Dean Lockwood explains Lady Vols' lineup changes and looks ahead to Troy

Tennessee women's basketball assistant coach Dean Lockwood, right, greets, Tennessee freshman Jordan Reynolds, left, and Mercedes Russell during media day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee women's basketball assistant coach Dean Lockwood, right, greets, Tennessee freshman Jordan Reynolds, left, and Mercedes Russell during media day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE — In post-game comments following the win over Texas, head coach Holly Warlick explained the lineup changes - namely that Ciera Burdick and Bashaara Graves didn't start. Warlick explained that Graves hadn't had a good week in practice.

On Tuesday's Sports Page, Vince Ferrara asked assistant head coach Dean Lockwood what constitutes a good or bad week of practice for the coaching staff.

"It's like the phrase 'To whom much is given, much will be required,' said Lockwood.

"There is an expectation that you come in the same way, the same energy level, the same effort level. You don't allow distractions to get in your way. It is difficult. When you're in the teens, twenty, twenty-one it's very hard sometimes when you're feeling the pressures of academics or you've got some other things that have arisen in your life that are maybe pressuring you or maybe just bothering you or whatever. It's hard to leave them at the doorstep as you walk through that tunnel, but you must. You must do that and it's very, very important.

"You're going to make mistakes, you're not going to be perfect. That's not what we're looking for. We're looking for the same approach, the same attitude, the same effort level all the way through. A lot of times, too, we define mental toughness and competitive maturity as 'What does it take to distract you? How little or how much?' And I think in those instances we have a very high expectation of all our players. Certainly at the foremost of that list would be players who are starting or getting starting-type minutes.

"I think [Coach Warlick] looked at Bashaara — and we all did as a coaching staff — and said the effort level wasn't the same, the overall approach wasn't the same. Again, we're getting close to exams and a number of our players are feeling squeezed right now. So it wasn't any one thing that happened or a negative, it was a culmination of three days worth of work and effort and that's where the other players went to the head of the pack.

"We all made a decision — ultimately Holly did — we're going to reward that. We're not going to not reward somebody who's clearly at the front of the pack during this time and leading with effort and energy."

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maciste54 writes:

The lack of coverage of the mens team is very perplexing to me. Does the News Sentinel have something against CCM and his team? You'd think UT doesn't even play mens basketball lately. Just an afterthought when it comes to articles.

nanab54#1420544 writes:

And why doesn't the women get the same level of reporting on their recruiting efforts?? have heard NOTHING about who we are looking at or who is looking at us.

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to nanab54#1420544:

And why doesn't the women get the same level of reporting on their recruiting efforts?? have heard NOTHING about who we are looking at or who is looking at us.

We get Jannah Tucker next year along with Alexa Middleton, Jaime Nared, and Kortney Dunbar. We are recruiting the #1 recruit in the country Aja Wilson. That's it in recruiting news . Stay tuned for more updates.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to maciste54:

The lack of coverage of the mens team is very perplexing to me. Does the News Sentinel have something against CCM and his team? You'd think UT doesn't even play mens basketball lately. Just an afterthought when it comes to articles.

The men have only played about one game a week since the Atlantis tournament. Their last one was against Tennessee Tech last Friday and they don't play again until this coming Saturday at Wichita State. The pace picks up a bit after that, at which time, with football dropping out of the picture--alas!--until NSD in February, coverage should pick up as well.

JSmith525 writes:

in response to nanab54#1420544:

And why doesn't the women get the same level of reporting on their recruiting efforts?? have heard NOTHING about who we are looking at or who is looking at us.

Here you go! Future Lady Vol's!

http://espn.go.com/high-school/girls-...

maciste54 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

The men have only played about one game a week since the Atlantis tournament. Their last one was against Tennessee Tech last Friday and they don't play again until this coming Saturday at Wichita State. The pace picks up a bit after that, at which time, with football dropping out of the picture--alas!--until NSD in February, coverage should pick up as well.

Is it correct that only 31 regular season games can be scheduled? A couple more in December would seem like a good idea to me.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to maciste54:

Is it correct that only 31 regular season games can be scheduled? A couple more in December would seem like a good idea to me.

I would be interested to hear about this from anyone who knows, but I'm not aware right now that there is a real hard-and-fast rule how many games a D-I program can schedule. Seems to me that some recent teams have played upwards of 35 games in the regular season and certainly well over that including conference and NCAA tourney games. I don't care to look it up myself, but if anybody can find a rule on this, please share your findings with us.

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