Shots, defensive stops enable Lady Vols to prevail

Lady Vols finish 62.2 percent from the floor

Tennessee guard Jordan Reynolds (0) defends against Arkansas guard Calli Berna (11) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee guard Jordan Reynolds (0) defends against Arkansas guard Calli Berna (11) during the first half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee made too many shots.

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WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Love the tough love.
Good victory in spite of being out rebounded and throwing the ball away.
Arkansas has some really good players and are young. LV'S shooting at the end saved this game. Our bigs have the most weak hands in the SEC, lost too many sure balls.
Good hustle and heart in second half. I wouldn't want to play Arkansas again, especially in their home.
Again, officiating in the SEC is a joke, missed calls or bad calls all night on both teams. The zebras all season have affected league play!

johnlg00 writes:

Holly seems to be trying to be a little more active on the sidelines in correcting players. It seems the offensive lulls and opponent runs don't last as long as they used to. I erroneously credited the zone with cutting back on the drives, when in fact it was a somewhat more energetic man-to-man that finally tamed the Wild Pigs. The help defense was so much better in the second half because they didn't let themselves get so spread out. They seemed to want to contest shooters but not to try to deny too much on the outside and get out of alignment with the rest of the defense.

ModelMaker writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Holly seems to be trying to be a little more active on the sidelines in correcting players. It seems the offensive lulls and opponent runs don't last as long as they used to. I erroneously credited the zone with cutting back on the drives, when in fact it was a somewhat more energetic man-to-man that finally tamed the Wild Pigs. The help defense was so much better in the second half because they didn't let themselves get so spread out. They seemed to want to contest shooters but not to try to deny too much on the outside and get out of alignment with the rest of the defense.

Son of a gun! Here I was all set to recommend you for the Head Coaching job at the University of the South girls basketball team. Oh well, I guess I will have too reconsider now.

RLL59 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Holly seems to be trying to be a little more active on the sidelines in correcting players. It seems the offensive lulls and opponent runs don't last as long as they used to. I erroneously credited the zone with cutting back on the drives, when in fact it was a somewhat more energetic man-to-man that finally tamed the Wild Pigs. The help defense was so much better in the second half because they didn't let themselves get so spread out. They seemed to want to contest shooters but not to try to deny too much on the outside and get out of alignment with the rest of the defense.

John, do you mean they didn't overguard and let the opponent drive into an open lane? Amen!

RLL59 writes:

Related not to basketball, but to the silliness mentioned at the end of this article, if women's basketball is ever to receive the respect it deserves, this treating of players like they were children in a boarding school has to be abandoned. If punishing the whole team for the poor play of some by taking away their posh locker room, serves as an effective incentive to play better (or at least win since this always happens after a loss), perhaps the Lady Vols ARE recruiting the wrong high school players. These are 18-22 year olds, not middle schoolers.

Allenfan writes:

in response to RLL59:

Related not to basketball, but to the silliness mentioned at the end of this article, if women's basketball is ever to receive the respect it deserves, this treating of players like they were children in a boarding school has to be abandoned. If punishing the whole team for the poor play of some by taking away their posh locker room, serves as an effective incentive to play better (or at least win since this always happens after a loss), perhaps the Lady Vols ARE recruiting the wrong high school players. These are 18-22 year olds, not middle schoolers.

Thank you and I thought the very same thing. It seems everything she does (with the exception of being the same type coach) it has already been done by Pat in years past. I watched the full game and I am still not convinced we are a championship team. I certainly hope we are since I live close to Nashville. They are very few games that they will hit 62% against even the worst teams. Defense especially blocking out has got to get better. Letting Jones play defense and keeping the ball out of her hands on offense has helped. I am still waiting on a 40 minute game.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Allenfan:

Thank you and I thought the very same thing. It seems everything she does (with the exception of being the same type coach) it has already been done by Pat in years past. I watched the full game and I am still not convinced we are a championship team. I certainly hope we are since I live close to Nashville. They are very few games that they will hit 62% against even the worst teams. Defense especially blocking out has got to get better. Letting Jones play defense and keeping the ball out of her hands on offense has helped. I am still waiting on a 40 minute game.

Nearly everything associated with winning womens' basketball was done first by Pat! What is wrong with learning from the best? Of course, not everything Pat did worked out, and Holly has to find her own way as a coach, but I am having a hard time figuring out where some of you are coming from on this issue. On the one hand, Holly gets criticized for not making timely corrections or enforcing discipline, and then when she tries to improve that, she is accused of micromanaging the team. It is possible that these two contrary positions are being expressed by different people, in which case there is no contradiction, just a difference of opinion. I for one can live with that. The LVs may not look like a national champion team right now, and they likely won't become one this year, but it isn't over yet.

I agree completely about Jones. She has pretty good offensive instincts and she has made a few good shots, but she should NEVER work for shots off the dribble or take any shot other than a layup with more than 10-15 seconds on the shot clock. When it comes to defense and establishing a physical presence, Jasmin is dynamite, but she needs a LOT more work on her offensive moves and shots before she can become a reliable scorer, if she ever does.

RLL59 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Nearly everything associated with winning womens' basketball was done first by Pat! What is wrong with learning from the best? Of course, not everything Pat did worked out, and Holly has to find her own way as a coach, but I am having a hard time figuring out where some of you are coming from on this issue. On the one hand, Holly gets criticized for not making timely corrections or enforcing discipline, and then when she tries to improve that, she is accused of micromanaging the team. It is possible that these two contrary positions are being expressed by different people, in which case there is no contradiction, just a difference of opinion. I for one can live with that. The LVs may not look like a national champion team right now, and they likely won't become one this year, but it isn't over yet.

I agree completely about Jones. She has pretty good offensive instincts and she has made a few good shots, but she should NEVER work for shots off the dribble or take any shot other than a layup with more than 10-15 seconds on the shot clock. When it comes to defense and establishing a physical presence, Jasmin is dynamite, but she needs a LOT more work on her offensive moves and shots before she can become a reliable scorer, if she ever does.

Forbidding the players from using their locker room has nothing to do with micro managing. It's a type of non basketball related discipline reserved for those too immature to comprehend and follow game related coaching. Have you heard of it being used by other successful programs? Many posters here, including yourself I believe, have yearned for leadership among the players. Would high school standouts with strong leadership capabilities view such tactics as treating the players as adults....or children? Do they display coaching leadership to be admired or simply frustration due to failure?

We all three agree on the Jasmine situation.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to RLL59:

Forbidding the players from using their locker room has nothing to do with micro managing. It's a type of non basketball related discipline reserved for those too immature to comprehend and follow game related coaching. Have you heard of it being used by other successful programs? Many posters here, including yourself I believe, have yearned for leadership among the players. Would high school standouts with strong leadership capabilities view such tactics as treating the players as adults....or children? Do they display coaching leadership to be admired or simply frustration due to failure?

We all three agree on the Jasmine situation.

Just because we don't hear about this stuff all the time doesn't mean it doesn't happen elsewhere. Apparently, this locker room move occurred some time ago, yet we are only now hearing about it from the hometown paper. Why would we have occasion to know what goes on inside other programs on a daily basis? One may question the effectiveness of the measure on principle, but coaches are mostly a pragmatic lot who only do what they think gives them the best chance to build the kind of team they want. They are trying to instill a collective mentality in which everybody has to buy in to the process. You certainly prefer for the players to discipline themselves as much as possible, but if the problem is one of an overall attitude, you have to treat that differently than if it were a problem with only one player. No coach is right all the time. I'm sure if this was a problem with a recruit, Holly would be happy to explain why she did that, and it would be up to the player to decide if that worked for her. As we know, not every good player or good person is necessarily Lady Vol material.

RLL59 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Just because we don't hear about this stuff all the time doesn't mean it doesn't happen elsewhere. Apparently, this locker room move occurred some time ago, yet we are only now hearing about it from the hometown paper. Why would we have occasion to know what goes on inside other programs on a daily basis? One may question the effectiveness of the measure on principle, but coaches are mostly a pragmatic lot who only do what they think gives them the best chance to build the kind of team they want. They are trying to instill a collective mentality in which everybody has to buy in to the process. You certainly prefer for the players to discipline themselves as much as possible, but if the problem is one of an overall attitude, you have to treat that differently than if it were a problem with only one player. No coach is right all the time. I'm sure if this was a problem with a recruit, Holly would be happy to explain why she did that, and it would be up to the player to decide if that worked for her. As we know, not every good player or good person is necessarily Lady Vol material.

Wow! I was only trying to provide you with an alternative reason for under achievement and underdevelopment of this team and players over the last 5 years. Maybe the only logical reason wasn't poor coaching. It may have been an inability to successfully recruit leaders while treating your players like immature children. I'll assume that since you didn't bother to answer my other questions, that you found those more difficult to answer in a manner that supported your views. If your and others frequent attacks on the characters of the players are accurate, maybe the Lady Vol management should rethink what kind of young women the program needs to attract.

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