Tennessee's rebounds trump turnovers in rout of Troy

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Tennessee center Nia Moore, right, blocks a shot by Troy guard Joanna Harden during the second half Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee center Nia Moore, right, blocks a shot by Troy guard Joanna Harden during the second half Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

A Tennessee rebounding record that’s stood for 26 seasons nearly fell Saturday afternoon.

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ModelMaker writes:

It's like I have been saying all along. Start Carter along with Massengale, play them both a lot of minutes, and bring Simmons off the bench. Whatever points you lose with Simmons not being in there you will pick up and then some with other players scoring from a much smoother running offense; you will see the turnovers go down also. The key is not only start them together but to play them a lot together. The more they play together the better they will get and the better the Lady Vols will get.

johnlg00 writes:

I guess this team just IS going to turn the ball over a lot. Holly said a mouthful talking about "SportsCenter passes". This is a tendency that infects the game at every level. However, it goes back even farther than that. It starts on the playgrounds where nearly all players these days start out in the game. I have seen it over and over. A player can screw up all day long, but if he/she makes just ONE play that causes everybody to go "OOOO!", they keep trying to do it again and again, usually failing nine times out of ten. Nobody remembers the player who made the RIGHT plays all day, just the one who caught their eye that ONE time. There is a whole sociology involved, with the acquisition of status and all, that can only be partially conquered in an organized team setting. Anybody who takes the long view knows that the players who CONSISTENTLY make the RIGHT plays are going to have the longer and more successful careers, but like many decisions young people make, such facts are as nothing compared with a player's reputation among his/her immediate peers. (<mutter, mutter, mutter> said the old man!)

oldster writes:

While there were a bunch of turnovers resulting from the attempts to make the spectacular pass as opposed to the easy one, many of them were just badly executed passes. I like much of Ciera Burdick's game, but 6 turnovers from a forward is way, way too many. In addition, she is shooting a terrible percentage. Frankly, I would not blame Holly for cutting Simmons' playing time severely to about 10 minutes a game (she would still jack up 12 or more shots - missing more than 60 percent of them) and making Burdick the last person off the bench. This would cut into the unforced turnovers and help the shooting percentage.

BTW: The rebounding would not look so good when one considers that to get so many offensive rebounds, one has to miss a lot of shots.

Allenfan writes:

in response to oldster:

While there were a bunch of turnovers resulting from the attempts to make the spectacular pass as opposed to the easy one, many of them were just badly executed passes. I like much of Ciera Burdick's game, but 6 turnovers from a forward is way, way too many. In addition, she is shooting a terrible percentage. Frankly, I would not blame Holly for cutting Simmons' playing time severely to about 10 minutes a game (she would still jack up 12 or more shots - missing more than 60 percent of them) and making Burdick the last person off the bench. This would cut into the unforced turnovers and help the shooting percentage.

BTW: The rebounding would not look so good when one considers that to get so many offensive rebounds, one has to miss a lot of shots.

Everyone is always wanting to sit Simmons. What would our record be the last three years without her?. You need to face the real problem, Holly doesn't have the team prepared. You can disagree all you want, but unless things change in a big way before next Saturday, you will see first hand. Stanford has one girl that is as talented as any of our starting five, and we are in trouble if things doesn't change. I listed to the post game show and she laughed about the turnovers, I can only imagine what Pat would have said. We can win all the games against average teams, but I do not see us winning the big one until we have better preparation . Just my opinion!

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