Lady Vols use defense against DePaul, 63-48

Tennessee's Glory Johnson is congratulated by teammate Isabelle Harrison after the win against DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Il on Monday, March 19, 2012. Tennessee defeats DePaul 63-48 and advance to the Sweet 16. 

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Tennessee's Glory Johnson is congratulated by teammate Isabelle Harrison after the win against DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Il on Monday, March 19, 2012. Tennessee defeats DePaul 63-48 and advance to the Sweet 16. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Tennessee struggled to make shots and hang on to the basketball Monday night.

Defense, on the other hand, was not a problem. Nor was fetching the ball.

The Lady Vols rode these traditional attributes to a 63-48 NCAA women’s tournament victory over DePaul before a crowd of 2,866 at Allstate Arena.

Shekinna Stricklen led No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-8) with 17 points. The senior forward hit a clutch driving shot and then fed teammate Vicki Baugh for layup after DePaul (23-11) had pulled with eight points with seven minutes remaining. She also hit two of the six consecutive free throws Tennessee converted down the stretch.

Glory Johnson, on the other hand, grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds, part of UT’s 51-31 advantage on the boards.

Baugh scored 17 points and Meighan Simmons added 13.

Anna Martin scored a game-high 20 points for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons before fouling out with 2:15 left.

With the second-round victory, Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Des Moines (Iowa) Regional next Saturday and will play Delaware (31-1) or Kansas (20-12).

The Lady Vols held DePaul to 31.3 percent shooting from the floor. They stalked the Blue Demons’ shooters, limiting a team that averages nearly eight 3-pointers per game to 3-for-17 shooting from behind the arc.

“I think we did a good job,’’ UT assistant Dean Lockwood said. “We followed the game plan.”

The rebounding advantage, meanwhile, was built primarily in the second half and largely through the workmanlike effort of Johnson, who overcame her 2-for-9 shooting and five turnovers.

“I’m glad I don’t have to play against her,’’ teammate Alicia Manning said.

Johnson aptly described the blue-collar nature of the game by saying, “It’s going to be a long plane flight home.”

Associate head coach Holly Warlick referred to it as “a battle.”

Given DePaul’s depleted ranks, Tennessee pushed the pace right from the outset. The early returns were favorable in the form of the first three baskets.

But the Lady Vols literally gave up what early advantage they had in the form of turnovers. They had four within the first five minutes, setting the pace for the 20 that they committed.

“We had a lot of unforced errors,’’ Manning said. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot. When you speed up the game, things like that can happen.”

The other unwanted by-product of UT’s preferred tempo was suspect shooting. The Lady Vols’ field goal percentage plunged below 40 percent almost from the start and finished at 37.3 percent (22 for 59).

Despite some impulsive attempts, Simmons did give the Lady Vols a scoring lift in the first half, hitting four shots and scoring 12 of her points.

DePaul had shooting woes of its own but hung within 28-23 at the break thanks largely to Martin, who had 13 first-half points. She sat for several minutes after picking up her second foul before returning to help keep the Blue Demons close.

UT build a double-figure lead and maintained it for long stretches of the second half not so much with offense but by limiting the Blue Demons to six points in the first 10 minutes of the half.

“It was an ugly game,” Lockwood said. “We just had to get through it.”

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butch31 writes:

I'll take this game on behalf of all the nay sayer's, and non believers! LOL. This was the worst officiated game in the history of WOMEN's BASKETBALL.
UT prevailed on the no#7 seeds home court LOL!
Sweet-16 here we come, I guess it gets easier from here on out LOL *(Delaware)* looms...
Player of the Game Glory Johnson, and Vicki Baugh.
Taber Spani, has sunk to the worst stage of her career at UT. I am not sure what's going on with kid, but I hope she snaps out of it soon. The Lady Vols could really use to knock down some perimeter shots next week!
Glad to get the *W* and get out of Chicago, have a safe flight home ladies, get some rest.

charlyand#601962 writes:

Glory Johnson is absolutely magnificent! She said as a freshman that she wanted to play like Catchings. Tamika was not the warrior Glory is. If Holly wants to be head coach, she needs to defend her players and get in the face of some of these lousy refs. If I could've gone through the tv, I would've. I think Spani at least has a head on her shoulders and can pass the ball. Massengale and Simmons couldn't see anyone but each other for awhile. When Glory, Shekinna, and Vicki took over, everything was okay. Go Lady Vols!!

Razor784 writes:

Great win tonight in a football type of game, much more fun to watch than the pathetic men's team. ESPN has been talking up Elena Della Donne all weekend, let's send her packing next week. GBO

rlshepa#259432 writes:

Great win and of course the win came because XVOL is now coaching at UT - HA HA HA HA

jt45 writes:

in response to butch31:

I'll take this game on behalf of all the nay sayer's, and non believers! LOL. This was the worst officiated game in the history of WOMEN's BASKETBALL.
UT prevailed on the no#7 seeds home court LOL!
Sweet-16 here we come, I guess it gets easier from here on out LOL *(Delaware)* looms...
Player of the Game Glory Johnson, and Vicki Baugh.
Taber Spani, has sunk to the worst stage of her career at UT. I am not sure what's going on with kid, but I hope she snaps out of it soon. The Lady Vols could really use to knock down some perimeter shots next week!
Glad to get the *W* and get out of Chicago, have a safe flight home ladies, get some rest.

Roughest game Ive seen this year, the refs were actually allowing them to wrestle inside. I haven't seen any games get called like this besides the 2 games the lady vols have had so far in the tournament .
Good job LVs overcoming both DePaul AND those Wal-Mart Officials.

Timbo_Slice writes:

Good to finally get a win today. This was shaping up to be a terrible day for "Tennessee" fans everywhere.

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to jt45:

Roughest game Ive seen this year, the refs were actually allowing them to wrestle inside. I haven't seen any games get called like this besides the 2 games the lady vols have had so far in the tournament .
Good job LVs overcoming both DePaul AND those Wal-Mart Officials.

It was BIG LOTS Officials!!!!! I have never seen a game officiated like this one either, the first game was bad enough, but this one was the worst!

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

You are correct about the no calls for Depaul. Glory did get mugged a lot.........I guess the zebras were realizing how the girls clad in blue only had 7 players and needed some help.

Having said that, Tennessee once again struggled with ball protection. Some good things however..
it was good to see Johnson and Stricklen hitting their free throws better.

Like the men, the Ladies had trouble finishing around the rim. Oops, sorry to mention the men.
Anyway, the Lady Vols will scrap you, not look pretty, but will eventually get it done.

The nice breakaway and layup by Baugh was special.

We do have to get off to a good start in the next game and not let whomever it is we play...........to hang around.

oldster writes:

I used to love to watch the Lady Vols because, despite the fact that they were not as athletic as the men, their game was crisp, pure and well-executed examples of what the game was meant to be. Unfortunately, that is now but a memory. The current team is a nightmare of ineptitude and low basketball IQ on display. 20 turnovers against a team that should have posed no threat whatsoever is a travesty. The LVs did not win, so much as DePaul lost by being almost as inept and much less physically talented and with less depth. Frankly, both teams should be fined for committing a crime against the game of basketball, namely, playing that 40 minutes of utter futility interspersed with spasms of nauseating screw ups. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

oldster writes:

in response to charlyand#601962:

Glory Johnson is absolutely magnificent! She said as a freshman that she wanted to play like Catchings. Tamika was not the warrior Glory is. If Holly wants to be head coach, she needs to defend her players and get in the face of some of these lousy refs. If I could've gone through the tv, I would've. I think Spani at least has a head on her shoulders and can pass the ball. Massengale and Simmons couldn't see anyone but each other for awhile. When Glory, Shekinna, and Vicki took over, everything was okay. Go Lady Vols!!

Glory is a warrior. However, she is not nearly the overall basketball player that Catchings was and is. For one thing, Catching could actually shoot better than one out of every two free throws. IMHO Tamika Catchings is the best basketball player, man or woman (and, yes, I saw Bernie and Ernie play), who ever played at UT.

Titan writes:

What a brutal game to watch. I couldn't figure out the strategy because if we were trying to speed up the game and take advantage of our size and depth, why did we play so much zone in the first half?

SoddyVol writes:

The only part of the 1st half worth watching was some of the LVol defense. The second half was mostly uncalled fouls committed by DePaul. Hope Glory isn't banged up too bad from all the hacking, grabbing, pushing etc. It truly was a wrestling match under the basket. I don't remember seeing such a poorly called game in any previous National Tournament. They even made a bad call against Martin when she fouled out, otherwise the no-calls against DePaul were ridiculous--By far the worse of any game so far this year.

Vol72 writes:

in response to oldster:

Glory is a warrior. However, she is not nearly the overall basketball player that Catchings was and is. For one thing, Catching could actually shoot better than one out of every two free throws. IMHO Tamika Catchings is the best basketball player, man or woman (and, yes, I saw Bernie and Ernie play), who ever played at UT.

No, Chamique Holdsclaw was the best player to play at UT. She was just so athletic and smooth. We have a lot to clean up before Saturday. The shooters need to get in the gym! The offense was terrible. Defense and rebounding was good, but the offense sucked. Deleware and Baylor will display better offense than DePaul. I think we should play the same 1-3-1 trapping zone Green Bay played against Kentucky. We have the size and length.

richvol writes:

in response to oldster:

I used to love to watch the Lady Vols because, despite the fact that they were not as athletic as the men, their game was crisp, pure and well-executed examples of what the game was meant to be. Unfortunately, that is now but a memory. The current team is a nightmare of ineptitude and low basketball IQ on display. 20 turnovers against a team that should have posed no threat whatsoever is a travesty. The LVs did not win, so much as DePaul lost by being almost as inept and much less physically talented and with less depth. Frankly, both teams should be fined for committing a crime against the game of basketball, namely, playing that 40 minutes of utter futility interspersed with spasms of nauseating screw ups. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

The girls averaged 20 turnovers a game this season. The old LadyVols would have killed this team. They had two players.

xvolx writes:

in response to rlshepa#259432:

Great win and of course the win came because XVOL is now coaching at UT - HA HA HA HA

You should have taken the ugly win and enjoyed it. This is the team we beat by 23 earlier in the year with all their starters playing. Taking Simmons out the last 8 min. of the game for Spani. Great coaching move. This teams goal is to reach a final four. They're going to get past Baylor with this type of play and coaching. I'll remember you after the Baylor game if they get past the next round big mouth.

SummittsCourt writes:

6 game win streak, 6 double digit wins against 6 playoff teams.

Bring on Elena! Go Lady Vols!

huntined#565710 writes:

I live in FLA had to watch the MIAMI LADIES game as TENN was not on here and had to go to gametracker that froze up at 29-42 and then had to listen to the game called on radio.If we turn the ball over that many times against ELENA'S team DEL. we will lose. Our point guard had what 5-6 turnovers?? If we go further in this thing they will have to really play better as from here on out ANY TEAM can lay it on you.
GO LADY VOLS!!

oldster writes:

in response to Vol72:

No, Chamique Holdsclaw was the best player to play at UT. She was just so athletic and smooth. We have a lot to clean up before Saturday. The shooters need to get in the gym! The offense was terrible. Defense and rebounding was good, but the offense sucked. Deleware and Baylor will display better offense than DePaul. I think we should play the same 1-3-1 trapping zone Green Bay played against Kentucky. We have the size and length.

Holdsclaw and Parker both had more talent than Catchings. However, why I like her better and think she is the best is that her effort matched or exceeded her talent. She was every bit the warrior that Johnson is, but with finesse and skill that Glory lacks.

oldster writes:

Glory Johnson was 2 for 9 from the floor and had 5 turnovers. These stats do not offset her rebounds, but they do negate almost half of them. One of the reasons that she had so many turnovers is that evidently no one has ever taught her that she does not need to bring the ball down to her waist and crouch before she takes a rebound back up for a shot. DePaul had clearly been taught to attack her waist after she rebounded because of her habit to bring the ball there in order to go back up. The result was strips, tie-ups and waywards shots. This is a basic thing to teach post players. Why has Glory not been taught this after 4 years in the program?

min32926#266113 writes:

I'm glad to see the Lady Vols advance. Good luck! Go Lady Vols. VFL

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

The beatings of Glory must stop. The no-call on the collision between Massengale and Martin was unbelievable. I like a physical game too, but geez...

It's tourney time. Pat Summitt's Rx: "survive and advance". Do that, and nothing else matters.

volaholic45 writes:

Are the LVs coached to follow their shot? I thought doing so was a basic fundamental - to follow an outside shot instead of striking a pose and admiring or drifting toward the defensive end. I noticed one outside shot followed - by Baugh or Burdick, but Simmons, Stricklin, Bass, others doing a lot of posing and hopeful admiring. Lots of outside misses come straight back toward the shooter, and there are lots of offensive boards to be had if the shooter simply follows the shot.

Noogaorange writes:

in response to oldster:

Glory Johnson was 2 for 9 from the floor and had 5 turnovers. These stats do not offset her rebounds, but they do negate almost half of them. One of the reasons that she had so many turnovers is that evidently no one has ever taught her that she does not need to bring the ball down to her waist and crouch before she takes a rebound back up for a shot. DePaul had clearly been taught to attack her waist after she rebounded because of her habit to bring the ball there in order to go back up. The result was strips, tie-ups and waywards shots. This is a basic thing to teach post players. Why has Glory not been taught this after 4 years in the program?

I only buy into about oh .... 40% or 50% of what you post but I'm certainly with you about Glory. DePaul isn't the only team looking at tape...Glory had better start taking it straight up or risk having it taken away or tied up. GBO

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

Lets start with the negative...TURNOVERs! That and missing open shots! Now when shots aren't falling all year we have heard two things defense and rebounding and the ladies brought that with them tonight! I mean they were in the passing lanes and D'ing up people like I haven't seen before. People want to make a big deal about them only having 7 people...But most rotations only go 7/8 deep! Also Anna Martin went OFF her last couple of games and we held her to 20 points. Like star players she will get hers its when you let her get more then the usual and let the other players go off your team is in trouble. PLUS...The two shots she made were well contested and about 25 feet deep! Tough shots made by a good shooter! They chased her and were aware of where she was at all times! Truthfully I think that 5th foul was called on her because she had just gotten away with taken out Massengale!

RLL59 writes:

in response to Noogaorange:

I only buy into about oh .... 40% or 50% of what you post but I'm certainly with you about Glory. DePaul isn't the only team looking at tape...Glory had better start taking it straight up or risk having it taken away or tied up. GBO

Reality is that when you bring the ball down...much less bounce it.. you're not going to get the hand and arm fouls called. The young woman has so much enthusiasm and athleticism, but her impact could be so much greater on the offensive end than it is. One would think that somewhere over the past 8 years, some coach in practice would have put a rule in that if she gets an offensive rebound, and brings the ball down, the ball goes over to the other team. Maybe someone tried that but she just couldn't adjust, but I doubt with her proven mental ability that would be the case.

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

Massengale for the first time looked like a freshman to me yesterday ...She needs to take the open shot and not be a liability on the offensive end. I noticed when she went in and got fouled and didn't get the call she shyed away from taking the ball in again and making the refs blow the whistle! Something she will just have to learn from playing time... I was actually impressed with Meighan's D on Martin because Martin couldnt shake her to get free. Its when Taber and others guarded her she cut to the baseline for layups. The one thing I wish we would take from Baylor is how they run the offensive player into the posts below waiting to make the block or make the other team kick the ball out!

I also liked the business approach that the team had in winning the game..They smiled and moved on because they've been there and done that before. I watched the KY game and they were acting all crazy jumping around excited where our girls looked disappointed in their play. In reality I like TN approach better because they only gave up 48 points and still want to do better then that! If they had hit shots in the beginning they would have blown depauls doors off. That is when the game got out of hand because Depaul got EXTRA physical and nothing was being called so they just adjusted to how the refs were calling the game. Glory kept her composure well because she was BEAT half to death. She had 5 turnovers yes but atleast two were due to her being pushed in the back when she o-rebounded! But she had great compsure and just went after the boards harder! I like that...

My favorite play was the one right after the Depaul girl had a HAND/ARMFUL of glory and her jersey. Then glory got called for walking after being pushed in the back after an offensive rebound. Shekinna grabbed her and told her the team needed her! I was like that's senior leadership at its best!

RLL59 writes:

A win's a win, and the team played good defense for the most part. But DePaul's probably the last of the overmatched Lady Vols opponents. Delaware is a bit unproven, so it's a difficult game to predict. But if the Lady Vols manage to win and face Baylor, the playing and coaching of the last 2 games will not even keep us close. Hope for a miracle.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to oldster:

Glory Johnson was 2 for 9 from the floor and had 5 turnovers. These stats do not offset her rebounds, but they do negate almost half of them. One of the reasons that she had so many turnovers is that evidently no one has ever taught her that she does not need to bring the ball down to her waist and crouch before she takes a rebound back up for a shot. DePaul had clearly been taught to attack her waist after she rebounded because of her habit to bring the ball there in order to go back up. The result was strips, tie-ups and waywards shots. This is a basic thing to teach post players. Why has Glory not been taught this after 4 years in the program?

Good point. Also no one ever taught her how to pump fake an opponent out so she could get an easy put back. She could be getting 6to8 more points a game if she would only learn how to pump fake a basketball. That said I thought Glory was brilliant on the boards. I could not believe it when I saw that she got 21 rebounds. I had to look at it 3 times. One of the finest performances in rebounding I have ever seen.

proud2btnvol (Inactive) writes:

on a lot of the inside game, UT players were looking to get the foul call, not score. They must get over themselves and focus on the game.
Simmons is a much better player at shooting guard than point. Her fake and drive with a pullup is wonderful.

Sure do miss having an inside player.(a real inside player )

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to gerrybla:

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Taber has never really gotten over that bone bruise in her knee when she missed all those games. As they say good shooters keep shooting, they are bound to go thru the net eventually! Go Lady Vols! I think you all need to get yourselves a BODY ARMOR SUIT! especially Glory Johnson the way these stupid officials let these players do!!!! Go Lady Vols! Rebounding & Defense!!!!

madrigal writes:

Definitely an ugly game, and in large part that was because of the referees. They allowed Glory to be mugged constantly, also anyone else who got near the basket. An ugly win is a win, however, and if the girls continue to be as scrappy as they were tonight, Delle-ware may find that they haven't faced a team like UT this season.

underthehill writes:

in response to Vol72:

No, Chamique Holdsclaw was the best player to play at UT. She was just so athletic and smooth. We have a lot to clean up before Saturday. The shooters need to get in the gym! The offense was terrible. Defense and rebounding was good, but the offense sucked. Deleware and Baylor will display better offense than DePaul. I think we should play the same 1-3-1 trapping zone Green Bay played against Kentucky. We have the size and length.

Holsclaw, Catchings, or Parker the best of all Lady Vols..Glory is a good player but no use to mention her in this group..Parker was the best..and maybe the best college Lady player of all times..until Griner...hope the Lady Vols get to face Griner again...

BigRMan writes:

in response to Razor784:

Great win tonight in a football type of game, much more fun to watch than the pathetic men's team. ESPN has been talking up Elena Della Donne all weekend, let's send her packing next week. GBO

The reason Della Doone is getting publicity is not many saw her play throughout the regular season. From what I've seen her play thus far, I've sold her a bit short. She looks to be the second best Big Girl in the country behind Griner. She has the ability to make her teammates better, and she can't beat Tennessee by herself, but if she gets above average support from her teammates UT will have a REAL battle. I think she'll make a great pro. She has a marvelous skill set for someone her size. I'm glad she decided to leave UCONN

BigRMan writes:

in response to underthehill:

Holsclaw, Catchings, or Parker the best of all Lady Vols..Glory is a good player but no use to mention her in this group..Parker was the best..and maybe the best college Lady player of all times..until Griner...hope the Lady Vols get to face Griner again...

You do a disservice to the history of women's college hoops if when mentioning the all-time greats you fail to, and you did fail to mention Cheryl Miller of the '83 & '84 Women of Troy

BigRMan writes:

The game vs Delaware, Della Donne must be double teamed when she decides to post on the low block. Make her a passer and make someone else try to win the game for Delaware. If the Lady Vols commit over 15 tunovers, that could be fatal

rlshepa#259432 writes:

in response to xvolx:

You should have taken the ugly win and enjoyed it. This is the team we beat by 23 earlier in the year with all their starters playing. Taking Simmons out the last 8 min. of the game for Spani. Great coaching move. This teams goal is to reach a final four. They're going to get past Baylor with this type of play and coaching. I'll remember you after the Baylor game if they get past the next round big mouth.

I did enjoy the win and if they go no further, I believe they will have had a good year with all they have had to deal with. My main concern is the health of Pat. God be with you.

BigRMan writes:

Would anyone care to offer up an opinion on why Gail Goestenkors resigned from Texas? How long will she be away from women's basketball? Would anyone like to see her at Tennessee in the future in some capacity?

volboy81 writes:

in response to charlyand#601962:

Glory Johnson is absolutely magnificent! She said as a freshman that she wanted to play like Catchings. Tamika was not the warrior Glory is. If Holly wants to be head coach, she needs to defend her players and get in the face of some of these lousy refs. If I could've gone through the tv, I would've. I think Spani at least has a head on her shoulders and can pass the ball. Massengale and Simmons couldn't see anyone but each other for awhile. When Glory, Shekinna, and Vicki took over, everything was okay. Go Lady Vols!!

If I had of been Glory, I would have come unglued numerous times. I admire her for keeping her cool. They beat her up, down, thru, around, over, under and several other directions and the refs just stood there like they didnt have a pea in their whistle. The NCAA HAS GOT to do something about the officiating in women's basketball. Its beyond heinous! And Holly needs to learn to get in some refs faces and, like you said, defend her players!! She is too passive. Great win on their home turf. Lets take care of Delaware/Kansas, then get some payback on Baylor!
GO LADY VOLS!!

butch31 writes:

in response to gerrybla:

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I'm glad u enjoyed her. I have yet to enjoy her. She needs a come to Jesus meeting. I feel as though she checked out after the Baylor game this season.
Usually as the season progresses u get better. I am seeing her getting progressively worse. Its sad to watch. Its hurting the team, because it puts added pressure on the other perimeter shooters.
Taber is a liability on defense because she doesn't guard anyone. The coaches try and protect these players by employing these 2-3/3-2 zones, so their weaknesses won't be exploited. In this tournament u need to be able to play man to man, and especially since no one rebounds like Glory Johnson.
I see people complain about Glory's turnovers, but I will defend them. Anytime U get tripled teamed, and no one is moving to get open, or your getting grabbed, fouled, slapped, tackled or scratched, you will understand the turnovers.
I am not sure why Taber is playing if she's injured, she should get her injury rehabilitated, so she comes back strong for next year. I rather have a healthy Taber, than a injured Taber. We have 10 other players, and I think Isabelle should get her minutes anyways. These freshmen will be depended on next year HEAVILY during their sophomore campaign, so why not get them the experience now? We have a great team this year the 8 losses we have, and still being able to make it to the sweet 16, proves it. I know a lot of teams who wish they were playing next week.
UT is playing next week, it means this team is GREAT, and has the opportunity to win a championship. UT has NOTHING to lose, Baylor does LOL...Baylor is playing to stay unbeaten LOL

butch31 writes:

in response to BigRMan:

Would anyone care to offer up an opinion on why Gail Goestenkors resigned from Texas? How long will she be away from women's basketball? Would anyone like to see her at Tennessee in the future in some capacity?

I believe she was on the *HOT SEAT* and beat the administration to her firing LOL...She has been one HOT MESS since taking over at Texas. I remember a similar situation with Chris Gobrecht while she was at the University of Washington, she abruptly left, and had the worst 6 years ever of her career. Gail left Duke, and the same thing happened. Neither one of these coaches should left their perspective programs and they did. They also paid the ULTIMATE price. I can never figure out why, but when u get in a situation where are all the pieces come together, u need to stick with it.

Chattyone writes:

in response to charlyand#601962:

Glory Johnson is absolutely magnificent! She said as a freshman that she wanted to play like Catchings. Tamika was not the warrior Glory is. If Holly wants to be head coach, she needs to defend her players and get in the face of some of these lousy refs. If I could've gone through the tv, I would've. I think Spani at least has a head on her shoulders and can pass the ball. Massengale and Simmons couldn't see anyone but each other for awhile. When Glory, Shekinna, and Vicki took over, everything was okay. Go Lady Vols!!

Holly needs to defend her players whether or not she becomes head coach. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see bad calls and Holly just standing there, looking lost. Pat Summit would've been in somebody's face. Very, very frustrating for players and for fans.

tdforvols writes:

Anybody have an update on Pat's condition? I noticed she was present last night but didn't seem to be really running the show.

kazoo writes:

Great defensive effort against a weak offensive team in DePaul--but UT's offense was woeful, too. A good team would have had at least a 20-point lead at the half, but we could barely stay ahead because of all of our turnovers and missed shots. I've never seen a quality team squander as many offensive possessions as UT--and i'm not talking just about last night; this has been a Vol issue for years. We are soooo sloppy--and this is why, I'm afraid, UT is headed for a loss in the tourney. We're game--but our offensive problems will end up costing us--again.

Glory is a beast--what effort she gives every game--but somebody explain why Dean Lockwood has not taught her and Baugh that you CANNOT bring the ball down in the paint! They are seniors and still do that constantly--which is why they are constantly being tied up by defenders! They don't play tall. Glory must have gotten 12 offensive rebounds last night--but couldn't put any of them in the basket. Really, she should try just tipping the ball back up toward the rim instead of grabbing it--a lost basketball art. One problem is that she's really a power forward trying to play center; she's not quite tall enough or big enough to play the 5 position, but is effective because of her effort and athleticism. But scoring is the hard part.

r2d2 writes:

in response to RLL59:

A win's a win, and the team played good defense for the most part. But DePaul's probably the last of the overmatched Lady Vols opponents. Delaware is a bit unproven, so it's a difficult game to predict. But if the Lady Vols manage to win and face Baylor, the playing and coaching of the last 2 games will not even keep us close. Hope for a miracle.

You always make wise comments. I agree that Delaware is an unknown and unproven team. That is is why they did not get a #1 ranking even with a 30-1 record. They could be similar to Baylor; a very good team with a great player or they could be similar to Connecticut of last year; a good team with a great player. I agree also with your comments about the LVs playing and coaching. I know the LVs have won 14 or 15 of their last 16 games but I believe they could do even better with a consistent lineup. Then again, the frequent changes in lineup may be a strength of the LVs. I do not think so but it may be a strength.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to butch31:

I believe she was on the *HOT SEAT* and beat the administration to her firing LOL...She has been one HOT MESS since taking over at Texas. I remember a similar situation with Chris Gobrecht while she was at the University of Washington, she abruptly left, and had the worst 6 years ever of her career. Gail left Duke, and the same thing happened. Neither one of these coaches should left their perspective programs and they did. They also paid the ULTIMATE price. I can never figure out why, but when u get in a situation where are all the pieces come together, u need to stick with it.

she may have left Duke for Texas because of $

SoddyVol writes:

"...Glory Johnson was 2 for 9 from the floor and had 5 turnovers..." That's the way the refs called it but in reality it should have been maybe 5 for 9 with 2 turnovers and the rest being free throws for Glory. She usually gets mauled but this game it was much, much worse. I hope the refs get what they deserve = no more jobs calling a game.

BigRMan writes:

in response to butch31:

I believe she was on the *HOT SEAT* and beat the administration to her firing LOL...She has been one HOT MESS since taking over at Texas. I remember a similar situation with Chris Gobrecht while she was at the University of Washington, she abruptly left, and had the worst 6 years ever of her career. Gail left Duke, and the same thing happened. Neither one of these coaches should left their perspective programs and they did. They also paid the ULTIMATE price. I can never figure out why, but when u get in a situation where are all the pieces come together, u need to stick with it.

Chris Polonsky the women's AD claimed Gail still had her full support. It's funny Gail recruited better out of Texas when she was at Duke then when she was at Texas.Of course Chris's words could be lip service after the fact.

kazoo writes:

UT has got to take better care of the basketball--fewer turnovers and better shooting. You can beat mediocre teams playing like UT did last night--but you can't waste possession after possession and expect to beat nd, stanford, baylor. Massengale needs to be more assertive on offense--shoot more. We want to get the ball to Baugh and Johnson, but they are not natural scorers--partly because they both want to dribble instead of just pivoting with the ball and shooting--and as a result a lot of our attempts to go inside just become turnovers. Baugh and Johnson MUST simply shoot 8-footers and stop trying to driving to the basket against three defenders. It doesn't work.

What has happened to Spani? She has lost her shooting touch. We will NEED her if we get to Baylor, as we will not score much inside against them.

Allenfan writes:

in response to r2d2:

You always make wise comments. I agree that Delaware is an unknown and unproven team. That is is why they did not get a #1 ranking even with a 30-1 record. They could be similar to Baylor; a very good team with a great player or they could be similar to Connecticut of last year; a good team with a great player. I agree also with your comments about the LVs playing and coaching. I know the LVs have won 14 or 15 of their last 16 games but I believe they could do even better with a consistent lineup. Then again, the frequent changes in lineup may be a strength of the LVs. I do not think so but it may be a strength.

You are correct about the starting lineup. How many of the girls in high school are watching the better talent sit on the bench while Holly starts seniors. Bass could not start for any team in the country, and Manning very few. The passes are lazy and they cannot feed the post. I think Holly probably is the worst coach of the four as she never does anything. I watched the SEC in Nashville and not once did I see her say anything to one of the officials. Mitchell and Caldwell were in the officials ear every time down court, and who got the calls?. Our season is about over if the coaching doesn't improve and the better players do play for extended minutes. Massengale plays much better when she starts (as she should) and gets in the flow of the game from the beginning. I realize winning isn't everything, but it is sad to see a dynasty being brought down to the middle of the pack.

oldster writes:

in response to PeytonManning:

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Always, always blame the refs, right? Sorry, one of the things that any coach knows, or should, is that one has to adjust to the way the game is being called. The Lady Vols, and especially Glory Johnson, should love it when the officials swallow their whistles. There is no more physical player in America than Glory Johnson. So, yeah, they were not calling reaching in. That is an even better reason to not bring the ball down where the midgets can get to it.

Further, one does not have to be Griner or anyone else to make the technique I described effective. It is the preferred technique - which you would know if you ever actually played or taught the game. You see, even if there are other players around that can reach the ball when you rebound (and there almost always are) the idea is that you bounce back up in order to get the ball up and over them before they can recover sufficiently to block the shot. Gee, I thought everyone knew that.

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