Holly Warlick reviews the loss at Missouri
BATON ROUGE, La. — Tennessee hadn't left Mizzou Arena on Sunday afternoon before Holly Warlick began the thought process behind rallying the troops.
First, the Lady Vols coach needs to know how many healthy troops she has.
In that respect, she received some encouraging news Monday. Freshman Jasmine Jones, who suffered a right knee injury and had to be helped off the floor with 1:11 left in an 80-63 upset loss at Missouri, is expected to practice today.
Senior Kamiko Williams, who went down three minutes into the second half with a sprained right ankle, is listed as day to day but is making progress, according to a UT release.
The team did not practice Monday. Tennessee (17-5, 8-1 SEC), which has lost two of its past three games, dropped three spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press weekly poll. The Lady Vols next game is Thursday at LSU.
The team already is without Isabelle Harrison (knee) and Andraya Carter (shoulder). And Cierra Burdick has played just two games after missing eight with a fractured right hand.
After Sunday's injuries, Tennessee's lone remaining reserves were Nia Moore and Jasmine Phillips. And they didn't play.
"I just didn't see the time to get them in," Warlick said.
In the wake of Sunday's stunning loss, the Lady Vols' first inclination was to stand up to the circumstances.
"No excuses, just ownership," Burdick tweeted Sunday night. "No problems, just solutions. Back to the grind. Gotta get better."
In the postgame press conference at Missouri, senior Taber Spani sounded defiant about Tennessee's depleted ranks.
"I don't care if we play six people, seven people, five people, it doesn't matter," she said. "You have to be able to overcome that."
Warlick was being glib, more than anything, in saying: "We only need five players."
She couldn't completely ignore the reality of Tennessee's deteriorating situation.
"It has affected us," she said of the injuries. "I thought it affected us today (Sunday) with Izzy Harrison out. It's been difficult."
Harrison, a sophomore center, scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the first game against Missouri — an 84-39 Tennessee victory on Jan. 10 in Knoxville.
"It's up to the coaches and myself to figure out what we're going to do to rally this team and get us back on the right track," Warlick said. "… We're going to have to change our coaching philosophy and try to go with five or six players."
Simmons Watching: UT's guard Meighan Simmons was one of eight players Monday named to the watch list for the Wade Trophy. The junior guard leads the team and is second in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game.