Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick likely to stick with same starters in season opener

Tennessee's Bashaara Graves knocks the ball away from Carson-Newman's Kaitlyn Cupples during an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, November 4, 2013. Tennessee won 115-31. 
  
 (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Saul Young, 2013 Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee's Bashaara Graves knocks the ball away from Carson-Newman's Kaitlyn Cupples during an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, November 4, 2013. Tennessee won 115-31. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee’s Holly Warlick expects to use more than one starting lineup before the women’s basketball season ends.

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ModelMaker writes:

This time of the year I think it's good to experiment around to see what your best combination is. But after a few games you should know who your best five are and go with it. I think the main thing, is to get the best continuity out of your offense and defense. That said, I also think that this team has more depth than I have ever seen on a Lady Vol team. I don't think you will be losing hardly anything with a substitute player. I am very excited about this year's team. I hope they all work very hard and don't get too caught up in themselves and don't take anything for granted. Baylor did last year and everyone know's what happened to them. This team hasn't won anything yet.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

This time of the year I think it's good to experiment around to see what your best combination is. But after a few games you should know who your best five are and go with it. I think the main thing, is to get the best continuity out of your offense and defense. That said, I also think that this team has more depth than I have ever seen on a Lady Vol team. I don't think you will be losing hardly anything with a substitute player. I am very excited about this year's team. I hope they all work very hard and don't get too caught up in themselves and don't take anything for granted. Baylor did last year and everyone know's what happened to them. This team hasn't won anything yet.

Some good points here, but to me it is less important who starts than who finishes and whether or not all the players understand their roles in any given combination. Given the talents of Russell and Reynolds, the return of Carter, and the improvement of Nia Moore, it doesn't hurt to have the veterans on their toes and to have options for various games and opponents. I certainly agree that the LVs have extraordinary depth this year; almost any five of them could be a competitive team in the SEC. The total numbers still worry me, but I have seldom seen a Lady Vol team with such an even distribution of talent.

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Some good points here, but to me it is less important who starts than who finishes and whether or not all the players understand their roles in any given combination. Given the talents of Russell and Reynolds, the return of Carter, and the improvement of Nia Moore, it doesn't hurt to have the veterans on their toes and to have options for various games and opponents. I certainly agree that the LVs have extraordinary depth this year; almost any five of them could be a competitive team in the SEC. The total numbers still worry me, but I have seldom seen a Lady Vol team with such an even distribution of talent.

Tennessee bench would start on all the SEC teams this yr.

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