same situation will occur at UCONN if Geno is unable to coach and one of his assistants assumes his coaching duties.

jt45 writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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So basically what your saying is your just a season ticket holding troll who comes here to get his kicks.

FearlessFreep writes:

Anyone who thinks PHS will be the coach next year isn't paying attention.

gerryblack writes:

in response to Titan:

Do you have trouble stringing your thoughts together into one post? Why not write them all down at once and then just drop one mile-long post on us. Will be much easier to ignore one long post than to have to wade through your never ending rants.

Why show your class in a public forum? That is if you have any.

VolinTally writes:

Reading Warlick's comments in the KNS article above, is it just me, or is she delusional? In regards to Vanderbilt, she says "They wanted it more." Really? How does she know? Because they lost? I hate it when coaches use these cliched remarks thinking it's going to motivate players. It's ridiculous. She had 40 minutes on the sideline and 20 minutes in the locker room to motivate the players and make adjustments, and they still lost because Vanderbilt wanted it more? She's used that statement more than once this year, and it's starting to sound like sound bites in some pathetic effort to cover up her coaching shortcomings. I love how she never says we were out-coached. If she were a good leader, she'd take some responsibility as well.

Orangejellybean writes:

GOOD GRIEF!!! You all no need to worry 'bout opposing fans coming on here knocking you, you're doing a great job of slicing each other's throats yourselves!!! What is a "troll" precisely!!!???

g-man writes:

in response to VolinTally:

I don't know that anyone has turned. It's simply that the Lady Vols have been the consistent winners for more years than I can remember. Seeing it unravel like this is tough for a lot of fans, especially when it's pretty obvious where the problems lie. How many lineups were on the floor tonight? There's no consistency, and without consistency, these games feel like practice drills. The coaching staff keeps moving personnel on and off the court without any semblance of a game plan. If they had a game plan, the lineups would be more stable.

lady vols don't have a post presence at all, they miss kelly cain and lyssi brewer so bad, vanderbilt had their way in the paint, it was a sad sight, and to think some people were cheering when cain and brewer left the team, i wonder how much cheering they're doing now,and it's a sad sight when bass is getting major minutes, could have used avant tonite, but i guess awarding a freshman the starting job before she ever set foot on campus was a good move, no wonder avant left, people can fantasize about injuries all they want,that was a low blow, these coaches want to play spani so bad they dont no what to do, simmons was the hottest player on the team, but to get spani her minutes you sit simmons on the bench until youre 15 pts behind and then pull her off the bench to save the day to late, plus this team is not going any where with baugh sitting on the bench, we need her presence down low, these coaches have broke her spirit, reminds me of borkland last year, and simmons this year, i dont care what people say about simmons, she and glory and manning are the toughest players on the team, they need to quit playing favorites and play the best players baugh,glory,strick,simmons,massengale - first off the bench manning, burdick, spot players (minimal minutes) spani, bass, harrison,and give mickie demoss a shot at salvaging the season, holly warlick is the worst coach ive ever seen,sit her down forever, old boy network of coaching, the buddy buddy system in full effect,#1 worst case scenario of old boy network coaching - randy sanders offensive coordinator, #2 holly warlick acting head coach

flatrock writes:

Worst defensive team in Lady Vol history- but it is not because of a lack of effort...It is because the staff continues to play in-your-face, get-in-the-passing-lane defense with athletes that simply are not equipped to play that style. Thus, the easy back-door layups and over-the-top lobs (with no backside help)...I do not believe this team has quit- it is simply the style that is being forced upon them! This staff would probably require Peyton Manning to run the wishbone triple-option! Note to staff: pack the lane, cut off the easy drives and send five players to the defensive glass. Adapt and move on- or look for an early exit from post-season play!

kazoo writes:

Why is Harrison not playing? If Baugh cannot play, then she needs PT to give the team some defensive help inside--she can block shots and rebound. This team is getting killed inside. Start Massengale, Stricklin, Johnson, Harrison and Simmons. Bring in Bass to give Mass a breather or for occasional defensive purposes. Mix and match Williams with Simmons as their play and the opponent dictates. Use Burdick to spell Stricklin and Johnson, and sub Baugh for Harrison. Stick with this lineup--my 2 centimes.

SATCHMOE writes:

in response to Titan:

The correct terminology is "couldn't care less". I am so impressed that you are an endowed donor. With such lofty status and credentials, KNS probably pays you by the post. I understand now - please post more, many, many more. The masses anxiously await your words of wisdom scattered throughout your plethora of posts.

What about that high road you were taking

richvol writes:

I have given up on this team and it started when I watched Stanford tear us a new one several losses ago. They are the worst fundamentally coached team I have ever seen take the floor in a LadyVol uniform. I cannot watch them as they are so incompetent that it's totally frustrating. It's really sad to see Pat go out this way. I am eternally grateful for the wonderful success she has brought to UT.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to kiffinsux:

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ut didn't give UK ANYTHING. UK earned it. Just like UK earned it on the football field. Silly ut fans.

golfman1975 writes:

Nothing wrong with the team...they are not playing with confidence. Coaches need to put up a picture of the ball in the hoop from directly above the rim...the ball is small and the hoop is big. When you have no confidence the basket looks like a golf hole. They shoot with a jerk motion and not a stroke. Next...40 minutes of hell ala Nolan Richardson. Fast pace and all over the court...pass, pass, and pass...no dribbling. Have some fun and forget about the past. Nothing can be done but the future is what you play for. You have the talent and knowledge. Enjoy the game because one day it will be over...I know personally because I have been given 2 years to live.

golfman1975 writes:

How did Glory Johnson foul out? Dont say she committed 5 fouls...I saw 4. Stricklen IS a great player that is just not seeing the basket as a large round opening...she has been shooting trying to be too precise. She just needs to see it for what it is...a very large opening for a small ball to go through and stroke the shot. Like golf, it is so much mental. Mental fatigue is tougher than physical fatigue. Make all the girls climb a ladder and look down at the goal with a ball going through it. The ball is barely wide enough to touch the nets. I practice putting by sticking a tee in the ground and putt at it. If I am hitting the tee then the cup looks like the ocean on the course and I will putt well...may sound stupid but it works! Then the energy on defense will come back...no more dread of missing shots gives you energy. Good offense turns into good defense and good defense turns into good offense. FACT!

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Sad......Nikki or Mitchell please

FLVOL_79 writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

ut didn't give UK ANYTHING. UK earned it. Just like UK earned it on the football field. Silly ut fans.

Don't you have some Tebow NFL stats to weep over?

FLVOL_79 writes:

This totally means Vandy is about to be the DOMINANT school in ALL SPORTS in the SEC East!!...bwhahaha excuse me..early morning hallucinations.

ps11824 writes:

bottom...

tonyvick#213307 writes:

The ladies played as hard to the level they are coached. What happened to this coaching staff?

JerseyJill writes:

I am still on the band wagon. This team needs all the support it can get. Do you think this is the way Pat wanted the year to play out? How would you like to be under the microscope 24/7? Some of these posts sound more like pro-sports fans jumping ship. Keep the faith Lady Vols. I'll be cheering for you, supporting you and traveling from New Jersey to see you play whenever I can. Nothing is as strong as the Lady Vols Nation. Let's get behind the TEAM.

STLVOLS writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

First, credits to Vandy. Playing in the movie theater arena, they could do no wrong. Any Tennessee team giving up 90 plus points makes you wonder.

Did anyone besides me notice something about the lineup? We pretty much allowed Vandy to have their way. The Lady Vols allowed a clear path to the basket for layups any of us could have made.
Then, on their outside shooting, we seemed to allow the shots and 'hoped' they wouldn't fall.

But my point was being down 12, Tennessee brought Bass ( a Senior ) with quickness and 4 years of experience into the game......and wham.....Tennessee fought back and took the lead.
After that, we never saw Bass and her harrassing defense and Vandy roared back and pulled away.

Anyway, not going to jump off a tall building about what has happened to our season so far. IMO, it just isn't working with Holly on the sideline and Pat watching.

But, just one final thing. Once again, in the movie theater arena, whenever Tennessee had its hands on the ball, this obnoxious whistler ( you HAD to have heard him ) whistled the entire game when we had possession of the ball, or shot free throws. It sounded like he was sitting right behind Mickey Dearstone. I was hoping someone would put the camera on him so we could see what a total, classless idiot looks like.

Remember the good times friends......we don't have a typical Lady Vols presence this year.

I hope ........hope, they can somehow find the heart and effort to turn this thing around....

Well spoken, Orangecounty

movol53 writes:

I agree with orangecounty. But I do believe we are watching the last whimper of a once great program. Several folks are blaming the coaches and perhaps rightfully so however, defense and rebounding in nothing but desire. Over the last few weeks some on here have expressed the fact that we need to stop placing so much effort on defense and put more effort on offense. If you can't stop them once in a while you can't out score'em. I don't know what "bug" has hit UT sports but the two major ones football and Lady Vol BB seem to caught the same disease. I don't who on the team had it but I truly hope a cure in found and that it does not stay around with the underclass members of the team. LSU provided us with an opportunity - - - Opportunity lost. Where have my Lady Vols gone?

huntined#565710 writes:

Guess most of us thought when PAT first came out about her having a illness that we all know takes people from what they once were we all thought it will not take PAT out as she is too strong. Just seeing her on that bench let's us know her illness has no respect for any person. Just hard for us to see her that way but that is what her illness does. These players see her now and know she is not the SAME. It is hard for us VOL fans to see our GREAT LADY VOLS getting beat by avg. and some better teams. Our ASST. coaches are just that and not head coaches. Right now it is what it is and we must accept it and let time move on and just try to understand that about all we can do is be a FAN.

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