Ariel Massengale leads Lady Vols past Ole Miss, 94-70

Massengale scores 23, adds seven rebounds

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Tennessee’s Andraya Carter, center, scores against Mississippi at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday. Tennessee won, 94-70.

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee’s Andraya Carter, center, scores against Mississippi at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday. Tennessee won, 94-70.

Tennessee’s Ariel Massengale didn’t have a postgame box score to peruse Thursday night.

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johnlg00 writes:

ONE prior comment on THREE LV-OM threads! Have we really become that apathetic toward this school's likely only championship contending team this year? It would seem that Holly took the more active hand many have been demanding and showed by rationing out playing time who she was and was not pleased with. Since it seems we will have to wait a bit yet for Graves, Burdick, and Simmons to get themselves in hand, it is a marvel what Izzy, Ariel, and Draya are doing to keep them moving forward.

RLL59 writes:

I, too, am surprised at the lack of comments. Some probably feel that it's just more of the same. I like Holly's comments surrounding this game....and the play of Ariel and Izzy. This wasn't a good opponent though, and there was little overall indication that they can compete with ND. But it's a start. The two areas I find difficult to understand are the lack of ability to stop penetrating guards, and a steadfast determination to lob the ball into the center when it's clear that the opponents are expecting it, and our 'bigs' refuse to go out to meet the pass.

I'm probably one of the few posters here that remains a fan of Meighan, despite that she clearly is having a difficult year. I'm happy Holly is sticking with her. There's little chance of beating the top teams without an impact player, and she still has that potential.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to RLL59:

I, too, am surprised at the lack of comments. Some probably feel that it's just more of the same. I like Holly's comments surrounding this game....and the play of Ariel and Izzy. This wasn't a good opponent though, and there was little overall indication that they can compete with ND. But it's a start. The two areas I find difficult to understand are the lack of ability to stop penetrating guards, and a steadfast determination to lob the ball into the center when it's clear that the opponents are expecting it, and our 'bigs' refuse to go out to meet the pass.

I'm probably one of the few posters here that remains a fan of Meighan, despite that she clearly is having a difficult year. I'm happy Holly is sticking with her. There's little chance of beating the top teams without an impact player, and she still has that potential.

I believe one of the reasons why the Lady Vols have not been able to stop penetrating guards or the great centers inside, is because of Izzy and companies inability to play great defense without fouling. As great as Izzy has been she has not been able to master that. Izzy hesitates to block the shot for fear she will foul. I think if Holly continues to put Russell in there with her it should help her. Until they draw an imaginary arch in front of the basket and say to each other anyone coming in here will get it jammed, this will continue; but the trick is, there going to have to do it without fouling.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

I believe one of the reasons why the Lady Vols have not been able to stop penetrating guards or the great centers inside, is because of Izzy and companies inability to play great defense without fouling. As great as Izzy has been she has not been able to master that. Izzy hesitates to block the shot for fear she will foul. I think if Holly continues to put Russell in there with her it should help her. Until they draw an imaginary arch in front of the basket and say to each other anyone coming in here will get it jammed, this will continue; but the trick is, there going to have to do it without fouling.

Nearly all young players, male and female alike, who fancy themselves shot-blockers would do well to go straight up with their hands and DON'T swipe down. Put that hand mirroring the ball up high overhead in the arc of the shot. You would probably get just about as many blocks, probably more "bothers", and way fewer fouls. And if you did block it, the ball might stay in play and a teammate might pick it up. It really does no good to just swat the ball out of bounds anyway. And lunging after blocks not only puts you in danger of fouling, it makes you subject to pump fakes and offensive rebounds. But I agree that it is the attitude the player takes that makes a good shot-blocker or good defender in general.

johnlg00 writes:

PS: That strong swiping motion nearly all players use in shot-blocking these days not only often looks and sounds like a foul when it comes down hard on the ball or arm, it also tends to cause the defender to lean or move toward or into the shooter, causing fouls, or the appearance, by body contact.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Nearly all young players, male and female alike, who fancy themselves shot-blockers would do well to go straight up with their hands and DON'T swipe down. Put that hand mirroring the ball up high overhead in the arc of the shot. You would probably get just about as many blocks, probably more "bothers", and way fewer fouls. And if you did block it, the ball might stay in play and a teammate might pick it up. It really does no good to just swat the ball out of bounds anyway. And lunging after blocks not only puts you in danger of fouling, it makes you subject to pump fakes and offensive rebounds. But I agree that it is the attitude the player takes that makes a good shot-blocker or good defender in general.

I agree, going straight up definitely would help. But hey, altering shots, blocking shots, acquiring better footwork, whatever works. Let's get it done Holly.

ModelMaker writes:

This is a clip that I took out of Uconn's last game.
(Morgan Tuck added a career-high 19 points and Stefanie Dolson had eight points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots.

The Huskies tied a team record with 17 blocks, two blocks shy of an NCAA record).
Keep working hard Ladies.

mutt writes:

It seems to me that the drop in comments coincide with the requirement to join and pay in order to post.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mutt:

It seems to me that the drop in comments coincide with the requirement to join and pay in order to post.

Been that way for months now, buddy. It's pretty rare when any article draws double-digit comments and lots of those may be back-and-forth a time or two between the same two people. At least the troll count is WAY down from what it was in the free-site days.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ModelMaker:

This is a clip that I took out of Uconn's last game.
(Morgan Tuck added a career-high 19 points and Stefanie Dolson had eight points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots.

The Huskies tied a team record with 17 blocks, two blocks shy of an NCAA record).
Keep working hard Ladies.

That is a remarkable yet typical performance for UConn in that department. Shot-blocking is as much a skill as shot-making. The people who are best at it not only have quick, reliable reflexes, they have great timing and technique. Like any other skill, it can be improved by the right type of training, but some will always be better at it than others. When your whole team does it all the time, as UConn seems to do, both factors are at work.

Allenfan writes:

in response to RLL59:

I, too, am surprised at the lack of comments. Some probably feel that it's just more of the same. I like Holly's comments surrounding this game....and the play of Ariel and Izzy. This wasn't a good opponent though, and there was little overall indication that they can compete with ND. But it's a start. The two areas I find difficult to understand are the lack of ability to stop penetrating guards, and a steadfast determination to lob the ball into the center when it's clear that the opponents are expecting it, and our 'bigs' refuse to go out to meet the pass.

I'm probably one of the few posters here that remains a fan of Meighan, despite that she clearly is having a difficult year. I'm happy Holly is sticking with her. There's little chance of beating the top teams without an impact player, and she still has that potential.

I certainly agree with you. We would have a lot more losses over the last three years if it were not for Meighan. I realize she does not always play smart, but when the game is on the line she has been the one to want the ball in her hands. She is surrounded by great, well very good players so she doesn't have to carry the load. Please just play within your ability, and that would put you ahead of most everyone in the SEC.

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