Lady Vols 'erratic,' but maturing as Vanderbilt comes to town

Lady Vols 'erratic,' but maturing

Alabama's Sharin Rivers, left, and Shafontaye Myers, right, fight over a loose ball with Tennessee's Bashaara Graves, center, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Alabama's Sharin Rivers, left, and Shafontaye Myers, right, fight over a loose ball with Tennessee's Bashaara Graves, center, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Dean Lockwood knows what a “really good” women’s basketball team looks like come February. The Tennessee assistant coach was specific and thorough on Sunday with his rendering.

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RLL59 writes:

Four out of the next 6 games against ranked teams, 3 of those at home. South Carolina may be ranked ahead of the Lady Vols right now but they have an even tougher schedule, playing LSU, KY and TN on the road plus FL and GA at home. Time to find out if the progress mentioned in this article is true, or just obligated filler. Go, Lady Vols!

MichaelL writes:

These Lady Vols are not a great team. Underachievers is the one word that I would use to describe them. The talent is there, but the consistency is not. They don't have the heart of a champion.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

They are averaging 17 turnovers a game. Great teams don't generally exceed 8-9. many of he turnovers are unforced lazy passes, traveling, 3 seconds and out of control drives in the lane.
Sadly, watching UConn dismantle Louisville yesterday you had two teams that protected their opportunity to score by not making mistakes.
UConn is a machine and probably unbeatable due to crisp sets and lack of mistakes.
Presently, I doubt the LV's make it to the elite 8 but if they do they are projected to play UConn, ugly.

wigmeister writes:

I agree. UConn is a machine. Well coached. Disciplined. Not a lot of wild play. Low turnover ratio. They also have less players right now than most teams. We have talent. We just do not play with the intensity, discipline, smarts, and consistent shooting of the top 4 or 5 teams in the country. If we can find that in February, we may have a shot to get to the elite eight. There can be no more oops moments. I wish the ladies well. I hope they can do it and get to another final four. But they are going to have to function on all cylinders at all times. I just don't see anyone on this team with the grit, stubbornness to not lose, and get out of my face attitude of Candace Parker.

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