Tennessee missed Ariel Massengale against Kentucky

Simmons, Carter were in foul trouble

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) and Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison (20) react after losing to Kentucky 75-71 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) and Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison (20) react after losing to Kentucky 75-71 at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee’s Ariel Massengale has missed six consecutive games. She was never more missed than on Sunday.

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b24vol writes:

I think team plays better without Massengale at the point since she started trying to be the leading scorer instead of passing. They only missed her ball handling skills, not her scoring. 5 starters committed 15 turnovers and most were not bringing to ball up the floor.

underthehill writes:

Simmons, Burdick, and Harrison had 5 turnovers each..had nothing to do with Ariel being out..Reynolds and Carter are both better basketball players than Ariel..and I think Holly knows it..

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

In regards to the first two posts, I would agree with both of them if they were comparing Ariel's play for her first two years. This year is completely different than the first two. Anyone who has attended all home games for this year and the past two would have noticed a remarkable improvement on this years play. "Check the stats" for this year and compare them to her first two and anyone can see the improvement, if their fair minded

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Good news, the LV'S have already played and beaten UNC and Georgia Tech. Sadly, they would be run off the floor now. The team has regressed and the poor coaches don't have a clue. This team is averaging 17 turn overs a game, Seriously?
The offense seems chaotic and the D is pretty much non- existent? I hope all the LV fans are watching the ACC, PAC 12, Big 10 and Big 12 teams with less team talent but their top 5 would hammer the LV'S.
The heyday of the Lady Vols is over unless something dramatic changes the mindset of the athletes and the coaches understand how poorly they play.
When you can't beat your rivals on your home court you fast become insignificant. When the older fans die off or lose interest the arena will be empty. Too bad Alumni Hall is not available, I guess the PE buildings might be able to squeeze in a game.
One of the greatest franchises and history in American sports has been squandered in the last 5 years by players that don't realize what they are responsible for.

underthehill writes:

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

In regards to the first two posts, I would agree with both of them if they were comparing Ariel's play for her first two years. This year is completely different than the first two. Anyone who has attended all home games for this year and the past two would have noticed a remarkable improvement on this years play. "Check the stats" for this year and compare them to her first two and anyone can see the improvement, if their fair minded

I agree Ariel has improved over her first 2 years ..but she is still slow compared to the majority of point guards and when she and Simmons are in the game at the same time..there is no way to play man to man defense ..I have not seen a point guard this year who could not beat Ariel on the dribble drive..Ariel played a great first half against Notre Dame..then she started trying to take the ball down the lane..got out of control and the team went with her..she does not have the athletic skills of Carter or Reynolds..but I do think she can help this team if she stays outside and Holly plays zone when she is on the floor..Ariel is an outstanding 3 point shooter and they sure could use that when Megan is not on her game..

norma-bob#1420407 writes:

I'll let Ariel's stats speak for themselves:
12.5 ppg
5.8 apg
2.5 to/g

MaxVolFan writes:

I'm no basketball expert but this one thing I know. Without Ariel, Carter or Simmons has to be on the court no matter what. 7 mins without one of them on the court and to rely on a freshman and to two player that are turnover prone in Burdick and Jones is unacceptable. Especially against UK . That's their MO is to turn u over. And why didn't they call timeout before Burdick had to dribble up the court alone is beyond me.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Ariel could have really helped this team against KY because she can shoot the "3". She does ocassionally take the ball to the hole when nothing is there but many times gets fouled and she is a great freethrow shooter. Her turnover to assist ratio is above average for point guards. She makes Simmons better as does Carter. Jones has lapses of attention and gets caught up in the air with nothing to do with the ball except take an off balanced shot. She has far too many walking calls though I believe sometimes these 3rd grade officials just want to call a walk and will not do it against the better/more established players. But, Jones's athletic ability exceeds that of any player on the team. Simmons is a close second perhaps even tied with Izzy. Got to be better able to defend tha three and prevent the drives to the basket. The foul on the missed freethrow where the KY player pushed Izzy 15-20 feet toward the sideline was a big no call. It allowed one of the KY bigs to play more minutes than she would have had the obvious foul been called. 22 turnovers will not beat any of the top 50 teams in the country. This is a disease that UT Ladies and men have had for a long time, even with Pat and Bruce. We need to stop talking about how good we have become after a good win and talk about where we still need to improve.

Allenfan writes:

in response to underthehill:

I agree Ariel has improved over her first 2 years ..but she is still slow compared to the majority of point guards and when she and Simmons are in the game at the same time..there is no way to play man to man defense ..I have not seen a point guard this year who could not beat Ariel on the dribble drive..Ariel played a great first half against Notre Dame..then she started trying to take the ball down the lane..got out of control and the team went with her..she does not have the athletic skills of Carter or Reynolds..but I do think she can help this team if she stays outside and Holly plays zone when she is on the floor..Ariel is an outstanding 3 point shooter and they sure could use that when Megan is not on her game..

What is the deal with this zone, we have already seen that they can not play a effective zone against anyone, because we are not prepared to cover their best player. You saw it against Vanderbilt in Nashville, and Kentucky at home. Every announcer as well as the commentators on ESPN said the same thing. We won our championships with a man to man, but of course we had a coach back then.

Theo writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Good news, the LV'S have already played and beaten UNC and Georgia Tech. Sadly, they would be run off the floor now. The team has regressed and the poor coaches don't have a clue. This team is averaging 17 turn overs a game, Seriously?
The offense seems chaotic and the D is pretty much non- existent? I hope all the LV fans are watching the ACC, PAC 12, Big 10 and Big 12 teams with less team talent but their top 5 would hammer the LV'S.
The heyday of the Lady Vols is over unless something dramatic changes the mindset of the athletes and the coaches understand how poorly they play.
When you can't beat your rivals on your home court you fast become insignificant. When the older fans die off or lose interest the arena will be empty. Too bad Alumni Hall is not available, I guess the PE buildings might be able to squeeze in a game.
One of the greatest franchises and history in American sports has been squandered in the last 5 years by players that don't realize what they are responsible for.

I've noticed you generally only post when the LVs have a loss. What did you find to complain about when we blew out Vandy by 30. Did you batch about the horrible coaches when they landed top 5 recruiting classes in the last 2 years?
We did not have a great game. Our only Senior was on the bench and our floor generals were freshmen. That works against some teams but not a guard centric team like KY. I can't believe you think this team has regressed? They have played, in the last month, some of the best basketball the LVs have played in the last 3 years. BTW, Were you hammering Holly and the staff when they took a team picked 5th last yr and won the conf?
If losing a close game like this makes you respond as above, I'd question whether it is worth it being a "fan".

CaptainPicard writes:

The LVs did not lose to Kentucky because of the absence of Ariel Massengale. They lost due to the absence of Cierra Burdick. Thirty-nine minutes playing time and only 4 points.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CaptainPicard:

The LVs did not lose to Kentucky because of the absence of Ariel Massengale. They lost due to the absence of Cierra Burdick. Thirty-nine minutes playing time and only 4 points.

Burdick surely has been a bit of an enigma this year. In HS, she was a proven winner and reliable stat-sheet stuffer; now she seems tentative and wildly inconsistent. If I knew for sure how to handle situations like this, I would be doing it instead of posting on here, so I can't really blame Holly for not doing any better with her.

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