Up-tempo play demanding for Lady Vols

Burdick says 'our lungs have to get used to it'

Tennessee's play on the court this season will put more demands on the Lady Vols off the court.

"It does take some getting used to," sophomore forward Cierra Burdick said Wednesday about playing up-tempo basketball. "Our lungs have to get used to it. It's not easy at all to play 30 seconds of great defense, get a steal and a fast break."

In advance of Friday's season opener at Chattanooga, Burdick emphasized "ice bathing a lot" along with getting proper rest, nutrition and hydration. After Friday's 7 p.m. tipoff, the Lady Vols have a relatively quick turnaround, playing at Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon.

Burdick also stressed the importance of getting proper treatment.

"Just as a team, we are spending a lot of time in the training room," Burdick said, "just trying to get our bodies back to where they need to be."

To The Point: Tennessee's Ariel Massengale practiced Wednesday and coach Holly Warlick expects the sophomore point guard to play against Chattanooga. She sat out UT's two exhibition games as a precaution while recovering from a case of tendinitis in her left Achilles' tendon.

"That was the plan, to rest her for the last week and a half," Warlick said, "and every day she's gotten better."

Massengale had one of her best games last season against Chattanooga, making all six of her field-goal attempts (including four 3-pointers) in a 90-47 victory in Knoxville on Jan. 3.

Sophomore guard Jasmine Phillips, meanwhile, continues to be sidelined with a strained left quadriceps. Phillips has shed her crutches and was riding a stationary bike. She's still listed as day to day.

UT's injury report was better than that of its

last exhibition opponent. Coker College point guard Heidrun Kristmundsdottir suffered a chipped left elbow during the second half of Sunday's 118-44 loss to Tennessee. The injury won't require surgery at this time but she will be out six to eight weeks.

Dupree Update: Chattanooga post Faith Dupree, a former Webb School standout who transferred from UT, scored a game-high 14 points in the Lady Mocs' 61-42 exhibition victory over Lee University last Thursday.

Dupree's health continues to be a relevant to her play. Chattanooga coach Wes Moore said that the 6-foot-3 redshirt junior missed a week during the preseason with back problems, a condition that sidelined Dupree during her freshman season at UT.

"We do have a little bit of depth (at her position)," Moore said. "I think that will help her."

Notebook: Two other preseason polls — the USA Today Coaches' poll and an ESPN.com poll — both have Tennessee ranked No. 16. ... Advance tickets sales for Friday's game at McKenzie Arena were at 3,500. ... Forward Kendall Cooper, who visited UT last month, is expected to announce her college choice today. The 6-foot-3 Cooper, ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN HoopGurlz, also visited Duke, UCLA, Arizona State and Texas A&M. ... Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: "IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!"

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Caspian writes:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to Caspian:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

Contrary to the misleading Ads, there was never any danger of losing Pell grants but as others have said, "It's hard to beat Santa Claus" ! I'm afraid the incentive to work is gone for good.

volfan1954 writes:

in response to Caspian:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

What's the purpose of a Pell grant is she's on a basketball scholarship?

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

in response to Caspian:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

The author of the article thought the tweet was funny NOT Cierra. Going back and reading her tweet their was no LOL or anything to indicate she was joking.

And as far as the pale grant here is an article from 2009 that may help clear it up.

http://www.newswise.com/articles/do-f...

Theo writes:

in response to Caspian:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

Thinking we are going to have a financial collapse and hyperinflation because President Obama was re-elected. Now that is what is funny. Why don't you go look for some black helicopters on your off time from the tri-lateral commission.
Go Lady Vols!

Theo writes:

OK - back to what should be discussed here. Any news on Kendall Cooper? I looked at Hoop Gurlz and didn't find anything.

butch31 writes:

in response to volfan1954:

What's the purpose of a Pell grant is she's on a basketball scholarship?

Grant in need, scholarship, pell grant, ITS ALL THE SAME. Log onto FAFSA.GOV and learn the difference. Its free money...

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I went to college. I didn't get a Pell grant. I had a scholly.
Seriously I don't care how our players get the money needed as long as it's legal and above board. Though Pell grants were not one of the issues in this campaign that ever ever heard.

It sounds like the LVs are out of shape
to me! What! 20 or so and breathing hard after 30 secs. of defense and a fast break?? I'm sure she was exaggerating. If not there won't be many fast breaks this season.

Caspian writes:

in response to Theo:

Thinking we are going to have a financial collapse and hyperinflation because President Obama was re-elected. Now that is what is funny. Why don't you go look for some black helicopters on your off time from the tri-lateral commission.
Go Lady Vols!

At this point, it ultimately matters not who occupies the office. The only difference is the speed in which we get there. The outcome is assured by the widespread mentality of entitlement. Nothing else matters besides me keeping my "free stuff" - uber alles. And the dark irony is, there's actually nothing funny about it at all.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Caspian:

At this point, it ultimately matters not who occupies the office. The only difference is the speed in which we get there. The outcome is assured by the widespread mentality of entitlement. Nothing else matters besides me keeping my "free stuff" - uber alles. And the dark irony is, there's actually nothing funny about it at all.

It's everybody wanting to get off the farm. That's America's problem. Factories and then unions and then factory owners looking for cheap workers and then all the wild storms and wars.
"No politcal solutions"

sooo let's get back to basketball.

ps11824 writes:

Good grief....

Time to play some hoops.

Go ahead and think LVs are not in shape, mocsandvolsfan.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

ThAnks Dan for sneaking politics into a sports article. Anyway I'm hoping we get Kendall today but she has been quiet so this one is a mystery for me. Tyler Scaife will announce on the 16th after a visit to LSU. I hope we get both. Oh yeah we will run the Mocos off their feet in Chatt. Can't wait to see the Lady Vols in Atlanta this Sunday. GBO!

Volinflan writes:

Cross your fingers for Cooper. IMHO another biggie would make it a banner year, as in some more banners hanging in the rafters.

It'll be a far leap to get Scaife since The Vols have a very good sophomore (Massengale) PG and a freshman at least as good. Of course, a couple of years ago the Vols were so loaded with Juniors I didn't think they could sign any good players. So Simmons comes in and makes the starting lineup. Go figure.

Speaking of TV -The first five games are not televised. Gametracker shows that Rice and Alcorn can be watched but Chattanooga, Georgia Tech and Miami can't. Does anybody know what criteria they use to decide which games are shown on the computer?

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

in response to Volinflan:

Cross your fingers for Cooper. IMHO another biggie would make it a banner year, as in some more banners hanging in the rafters.

It'll be a far leap to get Scaife since The Vols have a very good sophomore (Massengale) PG and a freshman at least as good. Of course, a couple of years ago the Vols were so loaded with Juniors I didn't think they could sign any good players. So Simmons comes in and makes the starting lineup. Go figure.

Speaking of TV -The first five games are not televised. Gametracker shows that Rice and Alcorn can be watched but Chattanooga, Georgia Tech and Miami can't. Does anybody know what criteria they use to decide which games are shown on the computer?

Espn3.com shows the majority of lady vols games I watched all the games that were not shown on ESPN,ESPN2, OR ESPNU there last year so this would be a great place to look. They already have the take game for Sunday on there. Sometimes if you go back and look at the website they will add games to be watched as well.

Volinflan writes:

in response to VolsFan4Lyfe:

Espn3.com shows the majority of lady vols games I watched all the games that were not shown on ESPN,ESPN2, OR ESPNU there last year so this would be a great place to look. They already have the take game for Sunday on there. Sometimes if you go back and look at the website they will add games to be watched as well.

Good tip!!! You're correct. Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech is on ESPN3.

Thanks for the help

madrigal writes:

in response to Caspian:

"Burdick had a funny tweet after President Obama was re-elected Tuesday night, saying: 'IM KEEPING MY PELL GRANT HALLEUJAH!'"

If she thinks that's funny, she's gonna find the coming financial collapse and hyperinflation hilarious.

Some of you just have to make everything about politics. The election is over, stop being such a sore loser or go whine on the news page.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Cooper is not coming... Bummed

mnvol writes:

"It's not easy at all to play 30 seconds of great defense, get a steal and a fast break."

Seriously?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to ps11824:

Good grief....

Time to play some hoops.

Go ahead and think LVs are not in shape, mocsandvolsfan.

Gooly gee Beav...I KNOW they're in shape if Warlick has anything to do with it.lol

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Oh btw...I'm pulling for the Volestas on this one. I'd just hate for Warlick to lose to the mockineras her first season.. Not gonna happen anyway.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mnvol:

"It's not easy at all to play 30 seconds of great defense, get a steal and a fast break."

Seriously?

Well, she was probably talking about doing that for 10 or more minutes at a time. One possession like that isn't going to faze any athlete that age; it's doing it over and over and....

johnlg00 writes:

As for the Pell Grant discussion, I would just like to remind some of the oldsters on here that UT costs a HECKUVA lot more these days than when we went there. I was able to pay for my entire undergraduate degree with one minimum-wage--$1.25/hr--summer job and a part-time minimum-wage job over the Christmas break each year. That's tuition, books, fees, and spending money. Pretty sure no undergrad can do that these days. Of course, I was able to live at home, which no college athlete can do.

For another thing, there are restrictions on how much they can work, when they can work, and how much they can make, quite apart from the time demands of nearly year-round training and, oh yeah, school. So if, as is the case with lots of these kids, if their parents can't send them extra money, they can only sit in their dorm rooms while their teammates and classmates get the full college experience.

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

in response to johnlg00:

As for the Pell Grant discussion, I would just like to remind some of the oldsters on here that UT costs a HECKUVA lot more these days than when we went there. I was able to pay for my entire undergraduate degree with one minimum-wage--$1.25/hr--summer job and a part-time minimum-wage job over the Christmas break each year. That's tuition, books, fees, and spending money. Pretty sure no undergrad can do that these days. Of course, I was able to live at home, which no college athlete can do.

For another thing, there are restrictions on how much they can work, when they can work, and how much they can make, quite apart from the time demands of nearly year-round training and, oh yeah, school. So if, as is the case with lots of these kids, if their parents can't send them extra money, they can only sit in their dorm rooms while their teammates and classmates get the full college experience.

Very good comments! I was on scholarship when I went to a school and I could not work over a certain amount of hours! So when you talk about kids being away from home and needing spending money amongst other things for school this is very true!

SoddyVol writes:

johnlg00#206211: .. Back when I went to UT Knoxville in the 1950's, two of us shared the cost of an off campus room, fixed hot plate meals etc. all on 60 dollars a month. My noon meal was a 15 cent can of V8 juice. We didn't gain any weight! However, my AB in math made the difference later on. Oh how I would have loved a scholarship of any kind.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

johnlg00#206211: .. Back when I went to UT Knoxville in the 1950's, two of us shared the cost of an off campus room, fixed hot plate meals etc. all on 60 dollars a month. My noon meal was a 15 cent can of V8 juice. We didn't gain any weight! However, my AB in math made the difference later on. Oh how I would have loved a scholarship of any kind.

That's quite a feat there, buddy! I had friends who had some of those off-campus places in Fort Sanders, and most of them would be condemned as unfit to house animals these days. But to them, it was mostly just an adventure or something you had to survive to get a degree then. Not many had cars, few had TVs, and of course nobody had computers or game boxes. The "good ol' days", some would say. Of course, some things about them were good and others were bad. Kinda like, well, always.

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