Outlook for Tennessee's Bashaara Graves better for Georgia

Tennessee forward Bashaara Graves (12) goes for a shot next to LSU forward Shanece McKinney (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee forward Bashaara Graves (12) goes for a shot next to LSU forward Shanece McKinney (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Although Tennessee lost its SEC women’s basketball opener, the Lady Vols apparently haven’t lost a star player as well.

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Comments » 4

Vol1968 writes:

Excuses. When your good player has to step out YOU have to step up. Excuses get you and LOSS, stepping up and playing harder will get you the win. STEP UP LADIES.

MaxVolFan writes:

There are teams that are playing no mercy basketball out there. Tennessee isn't one of them. When Plasiance was in foul trouble and on the bench that's when we should have pounded the ball downlow and scored at the basket. We have to learn to score in spurts not just play to be in the lead or hope to comeback in the second half. We should have come out trapping in the second half not when there was three mins left in the game. Still frustrated until we beat someone.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MaxVolFan:

There are teams that are playing no mercy basketball out there. Tennessee isn't one of them. When Plasiance was in foul trouble and on the bench that's when we should have pounded the ball downlow and scored at the basket. We have to learn to score in spurts not just play to be in the lead or hope to comeback in the second half. We should have come out trapping in the second half not when there was three mins left in the game. Still frustrated until we beat someone.

Yeah, lots of little personality quirks and streaky individual performances have made it hard for this team to have chemistry for more than little spurts here and there. Ironic--I guess we know now why Holly and staff put so much emphasis in the off-season on developing aspects of team leadership, morale, and cohesion. I surely wouldn't say there are any overt rifts on the team, just a sense that those mental/emotional team-oriented things need a lot more work. A team is only as good as its record, and the LVs record shows they aren't as good as the REALLY good teams. It is up to them to reverse that perception.

johnlg00 writes:

And lest we forget, one can't help thinking that a fully healthy and aggressive Bashaara in "beast mode"--and sorry if you don't like that nickname, B, "a rose by any other name" and all that--might have made a difference in games lost by a total of six or eight points against ranked opponents. If she gets back to full-go, lots of current deficiencies might be on the way to getting fixed.

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