Audio: Dan Fleser breaks down the Lady Vols' trip to the Bahamas, how the season is going

Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) goes for a shot against Georgia Tech forward Katarina Vuckovic (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 87-76. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) goes for a shot against Georgia Tech forward Katarina Vuckovic (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 87-76. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Dan Fleser, the News Sentinel's Tennessee women's basketball beatwriter, joins the News Sentinel Sports Page with Vince Ferrera and Mike Strange to talk about how the Lady Vols fared during their recent trip to the Bahamas.

Included is a discussion of the development of Cierra Burdick and Andrea Carter.

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ModelMaker writes:

I like Carter starting also. I think she is a leader along with Massengale. I think she has an excellent basketball IQ with the mentality to try and get the ball inside for the high percentage shot and shoot the three later. Simmons has the mentality to shoot first the low percentage shot and get it inside (the high percentage shot) later. I would like to see Carter start and play lots of minutes with Simmons coming off the bench. Simmons just might play better especially in the big games as the sixth man. The more Carter play's the better she will get and the better the Lady Vol's will get. Carter and Massengale are the one's that make it all happen, with the great players that Tennessee has inside.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

I like Carter starting also. I think she is a leader along with Massengale. I think she has an excellent basketball IQ with the mentality to try and get the ball inside for the high percentage shot and shoot the three later. Simmons has the mentality to shoot first the low percentage shot and get it inside (the high percentage shot) later. I would like to see Carter start and play lots of minutes with Simmons coming off the bench. Simmons just might play better especially in the big games as the sixth man. The more Carter play's the better she will get and the better the Lady Vol's will get. Carter and Massengale are the one's that make it all happen, with the great players that Tennessee has inside.

Completely agree that Carter is a budding star and that Massengale is playing the best ball of her LV career. However, I wouldn't give up on Simmons just yet. From the comparatively little I have seen of her this year, she seems to have reverted to the somewhat "twitchy" shooting motion she had a couple of years ago. She seems a lot more anxious on the court than she should with all her experience and all the extra help on the outside. If she can just allow herself to relax--and maybe a spell coming off the bench would help with that--and let her shot flow instead of jerking it up there, she will be fine and the LVs as a team will be better for it. I also agree that the main strength of the team is and should be with the inside game, but they need the perimeter players to make outside shots to give them the room they need to operate. As far as I can tell, they are fully on track to make some serious national noise this year.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Completely agree that Carter is a budding star and that Massengale is playing the best ball of her LV career. However, I wouldn't give up on Simmons just yet. From the comparatively little I have seen of her this year, she seems to have reverted to the somewhat "twitchy" shooting motion she had a couple of years ago. She seems a lot more anxious on the court than she should with all her experience and all the extra help on the outside. If she can just allow herself to relax--and maybe a spell coming off the bench would help with that--and let her shot flow instead of jerking it up there, she will be fine and the LVs as a team will be better for it. I also agree that the main strength of the team is and should be with the inside game, but they need the perimeter players to make outside shots to give them the room they need to operate. As far as I can tell, they are fully on track to make some serious national noise this year.

I am not giving up on Simmons; I think she is a good basketball player. She seem's to have trouble playing her best basketball in the big games. This is one of the reasons why I think she would help the team more coming off the bench. The other is I think Carter has a much better understanding on how the game is to be played. We will find out just how far we have come and how far we have to go when we play Stanford. If the Lady Vols play like they did against SMU then I think it will be a heck of a ballgame.

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