Lady Vols knock off Creighton, 68-52, to reach Sweet 16

Tennessee's Bashaara Graves grabs an offensive rebound in the second round game against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, March 25, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee's Bashaara Graves grabs an offensive rebound in the second round game against Creighton in the NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, March 25, 2013. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

Size, athleticism and pedigree all lined up in Tennessee’s favor Monday night.

Yet perseverance turned out to be perhaps its best asset.

The Lady Vols dug deep on defense and called roll on offense for a 68-52 victory over Creighton in the second round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Assistant coach Dean Lockwood’s raspy voice alone spoke volumes about the effort involved in overcoming the Bluejays and advancing to the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional.

“This was not an easy game,” he said. “We had to put out some effort.”

No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7), which improved to 52-0 at home in NCAA play, will face No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-10) on Sunday in Oklahoma City. The Sooners beat No. 3 UCLA 85-72 Monday.

Before a crowd of 6,313 at Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee held No. 10 seed Creighton (25-8) to a season-low four 3-pointers and 18.2 percent shooting from long range (4-22). The Bluejays weren’t much better overall, shooting 32.1 percent from the field.

While Alexis Akin-Otiko led Creighton with 12 points, no other Bluejay scored more than eight points.

On offense, Tennessee’s Kamiko Williams led four double-figure scorers with 15 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor in her final home game.

Despite nine fewer attempts than Creighton, Tennessee was more efficient, shooting 48.9 percent from the floor (23-for-47).

The Bluejays reprised their upset act right from the opening tip. If anything, this version was more polished than Saturday’s, when they knocked off No. 7 seed Syracuse.

Their rebounding continued to be surprisingly effective, and they shot better in the first half than before. They went off at halftime within striking distance, trailing 35-29.

“We had to dial in mentally and physically,” forward Cierra Burdick said. “They never stopped moving.”

UT’s defensive adjustment essentially involved more effort. Better ball pressure was instrumental to a surge that turned a shaky 4-point lead into a 52-33 advantage in a matter of about four second-half minutes.

The scoring accompaniment required more resourcefulness. Other than Williams’ 10 points, no other Lady Vol had more than six at halftime.

“You could see what Creighton did to us in the first half,” UT coach Holly Warlick said. “They were packing it in; we weren’t getting good looks. We were quick shooting.”

Junior guard Meighan Simmons, UT’s leading scorer, epitomized Tennessee’s plight. At halftime, she had one basket and four points.

“Meighan got a little frustrated with the pressure they were bringing to her,” Burdick said. “I thought she bounced back and played better in the second half.”

She made a 3-pointer during the aforementioned scoring flurry. After Creighton had crept back within 59-50, Simmons swished another trey to end the rally with 4:19 left.

Although Simmons finished with 10 points, her final stat line befit a point guard more than a scorer. She recorded a team-high four assists.

“When my shots weren’t falling and I was frustrated, I made my teammates better by getting them the ball,” Simmons said.

With freshman forward Bashaara Graves held to three shots and four points, center Isabelle Harrison scored eight points off the bench.

Reserve forward Jasmine Jones scored six. The timing of her baskets were as important as the points. With Creighton beginning to threaten again, Jones made consecutive jumpers midway through the second half. She created both shots off the dribble.

“I feel like we have plenty of people on our team who can pull us through,” Harrison said.

And, in this case, send the Lady Vols on to Oklahoma City.

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

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BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Okie is next..GLV!!

jt45 writes:

Good job and a good win, not bad for a young team with a first year head coach. Sweet sixteen bound.JJ and Kamiko were great tonight. And how about Simmons playing defense and getting 4 assist !

Oklahoma has an outstanding guard and will be tough to handle off the dribble. I must admit
I expected to see Alyssia Brewer and UCLA facing some of her old teammates.

Go Lady Vols.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

52-0 at TBA ! Great performances through the years.

In this one, at times, remembering that it's tournament time, there were stretches of sloppy play and other times, great performances. Loved the in bounds from Williams to the Blue Jay's back in front of her, then stepping in bounds to grab the ball and lay it in !

This Creighton team played hard, never gave up.
But their 3's weren't enough to make a difference. In fact, the Lady Vols hit their share of them too !

Concerning was giving up so many offensive rebounds, plus some baskets made by Creighton, one on one close to the basket.

A great way for Williams and Spani to go out at TBA. Thanks ladies for all you have done for the Orange and White.

On to Okla City now. Regardless of what happens next, a great season for Holly in her first year.
( Had to watch it on the ESPN 3 since the love affair continues on ESPN 2 with U Conn. )

Wasn't that Pat sitting on the bench with the team? If so, that could have been a distraction, but also inspiration.

Congratulations to all.

UTFAN1993 writes:

If I was Graves, I would tell them to go to Okla. without me, if I couldn't get more than 3 shots. U.T. makes it so hard on themselves to win a game. They have another Glory J. in the lineup for 25-30 min a game and she only gets to SHOOT 3 TIMES.
Creighton only has 2 players taller than 6ft on their roster and one doesn't even start.
Good game overall. to advance and play again is the name of the game. If they had played ANYBODY other than Creighton tonight, they would not have won.

ACWLY writes:

Thanks Lady Vols for giving us another great win. It will be tough playing Oklahoma in their home state but FIGHT HARD and know that your TRUE fans will be with you the whole way...VFL!

vol98champ writes:

Hard game to judge. As Holly said, it wasn't pretty, but I think we have to accept that about 20 minutes of pretty is all we can hope for from this team most of the time. At least they fight and don't go into pity party phase like our last 4 teams sometimes did. The Sooners are certainly beatable. Vandy beat them at Norman.

vol98champ writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

If I was Graves, I would tell them to go to Okla. without me, if I couldn't get more than 3 shots. U.T. makes it so hard on themselves to win a game. They have another Glory J. in the lineup for 25-30 min a game and she only gets to SHOOT 3 TIMES.
Creighton only has 2 players taller than 6ft on their roster and one doesn't even start.
Good game overall. to advance and play again is the name of the game. If they had played ANYBODY other than Creighton tonight, they would not have won.

Graves has a hard time handling the double team. When they force it into her she also has trouble catching the ball and feeding the open player. She is tough, but she has to handle the rough play better.

SummittsCourt writes:

Survive and advance. Up next amounts to an away game with Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The Lady Vols basketball team can get that city read for the Lady Vols softball team!

Go Lady Vols!

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

If I was Graves, I would tell them to go to Okla. without me, if I couldn't get more than 3 shots. U.T. makes it so hard on themselves to win a game. They have another Glory J. in the lineup for 25-30 min a game and she only gets to SHOOT 3 TIMES.
Creighton only has 2 players taller than 6ft on their roster and one doesn't even start.
Good game overall. to advance and play again is the name of the game. If they had played ANYBODY other than Creighton tonight, they would not have won.

Totally agree. Graves works so hard and they do not get here the ball. Simmons and Williams catch the ball and start standing and dribbling. This team has scorers at every position but the coaches just can't seem to teach them how to run an efficient offense. We score when we have superior talent but when we meet up with a team with as much talent we just can't match up. Holly has done a really good job in almost every aspect of the game this year but she really needs to bring in someone who really understands offensive spacing and movement like UCONN and and can teach it to the players.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

Totally agree. Graves works so hard and they do not get here the ball. Simmons and Williams catch the ball and start standing and dribbling. This team has scorers at every position but the coaches just can't seem to teach them how to run an efficient offense. We score when we have superior talent but when we meet up with a team with as much talent we just can't match up. Holly has done a really good job in almost every aspect of the game this year but she really needs to bring in someone who really understands offensive spacing and movement like UCONN and and can teach it to the players.

Mercedes Russell will be bring a new dimension to the offense next season.

UTFAN1993 writes:

in response to vol98champ:

Graves has a hard time handling the double team. When they force it into her she also has trouble catching the ball and feeding the open player. She is tough, but she has to handle the rough play better.

That's only your opinion. if I was her and only got to shoot 8 times in a tourney, out of 112 shots, I'd go to another school. W=A=Y T=O=O much talent wasted

chaos001 writes:

in response to vol98champ:

Graves has a hard time handling the double team. When they force it into her she also has trouble catching the ball and feeding the open player. She is tough, but she has to handle the rough play better.

It also has to do with Izzy's time being limited. When Izzy comes back full strength, this will help Graves out so that she's not the lone target. Graves has to man the post by herself most of the time. With the way that Creighton packed the middle and double-teamed, it was difficult for her to get open.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

That's only your opinion. if I was her and only got to shoot 8 times in a tourney, out of 112 shots, I'd go to another school. W=A=Y T=O=O much talent wasted

Relax, my guess is this is planned to keep the pressure off of her as she battles her injury.

golfman1975 writes:

Why are there no regionals in the Southeast? Only 1 south of the Mason-Dixon line and it is just barely. UConn on 3 ESPN channels. Lady Vol's move on...

vol98champ writes:

Graves will have two BIG helpers underneath next year. As Summitts' says next year will be totally different. Graves has had to do the dirty work all by herself much of this year. That is very hard for any freshman.

terrytennessee writes:

I pray that the Lady Vols sharpen up their passing and shooting, because, in my opinion, the Oklahoma team I watched this evening will beat the Tennessee team I watched this evening.

UTFAN1993 writes:

in response to vol98champ:

Graves will have two BIG helpers underneath next year. As Summitts' says next year will be totally different. Graves has had to do the dirty work all by herself much of this year. That is very hard for any freshman.

yes that is true, but you have to give a key player more than 8 shots in a tourney.Jones even got 10 shots and I'm sure you would not compare her to Graves right now, as to how important it would be if you had to go w/o one of them in a game

kazoo writes:

in response to jt45:

Good job and a good win, not bad for a young team with a first year head coach. Sweet sixteen bound.JJ and Kamiko were great tonight. And how about Simmons playing defense and getting 4 assist !

Oklahoma has an outstanding guard and will be tough to handle off the dribble. I must admit
I expected to see Alyssia Brewer and UCLA facing some of her old teammates.

Go Lady Vols.

Young team? The Vols are not young--they are VERY experienced. Just about everybody who plays is at least a two-year player--and at Spani, Simmons, Williams are three- or four-year players. And Holly is not a first-year head coach. She was the coach last year and has been a key assistant for more than 20 years. You act like UT is the Little Sisters of the Poor--we've got a veteran team and a bench full of high-school All Americans.

Volinflan writes:

Are you people just plain stupid or crazy? The Lady Vols just won a game into the sweet Sixteen by a margin of 16 points, and all you can do is female dog. You must be Tennessee Football fans.

romevol writes:

Go Lady Vols! Thanks for keeping the tradition alive and well in K-Town

GBO

flatrock writes:

KAMIKO !

oldster writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

If I was Graves, I would tell them to go to Okla. without me, if I couldn't get more than 3 shots. U.T. makes it so hard on themselves to win a game. They have another Glory J. in the lineup for 25-30 min a game and she only gets to SHOOT 3 TIMES.
Creighton only has 2 players taller than 6ft on their roster and one doesn't even start.
Good game overall. to advance and play again is the name of the game. If they had played ANYBODY other than Creighton tonight, they would not have won.

If Graves wants the ball more, she is going to have to catch the ball when it is not put directly in her hands. She fumbled at least two and failed to go get at least one more when the passer (Williams, I think) led her away from the defender. Besides that, I thought that part of the problem was that the LVS tried too hard to get the ball to a set post, whether it was Graves or Harrison or whoever. The Jays posts play really good position defense. It seemed to me that the LVS needed more motion and flash posts in order to take away some of the defensive assets and make them try to match movement.

UTFAN1993 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

Are you people just plain stupid or crazy? The Lady Vols just won a game into the sweet Sixteen by a margin of 16 points, and all you can do is female dog. You must be Tennessee Football fans.

I think most that have commented so far are saying it's not the final score or that they are moving on. they are talking about how the TOTAL game was played AND that if they expect to represent the nation and move to the elite 8, then they will have to play better than tonight. From here on the comp only gets better and better. They didn't play a team tonight that is in any way a good defensive team. Do you really think that Creighton is even in the same class as the remaining teams? If you do name one and then give your reasons why. thanks

oldster writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

That's only your opinion. if I was her and only got to shoot 8 times in a tourney, out of 112 shots, I'd go to another school. W=A=Y T=O=O much talent wasted

I do not care where she goes. She is going to play with a pressure defense and double teams unless, of course, she is not the go to girl in the post (under which circumstances she wouldn't get many touches, either). So, she can quit, or woMan up and get better hands and figure out a way to get up a shot or pass out of double teams.

UTFAN1993 writes:

in response to oldster:

If Graves wants the ball more, she is going to have to catch the ball when it is not put directly in her hands. She fumbled at least two and failed to go get at least one more when the passer (Williams, I think) led her away from the defender. Besides that, I thought that part of the problem was that the LVS tried too hard to get the ball to a set post, whether it was Graves or Harrison or whoever. The Jays posts play really good position defense. It seemed to me that the LVS needed more motion and flash posts in order to take away some of the defensive assets and make them try to match movement.

Yes oldster I think the same thing and there were plenty of times I was shouting ""pass the d*** ball."When it takes 10-12 secs to get the ball to half court while they dribble and look at the defense, they drive me crazy too. this is when they don't even have pressure applied.

rogatl2002#222395 writes:

in response to Volinflan:

Are you people just plain stupid or crazy? The Lady Vols just won a game into the sweet Sixteen by a margin of 16 points, and all you can do is female dog. You must be Tennessee Football fans.

And UCONN beat Vandy by 30. This is Tennessee we don't get excited to make the Sweet 16...we expect to be there. Not trying to be negative....just want to see UT back at the elite level of women's bball seriously competing for the final 4 again. I feel we have the talent and I'm not a CHW hater. I think she is a classy, bright coach. I just feel like UT's offense has not kept pace with the other elite programs and we need to improve that and we haven't seemed to have the answer in 4-5 years now. Ok i'm done. LOL

oldster writes:

I think the LVS played very well and beat a very well coached and determined team. The Jays are either the best 10 seed in women's basketball history, the talent and competition in women's basketball has improved incredibly, or both. The LVS had to shoot 50% from the floor, 80% from fts, and 60% from 3, to beat a team that shot about 33% by only 16. That speaks volumes for both teams. Kamiko is the woMan. Several highlight film plays, but the one where she reached around a Jay who was trying to block her out so the ball could go out of bounds and save it to allow a LV score was too incredible for words. The girl should become a professional magician with hands that quick.

kazoo writes:

in response to vol98champ:

Graves has a hard time handling the double team. When they force it into her she also has trouble catching the ball and feeding the open player. She is tough, but she has to handle the rough play better.

Every player has trouble handling a double-team. If you are doubled, you have to kick the ball back out pretty quickly. Creighton packed their defense inside to keep UT from scoring in the paint--that's why Graves only got three shots. She's got much better offensive game than Glory at this point in her career. She's got to be able to pop out and hit 10-14 foot jumpers consistently--and she can shoot fairly well from that distance. It's all about countering what the defense is trying to do.

underthehill writes:

in response to oldster:

I think the LVS played very well and beat a very well coached and determined team. The Jays are either the best 10 seed in women's basketball history, the talent and competition in women's basketball has improved incredibly, or both. The LVS had to shoot 50% from the floor, 80% from fts, and 60% from 3, to beat a team that shot about 33% by only 16. That speaks volumes for both teams. Kamiko is the woMan. Several highlight film plays, but the one where she reached around a Jay who was trying to block her out so the ball could go out of bounds and save it to allow a LV score was too incredible for words. The girl should become a professional magician with hands that quick.

My opinion of Kamiko is that she is one of the most talented players ever to wear a Lady Vols uniform..she can do it all..I think she will get drafted and play pro if that is her goal..

kazoo writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

And UCONN beat Vandy by 30. This is Tennessee we don't get excited to make the Sweet 16...we expect to be there. Not trying to be negative....just want to see UT back at the elite level of women's bball seriously competing for the final 4 again. I feel we have the talent and I'm not a CHW hater. I think she is a classy, bright coach. I just feel like UT's offense has not kept pace with the other elite programs and we need to improve that and we haven't seemed to have the answer in 4-5 years now. Ok i'm done. LOL

You are right about the half-court offense--I've been complaining about it for years. Too much standing around--we saw it in the first half. This I see constantly from UT and I don't understand it--players holding the ball and players standing still on offense, and then Simmons or Williams goes one on one. That's simply not a smart way to play offense. That is one reason UT has slipped, and we're not as good defensively as we were in our heyday, either--not nearly as good. Our guards are mediocre defenders, as I fear we will see fairly soon.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Oh yee of little basketball understanding. Graves was as much a reason the Lady Vols won tonight as anyone. She was such a decoy that we were finally able to hit a few threes of our own. I believe I remember at least two times she had an assist on a three when doubled or triple teamed and passed the ball out to the 3 point shooter. No one will get their average every night and Creighton was determined to not allow Graves to beat them by herself. Oaklahoma may play a little differently, certainly will have different personel and sometimes matchups change from game to game. Post play may be the thing that saves us in the Okie game. Never know. BB is a team game and if Graves is thinking too much about how many times she gets to shoot she is not a team player. How did Simmons impact the game tonight. 4 assists, several blocks and pretty good defense while getting her normal 4-6 rebounds. She too was a decoy most of the game because Creighton zeroed in on her. Just win. Who cares who scores. Keep learning to make those pinpoint passes for assists.

vol98champ writes:

in response to oldster:

I do not care where she goes. She is going to play with a pressure defense and double teams unless, of course, she is not the go to girl in the post (under which circumstances she wouldn't get many touches, either). So, she can quit, or woMan up and get better hands and figure out a way to get up a shot or pass out of double teams.

I sure hope Fan1993 is not related to Graves. She was a "beast" in the early games before Izzy got hurt. I wonder if that name didn't bother her a little bit. Remember, she was on a team with talent at almost every position in high school. I doubt if she ever faced anything like the defenses put up to stop her since Izzy went down. She had several open shots from 3 that she declined in the late minutes of the game. As oldster posted if she develops a mid range to 3 shot she will be unstoppable.

jt45 writes:

in response to 1volk-nowi-tall:

Oh yee of little basketball understanding. Graves was as much a reason the Lady Vols won tonight as anyone. She was such a decoy that we were finally able to hit a few threes of our own. I believe I remember at least two times she had an assist on a three when doubled or triple teamed and passed the ball out to the 3 point shooter. No one will get their average every night and Creighton was determined to not allow Graves to beat them by herself. Oaklahoma may play a little differently, certainly will have different personel and sometimes matchups change from game to game. Post play may be the thing that saves us in the Okie game. Never know. BB is a team game and if Graves is thinking too much about how many times she gets to shoot she is not a team player. How did Simmons impact the game tonight. 4 assists, several blocks and pretty good defense while getting her normal 4-6 rebounds. She too was a decoy most of the game because Creighton zeroed in on her. Just win. Who cares who scores. Keep learning to make those pinpoint passes for assists.

Good post and sorely needed after reading all the negative comments lately. Optimism is rare thing on this board sometimes. The thing that stands out the most to me about this game was Creighton was considered the second best 3 point shooting team in the nation and went 4 for 22 around 18 percent, while the Lady Vols went 6 for 10 on threes. Not bad when you can outshoot a shooting team like Creighton. I think your spot on with Graves drawing the defense in to create those open looks by our perimeter players. I was actually hoping the LVs would take more outside shots to create more inside opportunity for Graves but it worked out regardless.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

I think most that have commented so far are saying it's not the final score or that they are moving on. they are talking about how the TOTAL game was played AND that if they expect to represent the nation and move to the elite 8, then they will have to play better than tonight. From here on the comp only gets better and better. They didn't play a team tonight that is in any way a good defensive team. Do you really think that Creighton is even in the same class as the remaining teams? If you do name one and then give your reasons why. thanks

No, most who comment here do not know the first thing about the sport or what it takes to get to this level. Whiners and criers are the same on every site and are usually clueless. They have no idea what is happening and just criticize because they think it makes them look smart. It only makes them look stupid to nit pick the players and the coaches of the SEC regular season champs.

Theo writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

I think most that have commented so far are saying it's not the final score or that they are moving on. they are talking about how the TOTAL game was played AND that if they expect to represent the nation and move to the elite 8, then they will have to play better than tonight. From here on the comp only gets better and better. They didn't play a team tonight that is in any way a good defensive team. Do you really think that Creighton is even in the same class as the remaining teams? If you do name one and then give your reasons why. thanks

There is a definite odor surrounding this poster. Eau de troll? Maybe not. I'll need to see further posts but encouraging BG to transfer is a little suspect.

Theo writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

And UCONN beat Vandy by 30. This is Tennessee we don't get excited to make the Sweet 16...we expect to be there. Not trying to be negative....just want to see UT back at the elite level of women's bball seriously competing for the final 4 again. I feel we have the talent and I'm not a CHW hater. I think she is a classy, bright coach. I just feel like UT's offense has not kept pace with the other elite programs and we need to improve that and we haven't seemed to have the answer in 4-5 years now. Ok i'm done. LOL

I believe if you look at the national rankings UT is very high in PPG. You may not like the offense but we typically put up a lot of points which is the purpose.

Theo writes:

in response to kazoo:

You are right about the half-court offense--I've been complaining about it for years. Too much standing around--we saw it in the first half. This I see constantly from UT and I don't understand it--players holding the ball and players standing still on offense, and then Simmons or Williams goes one on one. That's simply not a smart way to play offense. That is one reason UT has slipped, and we're not as good defensively as we were in our heyday, either--not nearly as good. Our guards are mediocre defenders, as I fear we will see fairly soon.

Our guards hounded a great three point team in to shooting 13% from three point range. Exactly how much better were you hoping for. Jeez, what would some of you be saying if we had lost?
We played a very good defensive game. JJ has made big improvements and I didn't see Meighan getting lost on defense at all. Kamicko was great, as always, on defense and I didn't see Ariel get scraped off or left behind. It was a great defensive effort. Hopefully they will do this for the rest of the tourney.

manoffewwords writes:

Watched the game last night and thought LV'S won
and beat a very good scrappy Creighton team. Woke up this morning to read these critical comments. REAL Vol SUPPORTERS are very pleased with this TEAM and coaching staff.Regulal season
SEC Champs many individual awards for CHW and players and still winning and advancing. What other Vol team has put smiles on our faces the past few years? Give me a break and get happy !

martic#220796 writes:

in response to kazoo:

Young team? The Vols are not young--they are VERY experienced. Just about everybody who plays is at least a two-year player--and at Spani, Simmons, Williams are three- or four-year players. And Holly is not a first-year head coach. She was the coach last year and has been a key assistant for more than 20 years. You act like UT is the Little Sisters of the Poor--we've got a veteran team and a bench full of high-school All Americans.

R you serious??? There's a big difference in being an assistant and head coach. A lot of assistants can't make that transition! We have 2 seniors, one with limited playing time, 1 junior a sophomore and freshman starting. With all the injuries Holly has done an admirable job. Like one poster said, we just won a ncaa tournament game, quit your griping! It's survive and advance!!!

min32926#266113 writes:

Way to go Lady Vols. Good luck at the Sweet 16. GBO...VFL!

volboy81 writes:

Congratulations to the Lady Vols for 2 great wins this weekend to get to the Sweet 16. BEAT OU!!...and was this game on TV in Knoxville? It was listed on E2, but when I got home after the game to watch, it was UConn & Vandy for a while, then OK-UCLA. They showed about 5 min. of the UT game, which is only about 10 minutes less than they showed of our game on Sat. vs ORU...ESPN has done a horrible job of showing the womens tourney this year. 4-5 channels and they flit back and forth between games on ONE channel.
PITIFUL!

madrigal writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Why are there no regionals in the Southeast? Only 1 south of the Mason-Dixon line and it is just barely. UConn on 3 ESPN channels. Lady Vol's move on...

Tell it to the NCAA and see where that gets you. I suspect ESPN has far more influence on them than the fans do. Actually I think the south and maybe the midwest have far more women's basketball fans than other regions because the girls have been playing longer in those regions, since before Title IX when it was the old style half court game.

madrigal writes:

It wasn't the prettiest, but it was a W, okay? Creighton is a scrappy team with good long range shooters and more than decent defense. They are not exactly Podunk U. As with many teams who don't get much exposure, they play their best in the tournament because they have nothing to lose.

As for those of you complaining about Graves not getting the ball enough etc etc, did you really WATCH the Creighton D? She didn't have much help down there. And suggesting that if you were her you would pick up your toys and go home....how childish! Bashaara is a team player and cares about far more than her personal stats or she wouldn't be here.

Now let's go on to Oklahoma City and be glad they are not playing Nebraska! That was quite some hurt the Huskers put on A&M.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to volboy81:

Congratulations to the Lady Vols for 2 great wins this weekend to get to the Sweet 16. BEAT OU!!...and was this game on TV in Knoxville? It was listed on E2, but when I got home after the game to watch, it was UConn & Vandy for a while, then OK-UCLA. They showed about 5 min. of the UT game, which is only about 10 minutes less than they showed of our game on Sat. vs ORU...ESPN has done a horrible job of showing the womens tourney this year. 4-5 channels and they flit back and forth between games on ONE channel.
PITIFUL!

ESPN was showcasing its team (Uconn) by televising the UConn-Vandy game on both ESPN2 and ESPNU. What a waste of one channel which could have broadcast another game. At least CBS teams up and broadcasts four different men's games simultaneously. ESPN is a lover of UConn and shows it.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Once the ball is in the air with Oklahoma, who knows how this one will go. It's best to not expect some wire to wire victory......there will be times probably when the L V's will have to scrap from behind. There was a time when Oklahoma was a final 4 team quite often, so this may not be quite as much a challenge, but they are still very dangerous and will have a lot of fans there.

It is disappointing, to look forward to seeing the Lady Vols on ESPN 2, only to find U Conn on every time. I didn't bother to look at that game, but I know every other game they've shown has had Rebecca Lobo sitting at the mike. Just like seeing Jay Bilas at the Mike with Vitale whenever Duke's men play a game. Yes, Kara Lawson is with Carolyn Peck for commentary, but she ( Kara ) at least doesn't do the live broadcast.

Back to the Creighton game. How about the block on the girl shooting the layup.....by Simmons?

Hopefully, there is ample time to devise a great game plan..........and to get really fired up before this game with Oklahoma. Lady Vols can win............but if not, do not get all your hate comments together.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

We are fine yall. This is the NCAA's and we are still in it as always. OU has a lot to figure out in beating us. I don't think that OU team can beat us.

rdberry#654521 writes:

UT will have to bear down to get by Oklahoma at OKC. Sherri Coale is a good coach and will have them ready. Do not look past the Lady Sooners to Baylor or something unpleasant may happen. If that match up does occur it would be nice to have had Parker to run Griner to death and Kelley Cain to beat Griner up inside. Griner will feel intense physical punishment in the WNBA. The finals are a foregone conclusion with Bill Laimbeer coaching New York and Griner going to Phoeniz. Cain, Kara Braxton, & Plennette Pierson will beat on Griner worse than Ali & Frazier beat on each other in the "Thrilla' In Manilla."

KennyGVolsFan writes:

in response to UTFAN1993:

If I was Graves, I would tell them to go to Okla. without me, if I couldn't get more than 3 shots. U.T. makes it so hard on themselves to win a game. They have another Glory J. in the lineup for 25-30 min a game and she only gets to SHOOT 3 TIMES.
Creighton only has 2 players taller than 6ft on their roster and one doesn't even start.
Good game overall. to advance and play again is the name of the game. If they had played ANYBODY other than Creighton tonight, they would not have won.

I am right there with you!!! They struggled to get the ball into her and turned it over several times. However, Williams gets in there and they give her perfect passes every time. Doesn't make any sense to me!!! Bashaara is relentless and works hard down low. She should get rewarded with passes that she is capable of catching!!!

It's like they told these girls to stay away from Bashaara because they don't want her to be freshman of the year!! It's games like this that prevent our players from getting the accolades they deserve!!

GIVE BASHAARA THE BALL AND MAKE IT A GOOD PASS!!! We have potential to have freshman of the year but when she is under utilized it makes it hard to get votes!!!

The sooners have two good players, if we can stop them the game is ours!! It's time to get back to work and find some who can defend their post player and their guard!!!

martic#220796 writes:

in response to volboy81:

Congratulations to the Lady Vols for 2 great wins this weekend to get to the Sweet 16. BEAT OU!!...and was this game on TV in Knoxville? It was listed on E2, but when I got home after the game to watch, it was UConn & Vandy for a while, then OK-UCLA. They showed about 5 min. of the UT game, which is only about 10 minutes less than they showed of our game on Sat. vs ORU...ESPN has done a horrible job of showing the womens tourney this year. 4-5 channels and they flit back and forth between games on ONE channel.
PITIFUL!

Amen to that!! Where do we write to complain? I hope UCONN doesn't lose they'll probably cancel coverage.

martic#220796 writes:

in response to madrigal:

It wasn't the prettiest, but it was a W, okay? Creighton is a scrappy team with good long range shooters and more than decent defense. They are not exactly Podunk U. As with many teams who don't get much exposure, they play their best in the tournament because they have nothing to lose.

As for those of you complaining about Graves not getting the ball enough etc etc, did you really WATCH the Creighton D? She didn't have much help down there. And suggesting that if you were her you would pick up your toys and go home....how childish! Bashaara is a team player and cares about far more than her personal stats or she wouldn't be here.

Now let's go on to Oklahoma City and be glad they are not playing Nebraska! That was quite some hurt the Huskers put on A&M.

bravo well said

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