Meighan Simmons' big second half leads Lady Vols at Auburn, 75-66

Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, right, dribbles around Auburn's Najat Ouardad during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. Tennessee won 75-66. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)

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Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, right, dribbles around Auburn's Najat Ouardad during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Auburn, Ala. Tennessee won 75-66. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)

Holly Warlick reviews comeback win at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Before Meighan Simmons could lift Tennessee, the junior guard needed a pick-me-up herself Thursday night against Auburn.

So teammate Taber Spani implored her to “go get a signature Meighan Simmons play.”

Good idea.

Better result.

With the crowd of 3,312 at Auburn Arena warming to the possibility of an upset, a steal by Simmons set the player called “speedy” in motion for a driving basket. She completed a three-point play after being fouled. The sudden turn of events shook UT out of its doldrums and propelled them to a 75-66 SEC women’s basketball victory.

“Normally, I get emotional after plays like that,” Simmons said. “For some reason I wasn’t even that emotional.”

Everyone else was, however. The Lady Vols took off on an 11-2 scoring run, regaining the lead at 49-47 with 10:05 left. It was their first advantage since the game’s first minute. For good measure, Simmons added two 3-pointers to the surge. She finished with a game-high 29 points, shooting 10 for 14 from the floor.

“We needed somebody with high energy to get us going tonight for whatever reason,” UT head coach Holly Warlick said, “and I thought Meighan’s steal kind of ignited us. ... It was a huge play for us, a huge turnaround.”

The Lady Vols, who trailed by as many as 12 points with 14:29 left, had to erase another four-point deficit inside the final eight minutes. They had enough left to built their lead to as many as 13 points with 1:31 remaining.

Along with the timely advice, Spani scored 12 points for No. 9 Tennessee (14-3, 5-0 SEC). Ariel Massengale had 11.

Blanche Alverson and Hasina Muhammad scored 15 points apiece to lead Auburn (13-5, 2-3).

Tennessee’s comeback matched its 12-point rally in an 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 28. The Lady Vols won for the first time this season when being outscored in the paint. Auburn had a 32-20 advantage from close range.

The Tigers led by as many as 11 points in the first half and were dominating virtually all of the pertinent statistics. The most glaring was a 16-2 edge in paint points and a 10-0 advantage in second-chance points.

UT post players Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison, who finished with 11 rebounds apiece, were a combined 0 for 8 from the floor at halftime and finished 3 for 15 against the Tigers’ sticky defense, scoring a combined 11 points.

“We were just rushing,” Spani said. “We had our practice guys trapping us (in practice) even more than they did but they’re athletic, long and scrappy. They wanted it.”

Despite her hot shooting, Simmons was burdened by the weight of her six turnovers. She was getting pep talks from the coaches, as well as Spani.

“Coaches told me just to relax and make sure I was doing everything I could to help the team,” Simmons said, “and not have a bad attitude or anything like that and just don’t get down on myself.”

Simmons’ three second-half steals were instrumental to UT’s rally, right along with the 18 points she scored after halftime. Freshman Jasmine Jones’ defense against Auburn point guard Najat Ouardad was crucial, too. She had five turnovers in the second half.

The Lady Vols also were opportunistic, catching Auburn with six players on the court during a substitution. After the resulting technical foul, Simmons made two free throws with 5:03 left.

Because of the wintry weather in Knoxville, the Lady Vols spent Thursday night in Auburn before returning. Warlick wondered about the last time that she watched a movie before saying, “I’m sure that (game video) is probably up on my computer as we speak.”

It’s must-see viewing.

“We have to learn from every game we play, every game,” she said. “It just doesn’t come easy for us, and we have to solve some things.”

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

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jt45 writes:

Looked liked a loss until Simmons started knocking them down. Just a bad game for our post players and Massengale. They were lucky to get a win tonight considering how they played. The intensity on defense just wasnt what they usually show. Nevertheless congrats to them for winning another close physical game.

peerless1 writes:

Massengale needs to step up-be the leader. My Lord she can't handle the ball at times. Thank God for greyhound and Meighan.

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

We have stopped looking to get the ball into the posts. Massengale has had two straight not-so-great games. Holly is doing a great job coaching but she needs to learn to work the Refs better. Several times Auburn was just flat out mugging Izzy..saw one time Auburn player had her arm around her throat. Holly needs to chew on the refs more at times. Still a great win over a hustling team on the road. GBO.

Theo writes:

Definitely a gut check win. Speedy was on fire tonight. Obviously, Meghan's scoring was the determinant factor but I thought J.J. made some really good defensive plays during the second half. Also though Kamicko played very solid defense.
I don't want to see the refereeing through orange colored glasses but it looked like to me that Izzy and Bashara were getting mugged everytime they got the ball. Can't stop and whine and complain about it though.
Speaking of heart attacks - it looked like Cierra was having one on the bench. I predict she will have fresh legs and really get after it when she returns.

underthehill writes:

Credit Auburn for a stronger than expected showing..very physical on the boards..and very well coached..credit UT for getting tough when going was tough..didn't expect a good game ..but this was an entertaining game..and a terrific offensive game for Simmons...

orangecountyvols writes:

Vol fans,

That was a gritty comeback. Playing Auburn, winners of 12 in a row on their court, and looking very shaky ( U T ) they did not lose their composure in the 2nd half and resembled the Tennessee we're used to seeing in this tyoe of game.

We can't always depend on Simmons hitting those shots but this was one time she was money.

What was scary was the cross court passes that kept being picked off. We did miss several layups but all in all, a great comeback.

huntined#565710 writes:

Simmons hot hand won the game but boy we just gave the ball away a lot of times.This is another good win I think times in the past we lose this game.

Volinflan writes:

IMHO we would not have won the Florida game without K. Williams defense. IMHO we would not have won the Auburn game without J. Jones defense.

How can that 6'2 girl defend the point. Maybe that is what HW means when she says Jamsime is her seceart weapon.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Our post missed many easy shots tonight. Both Izzy and Graves struggled tonight. Meighan and Spani did not let this team lose. Auburn did not let us run they contested every shot. Massingale you're going to have to lead this team every play. I'm sorry but you are the person that must put them in position to succeed every possession. I think Andrea really could have helped tonight. Great defense JJ! Williams decent play but the team needs more from you. SEC is tough and you all will win it.

blewissmith writes:

Outhustled for the first 30 min...but a win is a win.

volfan1954 writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

We have stopped looking to get the ball into the posts. Massengale has had two straight not-so-great games. Holly is doing a great job coaching but she needs to learn to work the Refs better. Several times Auburn was just flat out mugging Izzy..saw one time Auburn player had her arm around her throat. Holly needs to chew on the refs more at times. Still a great win over a hustling team on the road. GBO.

Agree with your comment about Holly not working the refs enough. Pat didn't teach her very well on that point. Pat used to chew on the refs as much as her players.

butch31 writes:

The post players need to finish down low! Thank goodness for Meighan, she couldn't miss. Ariel, Taber and Kamiko really played well tonight. Auburn is an NCAA caliber team. Kentucky will have its hands full LOL. Great job Lady Vols...

lstbodeanvol writes:

A win is a win enjoyed watching this team continue to work even down 12 and being behind for most of the game. Auburn is a good team that hustled and pressured us into many turn overs. Way to hang in there and get the win. Meighan hit her threes and freethrows to get them back up in this important road game !!!! GO LADY VOLS !

chaos001 writes:

UGLY. Just ugly!

Ugly passing. Ugly post play. Ugly officiating. Ugly home crowd.

There was some homecooking tonight!

Thank you Taber, Meighan, and Kamiko!

jdcdjc writes:

in response to chaos001:

UGLY. Just ugly!

Ugly passing. Ugly post play. Ugly officiating. Ugly home crowd.

There was some homecooking tonight!

Thank you Taber, Meighan, and Kamiko!

You watched the same game I did. But it was a good one to win. Would like to see what we could do with them in Knoxville or on a neutral court!!!

vol98champ writes:

I think the last two games are a blueprint for how to play the LV's, and until the refs decide to do their jobs and call the rough play, we will struggle. Many have posted that we aren't getting the ball into the post. It does no good if our posts cant't catch and release with hacking and pushing. Posts either have to get stronger or refs start doing their job.

SummittsCourt writes:

For those who are critical of Meighan Simmons, just remember without her the last two games would have been losses.

Go Lady Vols!

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

For those who are critical of Meighan Simmons, just remember without her the last two games would have been losses.

Go Lady Vols!

I agree with SummittsCourt. I am one of the people always bashing Meighan. Meighan, I apologize to you.

Without you, we would be in the tank. Izzy, Taber, and Graves are in a slump. Izzy can't even shot a lay up. Massengale has got quit having turnovers.

Go Meighan and maybe the rest of the team will follow.

min32926#266113 writes:

A win is a win. Way to go Lady Vols! GBO...VFL!

RLL59 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

IMHO we would not have won the Florida game without K. Williams defense. IMHO we would not have won the Auburn game without J. Jones defense.

How can that 6'2 girl defend the point. Maybe that is what HW means when she says Jamsime is her seceart weapon.

Agree on both points; neither seems to be recognized. Jasmine succeeded where Kamiko and Ariel struggled, even though Auburn's point guard was quicker than any of them, because she refrained from over guarding until she had picked up the ball, and hindered the pass because of her size. Not sure why Holly went away from that after a while.; maybe she wasn't comfortable having fewer ball handlers in the game to bring the ball up on offense.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Right on with the poor officiating. On Grave's first shot she was fouled from behind (no call) and that told me we were in for a long night. Watch the picky fouls as players move is open space and then watch the lack of fouls around the basket when contact is excessive. Yes Holly, you need to get after the officials more. This crew was one that I had never seen. I had never seen either of the three. Good women's officials are difficult to find. They seem to want to change the women's game to fit the men's. I suggest you leave the game alone. No need for a ten second back court count when the women only have 30 seconds to shoot the ball. Really no need for that call in the men's game since the inception of the 35 second shot clock. This team is much better at getting arms straight up and not bodying against the shooters but the officials continue to call fouls on us. I guess that makes us stronger. I hope so.

richvol writes:

Very disappointed in Izzy and Massingale's play. Izzy looked disinterested most of the night and has not learned to be tough in the paint. She got whipped all night. Massingale almost cost them the game with her sloppy turnovers and terrible free throw shooting.

Thank goodness for Simmons...she saved the win. Jasmine has promise.

ModelMaker writes:

I was real proud of the way they came back to win the game. Speedy was big time. Auburn had us pretty well shutdown inside. Usually when you get shutdown like we did inside you lose the game. Spani is doing a good job filling in for Burdick but I thought we really missed Burdick's rebounding inside. Also the mid range jumper that Burdick has I think would have opened up Graves and Harrison a little more inside. Burdick does a good job getting them the ball if they come out on her. Lets hope she gets back sooner than later. To be 5-0 in the conference with two key injuries is a testament to how well this team plays together. They really showed me something last night.

RLL59 writes:

Izzy stayed out of foul trouble. But the price the Lady Vols paid for it was a far less aggressive center, and probably her worst game of the year. Her frustration and worry about sitting on the bench more than half the game is certainly affecting her game. She has to avoid dumb fouls, but return to being the rebounder, shot blocker, and scorer she has been most of the season.

This was another good win, but the Lady Vols will have to continue to improve their game, not their heart, if they hope to beat Kentucky or Notre Dame, the two games left in the regular season where they will likely be the underdog. I hope they spend more practice time on their basketball deficiencies rather than beating themselves up for a non-existent attitude problem.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Good win last night in another hostile environment. I was relieved to see the crowd leaving early after a huge battle . This was a good test for our lady Vols . The reason our post were missing so many buckets underneath was because of a 6'5 center with some mass. She was clogging the middle pretty good until we finally made some adjustments in the second half. Graves and Izzy were getting mugged down low in the first half. They finally started
to call fouls in the second half. Also turnovers. We miss Draya. Kamiko came in and played great D and calmed some nerves down. I was on the edge of my chair and screaming but I knew we were gonna be alright when she came in. Remember folks only a 7 player rotation and they still found a way to win. I just live the fact we are making free throws. Ariel needs to work on hers. We will need Burdick back at full strength before Texas AM and UK. This was another trap game that we won. After watching the game I am convince that ND is beatable.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to RLL59:

Izzy stayed out of foul trouble. But the price the Lady Vols paid for it was a far less aggressive center, and probably her worst game of the year. Her frustration and worry about sitting on the bench more than half the game is certainly affecting her game. She has to avoid dumb fouls, but return to being the rebounder, shot blocker, and scorer she has been most of the season.

This was another good win, but the Lady Vols will have to continue to improve their game, not their heart, if they hope to beat Kentucky or Notre Dame, the two games left in the regular season where they will likely be the underdog. I hope they spend more practice time on their basketball deficiencies rather than beating themselves up for a non-existent attitude problem.

You make a good point.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I didn't get to see this game and ESPN didn't even put the score on the ticker..However, it was a win in a hostile environment, UT has grit if nothing else..GLV!

volsgirl writes:

Good come back Ladys. Ariel need to step up to stop Taxes AM and UK.

Theo writes:

in response to richvol:

Very disappointed in Izzy and Massingale's play. Izzy looked disinterested most of the night and has not learned to be tough in the paint. She got whipped all night. Massingale almost cost them the game with her sloppy turnovers and terrible free throw shooting.

Thank goodness for Simmons...she saved the win. Jasmine has promise.

I can appreciate that you only said Izzy looked disinterested not that she was disinterested but I think that is still an inaccurate view.
She was getting mugged while really trying to stay out of foul trouble. I think she was a little confused about how to bang around get rebounds, clear space etc. in that environment without getting fouls called on her. This is a kid who cares deeply. The coaches will really have to keep her confidence up while they figure out how to get her to play tough but not foul.
Given how the refs were letting rough play under the basket go this probably wasn't a great game for her to really try and concentrate on staying out of foul trouble.

r2d2 writes:

in response to RLL59:

Izzy stayed out of foul trouble. But the price the Lady Vols paid for it was a far less aggressive center, and probably her worst game of the year. Her frustration and worry about sitting on the bench more than half the game is certainly affecting her game. She has to avoid dumb fouls, but return to being the rebounder, shot blocker, and scorer she has been most of the season.

This was another good win, but the Lady Vols will have to continue to improve their game, not their heart, if they hope to beat Kentucky or Notre Dame, the two games left in the regular season where they will likely be the underdog. I hope they spend more practice time on their basketball deficiencies rather than beating themselves up for a non-existent attitude problem.

Very astute comments on Izzy. She was playing not to foul. This affected Bashaara's play. Izzy has to learn how to play hard without fouling.

hikerdude writes:

Simmons had a spectacular game. For the first time this year, Graves looked like a freshman. Auburn bigs probably had something to do with that.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to peerless1:

Massengale needs to step up-be the leader. My Lord she can't handle the ball at times. Thank God for greyhound and Meighan.

You got that right .

volboy81 writes:

had to listen on the radio because I dont get CSS with satallite and it was hard to do. Mickey does a GREAT job, but its just not the same as watching it!! I was about to start throwing things but just knew the Lady Vols had a run in them & it finally came! They could have folded but didnt. That should help on down the road. Im ready to clobber Alabama right now!! They havent beaten us since 1984! Lets fill TBA up on Sunday...1pm. Be there. Aloha!

madrigal writes:

It was a little nerve-wracking in the first half! Thank goodness for Taber and Meighan who kept us in there. The second half was much more to my liking. I do agree with those who said the refs ignored a lot. There was a lot of Auburn nastiness under the basket....their bigs are kinda thuggish...but I'm sure the team will meet some others along the way and they need to get used to them.

SoddyVol writes:

The Auburn players inside are big but it sure looked to me they fouled Izzy and Graves a lot instead of getting clean blocks. The no calls affected Izzy so much she threw the ball all the way over the basket twice when it should have been points.

The Vols seem to be in pretty good shape, playing hard late in the game. This win belongs to Simmons more than anyone. Her steal from the quick-as-a-bullet 5'-1 guard and resulting 3 point play turned the game to favor The Vols.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

LV ran into a buzz saw trapping defense on every square foot of the court, and acted like they had never seen one before. Forty foot passing lanes offer steals all night. Charles Barkley commented on thug/mug defense during the Olympic games: "Knock the hell out of them. That'll put a stop to it." It takes a split decision, but the instant a second defender moves in split them both while they are still moving and knock the hell out of them. Then the refs will have to decide if they are calling a football or a basketball game.

wigmeister writes:

Good comeback in a hostile environment. I agree with other posts that Holly has to learn to work the officials. Look how good Calipari was against us when he got the officials to go back two plays earlier to look at the monitor! Pat would have been all over them.

Volinflan writes:

in response to jdcdjc:

You watched the same game I did. But it was a good one to win. Would like to see what we could do with them in Knoxville or on a neutral court!!!

You get your wish Feb 21. Lady Vols by 25.

chaos001 writes:

in response to pomp_and_circumstance:

LV ran into a buzz saw trapping defense on every square foot of the court, and acted like they had never seen one before. Forty foot passing lanes offer steals all night. Charles Barkley commented on thug/mug defense during the Olympic games: "Knock the hell out of them. That'll put a stop to it." It takes a split decision, but the instant a second defender moves in split them both while they are still moving and knock the hell out of them. Then the refs will have to decide if they are calling a football or a basketball game.

I didn't understand the cross-court passes at all. Someone should've come to the ball and cut the distance in half.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to chaos001:

I didn't understand the cross-court passes at all. Someone should've come to the ball and cut the distance in half.

I felt the same. Most of those passes should have never been necessary. That was my biggest complaint next to not being able to react quickly enough early in the game to their sticky defense.

retiredVolinGA writes:

Well, we were there, drove over to Auburn in the cold. There was a very small crowd and I agree with most of the posts made here. They were scrappy and it got us out of our game. They were mugging our inside players and that caused our offense to sputter. Thankfully 3/4 through the game we took charge and played our game. We were at a loss on the technical foul, it was not explained to the crowd. Winning made the drive home a lot more pleasant, GLV

r2d2 writes:

in response to retiredVolinGA:

Well, we were there, drove over to Auburn in the cold. There was a very small crowd and I agree with most of the posts made here. They were scrappy and it got us out of our game. They were mugging our inside players and that caused our offense to sputter. Thankfully 3/4 through the game we took charge and played our game. We were at a loss on the technical foul, it was not explained to the crowd. Winning made the drive home a lot more pleasant, GLV

The TV commentators gave the reason for the technical foul. Auburn had six players on the court.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to 1volk-nowi-tall:

Right on with the poor officiating. On Grave's first shot she was fouled from behind (no call) and that told me we were in for a long night. Watch the picky fouls as players move is open space and then watch the lack of fouls around the basket when contact is excessive. Yes Holly, you need to get after the officials more. This crew was one that I had never seen. I had never seen either of the three. Good women's officials are difficult to find. They seem to want to change the women's game to fit the men's. I suggest you leave the game alone. No need for a ten second back court count when the women only have 30 seconds to shoot the ball. Really no need for that call in the men's game since the inception of the 35 second shot clock. This team is much better at getting arms straight up and not bodying against the shooters but the officials continue to call fouls on us. I guess that makes us stronger. I hope so.

There is no 10-second count in women's basketball, though on second reading I don't think you said there was. The NBA went to an 8-second backcourt count a few years ago, I guess because they have a 24-second shot clock. Personally, I think there should be a backcourt count in women's ball also. It helps make pressure defenses more effective, and pressure defense is an important tool an underdog team can use against one with superior talent. For that matter, I think there should be a 30-second shot clock in all of basketball since that is the international standard.

I certainly agree with you about the lousy officiating in the women's game especially. Not only is there very little consistency, it would seem than many of them don't even know the rules! I agree that Holly probably could stand to ride the refs a bit more. Same goes for Cuonzo Martin. There is no doubt a line that no coach can cross in challenging refs, but both UT coaches might see if they can crowd that line a bit more than they do. It surely seems to work for John Calapari and Geno Auriemma!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I didn't get to see this game and ESPN didn't even put the score on the ticker..However, it was a win in a hostile environment, UT has grit if nothing else..GLV!

I didn't get to see it either. It was on ESPN3, but for some reason Time-Warner Cable put up a roadblock to it. I had registered for ESPN3 some months ago when TWC first picked it up and had watched several games with no problem at all. This time, though, they asked for my user name and password, which I had of course forgotten since I hadn't needed it before. It wouldn't even let me set up a new account. I am going to have a nice long talk with them when I am sure I can control my temper!

Agree completely with what you said about the game. I was able to listen to it through the UT Sports website. I was really grinding my teeth when Ariel missed those three straight late FTs! Those are the kind the PG of a good team HAS to make!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Simmons had a spectacular game. For the first time this year, Graves looked like a freshman. Auburn bigs probably had something to do with that.

I think a poster on another thread said that Auburn had a 6'5" post and a 6'8" post! I didn't see the game or read that anywhere else, but if so, that explains a lot about our posts' somewhat less-than-stellar play last night. Apparently there was a problem with the officiating as well. Gee, lousy officiating in women's basketball? What are the odds of THAT(;-P)?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I didn't get to see it either. It was on ESPN3, but for some reason Time-Warner Cable put up a roadblock to it. I had registered for ESPN3 some months ago when TWC first picked it up and had watched several games with no problem at all. This time, though, they asked for my user name and password, which I had of course forgotten since I hadn't needed it before. It wouldn't even let me set up a new account. I am going to have a nice long talk with them when I am sure I can control my temper!

Agree completely with what you said about the game. I was able to listen to it through the UT Sports website. I was really grinding my teeth when Ariel missed those three straight late FTs! Those are the kind the PG of a good team HAS to make!

You're dead on, if UT wants to continue winning these tight games FT % must improve drastically.

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I think a poster on another thread said that Auburn had a 6'5" post and a 6'8" post! I didn't see the game or read that anywhere else, but if so, that explains a lot about our posts' somewhat less-than-stellar play last night. Apparently there was a problem with the officiating as well. Gee, lousy officiating in women's basketball? What are the odds of THAT(;-P)?

Sometimes it is hard for fans and coaches to give credit to the opposing team..looked to me like this was the case with Auburn's front line..they were very physical and strong..as strong as Graves and Jones are..Auburn has a freshman ..#44.. who is stronger..Auburn is very well coached and seemed to surprise the Lady Vols with their strength..I really think this could be a good lesson for Harrison, Graves, and Jones as to how they will have to handle stronger rebounders..Simmons saved the day with an unbelievable 2nd half ..I think Jones and Williams are the keys to whether or not UT has a chance to beat KY..they are by far the best 2 defenders and have the speed to match KY...

RLL59 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I didn't get to see it either. It was on ESPN3, but for some reason Time-Warner Cable put up a roadblock to it. I had registered for ESPN3 some months ago when TWC first picked it up and had watched several games with no problem at all. This time, though, they asked for my user name and password, which I had of course forgotten since I hadn't needed it before. It wouldn't even let me set up a new account. I am going to have a nice long talk with them when I am sure I can control my temper!

Agree completely with what you said about the game. I was able to listen to it through the UT Sports website. I was really grinding my teeth when Ariel missed those three straight late FTs! Those are the kind the PG of a good team HAS to make!

As somewhat of an explanation about Ariel's 3 missed free throws (3 for 6 for the game), the game was over by that time, and she seemed disinterested rather than fully concentrating. Not an excuse, but a reason. All the Lady Vol starters shoot over 70% from the free throw line, though Ariel ranks 4th among that group.

Theo writes:

in response to RLL59:

As somewhat of an explanation about Ariel's 3 missed free throws (3 for 6 for the game), the game was over by that time, and she seemed disinterested rather than fully concentrating. Not an excuse, but a reason. All the Lady Vol starters shoot over 70% from the free throw line, though Ariel ranks 4th among that group.

I thought Ariel's legs looked gone by that point. No legs, no hitting shots. She and Meghan have really logged a lot of minutes over the last couple of weeks. This is where we really need Andraya.

r2d2 writes:

Holly needs to try and give Jasmine Phillips some playing time at point guard. This will alleviate some of the pressure on Ariel.

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