Bashaara Graves scores 23, pulls down 18 rebounds to lead Lady Vols past Georgia Tech

18 rebounds is career high for sophomore

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Tennessee forward Bashaara Graves, right, battles for the ball with Georgia Tech forward Roddreka Rogers during Sunday night’s game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Photo by Wade Payne

Wade Payne/Associated Press Tennessee forward Bashaara Graves, right, battles for the ball with Georgia Tech forward Roddreka Rogers during Sunday night’s game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Georgia Tech once again brought out the best in Bashaara Graves.

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volfreak#210492 writes:

Headline says Georgia... Article says it's Tech. BIG difference. What's with the headline writers lately???? Seems to be getting worse. From using non-existent words (fatals) to listing the wrong school... Sigh.....

oldster writes:

Too bad the LadyVols did not get the Davis girl. She was better than Simmons last night and would be even better with Holly's coaching. She can provide what the LVs are missing, outside shooting.

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to oldster:

Too bad the LadyVols did not get the Davis girl. She was better than Simmons last night and would be even better with Holly's coaching. She can provide what the LVs are missing, outside shooting.

Its not about the player its about the team. Yes Davis would have been a nice addition to our team but truth be told Holly would have use her to fit in her scheme of things . Davis is the best player on a team that is just starting to climb in the top 25 . Not there yet. Don't slight Simmons because Simmons can always score when she wants to. But she knows this is a team sport not a me sport. Yes some teams need that go to player like Maggie Lucas at PSU and O.Simms at Baylor . But that's because the rest of the team lacks talent. Tennessee has balance so we are not in need of a player that's gonna give us 25+ a game. With our recruits coming in and Jannah we will be just fine .

RLL59 writes:

The Lady Vols have to improve their shooting. Take away the shots within 3 feet of the basket and I'll bet the percentage was in the teens. Meighan and Ciera, for some reason, have lost their touch.

Players and assistant coaches come and go and much remains the same. They cannot effectively guard quick players except by denying them the ball; they absolutely refuse to screen for 3 point shooters (Ariel had to run around the perimeter to find a teammate to screen for her late in the game); players don't understand their roles (forwards bringing he ball up the court and guards not presenting themselves for passes from rebounding forwards and centers).

I wish Holly would drop the automatic 'gone for the half' rule on the second foul. Sure, there are times when an player needs to be preserved for the end of the game, but it should be based on the player, that player's role in the game at that point, and the likely need for that player at 'crunch'time. The current environment means that every player has a tendency to play after her first foul like a player with 4 fouls in the second half...afraid to play aggressively.

I*'m glad this was a home game. The effort was good enough to beat the better teams, but the execution wasn't.

All that said, Bashaara, Ariel and Izzy obviously played very well and the freshmen contributions were above expectations. Tech had absolutely no inside play. and the game could have been a blow out with just average outside shooting. The talent is there.

oldster writes:

in response to MaxVolFan:

Its not about the player its about the team. Yes Davis would have been a nice addition to our team but truth be told Holly would have use her to fit in her scheme of things . Davis is the best player on a team that is just starting to climb in the top 25 . Not there yet. Don't slight Simmons because Simmons can always score when she wants to. But she knows this is a team sport not a me sport. Yes some teams need that go to player like Maggie Lucas at PSU and O.Simms at Baylor . But that's because the rest of the team lacks talent. Tennessee has balance so we are not in need of a player that's gonna give us 25+ a game. With our recruits coming in and Jannah we will be just fine .

Yes, basketball is a team sport. However, the last time I checked a team is made up of individual players. The challenge for a coach is not just to make those players work together, but to utilize the talents of each of those players to their maximum. This LV team has a dearth of shooters. It is their Achilles heel. They have depended on Simmons, who is one of the streakiest shooters I can recall playing for them. She is like the little girl with the curl. When she is good, she is very good, but when she is bad, she is very bad. At least now that she has matured, when she shoots badly, she still plays hard and well in the other phases. Hopefully, Jordon and Ariel will take up the slack when Simmons struggles, because if not - and if she goes into one of her slumps during the tournament - there will be no final four for the Lady Vols.

The name of the game is basketball. One must put the ball in the basket to win. Shooting is THE most important skill in the game.

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to oldster:

Yes, basketball is a team sport. However, the last time I checked a team is made up of individual players. The challenge for a coach is not just to make those players work together, but to utilize the talents of each of those players to their maximum. This LV team has a dearth of shooters. It is their Achilles heel. They have depended on Simmons, who is one of the streakiest shooters I can recall playing for them. She is like the little girl with the curl. When she is good, she is very good, but when she is bad, she is very bad. At least now that she has matured, when she shoots badly, she still plays hard and well in the other phases. Hopefully, Jordon and Ariel will take up the slack when Simmons struggles, because if not - and if she goes into one of her slumps during the tournament - there will be no final four for the Lady Vols.

The name of the game is basketball. One must put the ball in the basket to win. Shooting is THE most important skill in the game.

You have some very good points however I think Simmons role has changed this year and I credit Holly for taking some of the pressure off if both Simmons and Ariel. I think both are very comfortable with their place on the team. Simmons mentioned earlier in the season that she wants that final four and as a coach Holly made adjustments in having a balanced offense so Simmons doesn't feel she has to make a play everytime she has the ball. That has hurt a lot of teams when they rely on one player. Its what's gonna trip up Stanford and PSU and Baylor. It happened when UNC tried to put it in Deshields hands to win too.
Would we like one of our players to go off for 30 pts a game ? Of course that would be great. But with a team as deep and as talented as ours anyone can have a hot hand and lead this team to the final four

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