Tennessee honors the past but the not the present in falling to LSU, 80-77

Lady Vols can't rally from big deficit

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Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons, right, collides with LSU’s Jeanne Kenney at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday.

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee’s Meighan Simmons, right, collides with LSU’s Jeanne Kenney at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday.

Tennessee honored its past with grace and ease Thursday night.

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Comments » 4

RockyTop1 writes:

Yes, we were very lazy on passes and defense most of the game but, they fought back, it was just too late!

Hit FREE throws and we win! The ref's did not help and was probably one of the worst calls against Simmons I have ever seen. At least 3 of the CALLED fouls on her were not even close!

Great acting job by the one LSU player that may need goggles today! Yea, right, that one was a joke! Just like these ref's that should not be allowed to do another Tennessee game ever!

Lastly, "ref" KEEP you hands off OUR Coach! You should be reprimanded for your actions!!

Let's move on and from now on start fast and show NO MERCY!! Go LadyVols!!! We have your back!!

underthehill writes:

Anybody notice bama got torched by a far less talented team last night..expect bama to fire Saban? I don't think so..LSU had some players play far above what anyone could have expected..4 3's by one who was reported to be a 29% shooter..the physical play inside early by LSU was hard for UT to adjust to..but Harrison and Russell came back hard the 2nd half..in spite of being out hustled most of the game and getting some bad calls late..especially the two on Megan..the Lady Vols had a chance to tie with a few seconds left.. the reason they got back in it was the fight Russell and Harrison showed on the boards..this game was the first sign I have seen that Russell can become the type player she is projected to be..she ran the floor well and showed some fight against a strong physical inside game of LSU...The Lady Vols did a great job the first half getting the ball to Simmons for open looks..she needs to be on the floor for her offense..but how does a coaching staff deal with her lack of defense and ball handling skills..tough loss here but I like the fact the Lady Vols never quit thinking they could win and the play of Russell and Harrison..

bogey74 writes:

Point guard defense was atrocious. If you aren't quick enough to stay in front of your opponent - then back off. Coaching failed us in this regard...

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

The big guy, Beline, I think really seemed to have it in for the Lady Vols, especially Simmons. Several times last night we had all ball on blocks and were called for fouls. The really hard collision between Simmons and LSU player was not a charge. The little flick of the finger that the LSU guard absorbed as if it was a medicine ball thrown into her deserves an Oscar. Don't even think that Izzy can be held accountable for one missed free throw. She gave us the chance to win in the first place. Didn't see any response to the reaction of the LSU player for the call at mid court near the end of the game. Guess her jumping up and down was OK. Rocky Top was very observant. Yes, Big Guy, Please keep your hands off of our coach and while you are at it don't be putting your arms around our players to move them to the spot on out of bounds plays. It is a shame that we have to have the same officials most of the time. They often come into Thompson Bowling with an attitude that seems to say, "We will give all the close calls to the opposition so they can have a chance to win." I applaud Holly for the "T". Without it we would have never gotten excited enough to play "D". We need to start every game like we finished the LSU game and knowing that no one outside of Lady Vol Fans cares about this team at all. Every place we play people come out to see us lose. Every team we play wants to physically intimidate us. That was shown by the large number of fouls given LSU in the early part of the game, even though they still got by with some fouls.
Now the truth about out team. We are terrible with mostly unforced turnovers. We cannot stop the quick or even fairly quick guard who wants to take it to the hole. This has been a trait of the Lady Vols for the past 6-8 years. We allow wide open layups and fail to force other teams to pass the ball. "15 minutes can save you money on car insurance", "Stopping the ball will prevent the other team from scoring".

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