Holly Warlick thinking long term with 3-point shooting

Tennessee's Kamiko WIlliams, left, is congratulated on a shot by teammate Meighan Simmons against Oral Roberts during the first round of the NCAA tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena, Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee's Kamiko WIlliams, left, is congratulated on a shot by teammate Meighan Simmons against Oral Roberts during the first round of the NCAA tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena, Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

While Tennessee won’t be emulating Creighton’s prolific 3-point shooting on Holly Warlick’s watch, the Lady Vols coach does want to maintain a long-range threat.

Heading into tonight’s second-round NCAA tournament game against the Bluejays (TV: ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Tennessee has made 163 treys this season. The total is tied for 11th most for a season in program history. Warlick indicated that she’d like that number to be higher in the future, but didn’t offer a specific target for her sharpshooters. The Lady Vols hit at least 187 3-pointers in each of the past three seasons, setting a record with 242 in 2010-11.

“I think in the SEC, you have to have a great 3-point shooter,” Warlick said. “But I also think you have to have the combination of a great 3-point shooter and a penetrator.”

Seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams have combined for 56 treys this season. Junior guard Meighan Simmons is the team leader with 62.

Warlick said that she expects more 3-pointers next season from point guards Ariel Massengale and Andraya Carter. Massengale, who hit three 3-pointers against Oral Roberts on Saturday, has 31 for the season. Carter made four in one game before undergoing shoulder surgery in December, which sidelined her for the season.

Warlick said that incoming freshmen Jannah Tucker and Jordan Reynolds should contribute, too.

“I don’t think you’ll ever see five people on our team shooting 3s,” Warlick said. “It’s just not our philosophy.”

Chart Climber: With her 18 points against Oral Roberts, Simmons moved into 23rd place on Tennessee’s career scoring list with 1,460 points. She surpassed Cindy Brogdon (1,458).

Simmons led the Lady Vols in scoring Saturday for the 19th time this season and the 39th time in her career. She’s scored 15 or more points in nine of the last 10 games.

Bench Mark: The 31 points from its reserves Saturday constituted the most bench scoring for Tennessee since getting 35 against Davidson on Dec. 28.

In the Davidson game, Warlick — still miffed over a loss to Stanford — utilized a one-time starting five configuration of Jasmine Jones, Bashaara Graves, Nia Moore, Taber Spani and Simmons. For Jones and Moore, it was their only starts of the season.

Chat With Pat: During Friday’s press conference, Creighton coach Jim Flanery recalled conversations with former Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt during the summer recruiting circuit.

“I found her very pleasant,” he said. “The circumstances of my talking to Pat are I’m watching a game in the summer time of one team that’s playing a team that’s a lot better. Pat is watching the team with a lot better players, but they were matched up against a Nebraska, Minnesota or Iowa team that I’m watching.

“Those are the circumstances of having met Pat, but I found her to be very pleasant and approachable. Although, she did tell me a couple different times that she was too old to be doing the summer recruiting thing.”

Notebook: Creighton forward Sarah Nelson surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone with 17 against Syracuse on Saturday. She’s scored 1,014 points. ... Tennessee has won 47 NCAA tournament games by at least 20 points. ... Creighton guard McKenzie Fujan has made 26 consecutive free throws. The school record is 40 by Sam Schuett.

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Comments » 3

Volinflan writes:

First, thanks to GoVols for giving us a forum for ranting. Second, ESPN stinks. We're trying to watch the end of the first weekend of the tournament and they are stuck on showing Baylor beat up on Prairie View while the Iowa and Miami game and the LSU and Green Bay are close. Of course one can go to ESPN Pay per view and watch them.

More ranting later about the game with Creighten. There will be some great games tomorrow and Tuesday night if ESPN will show them.

ps11824 writes:

Volinflan writes: ESPN stinks. We're trying to watch the end of the first weekend of the tournament and they are stuck on showing Baylor beat up on Prairie View while the Iowa and Miami game and the LSU and Green Bay are close. ]]]

I 2nd the 'pooey on you' espn for such LOUSY coverage. will I ever get used to it? Probably not. All the stinking channels to have a choice of games, and we get ONE stinking game. Pay to view? Are you kidding me? What's fair about that. Mens games are on 6 different channels... that's great, but why not equal coverage for the women? Why not? Stinkin coverage, IMO.

Oh well. so what's new? We probably should be more concerned with defending the 3, and scoring when we do make the shots, whether they be 1, 2 or 3-pointers. Major concern for our careless ball handling, getting picked off. I see a very tough game lurking. We mustn't have a let-up, as has been in most games. I long for the days when we have a team capable and willing to get a lead and pour it on until the final horn. Perhaps not the merciless 100+ to 30 as one old dude coach likes to do. Shucks, just win this game and move on, Lady Vols.

johnlg00 writes:

I agree that ESPN's coverage of the women's tournament can be annoying. I know most fans would like to be able to see their local team's games, but at least this way you get SOME idea of how your team is doing. Besides, for fans like me who don't live in the broadcast area of their favorite team, it is annoying to ONLY have the bottom-line crawler or the hard-to-read boxes at the top of the screen to see how your team's games are going while being force-fed some game you might not care about at all.

The men's tournament had the same problem until CBS enlisted TruTV, TNT, and TBS to help them carry the games. It would help if ESPN could use all THEIR outlets to show the women's games, but they have contract obligations to carry other stuff, and most cable and satellite customers don't have access to all of the ESPN outlets. Another solution might be to put all the games on ESPN3, but again not everybody has that option. I think this "whip-around" coverage ends after the first two rounds anyway.

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