Revenge best served hot in Lady Vols' rematch victory over Vanderbilt

Lady Vols shoot 58.2 percent to win Vanderbilt rematch

Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) high-fives Tennessee forward Jasmine Jones (2) during their game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, February 10, 2014. 
  
 (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) high-fives Tennessee forward Jasmine Jones (2) during their game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, February 10, 2014. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee took dead aim at revenge Monday night and didn’t miss.

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nanny334#1419965 writes:

Hollie most certainly did not get out coached in this game. This is what I expected our Lady Vols to look like all year.

underthehill writes:

Not often do you see an entire team click like the Lady Vols did in this one..credit Vandy for a strong first half to stay within 11 points..the strong start by the Lady Vols the first 2 min of the second half was special..they came out of the locker room ready to take charge..and they did..Reynolds is becoming a very pleasant surprise..she is a player..Russell is becoming a shot blocking force..Graves played strong on the boards..Carter, Simmons, Izzy and Burdick just played off the charts..credit to the entire coaching staff..Carter and Jones denying the ball on defense..just a great game to watch..

RLL59 writes:

Well coached, well played game. I was pessimistic at the start of the game when we had not missed a shot and were only up 12-10. It was the same overguarding / no help defense that has always led to easy baskets and fouls. But then, they started to help each other, and for the most part backed off a bit except on double teams. Our 'bigs' rarely need to follow theirs out of the paint, nor do our guards need to be outside the 3 point line against an opponent that hasn't picked up her dribble. The defense was outstanding for most of the rest of the game.
On offense, they did everything right. They were getting open shots because they were willing to take or pass it inside and throw it back outside if the shot wasn't there...very few forced shots. Meighan is playing calmer; Jasmine understands that if she shuts down her opponent, she doesn't have to be a scorer; Cierra is hitting the open mid range shots; Andraya is being Adraya; Bashaara is rebounding; Izzy is scoring from short range; and Jordan is playing the point like a veteran.
The only downside I noticed was when both Meighan and Andraya were out of the game, and Cierra was turning down open shots, they had no outside threat.

It remains to be seen whether they continue the same approach and tactics over the next few games, and against opponents who are not so outclassed sizewise. But it certainly raises ones optimism for the future.

wigmeister writes:

Play with this intensity every game, and we could make the move up the charts we need.

MichaelL writes:

This game shows what the Lady Vols can do when they are well prepared and motivated. They worked really hard to get ready for this one, and played with a combination of focus, intensity and passion. They were humiliated by that loss at Memorial Gym last month, and were determined to redeem themselves. That, combined with the coaches' game plan turned into disaster for the Lady Commodores. Melanie Balcomb got completely out coached last night. Vandy just ran into a buzz-saw. The question now is can the Lady Vols take this type of execution to the court every game from here on out. They have been inconsistent all year. Hopefully, they have learned what they are capable of doing, and carry it forward.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Congratulations LV's on a dominant performance crushing Vandy.
Now go out and hammer UK Sunday!

Allenfan writes:

Everyone saw what the Lady Vols are capable of doing on defense, and that certainly generates offense. We were well coached against one of the best back courts in the country. There is no reason we can't play with this intensity and win the remainder of our games. Forget the passionate zone we play, the man to man we played last night will win you championships.

MaxVolFan writes:

Very good game last night. Well coached and planned out. Playing Man made everyone accountable and I think brought this team closer by playing as a team, helping each other. Sometimes playing zone makes u lazy, slows tempo . Playing Man you have to be alert and responsible. Izzy is unstoppable on the block , Russell can be too but must demand the ball. She's still too passive, Graves fights hard but must focus better on her shots and not rely on just a easy putback. We have all the elements for a good run .

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Not often do you see an entire team click like the Lady Vols did in this one..credit Vandy for a strong first half to stay within 11 points..the strong start by the Lady Vols the first 2 min of the second half was special..they came out of the locker room ready to take charge..and they did..Reynolds is becoming a very pleasant surprise..she is a player..Russell is becoming a shot blocking force..Graves played strong on the boards..Carter, Simmons, Izzy and Burdick just played off the charts..credit to the entire coaching staff..Carter and Jones denying the ball on defense..just a great game to watch..

Very few, if any, will remember that I posted last year after Reynolds made her commitment public that a lot of UT fans would be surprised at her level of play. The fact that she had a double double in the McDonald's All Star game should have provided a glimpse of her potential. I also noted early last season before Carter's season ending injury that I had never seen a Lady Vol freshman play with her passion and aggressiveness. They both will be extremely fun to watch for the next three plus years.

CaptainPicard writes:

in response to underthehill:

Not often do you see an entire team click like the Lady Vols did in this one..credit Vandy for a strong first half to stay within 11 points..the strong start by the Lady Vols the first 2 min of the second half was special..they came out of the locker room ready to take charge..and they did..Reynolds is becoming a very pleasant surprise..she is a player..Russell is becoming a shot blocking force..Graves played strong on the boards..Carter, Simmons, Izzy and Burdick just played off the charts..credit to the entire coaching staff..Carter and Jones denying the ball on defense..just a great game to watch..

I hope Mercedes will earn a nickname of "Bill", if she doesn't mind. I may be showing my age by this comment.

johnlg00 writes:

Lots of positive comments, with which I agree wholeheartedly. As another poster mentioned above, the most impressive thing about the offense was the way they shared the ball. Although they had a couple of flubs, for the most part the passes to the posts and between the posts were the best I have seen all year from them. Very few shots of any kind were taken outside the structure of the offense. And of course the defense was an order of magnitude more tenacious than it has been at any time this year. They just have to remember what they were doing well and keep doing it until the end, however far down the post-season road they can get. Congrats to all concerned! Now let's KEEP IT GOING! Make the opponents FEAR you again!

ModelMaker writes:

Great win for the Lady Vols. Couldn't get over the crowd; they were cheering defense, defense right down to the 2 minute mark. There were two guys sitting in front of me with megaphones leading the cheers. We had a blast. Couldn't get over Burdick, jumping up and down, waiting to get the signal from ESPN to throw the ball in to start the second half. I am really impressed with the Reynolds kid. She has great moves
inside, good looking jump shot, and runs the
team well. Simmons has learned some great moves to get open for a lot better shots. In my opinion she is going to be a force going down the stretch. With her new moves, the way she is sharing the ball, she is going to be very hard to stop.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

Great win for the Lady Vols. Couldn't get over the crowd; they were cheering defense, defense right down to the 2 minute mark. There were two guys sitting in front of me with megaphones leading the cheers. We had a blast. Couldn't get over Burdick, jumping up and down, waiting to get the signal from ESPN to throw the ball in to start the second half. I am really impressed with the Reynolds kid. She has great moves
inside, good looking jump shot, and runs the
team well. Simmons has learned some great moves to get open for a lot better shots. In my opinion she is going to be a force going down the stretch. With her new moves, the way she is sharing the ball, she is going to be very hard to stop.

As proud as we all are for the LVs' complete-game domination of a hereditary foe, let's not forget that they pretty much sleep-walked through their recent game against Ole Miss. The team looked really good against Vandy, perhaps most notably in taking much better care of the ball than they usually do. The eternal question is, will this type of performance be the norm going forward or just a view of the upside of a see-saw season?

MaxVolFan writes:

Just sitting here thinking how great it will be to have Carter three more years and Russell and Jordan will only get better. I am hoping they get at least two Championships . Talent is there just have to put it all together.

CaptainPicard writes:

in response to johnlg00:

As proud as we all are for the LVs' complete-game domination of a hereditary foe, let's not forget that they pretty much sleep-walked through their recent game against Ole Miss. The team looked really good against Vandy, perhaps most notably in taking much better care of the ball than they usually do. The eternal question is, will this type of performance be the norm going forward or just a view of the upside of a see-saw season?

Johnlg00, as always, your comments are wise and sobering. We do not know which version of the LVs will show up in their next game with Kentucky.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to johnlg00:

As proud as we all are for the LVs' complete-game domination of a hereditary foe, let's not forget that they pretty much sleep-walked through their recent game against Ole Miss. The team looked really good against Vandy, perhaps most notably in taking much better care of the ball than they usually do. The eternal question is, will this type of performance be the norm going forward or just a view of the upside of a see-saw season?

If it's all the same to you I would just as soon forget the Alabama and Old Miss. games.

CaptainPicard writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

If it's all the same to you I would just as soon forget the Alabama and Old Miss. games.

What about the Arkansas game? Last good game was Texas A&M.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to CaptainPicard:

What about the Arkansas game? Last good game was Texas A&M.

Ya, you can throw in the Arkansas game too. It's going to be very interesting to see how they will match up with Kentucky. I think one of the greatest qualities a coach can have is to be able to get inside a player and motivate that player to play her best every game. Keeping it simple, maybe that is all we are lacking now that Holly seems to be getting better with the substitution's and time outs.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

If it's all the same to you I would just as soon forget the Alabama and Old Miss. games.

Well, I certainly join you in hoping those two are not typical! FWIW, I think the LVs have gone a LOT further toward achieving some consistency of execution and effort than the men's team has, at the risk of damning them by faint praise!

CaptainPicard writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, I certainly join you in hoping those two are not typical! FWIW, I think the LVs have gone a LOT further toward achieving some consistency of execution and effort than the men's team has, at the risk of damning them by faint praise!

Johnlg00, you are right, don't compare the LVs with the men's team. Compare them with UConn or ND.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CaptainPicard:

Johnlg00, you are right, don't compare the LVs with the men's team. Compare them with UConn or ND.

Yeah, well, the thing for me about the men's team is that they should, IMHO, be in at least as strong a position in the conference and the country as the LVs. The reason they are not is that they haven't overcome some of the same problems the LVs had earlier, but on which the LVs now seem to have a bit of a handle. Both have had the tendency to go generally brain-dead at almost any moment, which of course kills them against top-quality opponents that they should be able to go toe-to-toe with, but I now expect the LVs to come closer in games like that, while I feel no such assurance about the men.

CaptainPicard writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Yeah, well, the thing for me about the men's team is that they should, IMHO, be in at least as strong a position in the conference and the country as the LVs. The reason they are not is that they haven't overcome some of the same problems the LVs had earlier, but on which the LVs now seem to have a bit of a handle. Both have had the tendency to go generally brain-dead at almost any moment, which of course kills them against top-quality opponents that they should be able to go toe-to-toe with, but I now expect the LVs to come closer in games like that, while I feel no such assurance about the men.

I get your point now, missed it the first time!

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