Late rallies not a solution for Lady Vols' problems

Tennessee's Andraya Carter saves a loose ball against LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Tennessee lost to LSU 77-80. 
  
 (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee's Andraya Carter saves a loose ball against LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Tennessee lost to LSU 77-80. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

ATHENS, Ga. — Dean Lockwood watched a Tennessee women’s basketball revival materialize seemingly out of nowhere Thursday night.

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Allenfan writes:

Keep going coaches, you will figure it out. How long have you been coaching at Tennessee?

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to Allenfan:

Keep going coaches, you will figure it out. How long have you been coaching at Tennessee?

I don't think Holly has ever coached!

underthehill writes:

Lockwood ..does this help..the players on the floor when the rally was made might be your best 5 to pressure your opponent..the depth on this team is the team strength..when the press is working to tire your opponent..don't pull it off..stay with it and extend your lead..Carter is the best outside defender..why was she not denying the ball to Ballard..

MaxVolFan writes:

in response to underthehill:

Lockwood ..does this help..the players on the floor when the rally was made might be your best 5 to pressure your opponent..the depth on this team is the team strength..when the press is working to tire your opponent..don't pull it off..stay with it and extend your lead..Carter is the best outside defender..why was she not denying the ball to Ballard..

I didn't see one attempt from our players to try to draw a charge when Bullard drove down the lane . It was as if she was parting the Red sea for easy buckets. Come on coaches you have got to see this!

RLL59 writes:

Concluding how well the team and players are doing by reviewing the most recent game is standard procedure now for the Lady Vols. Progress isn't going to occur until the coaches recognize that they are responsible, and make changes that enable team and player development. The same problems on offense and defense have been going on for years, and have spanned the careers of many Lady Vol players. Now fans look to Jannah Tucker as the next 'superstar' to turn the program around. It's not going to happen.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MaxVolFan:

I didn't see one attempt from our players to try to draw a charge when Bullard drove down the lane . It was as if she was parting the Red sea for easy buckets. Come on coaches you have got to see this!

For a team with as much experience as this one has, they seem to be constantly thinking behind the play. On defense, for example, the help-side defenders have to constantly position themselves to threaten any open passing or driving lane opposite the ball side. You can't wait until a penetration is being attempted, you have to shut off the path before it can even be noticed. If you wait until the driver has her shoulders even with her primary defender before you try to move over, you will only commit a cheap foul because you will still be moving, trying too late to cut her off.

For some reason, this team--though not the only one--lacks the ability to impose its defensive will on the opponents. In some almost indefinable way, they are in a reactive mode, not affirmatively taking charge of the court. It's almost strictly a mental thing; it's the coaches' job to get the players' minds right to play their best. It looks like it's going to be a "process", to wring one more particle of usefulness out of a term that may need to be abandoned.

ModelMaker writes:

That press that I saw the Lady Vols put on LSU was the best looking press that I have seen in quite some time. Maybe Holly should consider using it more often with the same bunch that executed it. With the depth they have I don't know why Holly hasn't used it more often this year. Anytime you cut a 16 point lead down to 1 point in three minutes (the last minute they did not use it) is really something. It's one of the best things I have seen them execute all year. Also buy executing the press maybe it will show how important defense is to winning basketball games too these girls. I wish them nothing but the best against Georgia.

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