Vanderbilt comes back to beat Lady Vols, 74-63

Tennessee's Cierra Burdick (11) is surrounded by Vanderbilt defenders at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium on Sunday, January 12, 2014. 
  
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Tennessee's Cierra Burdick (11) is surrounded by Vanderbilt defenders at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium on Sunday, January 12, 2014. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

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NASHVILLE – First, Tennessee lost a lead. Then, the Lady Vols lost a women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon.

Vanderbilt overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half, summoning a strong closing kick for a 74-63 SEC victory at Memorial Gymnasium.

Jasmine Lister scored 22 points to lead Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 SEC). She scored 17 in the second half. Christina Foggie scored 21 in the game.

Meighan Simmons led No. 8 Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) with 19 points. Isabelle Harrison fouled out midway through the second half with 10 points. UT’s other leading scorer, Ariel Massengale, scored just two points.

Tennessee led 39-29 within the first five minutes of the second half.

Trouble arrived early for Tennessee in the form of two quick fouls on Harrison. Within the first minute of the game, the Lady Vols lost their leading scorer and rebounder to the bench, a player who had recorded seven consecutive double doubles.

Vanderbilt pressed its early advantage with switching defenses and a methodical offense. The Commodores led 10-2 early.

A Lady Vols’ rally began with two shooters who have been struggling recently. Cierra Burdick, who went more than two consecutive conference games without a basket, hit a jumper. Then Simmons, who was 0 for 4 from long range against Ole Miss on Thursday, hit consecutive 3-pointers.

UT took its first lead on the strength of offensive rebounding. A three-minute stretch featured three second-chance baskets. Mercedes Russell’s putback of a Simmons’ miss gave the Lady Vols a 26-24 lead.

Tennessee went into the half leading 30-29.

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Comments » 22

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

The Lady Vols like the men suck because they are lousy, lazy, brain dead, selfish, spoiled, arrogant, and pathetic.
They are all in the land of LOSERVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pathetic, lets all cry because we aren't motivated and the officials cheated us, weak, weak, weak, both team stinks and don't fault the coaches!!!!!

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Please start holding the players accountable whether you like the coaches or not.
Like most teams at Tennessee they find a way to lose because they don't "GIVE THEIR ALL FOR TENNESSEE!!!"
Time to quit the VASF/Tennessee Fund and give up my season tickets to all sports.
Give your money to the Humane Society or to stopping cancer

IndianOutlaw writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

The Lady Vols like the men suck because they are lousy, lazy, brain dead, selfish, spoiled, arrogant, and pathetic.
They are all in the land of LOSERVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pathetic, lets all cry because we aren't motivated and the officials cheated us, weak, weak, weak, both team stinks and don't fault the coaches!!!!!

Are you not the same person who ripped Kiffin and then said leave roundball coaches alone. Your are either a troll or off your meds.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

in response to IndianOutlaw:

Are you not the same person who ripped Kiffin and then said leave roundball coaches alone. Your are either a troll or off your meds.

Attack kiffboy, leave the BB coaches alone, they are speechless with the talent they have.
By the way it will be announced Orgeron is going to the mullets also. satan wants the west coast offense because the Okies embarrassed the inner breeds.
Hey, Indian Whatever, read what I said and contemplate the message.
I never ripped the coaches only the spoiled lazy players.
No meds here my man, extremely lucid but maybe you need a trip to Colorado!

underthehill writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

The Lady Vols like the men suck because they are lousy, lazy, brain dead, selfish, spoiled, arrogant, and pathetic.
They are all in the land of LOSERVILLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pathetic, lets all cry because we aren't motivated and the officials cheated us, weak, weak, weak, both team stinks and don't fault the coaches!!!!!

Would it help you to know all you have to do is change channels and spare yourself so much misery..the Lady Vols are a class act..unlike yourself..they simply were outplayed by Vandy today..it was not because they did not play hard..if you know anything about watching basketball..indicate it with your comments..the name calling is ridiculous..

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

What channel, I was there how about you?
I am a donor and season ticket holder that travels. What do you do except pacify the masses?
This team is full of underachievers and suck.
Is there a women's WNIT?

underthehill writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

What channel, I was there how about you?
I am a donor and season ticket holder that travels. What do you do except pacify the masses?
This team is full of underachievers and suck.
Is there a women's WNIT?

Refer back to the comment about you being off your meds..

threehundredbowler writes:

Great assistant coaches don't always make good Head coaches. See Holly Warlick.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

in response to underthehill:

Refer back to the comment about you being off your meds..

Don't trip over your walker when you are going to your sponge bath. Idiots like you are great to confuse reality with
the make believe, I pay to see winners not whiners!
Obviously, there aren't any left on Lake Loudoun Boulevard.
Sleep well!

magicbyswh#221420 writes:

I have said this from day one Holly Warlick is not head coaching material. She rode Pat's coat tail for all those years. Hart made a mistake on hiring her. Well he did save about a half a million dollars a year by hiring her.

oldster writes:

in response to underthehill:

Would it help you to know all you have to do is change channels and spare yourself so much misery..the Lady Vols are a class act..unlike yourself..they simply were outplayed by Vandy today..it was not because they did not play hard..if you know anything about watching basketball..indicate it with your comments..the name calling is ridiculous..

I agree the Lady Vols are ladies. They certainly played like very gentile, polite, young ladies today. That is a very nice and even proper thing to be, when one is not in a competitive environment. However, when a female is in a competitive environment being gentile, polite and, even, a lady is NOT what is needed.

oldster writes:

The coach cannot shoot for them. He or she can only devise patterns and plays that get them the shots. Holly Warlick does that. The coach cannot do more than inform and continually reinforce the idea that the single most important thing in the game of basketball is the basketball and that to play good defense stopping the person that has the ball must be the first item of business. Holly Warlick does that. If the players do not hit the open shots and ignore the first rule of defense, then blaming anyone except the players is an exercise is stupidity. Only blame Holly or any coach, if and when they do not recruit good players and fail to teach them the proper things.

manoffewwords writes:

Holly's post game presser was really sad to watch.

wigmeister writes:

I have read all above. I feel CCM is not a good game coach, and I don't believe Holly is as well.

frank#220902 writes:

Chalk up another for the refs

CaptainPicard writes:

I believe the Vandy loss highlighted the biggest problem with the LVs. CHW is a second year head coach trying to establish a consistent lineup with so many talented players. She substitutes players in and out trying to find a lineup she can stick with. Also, CHW uses player substitution as a means of player motivation. The result of these techniques is inconsistent play on defense and to some extent on offense. I this problem is not corrected soon, the LVs won-loss record for this year will be worst than last year's won-loss record of 27-8.

Allenfan writes:

in response to oldster:

The coach cannot shoot for them. He or she can only devise patterns and plays that get them the shots. Holly Warlick does that. The coach cannot do more than inform and continually reinforce the idea that the single most important thing in the game of basketball is the basketball and that to play good defense stopping the person that has the ball must be the first item of business. Holly Warlick does that. If the players do not hit the open shots and ignore the first rule of defense, then blaming anyone except the players is an exercise is stupidity. Only blame Holly or any coach, if and when they do not recruit good players and fail to teach them the proper things.

You don't have a clue, stop living in dream land. It is no one's fault BUT the coaching staff. I doubt that there is a coach in the top ten that wouldn't be undefeated if they had our talent. It looks like it will take you a little longer, but at the rate we are loosing you will understand before the year is up.

MaxVolFan writes:

It took a while to come on here and express my opinion about this team i love so dearly. I hate to critize players or coaches but wow that last few mins of the game was a disaster. I will have to blame the coaches and Im sorry this one goes on Izzy as well. You have to be a leader and be mature enough to walk away from a confrontation in a hostile environment like memorial with the game in the balance. The court played another role in this too and the configuration should be banned by the Ncaa as being a unfair advantage to the team. It was on CHW for not having them prepared for that court . She should have practiced some kinda signals or something the whole time they were preparing. Im quite sure they practiced being on the opposite ends of the court all week. But maybe they literally needed to sit or stand there and coach every practice they had . Things got really bad after that TO and i believe they should have went back to Simmons,Carter and Jasmine for offense. Ariel took a vacation today. That was 12-16 pts we needed from her. Carolyn Peck was correct when she said the opposing point guards have a difficult time playing there because they are all alone most the time and had to make most of the play calls. I knew this was going to be a trap game. Carolyn Peck also took a swipe at CW when she mention that Pat would Demand paint points or your coming out. I saw a sense of uncertainy in the eyes of CW when the assistant was trying to get her to see something wrong and all she could do was whistle. The substititions were horrible and only Simmons, Jones, and Carter was out there busting their rearends. The rest were lost.
With the amount of talent we have here something is wrong. Only a phenomenal player with the talent to take a team on her shoulders can right this ship. I'm afraid we have too much talent to know what to do with.

martinvol34 writes:

MaxVolFan, I am afraid that you may be right. When CW talked about roles, it concerned me, that every player doesn't have the same role. It appears, MHO, that when the play breaks down, the person with the ball tries to get it back out instead of dribble drive penetrating. Jasmine finally did that at the end of the game and I was like why doesn't she shoot more. Poor Burdick. Lister and Fogie made Ariel look really slow and ineffective. Poor Burdick. What is wrong with Graves? She looked soft and pouty all night long. Poor Burdick.

RLL59 writes:

I saw no lack of effort in the loss yesterday, but they just don't play well together as a team. Jasmine probably had one of her best games. She didn't throw the ball away, she played decent defense and she took the ball into the paint and pulled up for the short jumper. Bashaara just hasn't gotten beyond bullying her way to the basket, and shooting without any fakes. She isn't going to improve as long as she remains one dimensional on offense. Cierra is an example of one who overplays and constantly gets beat by quicker opponents. Ariel had a bad shooting night. It happens. She played hard. The women's game today, more than the men's, relies on open shooters, especially from 3 point range. The Lady Vols have to find an offense that gives them more open mid and long range shots than they're getting now.

The difficulties stopping penetration to the basket, and allowing the open 3 point shot were occurring before Holly took over. When one is overplaying a quick opponent who still has her dribble, the result is likely to be she will drive to the basket, and disrupt the defense. The Lady Vols seem to never help out, or at least not soon enough. Opposing teams never have 5 players that are quicker than the Lady Vols, but the slower ones don't overplay and allow open drives. The game has been changing with most teams having quick guards, and center/forwards who move better than those of years ago. Teams take advantage of the Lady Vols refusing to adapt. Either they're not listening to the coaches or the coaches aren't adjusting their tactics.

Why is it that the Lady Vols always struggle to get the ball in under their basket, and never score off it? Other teams do it. Al McGuire once said that his team would always score if the opponent was foolish enough to play man to man defense in this situation. What do the Lady Vols play?

oldster writes:

in response to Allenfan:

You don't have a clue, stop living in dream land. It is no one's fault BUT the coaching staff. I doubt that there is a coach in the top ten that wouldn't be undefeated if they had our talent. It looks like it will take you a little longer, but at the rate we are loosing you will understand before the year is up.

If you have ever played or coached you have forgotten what happens. Coaches can only show the players how to play.

In college coaches are responsible for three things: 1) getting good players, 2) teaching the correct strategies, tactics, and techniques, and 3) inspiring the players.

By your own admission Holly has gotten good players here. From what I have seen and heard, from the coaches, players and observers of the practices, the players are being taught the proper things.

While it is possible that Holly is lacking in the motivational areas, players that need anyone to motivate them, are not worth a scholarship or being hired for any job for which I would want to pay anyone.

What is obvious to anyone who knows spit about the game is that this team does NOT do what they are taught. The players are responsible for these losses.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldster:

If you have ever played or coached you have forgotten what happens. Coaches can only show the players how to play.

In college coaches are responsible for three things: 1) getting good players, 2) teaching the correct strategies, tactics, and techniques, and 3) inspiring the players.

By your own admission Holly has gotten good players here. From what I have seen and heard, from the coaches, players and observers of the practices, the players are being taught the proper things.

While it is possible that Holly is lacking in the motivational areas, players that need anyone to motivate them, are not worth a scholarship or being hired for any job for which I would want to pay anyone.

What is obvious to anyone who knows spit about the game is that this team does NOT do what they are taught. The players are responsible for these losses.

Several interesting points from a variety of perspectives. Of course, there are a multitude of mini-competencies one might require from a head coach. The primary one, or the only one in some people's minds, at issue here is Holly's ability to "massage" the game in the LVs' favor. I use that term instead of, say, "manage", because the former term implies having a "feel" for the way a game is going, what's going right and wrong, and how to fix those things RIGHT NOW! A coach who can do that can win almost despite talent or bad matchups or basic Xs & Os or whatever.

The feeling about both Holly and Martin right now seems to be similar in that respect--that they just don't have "it". Well, in my book, "it" would be revealed by the team in question winning a conference championship, whether they did it easy or ugly. It might be easier if the coaches were better and it might be easier if the players were better. It shouldn't be impossible for all the relevant parties to pull together and each to do some little thing more for the greater good, but it sure does seem hard right now for some reason.

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