Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75

Tennessee alone atop SEC race

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) drives against Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Lister (11) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) drives against Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Lister (11) in the first half of an NCAA basketball game on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE – For a change, Tennessee got the start it wanted.

The Lady Vols still had to fight past stubborn Vanderbilt and fight through foul trouble for the hard-earned finish: an 83-75 SEC women’s basketball victory over the Commodores before a crowd of 10,154 at Memorial Gymnasium.

Taber Spani scored a career-high 24 points to lead No. 9 Tennessee (16-3, 7-0 SEC), which faces No. 2 Notre Dame on Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. The senior wing shot 8-for-14 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds in what UT coach Holly Warlick called, “the best game of her career at Tennessee.”

Teammate Meighan Simmons, who sat out for more than two minutes down the stretch with four fouls, added 23 points.

Both players combined for six of 10 free throws converted by the Lady Vols in the final minute, which sealed the outcome.

Christina Foggie scored 22 points to lead Vanderbilt (13-6, 3-3). Tiffany Clarke added 19 for the Commodores, who came back from 12 points down at the start of the second half. They took aim at wiping out another double-figure deficit until the final minute.

“They’re fighters,” Spani said. “We talked about that before the game. Even if we got up by 15 or 20, they wouldn’t give up until the final buzzer.”

Tennessee’s victory, coupled with Kentucky’s loss to South Carolina, gave the Lady Vols sole possession of first place in the conference.

“I’m just so happy right now,” Simmons said.

Warlick, on the other hand, was cautious.

“It’s great that we’re undefeated,” she said. “But it’s still a long season in the SEC. Anything can happen.”

The Lady Vols also won with head coach emeritus Pat Summitt in attendance for the first time on the road since the season opener at Chattanooga.

“She brings inspiration to our team every time we see her,” Spani said.

The 3-pointer was Tennessee’s best weapon in the first half, enabling them to avoid another early deficit. Simmons and Spani combined for five of them.

Bashaara Graves complemented the outside scoring by going to work down low for eight of her 16 points.

Along with her scoring, Spani produced one of UT’s best first-half plays on defense. She wrestled the ball from Vanderbilt’s Kady Schrann and saved the ball to Simmons while tumbling to the court.

Simmons sped up the floor, dribbling behind her back and driving to the rim — only to ruin the highlight with a miss. No matter, teammate Kamiko Williams hustled for the follow-up rebound basket and a 25-14 Tennessee lead.

Jasmine Jones later swatted a Commodores’ pass out of the air, leading to Spani’s trey and Tennessee’s biggest lead, 41-26.

After scoring the last basket of the first half, the Commodores bolted from the locker room after halftime with a 12-point scoring run. A Jasmine Lister 3-pointer erased the remnants of Tennessee’s lead with 15:38 left.

“We were not a mature team the first four minutes of the second half,” Spani said. “We had to battle back.”

The 10 consecutive free throws at the end capped a 21-for-23 performance from the foul line in the second half (91.3 percent). Overall, UT was 23 for 29 (79.3 percent) from the line.

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volposter writes:

At least how to finish.

Lady Vols are improving

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Slow start to the 2nd half was the only low point for the LV's..Big win on the road and now they sit atop the SEC standings as the only undefeated team in league play..GLV!!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

You Ladies seemed to ignore how good Vandy was and took over the game any time you felt like it. You ladies are good and really could make it to the final four this year if you believe.

Theo writes:

Really proud of the tenacity to hold off Vandy at memorial. Still got to fix that defending the drive down the lane but the team showed a lot of poise tonight.
Hats off to Coach Staley and the hens tonight.
Now we can turn our attention to ND. Feeling good about this game. Need to put Kamiko and JJ on Diggins. I'm afraid she might be a little quick for Ariel. I like our front line in this one.

r2d2 writes:

Good win. However, LVs can not defeat ND. The paint defense is not good enough. Forty six points in the 2nd half is way too many points to give up to Vandy. I am not sure what why Holly cannot get the LVs to play a better defense. I wish they had Mercedes Russell this year. As I said before, I hope her nickname is "Bill" during her career at Tennessee.

VOLindiana writes:

I thought the physical part of the game was going to really get us down. I haven't seen our bigs respond well to physical post. We let Clarke have her way with us. Even with that said our post played a ok game. If we can get all 5 playing on the same level, watch out. Start of 2nd half we could not rebound. Simmons both charges could easily been avoided by 'the extra pass'. Every time we play vandy it's a true grind and glad we were able to pull out the win. Great job! Good prep for notre dame!

BxVol writes:

I`m making these comments having seen approx half the game whih included the final 10 minutes.The bad was still too many turnovers,getting beat on loose balls,giving up too many offensive rebounds, and defense was not up to par,wide open treys, and drives to the basket. The good is beating Vandy on the road which never seems to be easy,clutch making foul shots at the end, undefeated and leading the SEC.Our team is ahead of schedule,and doing this without Burdick and Carter.When Cierra returns we get even stronger.We can beat Notre Dame, but to do this our Lady Vols have to play smart,be aggressive and quite frankly play the full 40 minutes.The present looks very good and the future looks terrific!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to r2d2:

Good win. However, LVs can not defeat ND. The paint defense is not good enough. Forty six points in the 2nd half is way too many points to give up to Vandy. I am not sure what why Holly cannot get the LVs to play a better defense. I wish they had Mercedes Russell this year. As I said before, I hope her nickname is "Bill" during her career at Tennessee.

Certainly, the LV's will have a tough time with ND Monday night. I feel like the bigs are afraid they will get into foul trouble. Monday they will play well in the pait I think HW will zone some Monday to change the pace...mix it up. Hope we have a romping crowd.

jt45 writes:

Great game against a quality team on the road, this bunch deserves their top spot in the SEC.

Their can be only one, congrats to the LVs for putting in the hard work and effort.

Hope to see them come out fired up against ND and hitting on all cylinders.

Defense will have to be really good against those irish gals, they are perhaps the best team ive seen this year at passing and executing their offense.

coffy73 writes:

I was really impressed with the Lady Vols tonight! Every time Vandy clawed back in, we stayed calm and composed and padded the lead. Nobody panicked or rushed, as they've done in a few of the previous games. I've said some not so glowing things about Holly, but I really think Coach Warlick is growing into this head coaching thing :)

r2d2 writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Certainly, the LV's will have a tough time with ND Monday night. I feel like the bigs are afraid they will get into foul trouble. Monday they will play well in the pait I think HW will zone some Monday to change the pace...mix it up. Hope we have a romping crowd.

I hope my comments were not too negative. I am looking at the ND game from a realistic standpoint. ND plays well in the paint. Remember, they defeated UCONN. I wish Holly wolud try a zone defense to see if this would help.

lstbodeanvol writes:

Spani and Simmons had great games again tonight. Enjoyed watching this game but got concerned with all the offensive rebounds Vandy got during the second half. Keep fighting lady Vols..good free throw shooting wish they guys could play together like you. go lady vols

SoddyVol writes:

Eight blocks by Vandy. Their inside players are so tall and have such long arms they were able to get clean blocks several times even when coming over the Vols from behind. Just looked curious to me. Then again, the game was played in Nashville.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

Great fight all the way from beginning to end. It isn't easy to play in Vandy's backyard but we scrapped and got it done. Way to go ladies!

volfan2002 writes:

Some of those Vandy players seem like they have been there forever hopefully they will graduate soon. We played a very experienced team in that weird gym and managed to win. I'll take it were in first placed after being picked by almost everybody to finish fourth. Still a long season one game at a time.

SummittsCourt writes:

Nothing like a SEC road win to remain undefeated in the league while UK is losing! Remember, this team was picked to finish 5th in the league this year. Way to go Lady Vols!

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

The men's and women's 2 games were similar.

The difference is these girls can shoot free throws and the guys, well..............

To basically lead the game from wire to wire, except for the 2nd half beginning with the Dores going on the 12-0 run, and playing in that weird configuration of a movie theater/gym, they did well.

Massengale, Spani, and Simmons.........awesome at the line. This, in what is supposed to be a rebuilding year, plus playing without Burdick, very well done ladies !

ps11824 writes:

Looked to me like the Vandy assistant coach was doing more coaching than Melanie. What's up with that? Maybe she lost her voice near the end of the game, but the young guy was conducting the huddle for the Lady Dores. Who is that dude anyway? He'll be getting a head coaching job soon, I predict.

On the subject of SC defeating KY, I don't know how the Gamehens did it, I did not watch the last half, but in the first half it looked like they were gonna get clobbered. They could not make a shot. But I sure would look at that film inside and out if I were coaching against the wildcats. That was a great win for Dawn Staley and her team.

It was great to defeat the Dores in Nashville, just great! The Dores are a dangerous team, smart and nasty, IMO, WAY TO HANG IN. Lady Vols. Good coaching, Holly. Nice to see Governor Haslem & Pat in attendance.

If not for the evil Altz, Pat and Bill coulda had a dynamic Adventure getting good things done, if you know what I mean...

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Good win last night on the road against another team that usually has our number. I agree our post defense should be better , but we were playing against a pretty good senior in Tiffany Clarke. I felt we could have challenged some of her shots better though. When we get Burdick back our rebounding numbers will go up. We are not a team that sets up plays which concerns me. Yes we have capable scores that can create their own opportunity to score but we need to do a better job at passing the ball around. We will have to zone against ND and hope Jewel Llyod and the model diva doesnt get hot on the perimeter. Our post has their hands full with their center and we Must contain McBride the most dangerous player on their team.

voloffaith writes:

My plug nickel says ND by 15 Monday if we play the same way as last night.Izzy would let the guard or whoever drive straight to the basket and not even challenge. Too many layups and points in the paint.Also how many times did Dorettes get clear 3pointer behind screens that we didn't fight to get through? Anyway quality of opponent jumps light years between ND and Dorettes. Hope I'm wrong ,but based on last night's performance ND slaps us again to reality of good team not great team. Not a negative Donnie downer,just analysis shows the weaknesses others will exploit all day long til corrected.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Our offense is hitting on all cylinders. I think we win by 20 if we didn't have like 15 turnovers. Big shoutout to Spani. She is being a true leader out there. At #9 I think our ladies can beat five of the teams ahead of them . Still a lot of games to go though. One game at a time

min32926#266113 writes:

Way to go Lady Vols! GBO...VFL

DC82_Vol writes:

These girls play more physical than the men. Looked like Izzy needs to put her emotions in check. She looks like she is about to cry half the time. Vandy was outplaying our centers. Glad Taber and Meighan were lighting it up from outside.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Kid,

Back to your reading comprehensive skills.
To repeat so you might understand better.....
ending the game with ability to convert at the free throw line. Nothing mentioned about 83 and 56 points............except by you.

Are you the KNS version of Marshall Henderson?

A punk kid.

richvol writes:

Massingale has great ability but her ballhandling is terrible at times. If I was an opposing coach I would pressure her all the time because she will turn it over.

Harrison got schooled by Tiffany Clarke. She just could not stop her at all. If we can't slow her down how can we expect to handle Baylor or UConn.

Theo writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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That's it? That's all you've got this morning?
Tough to dump on Holly, her coaching and her recruiting when the team picked to finish fifth in the SEC is ranked 9th and in the lead for the regular season title.
Here's the deal though, even if they lose the next game even if they lose a couple more this season. They are still a very young team that has way outperformed expectations and the Lady Vol fans will still be all in for the staff and team.
You know, sometimes I actually feel a little sorry for you you bovine chucklehead.

volboy81 writes:

Always good to beat Peabody in Nashville. I hate that school!!!! Tabor and Meighan really lit it up. We tanked there at the beginning of the 2nd half. They looked like the men, but recovered and never let Vandy take the lead. Great Win!
Lets get ready for 18-20,000 in TBA this Monday for the Irish.

Theo writes:

The front page of The Tennessean (Nashville) has a picture of Meighan going in for a lay up (I think she actually got a charge on this one) and the article quotes her as saying "we had to remind ourselves that there is only one school in the state of Tennessee and that's the University of Tennessee". I can hear my across the street neighbor's teeth grinding all the way in my kitchen this morning. Probably a litte impolitic on Meighan's part but for those of us here in Nashville who have had a steady diet of the "fact" that Vandy now owns UT and given all the studs they are bringing in will probably own UT from now on and will certainly compete with Alabama next year, it was chuckle worthy.

AllforTenn writes:

Cattleman has spent too much time shoveling manure. Now he resorts to calling Lady Vol fans sheep, as if sheep are inferior to his methane producing bovines.
Unless in transition these girls work for higher percentage shots then score, while the men might make a pass or two then shoot and watch the opponent rebound.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Just can't handle the LV's success can you? You don't have a clue about women's basketball so don't pretend you do...

You are an idiot...if it was so bad why would ESPN cover it? Why would Coach K consult with Pat on strategy? You are just showing your ignorance so please keep it up...you are fun to read! Love comedy's...

KCHS63 writes:

I think the key will be our cadre of perimeter defenders wearing the ND point guard OUT and players facing the music and taking charges from the ND posts. Do you have the courage to do that like Vandy did last night, Lady Vols?

RLL59 writes:

Another good win on the road. Some observations:

Vanderbilt runs its offense around moving picks, which aren't called by the refs. The drives to the basket were all on plays where the Vandy player had a 'blocker'. Ariel played good defense and didn't overguard, but when you encounter a moving pick, there's no way to defend.

While it's always a goal to minimize turnovers, the run and shoot philosophy the Lady Vols now employ is likely going to result in more turnovers than the half court offense, which TN never has run effectively anyway. Hopefully, the coaching staff emphasizes managing the offense, but not at the expense of too much caution and a less effective breakaway game.

Izzy and Bashaara have to learn to protect the ball better when they shoot, and look for the open player when they're double teamed. Izzy really hasn't been playing well since she got all that praise for her improvement.

Coach Holly put Kamiko back into the game late in the first half despite her having 2 fouls. The situation demanded it, and the normally '2 fouls and you're on the bench for the rest of the half' was thankfully abandoned. The situation should dictate the tactic, not hard and fast rules set before the game starts.

Meighan looked great and her new found determination for rebounding is reaping benefits.

Ariel was 6 for 6 from the line. She makes them when they are needed, as have the rest of the team. FT's are not a problem.

The Lady Vols had no defense for the bounce pass into the center. Something needs to change with the defense if they want a chance against ND.

I was impressed with the joy and determination the Lady Vols displayed. They seem to be enjoying the game more than teams of the last several years did.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Theo:

The front page of The Tennessean (Nashville) has a picture of Meighan going in for a lay up (I think she actually got a charge on this one) and the article quotes her as saying "we had to remind ourselves that there is only one school in the state of Tennessee and that's the University of Tennessee". I can hear my across the street neighbor's teeth grinding all the way in my kitchen this morning. Probably a litte impolitic on Meighan's part but for those of us here in Nashville who have had a steady diet of the "fact" that Vandy now owns UT and given all the studs they are bringing in will probably own UT from now on and will certainly compete with Alabama next year, it was chuckle worthy.

Several of those calls were blocking fouls that were incorrectly called charging fouls..But, Ive got to say I'm lovin' me some Meighan Simmons, she has a motor/drive like no other.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

My plug nickel says ND by 15 Monday if we play the same way as last night.Izzy would let the guard or whoever drive straight to the basket and not even challenge. Too many layups and points in the paint.Also how many times did Dorettes get clear 3pointer behind screens that we didn't fight to get through? Anyway quality of opponent jumps light years between ND and Dorettes. Hope I'm wrong ,but based on last night's performance ND slaps us again to reality of good team not great team. Not a negative Donnie downer,just analysis shows the weaknesses others will exploit all day long til corrected.

You are usually pretty positive, and other posters have pointed out some of the same failings you did, the same ones that have plagued them all year. No question the LVs will have to play their best total game of the year to handle ND. I don't think they have quite enough to get them all the way to an NCAA championship, but they have a puncher's chance if they can tighten up in the areas mentioned.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to Theo:

The front page of The Tennessean (Nashville) has a picture of Meighan going in for a lay up (I think she actually got a charge on this one) and the article quotes her as saying "we had to remind ourselves that there is only one school in the state of Tennessee and that's the University of Tennessee". I can hear my across the street neighbor's teeth grinding all the way in my kitchen this morning. Probably a litte impolitic on Meighan's part but for those of us here in Nashville who have had a steady diet of the "fact" that Vandy now owns UT and given all the studs they are bringing in will probably own UT from now on and will certainly compete with Alabama next year, it was chuckle worthy.

You win for the second time in 30 years in football and vandy owns UT? Get real! You had a senior laden team that was motivated to win against a team that was pretty much ready to pack up and go home. Get Real!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to richvol:

Massingale has great ability but her ballhandling is terrible at times. If I was an opposing coach I would pressure her all the time because she will turn it over.

Harrison got schooled by Tiffany Clarke. She just could not stop her at all. If we can't slow her down how can we expect to handle Baylor or UConn.

Truth hurts, but you are right on both of these points. Ariel has plenty of talent, but she isn't as quick as I would like, and her judgment with the ball is way more suspect than it should be, as much as she has played in the last year and a half. Izzy still seems hesitant since her injury. Bashaara had some good moments last night, but Izzy seemed out of it. Time enough to worry about how to handle Baylor or UConn; they need to take care of business against ND first. If they can win that one, then they MAY have the confidence to hang with the rest of the Big Four when the NCAA tournament rolls around.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

You win for the second time in 30 years in football and vandy owns UT? Get real! You had a senior laden team that was motivated to win against a team that was pretty much ready to pack up and go home. Get Real!

Afraid you somewhat fouled that one off. Theo is a Lady Vol fan. He was talking about the kind of talk he hears from Vandy partisans in Nashville.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Same to you as I said to SummitsCourt. Read the posts before assuming and then again before replying.

SoddyVol writes:

I don't want to see elbows flying but sure wish Izzy would develop more of a "Glory J" attitude and play. Hope she toughens up and not let opponents get her down. I enjoy watching her play but she has much more potential. Maybe another pound or two would help.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

A lot of watercooler talk until Monday. Here's my take. This game against ND will be just another measuring stick on how well we can play come tourney time. I will be happy with a win , but I wouldn't be disappointed if we lose by 8 or less. That would prove we can compete. Not sure how we would stop Griner and co. One game at a time. Key games TXAM and UK . We win out even with a loss to ND I think we can squeeze a #2 seed .

ModelMaker writes:

I thought the Lady Vols showed a lot of "true grit" in beating Vandy. Their defense is not what it should be yet but they overcame the deficiency by showing alot of true grit going down to the finish. There were alot of presure foul shots that were made in those last few minutes and I found that most impressive. Spani, Simmons, Massengale, what can you say. Even thou they made some mistakes that they hopefully will get corrected, they came through when it counted most. That tells me that they have the intestinal fortitude to win the big close games. I thought it was a big win and I wish them nothing but the best against Notre Dame.

SoddyVol writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

A lot of watercooler talk until Monday. Here's my take. This game against ND will be just another measuring stick on how well we can play come tourney time. I will be happy with a win , but I wouldn't be disappointed if we lose by 8 or less. That would prove we can compete. Not sure how we would stop Griner and co. One game at a time. Key games TXAM and UK . We win out even with a loss to ND I think we can squeeze a #2 seed .

I believe you are correct on all counts. If Vols beat all but ND, they should easily be a two seed. Win all the remaining reg season games including ND and who knows? At the very least they are no lower than a 3 seed in any case.

Theo writes:

in response to RLL59:

Another good win on the road. Some observations:

Vanderbilt runs its offense around moving picks, which aren't called by the refs. The drives to the basket were all on plays where the Vandy player had a 'blocker'. Ariel played good defense and didn't overguard, but when you encounter a moving pick, there's no way to defend.

While it's always a goal to minimize turnovers, the run and shoot philosophy the Lady Vols now employ is likely going to result in more turnovers than the half court offense, which TN never has run effectively anyway. Hopefully, the coaching staff emphasizes managing the offense, but not at the expense of too much caution and a less effective breakaway game.

Izzy and Bashaara have to learn to protect the ball better when they shoot, and look for the open player when they're double teamed. Izzy really hasn't been playing well since she got all that praise for her improvement.

Coach Holly put Kamiko back into the game late in the first half despite her having 2 fouls. The situation demanded it, and the normally '2 fouls and you're on the bench for the rest of the half' was thankfully abandoned. The situation should dictate the tactic, not hard and fast rules set before the game starts.

Meighan looked great and her new found determination for rebounding is reaping benefits.

Ariel was 6 for 6 from the line. She makes them when they are needed, as have the rest of the team. FT's are not a problem.

The Lady Vols had no defense for the bounce pass into the center. Something needs to change with the defense if they want a chance against ND.

I was impressed with the joy and determination the Lady Vols displayed. They seem to be enjoying the game more than teams of the last several years did.

Think you are spot on with the observations. One slightly different take though - I don't think Izzy's play fell off after some well deserved kudos. I think the two games in a row where she picked up two fouls right away and sat for virtually the entire first half really impacted her. She is hesitant to really go after someone driving at her. Last night I saw a couple times where she moved out of the drivers way and then tried to kind of angle around to get a block. She's frustrated no doubt. Great kid, I know the coaches will help her through this. When you are a big it's hard to find the fine line between defending your territory and getting called for fouls. Those little sneaky guards get away with everything, lol!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to THECATTLEMAN_IN_CHARGE:

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Lady Vols have beaten 6 ranked teams...are leading the conference after being picked to finish 5th by EVERYONE. Lost 5 seniors and have new coach. I believe that is pretty successful. Just remember that 40% of the starters are out and still winning. They are also a very young team and growing each week with the game experience.

It is obviously your ignorance that is at issue here. You pick and choose...and the real fans make legit comments. You obviously are scared of women...

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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WOMENS BASKETBALL IS COMPARABLE TO WATCHING PAINT DRY.

smokeygrowl writes:

in response to Theo:

Really proud of the tenacity to hold off Vandy at memorial. Still got to fix that defending the drive down the lane but the team showed a lot of poise tonight.
Hats off to Coach Staley and the hens tonight.
Now we can turn our attention to ND. Feeling good about this game. Need to put Kamiko and JJ on Diggins. I'm afraid she might be a little quick for Ariel. I like our front line in this one.

WHO CARES

r2d2 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Truth hurts, but you are right on both of these points. Ariel has plenty of talent, but she isn't as quick as I would like, and her judgment with the ball is way more suspect than it should be, as much as she has played in the last year and a half. Izzy still seems hesitant since her injury. Bashaara had some good moments last night, but Izzy seemed out of it. Time enough to worry about how to handle Baylor or UConn; they need to take care of business against ND first. If they can win that one, then they MAY have the confidence to hang with the rest of the Big Four when the NCAA tournament rolls around.

Tennessee can not handle UCONN or Baylor or Notre Dame for that matter. I am a loyal LV fan but I am realistic. Both UCONN and Baylor have dominant post players. Baylor has the most dominant post player in the history of WCBB. Notre Dame does not have D. Peters in the post but their post game is stronger than the LVs. They were able to stop Brianna Stewart of UCONN at a critical point in their win over UCONN. The LVs will be much stronger next year will the addition of Ms. Russell. I believe Izzy is more of a power forward (like Bashaara) than a post player.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

WHO CARES

Lady Vol Fans do...ditz........

golfman1975 writes:

in response to smokeygrowl:

WOMENS BASKETBALL IS COMPARABLE TO WATCHING PAINT DRY.

All caps...all the time. Brilliant!!!!!!

It is like yelling...anger issues obviously. I bet you could take Megan Simmons one on one, right?
AR!

golfman1975 writes:

in response to r2d2:

Tennessee can not handle UCONN or Baylor or Notre Dame for that matter. I am a loyal LV fan but I am realistic. Both UCONN and Baylor have dominant post players. Baylor has the most dominant post player in the history of WCBB. Notre Dame does not have D. Peters in the post but their post game is stronger than the LVs. They were able to stop Brianna Stewart of UCONN at a critical point in their win over UCONN. The LVs will be much stronger next year will the addition of Ms. Russell. I believe Izzy is more of a power forward (like Bashaara) than a post player.

LV's had a 10 loss team that won the NC in 1996. Every team in the final 4 had beaten the LV's and they beat an undefeated UConn team in the semi's. You never know what will happen, all it takes is an off night by ND and some strong play and it could happen. If the same team shows up that beat North Carolina you never know. I think HW will zone...mix it up to give inside help.

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