Ariel Massengale, Lady Vols find range in win over North Carolina

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison tries to steal the ball from North Carolina's Brittany Rountree during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison tries to steal the ball from North Carolina's Brittany Rountree during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ariel Massengale could barely make a 3-pointer in Tennessee’s opener, swishing just one.

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ModelMaker writes:

What the article doesn't say is with Russell dominating inside and Ariel hitting 3 pointers and North Carolina missing everything they were putting up there Tennessee jumped out to 23-9 lead. Then Holly took Russell out with 1 foul and all of a sudden it was 25-21. Then Carter and Massengale saved the day with their shooting and all around play. That's the way I saw it.
I really like the way the Lady Vols came out strong. They were up for the game and ready to play; a marked contrast from the way they came out last Friday. I have to credit Holly and coaches for getting the girls in the right frame of mind. That turnover problem has been a real sore spot for the Lady Vols for quite some time. Holly really needs to get that fixed.

wigmeister writes:

Despite all the problems, it is early in the season. A win is a win is a win!

MaxVolFan writes:

We have the toughest frontcourt in the country. Three powerful shotblockers in Russell,Harrison,and Graves. Then throw Burdicks in there rebounding and hussling we are gonna be hard to stop.

rbromley7#1423785 writes:

Too many players just standing around on offense; difficulty getting the ball in bounds under our own basket.

bUTch__please writes:

For the first road game against a ranked team, this early, the team looked great. Good spacing on offense, strong boards..draining the three's. Turnovers and lapses in flow are early season issues that they will play themselves out of in the next 5 games or so. Good win.

threehundredbowler writes:

After watching Ucon dismantle no.3 Stanford last night,the Vols are not in the same gym.

Hopefuly these Girls will grow and be able to compete with them by the time they get to the big show.

Ucon would have emaarassed us big time the way we played last night.

Dang,I can't stand Geno,but credit where credit is due.

MaxVolFan writes:

Nice crowd out for the game. (4900) . Even their mascot was sitting down .

bUTch__please writes:

in response to MaxVolFan:

Nice crowd out for the game. (4900) . Even their mascot was sitting down .

LOL, saw that too, only time the mascot moved was to catch an ob ball.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to threehundredbowler:

After watching Ucon dismantle no.3 Stanford last night,the Vols are not in the same gym.

Hopefuly these Girls will grow and be able to compete with them by the time they get to the big show.

Ucon would have emaarassed us big time the way we played last night.

Dang,I can't stand Geno,but credit where credit is due.

I can't disagree with this at all. UConn put on a clinic last night, though the possible loss of Mosqueda-Lewis could be a blow even to a team as deep and strong as the Huskettes.

I thought Carter and Graves played hard on defense and Russell had a couple of good challenges, but the rest of them mostly just stood and watched while UNC took the ball to the rim at will. It's just a good thing for the LVs that so many of their layups just didn't go in.

Russell REALLY needs to work on her free-throws! Off the top of my head, it looked like she shot about 20% from the line last night. The new rules will have her at the line a LOT. The worst of it was that it looked like she had a different motion on nearly every attempt. I would hate it for her and the team if "hack-a-Merc" becomes a productive strategy for future opponents!

Allenfan writes:

Wouldn't it have been good to see Holly use our timeouts as a teaching tool with the youth that is playing early. Most great coaches will call a timeout when a game is out of reach (and ours certainly wasn't) to teach and correct some problems. Free throws are called that for a reason, and I certainly hope we get better. I think regardless of how poorly Megan is playing she needs to be in the game when it gets close, as you will have to depend on her in close games. She doesn't always make the best choices but she is clearly the best player on our team in a clutch.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to Allenfan:

Wouldn't it have been good to see Holly use our timeouts as a teaching tool with the youth that is playing early. Most great coaches will call a timeout when a game is out of reach (and ours certainly wasn't) to teach and correct some problems. Free throws are called that for a reason, and I certainly hope we get better. I think regardless of how poorly Megan is playing she needs to be in the game when it gets close, as you will have to depend on her in close games. She doesn't always make the best choices but she is clearly the best player on our team in a clutch.

I hope you're not insinuating that Holly isn't a great coach. Last years record based on expectations would contradict that. IMO...

underthehill writes:

The coaching staff did an excellent job using the roster depth and maintaining a fast paced game..Carter appears to be the most athletic player on the team and will become more of a shutdown defender as the season goes on..Carter is the best defender the Lady Vols have had in a long time ..Kamiko was good ..but Carter is better..Jones continues to improve on defense and offense..Reynolds is also going to be a big contributor..Megan just hasn't come around as a defender or ball handler and I don't expect to see her on the floor at crunch time as the season goes on..Burdick has the most knowledge of the game of basketball but she has got to take open shots instead of looking for an assist..Massengale obviously took on the role of leader..going to be a fun team to watch..

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to threehundredbowler:

After watching Ucon dismantle no.3 Stanford last night,the Vols are not in the same gym.

Hopefuly these Girls will grow and be able to compete with them by the time they get to the big show.

Ucon would have emaarassed us big time the way we played last night.

Dang,I can't stand Geno,but credit where credit is due.

I'm gonna have to slightly disagree with you. Yes Uconn is the #1team right now in the country but they played a highly overrated Stanford team last night that has no bench. Our frontcourt will have its way against Chiney O. And Amber Orange will be kept in check. I give credit to Uconn for playing great D in that game and having very little turnovers which is their MO. But to say UT can not hang with them is a bit premature at this point. I believe we match their talent pretty well right now.

Allenfan writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

I hope you're not insinuating that Holly isn't a great coach. Last years record based on expectations would contradict that. IMO...

No not at all, but there are a lot of great coaches. Everybody has talent so you simply have to be the best. It has nothing to do with her coaching ability, she just didn't do enough of it with 4 timeouts left and the way we were playing.

Goodgriefcharliebrown writes:

in response to Allenfan:

No not at all, but there are a lot of great coaches. Everybody has talent so you simply have to be the best. It has nothing to do with her coaching ability, she just didn't do enough of it with 4 timeouts left and the way we were playing.

We? I didn't see your name on the roster. How boring and a huge crowd of 4900 wow the sport still can't financially support itself after how many years?

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