Bashaara Graves' layup ends frantic final seconds for Lady Vols, 64-62

Tennessee freshman Bashaara Graves shoots a free throw against Missouri on Sunday in Columbia, Mo. On Thursday, Graves had 17 points, including the game-winning layup in a 64-62 victory against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee freshman Bashaara Graves shoots a free throw against Missouri on Sunday in Columbia, Mo. On Thursday, Graves had 17 points, including the game-winning layup in a 64-62 victory against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

Holly Warlick on Lady Vols' dramatic win at LSU.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tennessee led by as many as 11 points and led in both halves Thursday night.

And thanks to a dramatic turn of events, The Lady Vols led when it mattered the most.

Bashaara Graves’ layup crawled over the rim with a second left to complete a frantic comeback, giving Tennessee a 64-62 SEC women’s basketball victory over LSU.

“For us to keep fighting and pull it out when people thought it was over, it says a lot about our character,” UT forward Cierra Burdick said.

Before a crowd of 4,482 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, No. 12 Tennessee (18-5, 9-1) overcame a 62-59 deficit in the final 30 seconds.

Theresa Plaisance, who scored a game-high 20 points, for LSU, appeared to have scored the game-winner on a jumper with 1:03 left. But her missed free throw with 13 seconds left ­ following a Graves layup — left the door ajar.

Burdick tied the game by making one of two free throws with seven seconds remaining. Then UT pressured the inbounds play and Meighan Simmons deflected the pass to Graves.

“I knew if we got the possession, we’d get the win,” Graves said. “Meighan got a tip on the inbounds. That turned it around.”

Along with her timely tip, Simmons also scored a team-high 18 points. Graves’ final two baskets capped a 17-point performance.

Ariel Massengale scored nine points for UT. Kamiko Williams, who was questionable beforehand with a sprained right ankle, scored eight and grabbed six rebounds.

For LSU (13-10, 4-6), Bianca Lutley scored 13 points and Danielle Ballard had 10. Jeanne Kenney came back from a left knee injury suffered against Texas A&M on Monday to score four points and dish out five assists.

Tennessee’s victory was a gritty follow-up to Sunday’s stunning 80-63 upset loss at Missouri.

“We were a totally different team,” UT coach Holly Warlick said. “At Missouri, we gave up. Today, we didn’t give up. We battled. We had heart. We competed.”

Tennessee started fast, opening a 13-2 lead. The Lady Vols’ first two baskets were scored at the rim by Graves, courtesy of assists.

Such efficiency would not turn out to be the form for the first half, however.

The Lady Vols field-goal shooting percentage plunged as low as 33 percent against LSU’s zone. The turnovers also mounted, reaching nine at the break.

To make matters worse, Graves and Taber Spani both picked up two fouls.

The Lady Tigers rallied and led by as many as four points. UT recovered, though, scoring the half’s final basket in the final seconds for a 28-26 halftime lead.

Tennessee built its lead back to 34-27 to start the second half as the teams began trading defensive adjustments.

LSU eventually got the better of the chess match, not to mention the offensive rebounding, regaining the lead after a Adrienne Webb free throw with 11:11 left.

Overall, the game featured five ties and 14 lead changes. And a finish for Tennessee to savor.

Russell Finalist: Lady Vols signee Mercedes Russell was named Thursday as one of three finalists for the Naismith girls high school player of the year award.

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

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golfman1975 writes:

Nice article on earlier...no update our injuries...
LSU had 7 fouls with 15 sec left.

Are you sure this is GoVols?

golfman1975 writes:

by the way...the earlier article was all about N Caldwell and LSU...nice GoVols.

SummittsCourt writes:

WOW! That's why you never give up! These Lady Vols may not win it all this year, but they are building something special for the future.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vol fans,

Whew ! That was a loss waiting to happen. Have to give LSU credit.........they were very tough in this game.

Good to see Williams back on the floor, plus Burdick and Jones. Jenny Moshak is doing her job well, obviously.

This one was an uphill battle, and was tough to watch, so just said to heck with the last 3 minutes and listened to Mickey. The play at the end was frantic with the steal and basket by Graves at the end, plus Burdick's crucial free throw which had tied the game before that steal.
After all is said and done, they are still 8-1 in the SEC so congrats ladies ! LSU had a couple girls who looked like offensive tackles so our little slight girls held their own.

AHOUSE writes:

Any chance of getting a Mercedes sooner than later?

Theo writes:

Man oh man, what a game. Gutsy win with Bashaara having to take on two pretty big gals. I think the two big Juniors LSU has schooled Bashaara a bit but she had the last laugh. Could be a real foreshadowing of the refusing to lose mindset. At least I hope. Burdick hit some big shots hope this renews her confidence. Have to say though it wouldn't have needed these heroics if it weren't for a few lazy passes early in the second half.
I blinked and missed who made the steal on the last LSU inbounds? Saw Basharra go up for the win with three defenders on her though. Boy LSU was really going to take Simmons out of the mix in the last 8 minutes weren't they.
Texas A&M has a girl who Bone who is about mid-way size wise between the two LSU kids. BG is having to grow up fast. So glad JJ and Kamicko were out there.
Wish the Kittens had not pulled it out. This may all come down to the last two games. Whew!!! Go Lady Vols!

SoddyVol writes:

Great that they won but I have to gripe some because it was maddening. They get a few points ahead and throw the ball away or have other sloppy turnovers. Ariel had 5 TOs. Then they miss too many free throws.

Now, I must also say I appreciate the effort by all the players. Graves had to work inside against players 3 or so inches taller and somehow got the last shot up between two of them and made it.

As far as coaching goes, Caldwell trying to run out the clock with fouls (If that was what she was doing) backfired on LSU. The clock just didn’t run fast enough for her. .. Anyway I had a hard time enjoying the game because of getting upset with so many stupid turnovers by the Vols.. . I was hoping for a game with enough lead to get Phillips and Moore in for some experience. Maybe next game.

jt45 writes:

Too close for comfort, I really felt like this one slipped away from them from some really bad passing but they managed to put on the pressure and pull out the win. Looked like graves was favoring a hand and that bothered her free throw shooting some. Kamiko was playing through some pain it seemed like. Im not sure why LSU has struggled this year they looked awfully good tonight after they shook off their nerves. I really hope the LVs all get healthy soon, they need Izzy back in a big way for her rebounding.

golfman1975 writes:

My question is...how can an SEC team play 39 min and 45 sec with only 7 fouls?

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to golfman1975:

My question is...how can an SEC team play 39 min and 45 sec with only 7 fouls?

I watched it, start to finish.
LSU did NOT foul, and they basically threw this game away.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

UT was extremely fortunate.

The big post, 55, for LSU showed you how to play great post offense. Her and Graves together would be unstoppable.

LSU hits the FT's, UT goes home with a loss. Caldwell doing that "clear the lane" deal is, well, stupid. A couple of those boards on the missed FT's went wide.

LSU is having some character issues, but tonight they played a strong game.

lstbodeanvol writes:

Just glad to see Kamiko Williams was able to play tonight along with Jones....Cierra is getting better after missing the entire month of january...need to get back to knoxville and get some needed rest hope Izzy's knee is rehabilitating well...a win is a win..GO LADY VOLS !!!!

r2d2 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

UT was extremely fortunate.

The big post, 55, for LSU showed you how to play great post offense. Her and Graves together would be unstoppable.

LSU hits the FT's, UT goes home with a loss. Caldwell doing that "clear the lane" deal is, well, stupid. A couple of those boards on the missed FT's went wide.

LSU is having some character issues, but tonight they played a strong game.

"LSU hits the FT's, UT goes home with a loss." I agree with you. Taber did not play well. She had 0 points in 18 minutes. LVs would have won anyway with a good contribution from her even if LSU had made those missed FTs. Izzy was missed once again.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

It was a very entertaining game.

Theo writes:

I think the full week off after the Ole Miss game is coming at a good time. BG, Meighan, Ariel are playing a lot of minutes and BG is banging with some big kids for 30+ minutes a game. Big change from a year ago for her.
Izzy is indeed missed but let's not rush her back. If it needs to be next year, we need to be smart.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

I watched it, start to finish.
LSU did NOT foul, and they basically threw this game away.

I watched the game also...what do you call a foul?
We go hammered inside with slaps on the arms going up for shots and their guards used the bump and grind all night. I ask again...how can an SEC team play for 39 min and 45 sec with only 7 total fouls?

SummittsCourt writes:

Graves definately is the SEC freshman of the year.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to MOD_4_MY_DAY_JOB:

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Blah, blah, blah...

What were you doing when you were 18? My guess nothing! Stop being so critical.

wigmeister writes:

WHEW! Turn overs still a problem. Glad to see they had the gumption to fight through everything to the end.

manoffewwords writes:

Great Win ! LSU very good team . No need to be critical.

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

Great win. Holly you keep saying you don't have a stare..that's Pat. Well you're the head coach now..you need to get one. You need to learn to light up your team AND light up the refs when it's needed. Your players have to both love you AND fear you a little bit otherwise you can not push them to be more than they are.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to MOD_4_MY_DAY_JOB:

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you coming up with your newest user name on Feb 2 and trolling this site ever since says a lot about you as well

Volinflan writes:

Did you notice that Spani wasn't on the court at the end? She had a terrible night. She fell back into her usual offense - standing still in the corner clapping her hands. Please, let's see a starting lineup of Graves, Burdick, Williams, Massengale and Simmons. First off the bench, Jones, then maybe (maybe!) Spani.

I'm gonna have a heart attack if they keep this up. Graves must get lonely down under by herself. I know she is looking forward to Izzy's return so someone else can take some of the hammering. Jones doesn't seem to like to go in there and get hammered. Zero rebounds for 6' 2" girl?

DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN (Inactive) writes:

Lucky win. Its sad how far the Lady Vol program has fallen.

tomkats3242 writes:

You girls had better turn it up a notch both on defense and hustle. You were lucky to get a win last night. Coachs, when are you going to get into the game. I did not see a coach getting on any players during the game. Boy, do we miss Pat;s glare. Someone had better wake up or you will not get pass the second round this year. You have talent, but no heart.

RLL59 writes:

First, this wasn't an 'uphill' battle until the end of the game. The Lady Vols led 13-2 and were up by 7 midway through the second half. Second, if you watched the game, you'd have seen a well reffed game for women's basketball. There was one charge on Ariel that was pretty sad, but you'd have to be simply a 'homer' to think the game was overly influenced by the refs.

Reread the quotes from Cierra and Holly. Does anyone think the same would have been said had the Lady Tiger hit the free throws that would have, for practical purposes, ended the game, or if the 3 point shot with .8 seconds went in as it appeared it was going to. Almost nothing about basketball talent, skill or execution. As long as there's no attention given to those aspects of the game, the Lady Vols will continue as they have for the past 5 years...convincingly beating teams with little or no talent, squeaking by or losing to teams with half the talent, and always losing to those with equal or greater talent.

The Lady Vols really miss Izzy in the middle, but something needs to be done about a defense which constantly gives up open shots. It seems like any decent ball handler takes the ball to the basket at will. And again they gave up two layups by playing man to man defense on throw ins under their own basket. The effort is there; the techniques and execution are not.

OK, OK, enough criticism. They needed to win and they did. That's good. Hopefully, the rest will do everyone good, and reviewing film will lead to adjustments to resolve the defensive problems. They do watch film, right?

charles_heck#1415862 writes:

I have a request and it deals with the dish network. I have e-mailed them 3 times about adding CSS to their channel list. They say they need enough interest to make it feasible money wise. Would all you dish network subscribers contact dish asking them to add CSS. There was 6 or 7 games we missed due to this. CSN channel 409 in California carries them but blackout this area. I watched it on ESPN3 but it just came and went. If you would please consider contacting Dish. Charlie Ergen is from Oak Ridge and an UT alumnus. Thanks

oldbasshead writes:

I'm sure that you, like me, have wondered what is it that causes this team to not be able to play its best in big games. I used to think it was confidence, but not so much now. l now am wondering if it is not quickness and strength. With the exception of Simmons on quickness, this team struggles on defense and I think they lack sufficient speed to keep their opponent in front of them and getting off screens. On rebounding, sometimes Graves and Harrison are just not strong enough in their upper body to go against upper classmen. I feel this team has great potential and is a year away from a final four and 2 years away from a NC.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

Great win. Holly you keep saying you don't have a stare..that's Pat. Well you're the head coach now..you need to get one. You need to learn to light up your team AND light up the refs when it's needed. Your players have to both love you AND fear you a little bit otherwise you can not push them to be more than they are.

When you coach a team to 8-1 in the SEC then you can give advice.

underthehill writes:

in response to Volinflan:

Did you notice that Spani wasn't on the court at the end? She had a terrible night. She fell back into her usual offense - standing still in the corner clapping her hands. Please, let's see a starting lineup of Graves, Burdick, Williams, Massengale and Simmons. First off the bench, Jones, then maybe (maybe!) Spani.

I'm gonna have a heart attack if they keep this up. Graves must get lonely down under by herself. I know she is looking forward to Izzy's return so someone else can take some of the hammering. Jones doesn't seem to like to go in there and get hammered. Zero rebounds for 6' 2" girl?

Now that Harrison is injured..the best 5 are obviously Graves, Burdick, Williams, Massengale and Simmons and I think Holly is beginning to see it because they were on the floor when the game was on the line..Williams may have more rebounds per minutes on the floor than any player..6 in this game..Burdick is a good rebounder..and Jones appears to me to be very physical..but when they are playing teams with more height.. Graves is getting roughed up..I still think they have the talent to win the SEC..and I think that Burdick getting healthier will be one of the keys..she can go to the free throw line area against the zone..as she did last night..and find the open spot to pass to or shoot if left open...this is the key position on offense against a zone..good that LSU did not hit the free throws..but not good to count on that to win..beat the odds on this one..

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Actually the question should be how does a team play 39 min and 30 seconds with only 4 fouls. There were two intentional fouls after 39 min and 30 sec. in an effort to prevent UT from getting a shot. No the game was not very well officiated and few women's games are very well officiated. Graves was all UT had inside last night and that will not work very well in future games. Burdick is getting back and that will help. 9-10 times Graves was trying to score under the basket and could have been a foul called but officials chose not to call a foul. Several times Lady Vols slapped ball away and officials chose to call a foul. Too much discression in basketball officiating as to allowing contact and not allowing contact. But the best team won, even though the best team did not prevent their opponent from driving the lane for layups and setting screens for open threes. Yes foul shooting needs to improve but so does overall shooting. It still appears that there times when players dedide that they are going to shoot no matter how many defenders are present. The first two baskets were two of the only 9 assists this team had last night. This LV team needs to continue to learn to share the basketball. Yess turnovers will probably be the downfall of this team. In each of their losses this season they have had uptics followed by extended periods of foolish turnovers, throwaways or silly, unmakeable shots. Get it together and if you can get enough players healthy you can make a run. The best is still to come even though I often think back to the North Carolina game as one of the best any recent UT LV team has played.

dawood32025#214896 writes:

in response to SoddyVol:

Great that they won but I have to gripe some because it was maddening. They get a few points ahead and throw the ball away or have other sloppy turnovers. Ariel had 5 TOs. Then they miss too many free throws.

Now, I must also say I appreciate the effort by all the players. Graves had to work inside against players 3 or so inches taller and somehow got the last shot up between two of them and made it.

As far as coaching goes, Caldwell trying to run out the clock with fouls (If that was what she was doing) backfired on LSU. The clock just didn’t run fast enough for her. .. Anyway I had a hard time enjoying the game because of getting upset with so many stupid turnovers by the Vols.. . I was hoping for a game with enough lead to get Phillips and Moore in for some experience. Maybe next game.

Lazy passes for Lady Vols at the top of the key and LSU was just waiting for it.

madrigal writes:

It doesn't matter how ugly it was, it was a W! Get that through your heads and stop complaining. Sure, we'd like them to play better, but youth and injuries happen. They'll grow up and they'll recover. We all knew this wasn't going to be the year, but good grief, some people just can't wait to bash someone...ANYONE! Get over yourselves already.

I see the DOLLAR_STORE_COWBOY is here with his third new name in a week. I believe whatever it is he calls a personality is fragmenting. Look out, it could be messy!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN:

Lucky win. Its sad how far the Lady Vol program has fallen.

Good grief. cattle_prod has another user id established on Feb 6. Why don't you trolls get a life

Geofffourmyle writes:

Crappy title.

Walt

UT '81

Theo writes:

in response to Volinflan:

Did you notice that Spani wasn't on the court at the end? She had a terrible night. She fell back into her usual offense - standing still in the corner clapping her hands. Please, let's see a starting lineup of Graves, Burdick, Williams, Massengale and Simmons. First off the bench, Jones, then maybe (maybe!) Spani.

I'm gonna have a heart attack if they keep this up. Graves must get lonely down under by herself. I know she is looking forward to Izzy's return so someone else can take some of the hammering. Jones doesn't seem to like to go in there and get hammered. Zero rebounds for 6' 2" girl?

That was an untypical rebounding performance by JJ. She usually has 6 or 7 in limited minutes.

DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

Good grief. cattle_prod has another user id established on Feb 6. Why don't you trolls get a life

Who? Yeah I established my username on Feb 6, what does it matter?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN:

Who? Yeah I established my username on Feb 6, what does it matter?

it doesn't matter. You're just another troll

Theo writes:

in response to tomkats3242:

You girls had better turn it up a notch both on defense and hustle. You were lucky to get a win last night. Coachs, when are you going to get into the game. I did not see a coach getting on any players during the game. Boy, do we miss Pat;s glare. Someone had better wake up or you will not get pass the second round this year. You have talent, but no heart.

Saying this team has no heart is about the stupidest thing I've ever seen posted here.
A team with no heart would have been feeling sorry for themselves and pouted after they let a couple of leads get away. BG beat off two girls who had 3 inches and 40-60lbs on her and still was our leading scorer and came up with a steal and bucket with less than a second. No heart? You've got to be kidding. You, however, have no brain.

vol98champ writes:

Let's face facts. This team is walking wounded. Hopefully, most can get healthy by tourney time. Playing only 6 or seven players is going to be tough if injuries don't heal. Holly is proving to me that she can coach.

volboy81 writes:

I dont get CSS with DirecTV, so I couldnt watch it...but I listened to Mickey on the radio. I counted 3 flops from LSU that he thought were blatant and fooled the refs (thats not hard to do!) Its no wonder LSWho only had 4 fouls called on them through the first 19:30 of the 2nd half...they kept calling them on UT! I thought we were cooked when it was 62-59. These gals deserve a LOT of credit for hanging in there and snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! Mickey said if we lost, it would be the first time since 1983-84 that we had lost back-to-back games to unranked teams. WOW!! So glad we were able to avoid that little asterick! I like Baashara better and better each game. She is a player who hustles and doesnt give up. Cant wait til next year when Izzy & Russell are in there with her. Talk about unstoppable! Great win girls..see you Sunday vs. Ole Myth!

Theo writes:

in response to DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN:

Lucky win. Its sad how far the Lady Vol program has fallen.

I smell cow flatulance. How many names do you have working now? Kind of feel sorry for you today chucklehead. There you were, sitting on the edge of your seat, hoping and wishing the LVs were going to lose. Planning your anti-Holly diatribe and then....... BG shows why she is the Freshman of the year and you are left with nothing, nada.
Well don't dispair. This is a young team and they will probably have a game or maybe two where the just can't get it all going so you'll be able to rant away. No one will care or give any credibility to what you say but at least you'll get to say it.

DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN (Inactive) writes:

in response to Theo:

I smell cow flatulance. How many names do you have working now? Kind of feel sorry for you today chucklehead. There you were, sitting on the edge of your seat, hoping and wishing the LVs were going to lose. Planning your anti-Holly diatribe and then....... BG shows why she is the Freshman of the year and you are left with nothing, nada.
Well don't dispair. This is a young team and they will probably have a game or maybe two where the just can't get it all going so you'll be able to rant away. No one will care or give any credibility to what you say but at least you'll get to say it.

What is wrong with you folks? I just created my account 2 days ago. I have been following the LVs for years.

Sounds like you need to get a life there Rudy!

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

in response to budd#207344:

When you coach a team to 8-1 in the SEC then you can give advice.

When we don't lost to MO by doubles digits and we are lucky that LSU didn't hit their free throws in order to beatr a team that has a losing SEC record then I will not have an opinion:) So many comments about the lack of fouls called...that's on the coach...Holly should have gotten a "T" over that and gotten more calls for her team.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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You make a good point about Ariel turning the ball over five times but she also had six assists and two steals. I think she has that uncanny ability to find the open shooter for an uncontested shot. That said I think Ariel would have been a better player if Andraya had not gotten injured. I also think Simmons would have been a better player also. I think we miss Andraya more than some people think.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Good win last night in another hostile environment. LSU wanted this win bad and we were lucky to get outta there with the W. Mickey Dearstone saw want I saw when he mentioned the charge late in the game by Ariel. The defender clearly 'flopped' inside the circle under the basket. Graves was getting bullied all night and she will be Freshman of the year. A true player that girl is. IMO I think she is playing cautious to prevent another injury. All it takes is a foot coming down wrong from a rebound. She had 17 pts against two 6'5s . How tough is that? Man we miss Izzy though. She is our version of Griner. She alters shots.
We win this game a little easier if we don't have unforced turn overs. I'm sure CW will address the passes. Very tough game against Vandy . They will want revenge. Man glad we won . The kittens and puppies almost lost too last night. TAMU is the team to beat right now. They are out to win the SEC in their first year. Let's prepare to take em down lady Vols.
Nice to see Russell up for player of the year. The other two are D.Deshields an Rebecca Greenwell. All three are ballers. Glad we have one of them.

Trivia question:
Who else won the Naismith that played for the Vols?
Answer: CP3(2), Holdsclaw ,Catchings(2) Ely, Lawson, Lisa Harrison, and Marciniak.

martic#220796 writes:

in response to AHOUSE:

Any chance of getting a Mercedes sooner than later?

A healthy Izzy would help tremendously. Hope she's back before tournament. KY and A&M were both pushed last night.

Theo writes:

in response to DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN:

What is wrong with you folks? I just created my account 2 days ago. I have been following the LVs for years.

Sounds like you need to get a life there Rudy!

Not a chance I believe that.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

in response to DICK_MASTERSON_N_TENN:

Lucky win. Its sad how far the Lady Vol program has fallen.

Please explain to us Dick how the women's basketball program had fallen with championships the past three decades (80s,90s,00s ) , still the best recruits year round(#1 player this yr) still winning SEC titles, still in the top 25 every year, still have the most TV exposure, still graduates 100% of there players, still has the highest attendance, still leading the SEC in wins, on the road to two or more NC.
Dont even respond . You have nothing. #stillTenn

Theo writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Good win last night in another hostile environment. LSU wanted this win bad and we were lucky to get outta there with the W. Mickey Dearstone saw want I saw when he mentioned the charge late in the game by Ariel. The defender clearly 'flopped' inside the circle under the basket. Graves was getting bullied all night and she will be Freshman of the year. A true player that girl is. IMO I think she is playing cautious to prevent another injury. All it takes is a foot coming down wrong from a rebound. She had 17 pts against two 6'5s . How tough is that? Man we miss Izzy though. She is our version of Griner. She alters shots.
We win this game a little easier if we don't have unforced turn overs. I'm sure CW will address the passes. Very tough game against Vandy . They will want revenge. Man glad we won . The kittens and puppies almost lost too last night. TAMU is the team to beat right now. They are out to win the SEC in their first year. Let's prepare to take em down lady Vols.
Nice to see Russell up for player of the year. The other two are D.Deshields an Rebecca Greenwell. All three are ballers. Glad we have one of them.

Trivia question:
Who else won the Naismith that played for the Vols?
Answer: CP3(2), Holdsclaw ,Catchings(2) Ely, Lawson, Lisa Harrison, and Marciniak.

Thanks for the info on Naismith etc. Very interesting and brought back a lot of memories. Lisa Harrison may be the prettiest girl to ever play college ball.
Don't know that we discussed Meighan getting added to the Wade trophy list and Spani being Academic All-American for the second time. A great group of kids. Very proud of them.

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