Lady Vols No. 2 seed, will play UT Martin

Baylor top seed in regional

Tennessee players and coaches celebrate at Pat Summitt's home on Monday, March 12, 2012 as they receive a no. 2 seed in the Des Moines regional of the NCAA Tournament. Players form left, are Alicia Manning. Shekinna Stricklen, Briana Bass, Meighan Simmons, and Glory Johnson. Coaches, from left, are assistant coach Mickie DeMoss, head coach Pat Summitt, associate head coach Holly Warlick, and assistant coach Dean Lockwood. 

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Tennessee players and coaches celebrate at Pat Summitt's home on Monday, March 12, 2012 as they receive a no. 2 seed in the Des Moines regional of the NCAA Tournament. Players form left, are Alicia Manning. Shekinna Stricklen, Briana Bass, Meighan Simmons, and Glory Johnson. Coaches, from left, are assistant coach Mickie DeMoss, head coach Pat Summitt, associate head coach Holly Warlick, and assistant coach Dean Lockwood. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Summitt and Warlick on the NCAA Tournament

Pat Summitt knows better than to look ahead at this time of the year.

The Tennessee women's basketball coach might be tempted to look back, though, since her team will play her former college team in the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Vols (24-8) were tabbed Monday the No. 2 seed in the Des Moines (Iowa) Regional and will open against No. 15 seed UT Martin (23-8) on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 4:10 p.m.) at Allstate Arena in Chicago. Summitt graduated from Martin in 1974 and played basketball there for four seasons. Just like UT, a campus street at Martin and the basketball court are named after her.

"I never would've have thought about it," Summitt said. "It's kind of neat."

The other first-round game in Chicago will be No. 7 DePaul, the host school, versus No. 10 BYU. The winners meet at 9:30 p.m. next Monday.

The No. 1 seed in Tennessee's region is Baylor. Led by 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner, the Lady

Bears are 34-0 and the prohibitive favorites of the 64-team field. The Lady Vols couldn't help but notice Baylor's presence. Since its regional was revealed last on ESPN's selection show, UT's name was one of the last to appear.

The regional also includes No. 3 Delaware (30-1), which is led by forward Elena Delle Donne, who leads the nation in scoring, averaging 27.5 points per game.

"It's a very, very good region," assistant coach Dean Lockwood said. "Obviously, Baylor is the monster that everyone is aware of."

The coaches will stress not looking ahead and hope that the team's wealth of experience will aid their cause.

"We've got a veteran team," assistant coach Mickie DeMoss said, "and if you've been around the game long enough, the minute you take your eye off your opponent is when you're going to get sucker punched. They have to know that we have to focus on the task at hand.

Lady Vols look ahead to NCAA Tourney

"We've been beaten by some teams this year that we weren't really supposed to lose to. So hopefully they've learned their lesson with that."

For Lockwood, Monday night's task was hustling back to the office and gathering some video of UT Martin. The Skyhawks (23-8) won the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship along with the conference tournament championship. They are led by Heather Butler, a 5-6 guard from Medina, Tenn., who averaged 24.1 points per game.

The two teams have met 15 times. When Martin named its court in Summitt's honor, the Lady Vols marked the occasion with a 73-32 victory. The teams last met on Dec. 5, 2006, with Tennessee winning on "The Summitt" at Thompson-Boling Arena, 85-29. The teams have never played in the NCAA tournament.

"I think it's a good story line," DeMoss said. "Probably the (tournament) committee matched us up for a good little storyline."

Another one is Tennessee's Ariel Massengale getting a trip home courtesy of the tournament. The freshman point guard, who's from Bolingbrook, Ill., could barely contain her excitement during the selection show.

"When I saw DePaul-BYU, I just had to wait until we came up on the screen so I could go crazy," she said.

Junior guard Taber Spani alluded to the prevailing story line involving seniors Glory Johnson, Shekinna Stricklen, Alicia Manning and Briana Bass. Spani indicated that the foursome's desire to reach their first Final Four could work to UT's advantage.

"That motivation," Spani said, "cuts through a lot of distractions quick."

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voloffaith writes:

Coach leading her team vss Alma Mater. Need to look at brackets to see pathway to Ms. Griner and Madam Mulkey....

vettefool writes:

if, and I mean a big if, the lv get to elite 8 to play Baylor, it would mean they have exceded most peoples expectations, considering the up and down season they've had and recent history in ncaa tourney. good luck to lv.

ladyvolsfan789 writes:

in response to vettefool:

if, and I mean a big if, the lv get to elite 8 to play Baylor, it would mean they have exceded most peoples expectations, considering the up and down season they've had and recent history in ncaa tourney. good luck to lv.

I'd say our path is pretty favorable. Delaware is going to have trouble against our posts and as long as we stay focused we shouldn't lose before we face them. I think we should make it to the Elite Eight and we only shot 29% against Baylor in the first game. If we can play with the same passsion and intensity as we did in the first and shoot the ball just a bit better, we can definitely beat them.

ccantrell#227456 writes:

in response to ladyvolsfan789:

I'd say our path is pretty favorable. Delaware is going to have trouble against our posts and as long as we stay focused we shouldn't lose before we face them. I think we should make it to the Elite Eight and we only shot 29% against Baylor in the first game. If we can play with the same passsion and intensity as we did in the first and shoot the ball just a bit better, we can definitely beat them.

There's a reason we only shot 29%, and she is still playing for Baylor. Need to get Griner in foul trouble, or it will be another though hill to climb. But that is why you play the game. I wonder if that star player that signed with UConn several years back, and t'fer to Delaware to play Volleyball is now playing BB again. I assume so. She was tall and number one pick in the country several years back. I forgot her name.

butch31 writes:

#2 Seed is good...Delaware is the #3 Seed LOL. This bracket will be weird and easy, I don't know why the committee keeps putting DePaul up against UT and in Chicago of all places.
Its like DePaul gets rewarded for a lackluster season LOL. Not to take anything away from DePaul. I don't see Baylor getting by UT this time. We have got to either A.) Contain Britney or let the rest of their team score. B.) Let Britney score but don't get beat by anyone else on Baylor's squad. We must hit some outside shots and the transition game must be running on all cylinders.

ccantrell#227456 writes:

I googled her, and she is playing. Below was comment about her.

It's pretty wild," said 6-5 guard-forward Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer at 28.3 points a game and a national player of the year candidate.

So whomever said Delaware didn't have much of a post presence, WRONG...

kazoo writes:

Delaware could be tough for UT, which frankly is inconsistent enough to lose to ANYBODY. We got hammered in the 2nd or 3rd round--or was it the first?--three years ago. Delaware won 30 games. As for Baylor, you have to make it tough on Brian Griner and dare the other team members to beat you.

butch31 writes:

in response to kazoo:

Delaware could be tough for UT, which frankly is inconsistent enough to lose to ANYBODY. We got hammered in the 2nd or 3rd round--or was it the first?--three years ago. Delaware won 30 games. As for Baylor, you have to make it tough on Brian Griner and dare the other team members to beat you.

Delaware is *TOO SLOW* for Tennessee. Lady Vols would fall asleep on them. I am nervous about this UT-Martin team and playing them on a neutral court. They played @Vanderbilt and lost 85-99 & lost @Louisville 57-70 something tells me they will be a scrappy team.
I don't see Delaware advancing past the second round. I am LOL@Stanford being the #1 Seed out west but is playing in Virginia 1st round wow have things changed.

johnlg00 writes:

The Lady Vols of recent vintage have one major Achilles heel compared to the championship teams of the past. That is a general failure to beat teams BETTER than they are. We all know they lost often enough to teams that WEREN'T as good as they are. If one could put a name on it, it would be FAILING TO RISE TO THE OCCASION. I don't know what the cause of this is or how to fix it, but they just so rarely seem to play up to their potential. Great teams are MORE than the sum of their parts. For whatever reason, this team rarely EQUALS the sum of their parts. They won't be nearly the most talented team in the tourney and at least half of them are at least as good as the LVs. If they want to win a championship or at least make a Final Four, they HAVE to find that indefinable something that makes a team play beyond themselves; half or three-quarters of what they could be, which is about their norm, just isn't going to get it done going forward.

kazoo writes:

The Vols are getting NO respect--and it's easy to see why: No final fours in three years, seven losses this year. UT has steadily been losing its mojo and it's hard to see how things will improve, to be candid. Recruiting has been spotty, coaching situation is a mess--and next year's team is probably not going to be too good. A lot of issues. It would be nice to see this team make a statement...

darandkat writes:

in response to ccantrell#227456:

There's a reason we only shot 29%, and she is still playing for Baylor. Need to get Griner in foul trouble, or it will be another though hill to climb. But that is why you play the game. I wonder if that star player that signed with UConn several years back, and t'fer to Delaware to play Volleyball is now playing BB again. I assume so. She was tall and number one pick in the country several years back. I forgot her name.

DellaDon and she is a monster. I do not subscribe to the theory that Delaware will struggle against our post. Their bigs are very good led by DellaDon and they will present several match-up problems for our ladies. To win not only this game, but all of them, we will have to play 60 minutes of solid basketball (rebounding and defense [individual and team]. Anything short of that (in any game) and it will be Ball State all over again.

FanNotSheep writes:

I was hoping they would be in Stanford's region. Not saying they CAN'T beat Griner but gosh, I don't know HOW.

Volinflan writes:

I think the most valuable ticket of the entire Tournament is going to be the ones (in the future) against the Vols versus UT Martin. People collect history . I Can't believe they weren't smart enough to recognize the Marketability of this. I can't believe they didn't put it in Nashville.

Volinflan writes:

in response to darandkat:

DellaDon and she is a monster. I do not subscribe to the theory that Delaware will struggle against our post. Their bigs are very good led by DellaDon and they will present several match-up problems for our ladies. To win not only this game, but all of them, we will have to play 60 minutes of solid basketball (rebounding and defense [individual and team]. Anything short of that (in any game) and it will be Ball State all over again.

Well............ let's make it a good forty.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to darandkat:

DellaDon and she is a monster. I do not subscribe to the theory that Delaware will struggle against our post. Their bigs are very good led by DellaDon and they will present several match-up problems for our ladies. To win not only this game, but all of them, we will have to play 60 minutes of solid basketball (rebounding and defense [individual and team]. Anything short of that (in any game) and it will be Ball State all over again.

I hope they only have to play 40 minutes, but your point is well taken. This team can't take any opponent for granted. They are talented enough to take it all, but they MUST learn to dig down deeper than they usually do to do it. Shekinna MUST be a team leader, even though it seems to go against her grain, if the LVs are to finish the season I'm sure they and all of us would like.

SoddyVol writes:

On the opposite side of the bracket, I pick UConn to meet Ky in the Elite 8 and get beat. (Mostly just hoping). I did say this would happen earlier in the season when we were being harassed by a Troll from UConn.

wigmeister writes:

Forget Baylor! Gotta get there first. One game at a time!

Razor784 writes:

This is all about which Lady Vols team shows up, if the team that lost to Virginia, Arkansas, and South Carolina shows up, then they'll be gone in the 2nd round to DePaul. If the team that roared through the SEC tourney shows up, then they can win the whole thing.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

I like our Bracket. The lady Vols must shutdown Delawares other players because like Griner DelleDon is gonna get her points. She is a elite WNBA allstar type player already. We should just have to keep the rest of the team in check and we should do fine. I just hope she doesn't go for 42 pts on us. Same for Baylor if we reach them. Playing zone would be our best defense. Force Griner outside the box with shotclock going down and hope she doesn't find a open player and force her to shoot. Easier said than done. A lot of high - low . And is like to see our guards go fearless to the basket forcing a couple fouls on the tall chick. Is take that chance of getting to the line .

ladyvolsfan789 writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

I like our Bracket. The lady Vols must shutdown Delawares other players because like Griner DelleDon is gonna get her points. She is a elite WNBA allstar type player already. We should just have to keep the rest of the team in check and we should do fine. I just hope she doesn't go for 42 pts on us. Same for Baylor if we reach them. Playing zone would be our best defense. Force Griner outside the box with shotclock going down and hope she doesn't find a open player and force her to shoot. Easier said than done. A lot of high - low . And is like to see our guards go fearless to the basket forcing a couple fouls on the tall chick. Is take that chance of getting to the line .

While the selection special was going on endlessly about Griner and Baylor, they mentioned some defenses that worked better than most against them. One was Texas Tech's 3/4 court press which did a great job of slowing them down. We ran that defense a lot earlier in the season but haven't used it as much lately for some reason.

dj54 writes:

go lady vols pat knows how to win when it counts, play around griner when you get there

orangecountyvols writes:

Go Lady Vols !

I was in Charlottesville to see that first loss.
Funny how the teams turned out though.

Virginia wasn't selected for the dance.

Lots of good teams in the tournament, and 3 or 4 could win it all.

Just give it your best shot girls......it's all we can ask. Watch the turnovers and give 100%.

oldster writes:

KY got a higher seed than UT despite the fact that UT won the conference tournament and beat the Wildcats much worse at home than KY did them at UK and despite the fact that UT had the toughest schedule and a number 4 RPI. What is going on with the NCAA? The Lady Vols seem to get the shaft every year lately in the seeding.

POTSVol (Inactive) writes:

Those wondering about Delle Donne must not visit ESPN's women's bball website very often. Every other week they've had an article talking about her this season. It's either been her or Baylor's Griner. Just saying.

butch31 writes:

The irony of UT & Baylor not making the final 4 the last few years, its ironic that they would face one another to get there this time! LOL

underthehill writes:

in response to butch31:

The irony of UT & Baylor not making the final 4 the last few years, its ironic that they would face one another to get there this time! LOL

Don't see it as an accident that UT was placed in same region with Baylor..any other region would have been better..but as has been said ..it is no cakewalk getting to Baylor...

BigRMan writes:

The Lady Vols have a daunting task. Any team vs Baylor has a daunting task. Did you hear Kara Lawson on the Bracket Selection show Monday night? She said Griner is the best center in the world, not the NCAA, but the world! That includes players like DeSouza of Atlanta, Lauren Jackson of Seattle, Taj McWilliams-Franklin of Minnesota, Tina Charles of Connecticut, and the 2 years retired Lisa Leslie, and our own Candace Parker, all standout WNBA pros. If Griner catches the ball on the low block you're toast. Add Odyssey Sims, Brook-lynn Pope and others to the mix and a veteran smart coach in her prime like Mulkey and it's like running into a brick wall. I'm not saying it can't be done, but if the match up occurs, I hope someone in Orange brings a jack-hammer. Delaware & Depaul must be defeated first and that won't be a cup of tea either.

muletrain144 writes:

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ps11824 writes:

Not to be a smarty, but does anyone EVER agree with the selection committee? They have a huge task to please even some folks. Impossible to please all. Fans would be pleased only if our team was in the path of the least talented teams in the dance. And how fair would that be to Mr Fan of the Other Team?

I do agree with volinflan that UT vs UT Martin would have been a huge draw in Nashville, HUGE! Every Pat Summitt fan in America would be loving to be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to be at the Martin game when the court was dedicated, and it was like sardines packed in sweat. But so awesome to see and feel the love for Pat. Situation being as it is, the environment preceeding the game would be electric in Nashville, an arena packed full of devoted Pat Summitt fans.

xvolx writes:

in response to oldster:

KY got a higher seed than UT despite the fact that UT won the conference tournament and beat the Wildcats much worse at home than KY did them at UK and despite the fact that UT had the toughest schedule and a number 4 RPI. What is going on with the NCAA? The Lady Vols seem to get the shaft every year lately in the seeding.

I agree with you oldster. I predicted this would happen in a Sunday post. No way Ky. should have gotten the #3 2 seed. Summitt is respected by a lot of people, but not the people on this selection committee. Del. will not get past Neb.. We will get to elite 8, but Baylor too tough to reach final 4. Another screw job.

GONAVY writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Forget Baylor! Gotta get there first. One game at a time!

Ding! Ding! We have a winner for the best post. Well said...one game at a time.

GONAVY writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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yes, but Griner has a wicked right hook...

jt45 writes:

I was hoping we would draw the same bracket as Uconn, Looks like they get to play at home for a game or two. Geno must still have friends in low places. If we get to face baylor i think the upset is possible in fact I think we match better against them than either Stanford or ND judging by those regular season games. Would be good to see our guards drive the ball and get some contact fouls on griner. A few Kamikaze plays to get griner off the floor would help. A 3/4 court press like we used early in the season might help also as well as putting someone on their guards that can keep them from setting up griner in the paint. No easy path just getting that far will be an accomplishment. I hope to see Pat like she was against UK , the team responds better to her than they do Warlick and company.

GONAVY writes:

in response to ps11824:

Not to be a smarty, but does anyone EVER agree with the selection committee? They have a huge task to please even some folks. Impossible to please all. Fans would be pleased only if our team was in the path of the least talented teams in the dance. And how fair would that be to Mr Fan of the Other Team?

I do agree with volinflan that UT vs UT Martin would have been a huge draw in Nashville, HUGE! Every Pat Summitt fan in America would be loving to be in attendance.

I was fortunate enough to be at the Martin game when the court was dedicated, and it was like sardines packed in sweat. But so awesome to see and feel the love for Pat. Situation being as it is, the environment preceeding the game would be electric in Nashville, an arena packed full of devoted Pat Summitt fans.

nice post...

SummittsCourt writes:

This region is why we miss Kelley Cain and Alyssa Brewer, but this Lady Vols team can get to the final four. Let's Go Lady Vols!

madrigal writes:

Baylor and Griner CAN be had. Coach Mulkey said as much last night when she alluded to what effect a strong post player on the opposing team can have. Also if Griner gets into foul trouble the team is a whole lot less: I saw this in their second game with A&M. Time for Vicki and Glory to go to work. As for Delaware, they are amost all Delle Donne. She also doesn't do well against a strong post player. I watched them play James Madison up here twice.

BigRMan writes:

in response to doesitmatter:

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Della Donne is a very good college player, and will make an above average pro player. Griner is a franchise, maybe even a face-of-the league type player who will make the National Team. Griner is at least 1/12 talent levels above Della Donne, maybe 2 levels. Any Wnba GM with any sense would take Griner over Della Donne as his or her 1st draft selection!

SoddyVol writes:

in response to muletrain144:

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Political Correctness is in force here. You got your post removed. I totally agree it is unfair to other young ladies to not know the truth. However, it just can't be questioned and seems to have approval of the ruling class anyway.

BigRMan writes:

Muletrain was the Frankie Lane song of the 40's or 50's, I believe. Who'd want to remove that. Heck, 80% of the people on the board probably don't know Lane or his song.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to BigRMan:

Muletrain was the Frankie Lane song of the 40's or 50's, I believe. Who'd want to remove that. Heck, 80% of the people on the board probably don't know Lane or his song.

Guess you didn't see Muletrain's post before it was removed.

1vavolfan writes:

I really like the Delle Donne kid, hate we may have to play them in the sweet 16. Very nice story how she turned down UConn to play close to home to be with her handicapped sister.

SoddyVol writes:

Delle Donne was 22 years old last September. After dropping out of UConn she took a short break and became a redshirt freshman for Delaware in 2009 where she is close to family. She is a mature, basketball wise player.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BigRMan:

Muletrain was the Frankie Lane song of the 40's or 50's, I believe. Who'd want to remove that. Heck, 80% of the people on the board probably don't know Lane or his song.

BigRMan,

How about " that lucky old sun and moonlight gambler?"

BigRMan writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

BigRMan,

How about " that lucky old sun and moonlight gambler?"

I didn't know Kenny Rogers was a Moonlight Gambler. I knew that Bob Seiger was a Ramblin Gamblin' Man though. Back to Kenny, "You Gotta' Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. (LOL)

DRORANGELOVE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

The Lady Vols of recent vintage have one major Achilles heel compared to the championship teams of the past. That is a general failure to beat teams BETTER than they are. We all know they lost often enough to teams that WEREN'T as good as they are. If one could put a name on it, it would be FAILING TO RISE TO THE OCCASION. I don't know what the cause of this is or how to fix it, but they just so rarely seem to play up to their potential. Great teams are MORE than the sum of their parts. For whatever reason, this team rarely EQUALS the sum of their parts. They won't be nearly the most talented team in the tourney and at least half of them are at least as good as the LVs. If they want to win a championship or at least make a Final Four, they HAVE to find that indefinable something that makes a team play beyond themselves; half or three-quarters of what they could be, which is about their norm, just isn't going to get it done going forward.

John, I agree with the things you said in your post. The name of the intangible that keeps THIS years UT Lady Vols from being able to compete against teams with more or equal talent is: LACK OF HEART AND THE REFUSAL TO QUIT ! ! ! This team definitely has the talent to win the Nat Champ BUT they don't have the burning desire to win. " IF " the players will give their utmost effort and REFUSE to lose they can win it all. But if they don't play with that desire and burning intensity during this tournament they could be beat by any team they come up against. GBO

johnlg00 writes:

in response to DRORANGELOVE:

John, I agree with the things you said in your post. The name of the intangible that keeps THIS years UT Lady Vols from being able to compete against teams with more or equal talent is: LACK OF HEART AND THE REFUSAL TO QUIT ! ! ! This team definitely has the talent to win the Nat Champ BUT they don't have the burning desire to win. " IF " the players will give their utmost effort and REFUSE to lose they can win it all. But if they don't play with that desire and burning intensity during this tournament they could be beat by any team they come up against. GBO

Many great players say that they hate to lose more than they love to win. As a generally positive person myself, that seems a pretty negative way to put it, but it surely seems to work for some of them.

Bad as it may sound to say it, maybe this crop of LVs is just too well-adjusted to get down on themselves when they don't play well and lose. Oh sure, they no doubt feel BAD to lose but they don't seem to feel ENRAGED by losing. Perhaps even worse from a fan's point of view, they don't seem to feel any sense of responsibility for letting down the generations of great LV teams and players who preceded them, not to mention their legendary coach.

I don't know what it would take to drive them to an all-out championship-quality effort, but only so much of it can come from outside. The fact is that they really DO seem to be high-quality individuals in all of the really important ways to go about being successful and happy in life. I would just like to see them access that inner beast that strives for dominance in just this one narrow aspect of life for just this fleeting period of time. Without it, the post-season will end sooner than they or any of us might like.

r2d2 writes:

Texas A&M's record at the beginning of last year's NCAA tournament was 27-5. Three of the losses were to Baylor. They were a very good team that peaked at the right time. I am a loyal LV fan and I wish I could say that the LVs could be the Texax A&M of this year's tournament. However, in all honest, I can not make such a comment.

butch31 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Don't see it as an accident that UT was placed in same region with Baylor..any other region would have been better..but as has been said ..it is no cakewalk getting to Baylor...

Absolutely...but we can't shoot 29% and blow a 10 point lead again either. We rebounded the ball EXTREMELY well against Baylor. If we repeat that same process with the exception of the 29% field goal shooting, Baylor better BEWARE. We were not in good shape for a game that early in the season. Baylor had played more games than UT playing in WNIT.
This time there is NO EXCUSES, I hope Vicki takes it to Britney and fouls her out! Britney needs to be respected, if she posts up down-low, she needs to be fronted, and doubled. UT needs to make Britney a passer. LOL! I would dare Baylor to hit some perimeter shots.
O.k. lets get back to 1st round...UT-Martin has sophomore guards who lead the scoring, they shoot a lot of 3 ball too. If we rebound well and our post game is on point, we will dominate them. If we survive the UT-Martin game and advance, the 2nd round could be a test as well against DePaul, if we play well early, shut down their perimeter game, we will win that game, however, if DePaul is upset by BYU, then we would need to re-group for BYU which hasn't played anyone except Duke, Kansas State, and Gonzaga. I know BYU can be tough in Utah, I'm not sure about the road though. I wouldn't take them lightly!

TopperHarry writes:

We need to practice at least 30minutes a day how we can draw fouls on the big Griner. Study how she turns when moving down court-may slip Bass in front of her and stop-let her run over her- how she rebounds and turn-may step up and take an elbow. When she blocks(always trys to block everythin)stop and go in to her. Pratice getting her in foul trouble. She will not score if she is setting to Madam Mulky. Wouldn' you like to see Mulky dig those heels in the hardwood. Go lady vols -play smart.

darandkat writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I hope they only have to play 40 minutes, but your point is well taken. This team can't take any opponent for granted. They are talented enough to take it all, but they MUST learn to dig down deeper than they usually do to do it. Shekinna MUST be a team leader, even though it seems to go against her grain, if the LVs are to finish the season I'm sure they and all of us would like.

Sorry about not explaining the 60 minutes. My intentions were to emphasize mental preparation (during the 20 minute warm-up period) thus the 20 extra minutes. I remember that last time UT LV's lost 10 games in a season, they won the 1996 Women's NCAA Championship. Which I thought was really uMEEK!!

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