Lady Vols caught in the Eye of the storm against Missouri, 80-63

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Tennessee's Ariel Massengale, left, runs over teammate Jasmine Jones, bottom right, and Missouri's Bri Kulas, top right, while going for a loose ball during the first half of a game on Sunday in Columbia, Mo.

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L.G. Patterson/Associated Press Tennessee's Ariel Massengale, left, runs over teammate Jasmine Jones, bottom right, and Missouri's Bri Kulas, top right, while going for a loose ball during the first half of a game on Sunday in Columbia, Mo.

Holly Warlick reviews the loss at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri made up lost ground at Tennessee's expense Sunday afternoon, leaving the Lady Vols beaten and battered.

Less than a month after being blown out by UT, the Tigers pulled away down the stretch in pulling off a stunning 80-63 SEC women's basketball upset in the rematch.

Morgan Eye's 26 points led Missouri (15-8, 4-5 SEC) to its first victory over a top-10 team since beating then-No. 10 Baylor on Jan. 23, 2010. The Tigers celebrated at center court afterward before a crowd of 4,181 at Mizzou Arena, reveling in the recovery from an 84-39 loss in Knoxville on Jan. 10.

"In all my career," Missouri senior center Liz Smith said, "I've never felt something like that after a game."

Conversely, UT head coach Holly Warlick's postgame press conference recalled the struggles of last season. She credited Missouri's effort but also apologized for her team's performance.

"You just cannot be average," Warlick said. "I don't care who you play, where you go. You cannot be average and actually we were below average. It was the result of what (Missouri) did and how hard they played."

Kamiko Williams' day underscored the plight of No. 9 Tennessee (17-5, 8-1). She scored all of her 14 points in the first half and still finished as UT's leading scorer.

The senior guard went down with 17 minutes left in the game after coming down on someone's foot and injuring her right ankle. She returned to the team bench later on crutches with the ankle wrapped in ice.

Jasmine Jones also was injured with 1:11 remaining. The freshman forward was helped off after the front of her right knee took the brunt of a collision.

Both players were listed as day to day afterward. The Lady Vols already were missing center Isabelle Harrison (knee) and guard Andraya Carter (shoulder).

Along with her points, Williams also grabbed six rebounds and gathered three steals in the first 20 minutes. Her play enabled Tennessee to maintain a 37-34 halftime lead.

"She was one of the few who played hard and kept us in the game," Warlick said.

Although four other Lady Vols — Meighan Simmons, Taber Spani, Bashaara Graves and Ariel Massengale – scored in double figures, nobody managed to swing the game back in Tennessee's favor.

"Kamiko was playing really well, Spani said. "… but we have to be tougher than that."

Spani, who was playing before a contingent of approximately 60 family members and friends, thought UT's youth showed and blamed herself.

"It's my job as a senior leader to make sure that our maturity level is better than that," she said. "So I'll put that on me."

Missouri was methodical in reversing the statistics that weighed heavily against the Tigers in the first meeting. In that game, paint points, points off turnovers, second-chance points and fast-break points were 107-13 in UT's favor. On Sunday, the same stat columns added up 51-46 for Missouri.

The Tigers also had a whopping 34-3 edge in bench scoring.

Led by Eye and Bria Kulas' 20 points, Missouri made 11 3-pointers and shot 52.7 percent from the floor, scoring 46 points in the second half.

"They're a different type of team than, I think, pretty much every other SEC team," Spani said. "Nobody shoots the ball like them that I've played against for four years.''

The Lady Vols didn't help themselves by neglecting the game plan. Spani said that they were supposed to lock onto shooters and chase them through screens.

Eye used movement and her teammates to get a clear view of the basket virtually all afternoon. She shot 6 for 12 from long range and 8 for 14 overall.

"I think it was mental and physical toughness," Spani said. "They wanted it more. Give them credit."

The loss was Tennessee's first to an unranked team since the season opener at Chattanooga. The result recalled an overtime home loss to Arkansas last season, a team UT had beaten by 31 points earlier in the season.

"We're not a disciplined team when we need to be disciplined," Warlick said. "We're kind of all or nothing and today we were nothing."

Dan Fleser covers Tennessee women's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/FleserKNS and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/fleser.

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orangecountyvols writes:

Wow. A team you handled by 45 earlier.
Someone give my your thoughts. What the heck was this game all about? Was this an intentional effort? Who can explain it?
They knew Missouri had attempted over 500 3's coming into this game and in spite of that, they had no interest in guarding the Missou shots from down town.

Turnovers, no one making a foul shot, plus Missouri knocking every free throw down.
Tennessee now adds 2 more injuries to the depleted roster, but worse than this........the pathetic effort. They even did better against Baylor, Stanford, and Notre Dame.

They must have been watching game film on how the men play...........I don't know.

orangecountyvols writes:

Give ME your thoughts. The game was such that I can't even type correctly.

I hope Williams and Jones will be okay........it was Jones wasn't it? It was a trap game but still no life in this team IMO.
On a day like this, it seems any team in the SEC might have beaten the Lady Vols. They're better than this so can't wait to hear what thoughts they, and Holly can come up with.

jt45 writes:

Dont know if Holly intended to let them shoot 3s all day but it sure seemed like it. You cant trade 3s with Missouri and expect to win. I hated to see Kamiko get hurt, she was keeping the LVs in the ballgame. Simmons was bad on both ends of the court today. I realize the LVs have some key players out but they got outhustled pretty badly on several occasions wich led to easy baskets. Our girls just are not very good at switching off those screens and I noticed several times where they just lost their man alltogether.

The officiating reminded me of the Kentucky game where the LVs got whistled to death, basically it looked like graves was shut down by the officials, on offense she was getting tackled and on defense she couldnt touch the ball or get near a player without getting called for something. Missouri was the better team today but those pathetic officials sure didnt help much by turning the game into a wresting match.

I hoped holly would make them try to beat us inside but she didnt.

I hope Kamiko gets back soon, the sec is wide open again. It is disappointing to see them lose like this to a team they blew out in knoxville, you would have thought this was baylor by the way the score looks.

They were not ready and it showed.

LadyVolsFan71 writes:

Lady Vols outcoached today. Looks like that had no game plan. Girls were not playing defense on the 3 point shooters of Missouri. Shame because GA upset KY in Lexington. Lady Vols could have had a nice cushion in the SEC standings.

jt45 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Give ME your thoughts. The game was such that I can't even type correctly.

I hope Williams and Jones will be okay........it was Jones wasn't it? It was a trap game but still no life in this team IMO.
On a day like this, it seems any team in the SEC might have beaten the Lady Vols. They're better than this so can't wait to hear what thoughts they, and Holly can come up with.

Anything I write will be tame compared to how I felt about this game and well Im just flat out astonished that CHW would go into columbia and not have a plan to stop them from shooting 3s. Someone posted after the game in knoxville that we were overguarding, well that sure wasnt the case today, they had uncontested shots almost every trip down the floor. They beat us off the screens and by passing to the weakside repeatably yet Holly made no adjustments to the defense. Im so mad at the way the officials called this game, at times it was unbelievable. But then again so was everything else.

orangecountyvols writes:

jt45,

Thanks for your very good observation. It does make one scratch his head doesn't it?

Games like this do happen from time to time. Look at the Duke men's game where they were blown out a few weeks ago. We know they're better than that, and so are the Lady Vols.
It seems Tennessee leads the nation every year with injured players........all the way back to the Catchings/Holdsclaw/Spencer days.

Maybe now Holly will have to bring in a talented walkon similar to the field goal kicker who was watching t.v. at home and got the call to come help with the kicking.

What do they have now..........just 7 or 8 players? Carter, Harrison, Williams, and Jones all hurt.

A real bumma'

RLL59 writes:

The team has been unprepared from a half court offense and man to man defense all year. A good shooting, well prepared team, though not a good team, exposed it. They overguard on offense letting penetration and a pass to the open 3 point shooter. They even play man to man under their own basket, allowing easy baskets.

It was clear that Holly had told them to get the ball into the paint in her halftime speech. Just like under Coach Suummit, apparently no one tells them if the middle isn't open , don't pass it there just because that's what the coach wants. Nor did anyone during the second half advise Bashaara that when she receives the ball in the middle, and is double teamed, don't force the issue, but pass the ball out to the open player.

I don't know what game others were watching, but I didn't see a lack of effort; rather I saw poor preparation, a lack of execution, and a bad day shooting for nearly everyone.

Are there still fans (or coaches) out there that still don't see the value of Kamiko Williams?

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Holly warned everyone about this game.

I absolutely remember John Adams making fun of Holly's worries.

Now you get a clear picture of what Warlick is dealing with in both talent and maturity.

AHOUSE writes:

The whole team stunk! Oh don't leave out the coach. Graves acted like she didn't want to be there. I think they all need to take a 100 laps around the gym before they leave town. Coach too.

airship writes:

Fact. Holly is not a head coach.

massvolfan writes:

No heart (6 offensive rebounds), no focus (18 turnovers), no game plan to stop the three (they didn't even need a scout for this team...if you're breathing you KNOW what they do!) Never seen an LV team so inept at defending the three! They didn't even contest most of them...very sad, especially with KY losing. Opportunity lost.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Here's the link:
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2013/j...

..and Holly's words, followed Adams' snarK:

"Despite the outcome, Warlick seemed to be focused more on the team she studied on videotape than the one UT beat so handily. She sounded as if she dreaded the rematch next month in Columbia, Mo.

Said Warlick: "I was already thinking (before the end of the game), 'We got to go up there and play.' "

She should be looking forward to it."
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Adams was the leading voice to fire Phil Fulmer.

jt45 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

jt45,

Thanks for your very good observation. It does make one scratch his head doesn't it?

Games like this do happen from time to time. Look at the Duke men's game where they were blown out a few weeks ago. We know they're better than that, and so are the Lady Vols.
It seems Tennessee leads the nation every year with injured players........all the way back to the Catchings/Holdsclaw/Spencer days.

Maybe now Holly will have to bring in a talented walkon similar to the field goal kicker who was watching t.v. at home and got the call to come help with the kicking.

What do they have now..........just 7 or 8 players? Carter, Harrison, Williams, and Jones all hurt.

A real bumma'

I guess we can take solace in the fact that the lady cats lost also, LOL! But I expect the LVs to drop out of the top 10 as a result of their poor game today. Probably trading places with Georgia in the top 25. Injuries just keep racking up, at this rate we wont have five healthy players by tournament time.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Sorry, folks, this isn't abnormal.

My daughter plays in a league that launches 3's all day long...and yet her coach always worries more over the 2's.

Coaches will rip a player a new one for a score in the post "THAT'S TOO EASY!!!!!" when some girl has muscled in, around, and through the defense to score....but when someone hits a 3, it's "she made a great shot".

It's just how coaches are.....

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coffy73 writes:

This team is so unfocused! They have games where they are calm and composed and then games like today. There's no reason this team should have lost to Mizzou and to give up 3s like they did; it's like they didn't even bother with this one and gave up at halftime.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

There should not be a ton of shock here.

Holly has said in several ways this team is not good enough to just show up and get the W.

Think hard now...with the injuries, it's even less talented than last season's team...and THAT was not a very good team.

Nobody wants to say it, but UT is starting over in terms of putting a strong team together.

vol98champ writes:

It sounded like they gave up when Williams got hurt. Then in the last few minutes they just ran out of gas. Almost no help from the bench was a killer.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Pretty light criticism from you...having a better day today??

Weather start to look warmer and your spirits maybe getting a lift?

VOLindiana writes:

i traveled from indiana to this game... I want my money back. I have gone 2 many many games. Love going. Not today. These girls did not deserve to be wearing the orange. Embarassing

williams came 2 play. Spani came 2 play. I dont know what happened to the rest. I've always like massengail, today, absolute horrid. Gotta be more of a leader girl!

No emotion, no heart, no passion. So dissapointed in them all

BxVol writes:

I was unable to watch the game until the final 3 minutes and when I saw the score all I could think of is I know Holly had told them to guard against the three ball.I looked at our assist totals compared to Missouri`s, the turnovers etc. and it is no surprise we lost.It`s too bad Tamika Catchings probably is not in Knoxville,because I would love to see her address the team after letting them know previouly about their uneven play and practice habits.I can only hope the injuries to Kamiko and Jasmine are not bad, and our Lady Vols realize how good they are if they play the right way.Everyone is upset today and this game is history.....Learn from it and move on in a positive manner!!!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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No sheep here, stumpbrokeman...I've followed UT sports longer than I care to admit, but not as much now that my daughter is playing ball elsewhere.

Ease up the grump, it's not worth it.

SummittsCourt writes:

Perspective People - Calm the H... Down

1. No Isabelle Harrison
2. Mizzou players remember that 45 point butt kicking
3. Make no mistake, the Lady Vols always get the other teams best game on their home court.
4. Still a young team of 18 & 19 years olds so this is not unheard of for them to go on the road in a hostile environment and not show up.
5. Still missing senior leadership. Spani and Williams are not natural leaders. The Lady Vols haven't had real senior leadership since Anosike and Parker.
6.The season is not over, not by a long shot.
7. UK lost today too, hate on that for a little while.
8. For those who are critical of Coach Warlick, funny when they won by 45 everything was great. Get over yourselves - you don't have the stones to be a coach so stop critizing the coaches who do.
9. That's why the call them "upsets" - it happens.
10. They are experiencing the injury bug and depth issues. They were tired in the second half and it showed.

Don't get me wrong, I thought this was a win too, but I didn't think it was going to be an easy win. Move on already.

kazoo writes:

How do you beat a team by 45--holding them to under 40 points--and then turn around and lose to the same team by 17? And they go from scoring 39 points to 80? To say that UT mailed this one in would be an understatement.

movol53 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Perspective People - Calm the H... Down

1. No Isabelle Harrison
2. Mizzou players remember that 45 point butt kicking
3. Make no mistake, the Lady Vols always get the other teams best game on their home court.
4. Still a young team of 18 & 19 years olds so this is not unheard of for them to go on the road in a hostile environment and not show up.
5. Still missing senior leadership. Spani and Williams are not natural leaders. The Lady Vols haven't had real senior leadership since Anosike and Parker.
6.The season is not over, not by a long shot.
7. UK lost today too, hate on that for a little while.
8. For those who are critical of Coach Warlick, funny when they won by 45 everything was great. Get over yourselves - you don't have the stones to be a coach so stop critizing the coaches who do.
9. That's why the call them "upsets" - it happens.
10. They are experiencing the injury bug and depth issues. They were tired in the second half and it showed.

Don't get me wrong, I thought this was a win too, but I didn't think it was going to be an easy win. Move on already.

WOW, what gives you the right to come on here and state the truth!!!! I, too, am a LADY VOL fan for longer than most on here can recall. Some will and have already stated that Holly is not a Head Coach, that the team was not prepared, etc, etc. It happens; it ain't pretty when it happens but it does. I'm sure the coaches and players aren't happy with the outcome but all they can do is learn from it (and get healthy) and move on. We've several game left. I'm more concerned with the injury bug at UT than I am anything else; we may have to start asking for "Volunteers to join the team on the court if we have any more injuries this year. Go Lady Vols!!! This year you will learn and next year you will grow into one of the best teams in the nation. We've got to get up to full strength; if evryone was available we would only have 9 - 10 players when we could have as many as 14???

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

What a terrible week of bb for both the men&women..C'mon NSD.

wdalem#239112 writes:

If you remember, Parker and company lost to LSU at their home floor and still went on to win the NC. Teams do have bad days just like most of us.

Volinflan writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Wow. A team you handled by 45 earlier.
Someone give my your thoughts. What the heck was this game all about? Was this an intentional effort? Who can explain it?
They knew Missouri had attempted over 500 3's coming into this game and in spite of that, they had no interest in guarding the Missou shots from down town.

Turnovers, no one making a foul shot, plus Missouri knocking every free throw down.
Tennessee now adds 2 more injuries to the depleted roster, but worse than this........the pathetic effort. They even did better against Baylor, Stanford, and Notre Dame.

They must have been watching game film on how the men play...........I don't know.

It was so bad I wanted to throw up.

ModelMaker writes:

Basketball teams that practice effective preseason training report fewer injuries and better success in games because of their superior conditioning and endurance. Many games are won or lost in the last few minutes based on the team's conditioning and ability to push through the wall of fatigue that inevitably hits players after 10 to 15 minutes of continuous playing.
Perhaps the best benefit of preseason training is avoiding injury. Without proper conditioning, basketball players are susceptible to a host of injuries, including foot blisters, muscle spasms and cramps, torn ligaments in the knee, ankle injuries etc. By exercising and getting in top physical condition, players will not only enjoy the game more, but will also be less likely to suffer injury during play. This was an article I got off a health web site. The Lady Vols have been getting a lot of injuries over the last four years. Maybe they need to look into a better preseason training program. If they have a great preseason training program then maybe they have been just unlucky.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to kazoo:

How do you beat a team by 45--holding them to under 40 points--and then turn around and lose to the same team by 17? And they go from scoring 39 points to 80? To say that UT mailed this one in would be an understatement.

oh, c'mon, kazoo, you've been around a while....

Mizzou could not hit a barn in the UT game. At home, with some home reffing and hitting their shots, whole different mindset.

As I posted above, Holly was worried about this game....why does everyone doubt her??

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

Coaching and playing stunk .

Volinflan writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

Basketball teams that practice effective preseason training report fewer injuries and better success in games because of their superior conditioning and endurance. Many games are won or lost in the last few minutes based on the team's conditioning and ability to push through the wall of fatigue that inevitably hits players after 10 to 15 minutes of continuous playing.
Perhaps the best benefit of preseason training is avoiding injury. Without proper conditioning, basketball players are susceptible to a host of injuries, including foot blisters, muscle spasms and cramps, torn ligaments in the knee, ankle injuries etc. By exercising and getting in top physical condition, players will not only enjoy the game more, but will also be less likely to suffer injury during play. This was an article I got off a health web site. The Lady Vols have been getting a lot of injuries over the last four years. Maybe they need to look into a better preseason training program. If they have a great preseason training program then maybe they have been just unlucky.

Maybe they should be looking into the training conditioning coach (or whatever she is called). I mean the law suit lady. Of course they have and got another law suit. She looks like she needs some sunshine and some exercise. Wouldn't let my daughter be turned over to her.

9886morris writes:

if williams returns/ i hope she replaces massengale in the starting lineup.masseggale overrated and plays out of control

Vol69 writes:

will not make it to sweet sixteen.

lstbodeanvol writes:

the injury bug continues now 3-4 players out leaving us with 7 to rotate in the line up. We get into foul trouble what happens ? I dont understand why the roster is limited to 10-11 players while other SEC teams have more available Vandy (16)Missouri (14)Auburn (14) Kentucky (13)Georgia (14)alabama (15) A & M (14) the 5-7 that played today were gased...Go lady Vols....wish Joan Cronan was your AD instead of Hart....Cheek is no help either

voloffaith writes:

in response to Vol69:

will not make it to sweet sixteen.

No disrespect, but you really thought this team had a shot at the 16? This team(?) missing chemistry/effort/mental toughness it takes regardless of SEC record. Still have A & M and kat ladies to go plus lady bengalettes...the injuries show that depth isn't there and point guard is still a thorn in the side. Unless Kamiko's and Jasmines injuries are one game issues we are going to have a rough remainder of the season. Nia Moore isn't Isabelle and Jasmine Phillips isn't Jasmine Jones. Ms. Warlick and staff have their hands full.

movol53 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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So who would YOU have hired to replace Pat?????
I asked you this same question during the hunt for a new football coach and you never answered. So will you answer now? Shame, the thing is sometimes I actually agree with somethings you say but then when someone asks you a question you do not reply (unless it is a smartazz answer).

r2d2 writes:

In December 2012, I predicted the LVs would finish the season with a won-loss record of 22-7. Their present won-loss record is 17-5. I know this is not good acoording to the standards set by CPS. However, it is a good record for a first year coach with a relatively young team, especially for a team beset by a string of injuries. I predict the LVs will be a lot better next year with a won-loss record of 27-2.

orangecountyvols writes:

movol53,

Don't be too concerned with the idiot....Glenn Ford's hater. He is just a sick person, copying people's names as a screen name.......a sure sign of a sick individual. The idiot has always posted negative stuff so his comments are worthless, same as the immature cattle herder. That troll is more concerned with cows and sheep
so just ignore those 2 clowns.

The number of players available? One of Pat's national championship teams had 15 players. Some never really played very much but they were bodies to put on the floor in the event injuries did occur to the regular players. Really do not understand why Tennessee doesn't carry more than 11 on the team. Now as it stands, unless some of the injuries aren't healed, we are working with 7. Even so, Burdick just now rejoined the team with her hand situation.

PureOrange writes:

Can't sugarcoat this mess. Coaches were AWOL, and except for Williams, our players were AWOL.

This is TENNESSEE. Losing focus and not being ready to play is unforgivable. Total embarrassment. Losing is one thing; losing because you don't have the will to win is totally unacceptable.

If the entire organization was not embarrassed enough today to get their heads in the game, then they need to stay home. This game did not look anything like Lady Vol basketball. It looked like young elementary type basketball.

fake_basketball writes:

when do they play UCONN??? They have (2) head coaches and are still terrible.

coffy73 writes:

in response to wdalem#239112:

If you remember, Parker and company lost to LSU at their home floor and still went on to win the NC. Teams do have bad days just like most of us.

Two big differences...that LV team had the ultimate coach and one of the best ever players. They also had some great supporting players in Hornbuckle and Anosike. I can't believe anyone could compare that team with this very mediocre one!? The only thing they have in common is that they both wore Orange, ha! I don't even see an SEC title in this group, they give up way too easily.

coffy73 writes:

in response to fake_basketball:

when do they play UCONN??? They have (2) head coaches and are still terrible.

Huh!? You must be watching some other UConn team cause I bet we'll see them in the final four and playing for a championship. That team is great this year; I'm a big fan of both UConn and Tenn. and I know when to give respect instead of saying something utterly stupid, not to mention plain wrong!

JimmyJoe writes:

YOU ALL MISSED IT! MEAGAN SIMMONS DID NOT SHOW TODAY...WAS A LIBILITY ON BOTH ENDS OF THE COURT. THEN NOBODY ELSE STEPPED UP....AND I MEAN NOBODY.

JimmyJoe writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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I'm not going to pick on Holly here... But when you ask who UT should have hired? Here was the problem I had with the hire... This was the one sport at UT that commanded respect... There was not one woman's coach in the country that would not have imagined what they would look like wearing orange. We went with a coach that was the local, loyal choice. Now holly may do a good job... But we could have hired a coach that WOULD have done a good job. Holly then paid us all back with a loss to UTC in her first game. When it comes time to make that hire again we may not have the same aura as we had last year.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to 9886morris:

if williams returns/ i hope she replaces massengale in the starting lineup.masseggale overrated and plays out of control

Massengale needs to play her position and Holly needs to coach and quit just watching .

feathersax writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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this!!!!!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

...on to LSU

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkUie7...

For everyone who is upset over this loss I totally understand...BUT.. Look at the short clip from about 2:04-2:09ish tell me the footwork she displays doesnt remind you of Candace Parker??

VolsFan4Lyfe writes:

Not that those kids are really playing hard but some of those moves they are pulling off are sweet.... The no look pass (Jordan Reynolds) gives a glimpse to what we will be getting in a package deal! Jordan will give Andrea and Ariel a run for their money at the point guard spot! She will make them work and keep their spots and that excites me. Nobody will be appointed everyone will earn their minutes and playin time.

I think this team will rebound and has sort of overachieved with the youth/coaching changes/etc. Now with inuries we will see what CHW is really about so lets give her a chance. And NO not just off this loss because Im sure she wasnt prepared to have Kamiko AND JJ go down...If you look at the players interviews they just looked whipped and beaten down like "WHAT else can go wrong"? And for a team that had been riding high and working hard I dont blame them. Now they have to show resolve and get up and fight back like a true lady vol would. No one is going to feel bad for you..You've dished out plenty of butt whippins over time. So now to dish some more out with a new group!

All that said I do feel for them they watched two more teammates get hurt during the game and probably felt like MD with all the injuries. It took the little bit of energy they had! I hope like MD CHW goes to the volleyball squad and gets some height just to have some bodies for the court and for practice! Izzys sister used to play ball and we all know she can block shots!

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